with Ari Halbert
October 4-6, 2019
Friday 7:15-9:15 Katonah Yoga Master Class $40/$32 members
Saturday 12-2:30 Shoulders and Joint Health $45/$36 members
Saturday 3:30-6:00 Asana as Origami $45/$36 members
Sunday 10:30-1:30 Hand Balancing $55/$44 members
$175/$140 members for the whole weekend.
These hours count toward 300 hour certification.
Katonah Yoga blends classical Hatha Yoga with Taoist theory, sacred geometry, pranayama, and metaphor to form a practical framework designed to potentiate both personal and communal well-being. The practice is organized around three principles of esoteric dialogue: all polarities are mediated by trinity; the universe has pattern, pattern implies intelligence; by virtue of repetition there is potential for insight.
Ari Halbert is one a small group of senior Katonah Yoga certified teachers and has studied under the tutelage of its founder, Nevine Michaan, for over a decade. He is a seasoned and gifted instructor, renowned for his ability to convey the messages of the Katonah Yoga practice through a clear, succinct and precise methodology that is both true to its roots and uniquely his own.
Join Ari for one, two, three or all four of the workshops.
Katonah Yoga Master Class
Friday October 4
In this class we will explore the introductory concepts and methods of Katonah Yoga, namely using asana as origami for the body, manipulating form for a specific function, and developing a sense of personal measure. Each of these are easily adaptable and can integrate seamlessly to augment any style of yoga practice. Students will walk away empowered with a set of tools that will enable a more refined, sophisticated, and meaningful home practice.
Shoulders Joint Health: Building Mobility, Strength, and Full Range of Motion
Saturday October 5
As the joint capable of the largest range of motion within the human body, the shoulders’ unique design offers incredible structural freedom, which proves to be both a boon and a burden. Unlike the other six load-bearing joints of our anatomy, which offer strong structural stability through the way the bones eloquently join and meet one another, the shoulders rely almost entirely on the surrounding connective tissue to keep them together. It is, at least in large part, because of this that shoulder pain is so ubiquitous. The health of the shoulder joint is easily disrupted through poor posture and many of the head-forward activities, like texting and driving, that we continuously engage in. For this reason, it is important to pay special attention to proper shoulder function.
With this in mind, the workshop will review what’s happening “underneath the hood,” so to speak, and apply various exercises to counteract many of the most common dysfunctional movement patterns that most people develop over time. The exercises will include traditional yoga asana, along with techniques borrowed from gymnastics, calisthenics and corrective exercises used by physical therapists. Be prepared to move in new ways and experience freedom from shoulder tightness, soreness, and restriction.
Asana as Origami
Saturday October 5
In this workshop, we will explore physical alignment through the lens of origami. By observing this art form, one can see that the end result can only possibly be as good as its weakest link; each fold builds upon the last, and in order to create the perfectly formed shape, every crease must be made with care, awareness, and precision. So it is too in yoga that each fold needs to be made by means of a precise measure, rather than by guidance from feelings and sensations. If we trust only our feelings to guide us, we will inevitably get more of what we already have. To truly create a personal revolution, we must rely on a specific measure to get us there.
To that end, after outlining the principles of alignment for each pose, we will observe and assist one another in an effort to embody the true measure. Since we do not have an external, bird’s eye view of ourselves, it is immensely helpful to gain feedback from an observer about how we position ourselves when left to our own devices, and how to reorient based on that information. In the end, the goal is to integrate this information until it becomes second nature, so that our feelings are the true measure, and the true measure reflects our feelings.
Sunday October 6
10:30 am- 1:30 pm
This workshop is for beginner and intermediate level students and will focus on mastery of the foundational exercises. For intermediate students, this will help to clean up and correct any dysfunctional movement patterns that are preventing progress towards press handstand work. And for beginners, this will offer a set of tools and exercises that will massively increase strength and confidence when preparing to go upside down––even if this is your first time.
With an emphasis on wrist and shoulder prep, conditioning drills, and different handstand variations, students will develop both the strength and coordination necessary to find graceful lift off on your hands. No student is too beginner or too advanced to learn or review the foundations––it is only through repetition of them that all the advanced work can come with ease. The workshop will offer techniques, skills, and an in-depth exploration of proper bio-mechanics that will provide rapid progress towards finding lightness on your hands.
Register for the whole weekend for $175.