May 25, 2017

Workshops

 Upcoming Workshops ~ Live Stream on Zoom

Tuesday, September 21st, 6:30-8:00 pm ~ Introduction to QiGong: Introduction to Qigong: A Moving Meditation
Down Under Yoga, Live Stream

From the base of the mountain, many paths. From the peak, only one moon. ~ Ikkyu, Zen poet

Qigong translates as “life energy cultivation” and utilizes practices that enhance the flow of life force in body, mind and spirit. The physical exercises involve connecting breath with gentle, circular, flowing movements, bringing suppleness and opening the meridian energy pathways that connecting heaven and earth. The rhythm of body and breath brings the mind to stillness deep meditation, and the movement of energy is experienced as pure joy.

This workshop will introduce simple Qigong exercises, including breath work from the Taoist tradition

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Friday, October 8, 7:00-9:00 pm ~ Partner Stretching And Shiatsu Massage: A Relaxing Evening at Home
Live Stream, Down Under Yoga, Brookline, MA

Partner Assisted Stretching reduces muscle tension, enhances circulation, helps alleviate lower back pain, improves balance and coordination, and increases flexibility in a safe and effective way.

Our health is dependent on the free flow of chi/prana (life force) in our mind, body, and soul.

Celebrate the evening with a friend or partner as we stretch and open blocked areas of the body. This class will be presented virtually, with simple easy to follow sequences and techniques. 
The partner stretching draws on modern PNF/resistance stretching techniques, while Shiatsu Massage involves gentle finger and hand pressure, acupressure release points, and comfortable joint manipulations. This combination of stretching and gentle massage will reduce physical tension, enhance circulation, help alleviate lower back and neck pain, and increase ones sense of well-being and happiness. At the end of this class you will feel more relaxed and energized, guaranteed!

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Saturday - Sunday, October 30th - 31st ~ Vinyasa Yoga and Qigong Immersion, Down Under Yoga Livestream

 

When the body flows like running water, it is always renewed, always fresh. This is true freedom.

When the body flows like running water, it is always renewed, always fresh. This is true freedom.

While yoga has its roots in the Vedic scriptures of India, Qigong grew out of the Chinese Taoist pursuit of longevity. Explore the Taoist concept of “effortless flow” through qigong exercises and then bring the same ease of motion into vinyasa yoga sequences. The movements in both forms are graceful and gentle, with powerful effects that detoxify the body as they increase strength, flexibility, and peace of mind.

This immersion focuses on Qigong practices to open the meridians, meditative flow in yoga sequences, breathing exercises to enhance life energy, and concentration techniques for mental clarity. This is an opportunity for teachers and interested students to join together the ancient arts of yoga and Qigong, and learn practical tools to bring these practices into classes and ones life.

You will learn:
• Breathing exercises to enhance life energy
• The Eight Brocades, Swimming Dragon, and other Qigong practices to open the meridians
• Meditative flow in yoga asana
• Concentration techniques for mental clarity
• Suggestions for a simple and productive home practice.

Cost:
$45 per day and $80 for two days

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Tuesday, November 9th, 7:00-8:30 pm ~ Yoga for the Eyes: How a Modern Life Overtaxes Vision And What We Can Do About It.
Dr. Marc Grossman and Daniel Orlansky ~ Livestream, Down Under Yoga

In front of your screen too much and feeling the negative affects? We have assembled the best practices to help soothe tired eyes and strengthen your vision, with practices you can do every day. Led by Behavioral Optometrist Marc Grossman, O.D. and  Daniel Orlansky, this workshop will introduce the best of eastern and western methods for improving eye health, practices you can do every day. 

You will learn:

• The 4 “B’s” of eye healthcare, that can be practiced anytime, anywhere to rejuvenate your eyes

• Simple breathing techniques to bathe the eyes with oxygen 

• Gentle yoga stretches and simple movements that relax your neck and shoulders allowing more circulation to your brain and eyes

• Chinese eye massage using powerful acupressure points

• Exercises to develop convergence — the ability of both eyes to look at the same point .

• Exercises to develop accommodation — the ability to change focus from one point to another 

• And others

Dr. Marc Grossman, O.D., LA.c, is an influential pioneer, leader, and practitioner in integrative eye care. Founder of naturaleyecare.com, the largest consumer eye care resource of its kind, and a respected author of 5 books, he most recently co-authored the acclaimed “Natural Eye Care, Your Guide To Healthy Eyes and Healing”. In practice since 1980, his comprehensive background includes degrees in Optometry, Biology, Physical Education and Learning Disabilities, coupled with yoga, nutrition, Chinese medicine and acupuncture. This orientation provides the foundation for an integrated approach to vision and its influence on the body, mind and spirit of each patient. He is dedicated to helping those with a wide range of conditions from myopia and dry eyes to potentially vision threatening diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. He also teaches workshops for health care professionals and physicians, and is a frequent guest on local and national media.

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Tuesday, December 21st, 6:00-7:30 pm ~ The Power of the Breath: Inner Fire, Outer Radiance for Winter Solstice
Live Stream, Down Under Yoga

Kapalabhati breathing in Boston yoga teacher training

Breath is life and life is breath. When breath flows, so does life.

On the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, come celebrate the the rebirth of light. As the sun grows in radiance it gives new life to Earth, warming the soil, germinating the seed, renewing all living creatures.
This is a potent time to refocus our spiritual energies. We will do that using the power of the breath, which connects us to the “inner body of light”, the pranayama kosha. We will learn how to enhance and extend the breath with breathing practices drawn from classical and Kundalini Yoga, and then channel the heightened pranic energy on this special night using bandhas (inner locks) and mudras (ways to enhance mental focus which can include hand gestures). A special breath meditation for the solstice will be taught, and recommendations for a simple, effective, pranayama home practice will be given. The "power of the breath" will help your life as nothing else, so you can joyously ride the light as it begins it's return. Please come with an empty stomach.

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