Join Matthew Remski and Daniel Clement for a weekend long workshop of postures (asana) and discussion of the history of modern postural yoga and the movement towards trauma sensitivity and student empowerment.
Putting the I in Alignment - Asana Workshop w Dan
Saturday September 15, 12:00-2:00pm
This workshop explores the term alignment as it relates to the individual yoga practitioner. This asana (posture) workshop will empower students to investigate the inner life of postures, to be curious about their body’s potential, experience the power of creating poses unique to your body’s structure and needs. Dan Clement will
That Picture of the Mysore Palace, 1934 - Lecture/Discussion w Matthew
Saturday September 15, 2:30-4:30pm
We're in this room because of this picture (see workshop image). The modern yoga movement has many sources, but its popularity has been driven in large part by the students of Krishnamacharya''s group class format in 1930s Mysore. The features of this environment are known to historians, but rarely explored. As reported by Iyengar and Jois, Krishnamacharya''s pedagogy unfolded in a culture of corporal punishment that reflected both colonial and local practices. This formed the backdrop for how manipulations and assists were applied, and how the very body of the student was viewed and felt. The pedagogical model was built on the attitude that the teacher possesses, commands, and dominates the student''s body towards a desired outcome, or for personal gratification, or both. In this discussion, we'll get clear on how this echoes down through the generations, and why seeing it clearly is the key to moving onward.
Take the power back: Reclaiming our Body
- Asana Workshop w Dan
Sunday September 16, 12:00-2:00pm
This workshop will question the therapeutic and authoritarian perspectives on alignment and yoga pose performance and how the practice looks and feels if the departure point is the value, goals and particularities of the Individual. Expect to question the “yoga rule book” along with dogmatic and prescriptive ideas on postural performance and alignment. Learn to take the power back and practice yoga in a way that is harmonious with your self-care and wellbeing goals.
The Move Towards Trauma Sensitivity
- Lecture/Discussion w Matthew
Sunday September 16, 2:30-4:30pm
The globalization of modern yoga not only spread its message and gospel, but also brought the pedagogy of Krishnamacharya into contact, and conflict, with other values. Feminism, best practices for therapy, student-centred learning, and trauma awareness have all transformed the yoga disciplines of the pre-war era. It''s an untold story: we''ll use this discussion to explore what has been gained and lost in this process. We''ll consider whether the emergent value of trauma-sensitivity actually completes a very old circle in yoga philosophy: aren''t we practicing to heal the effects of karma, after all?
Register for all 4 workshops - $120.00+gst
(best value enrolling for entire workshop)
Register for Asana Workshop(s) - $40.00+gst
($40 per asana/posture workshop session - Choose your own schedule)
Register for Lecture/Discussion(s) - $30.00+gst
($30 per lecture/discussion session - Choose your own schedule)
Please note that we welcome those who do not wish to attend the physical asana workshop to come enjoy the lecture and discussion portion. We have created a separate enrolment for the Lecture and Discussion portion only with Matthew Remski. Follow the prompts in our online store to choose one session or both sessions.
Matthew Remski writes and presents on yoga and ayurveda in the shadows of capitalism and climate change. He currently facilitates programming for yoga trainings internationally, focusing on yoga philosophy, meditation, Ayurveda, and the social psychology of practice. In all subject areas, he encourage students to explore how yoga practice can resist the psychic and material dominance of neoliberalism, and the quickening pace of environmental destruction. Matthew lives in Toronto with his partner and their two sons.
Visit his website and explore some of his great writing: http://matthewremski.com/wordpress/
Dan Clement: Dan’s approach to yoga is evidence based. Yoga practice can be adapted to the individual, and is best taught clearly and simply. Dan believes Yoga holds the potential for increased sensitivity and a appreciation for what is, right here in the lives we are living. Dan has trained over 850 teachers since 2007 and lives on the gulf island of Texada in beautiful British Columbia with his dog.
Visit Dan's website to learn more: http://www.opensourceyoga.ca