Playful Practice, Variability, and the Art of Resilience
Playful and intelligent practice has many benefits. One of the most powerful is resilience. Resilience is our ability to adapt and absorb the stresses and strains of living in a dynamic and ever-changing body and world.
How can we cultivate resilience? Playful practice can help. Play by nature introduces variability, because play can have elements of the unpredictable and the unexpected, just like life. Through play we explore different ways of moving, responding, behaving. When there is an element of play involved in practice we are more apt to give ourselves permission to explore, try things different ways, and become better motor learners, and better learners in general. Being able to do things different ways leads to a more resilience adaptable body and mind. This is especially so if we are able to be less hard on ourselves (and others) in the learning process. Carrie believes, and teaches, that self compassion is a necessary essential if we want to grow into more resilient beings She notes “I think a playful yet mindful approach helps with resilience, compassion, learning, exploration and the ability to adapt to the different things life throws us”.
Carrie Owerko has been teaching yoga and exploring the relationship between body, breath and mind for several years. She holds a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teaching credential and continues her studies with the Iyengar family by traveling to India on a regular basis, as well as by continuous and in-depth studies with her teacher, Patricia Walden.
Over the years she has performed in and co-choreographed many yoga demonstrations, including Live: Light on Life, performed at NYC’s City Center during BKS Iyengar’s Light on Life US National Book Tour in 2005.Before studying yoga, Carrie worked as a Movement Analyst after having completed her studies at The Laban Institute in NYC. She studied theatre and dance in college and has spent years exploring human movement, meaning and communication.
Curiosity, openness, and affection are of the utmost importance in her approach to Iyengar Yoga, as is the integration of science, yoga philosophy, and the poetic imagination in the yoga practice. Most importantly, she loves to explore the relationship of discipline and playfulness and is a firm believer in the power of controlled folly.
Friday: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm & 3:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 12:00pm & 2:00 – 4:00pm
Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling Street Balmain, Balmain New South Wales 2041
Please note that parking is difficult anywhere in Sydney and you may need to park several blocks away and walk to the venue to avoid paying parking fees. Car sharing is advised. Buses run regularly along Darling Street.
Workshop Fee $350
A $50 NON REFUNDABLE deposit secures your place. The balance should be paid in person at the start of the workshop.
Please bring the following props
1 yoga mat, two long straps, 2 bricks
This workshop is suitable for students level 2 and upward with a regular practice of inversions and no major back or knee injuries.
Bookings will be essential for these classes.
To make a booking please call, email or book online
Friday 6:30 – 8:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm with a 30 minute break
Level: General level, students to be practicing Sirsasana, Full Arm Balance, pushing up into Urdhva Dhanurasana and Sarvangasana, with support is okay.
Venue: Hugh Latimer Center, 512 New South Head Road, Double Bay, enter via Sherbrooke Avenue, near William Street.
Getting There: The 324 and 325 buses go to Double Bay, alternatively catch the train to Edgecliff and it is a 10 minute walk down the hill. Parking is possible within workshop times in the parking spots next to the hall but places are limited. If driving it is best to car pool.
Registration: Bookings can be made by emailing Henryk – email@example.com
Manouso Manos is one of the most capable and experienced of the Senior Iyengar Yoga Teachers. He holds one of only two Advanced Senior certificates granted worldwide by B.K.S. Iyengar.
He began his studies with Sri B.K.S. Iyengar in 1976. After numerous trips to Pune, India and over 3 decades of personal practice, his understanding of and insights into Iyengar yoga are conveyed with authenticity and precision.
Methodical in his teaching, Manouso lays a solid foundation and progressively refines each of the asanas. His sense of humor, sensitivity and generosity shine through as his dynamic and challenging teaching style moves his students beyond their perceived physical and psychological limits.
Stephanie Quirk Asana and Philosophy Workshop
”The Root and the Shoot”
Reference: The Bhagavad Gita : XIV
“With roots above, branches below, the Ashvattha Tree is said to be indestructible . . . . Downwards and upwards spread the branches of it, nourished by the qualities of nature, the objects of the senses are its buds, and its roots grow downwards, the bonds of action in the world of men”, Annie Besant.
Morning Session 10:00am – 12:30pm: The root and shoots of action, the pelvis (being the root for shoots of both the spinal column as well as the legs).
Afternoon Session – 1:30- 4:00pm: The Senses of Perception, being the root of knowledge for the mind and simultaneously an aspect of physical embodiment.
Both sessions will be a participatory exploration through asana.
Venue: Yoga To Go Studio, 106 -108 Crystal Street, Petersham
Workshop Fee: $135
Registration is through MINDBODY App, searching Iyoga Project, or please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to pay via bank transfer.
Stephanie Quirk has been observing and working with the Iyengars at R.I.M.Y.I. since 1994, assisting in all the classes including the medical and women’s classes. For the last several years, she has been conducting comprehensive six-part training workshops on therapeutics, sharing her knowledge and expertise with Iyengar Yoga teachers around the world. Stephanie is a wealth of knowledge both in the physical application of yoga, as well as having a complex understanding of the philosophy and ancient texts.
Presents a workshop devoted entirely to women approaching or going through menopause. Just as physical and psychological disturbances occur when menstruation begins, you have to face them again when it comes to an end. We will learn to navigate through this transition with practices that calm the nerves and bring emotional balance, enhance the functioning of the endocrine system and boost the immune system.
We will also explore the challenges and rewards of the post-menopausal phase
Friday 6:30 – 9.00 pm: An overview. Bobby will begin by talking about how yoga can be adjusted to the various phases of a woman’s life, from childhood through puberty, pregnancy, menopause, post menopause and beyond.
Developing Sensitivity in Asana: The Standing Poses build strength and endurance and give us a good foundation for all of the other poses.
Allowing the weight to pass through the bones is essential for skeletal health. In this class, we adjust these postures to a women’s needs.
Saturday 9am-12 pm. Seated and Standing Forward Bends. The seated forward extensions soothe the nerves, reduce hot flashes and headaches, prevent insomnia, quiet the mind and restore endocrine system balance
The standing forward bends help us deal with mental lethargy, tiredness, heat, coughs and colds, and deal with issues such as scanty or very light flow, and migraine headaches.
Saturday 3-5 pm: Backbends stimulate the adrenals and produce estrogen. They help us deal with low energy, and feelings of loneliness, emptiness and depression. In addition, these poses energize the nervous system, boost circulation throughout the body and give us courage.
Senior instructor, Bobby Clennell has been teaching and studying Iyengar Yoga for over 43 years. She considers herself blessed to have studied directly with B.K.S. Iyengar. The profound and cathartic effect on her of his teachings remains with her to this day. Bobby is greatfull to Geeta Iyengar who inspired and informed her work with women, and Prashant Iyengar, whose knowledge of yoga philosophy and its history and culture is unsurpassed. She is a core faculty member of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York. She teaches yoga workshops throughout the United States and around the world.
Bobby is the author and illustrator of The Woman’s Yoga Book, Watch Me Do Yoga and Yoga for Breast Care.
She has also written three yoga manuals: The Iyengar Yoga Glossary, Props and Ailments, and A Cosmic Body Map (all currently in the process of being re-worked).
She is the creator of “Yoga Yantra”, a short animated film, based on the movements of B.K.S. Iyengar during his own yoga practice.
Workshop Fee: $350 Registration opens July 1, 2018