Yoga and Posture Improvement Workshops

In addition to various classes, I offer workshops of varying lengths (see examples below). In addition to posture improvement clinics, I offer workshops on how to sustain your yoga practice as you age, and on the basics of the YogAlign Method developed by Michaelle Edwards.  In addition, I can do workshops that unite yoga and active nature appreciation. These provide opportunities for a deeper yoga practice, movement in Nature, introspection and personal growth.

Change Your Posture, Change Your Life Workshop

Standing with an unconscious misalignment of the spine can cause severe back pain. Learning how to stand and move with healthy posture can alleviate not only back pain but also discomfort in the neck, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles.

Developing healthy posture reduces chronic pain, enhances mobility, improves your appearance, and increases your confidence.  During the workshop, Jenny offers guidance on healthy posture and opportunities to practice healthy standing, sitting, resting and sleeping posture, as well as healthy walking and other activities based on the participants’ interests.

Jenny gives each participant with a course manual at the workshop. Based on photographs taken at the start and end of the workshop, Jenny provides each participant with a personal postural assessment and coaching report after the workshop.

Participants in the posture improvement workshops see a significant difference before & after the workshop. Many use their personal posture assessment reports to help them maintain healthy posture habits months and years afterward.

Jenny typically runs this workshop as a half-day (4-5 hours) posture improvement clinic.  However, it can also be adapted to be a full-day or even a two-day workshop, or a series of 4-6 posture improvement classes.

 

YogAlign Method™ Workshop

Develop deep core strength, healthy posture, and vitality in this alignment conscious yoga workshop.  Informed by the science of biomechanics and studies of how to prevent yoga injuries, YogAlign™ is a safe, painless, precise exercise system that improves overall well-being, strength, and flexibility.

Sitting or exercising with poor alignment leads to poor posture, shallow breathing, and chronic pain. The YogAlign Method uses poses that support natural posture with anatomically correct spine alignment such as this Spine Aligner with a Twist.

Jenny typically runs this as a two to three-hour workshop.  Usually, participants spend 15-30 minutes on learning the principles of the YogAlign Method™.  They devote the rest of the time to the practice of YogAlign breathing, self-massage, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and relaxation techniques, as well as learning different options for yoga postures and flow sequences that can help you avoid injury and reduce wear & tear on joints and soft tissues.

Participants receive a course manual outlining the principles of the YogAlign Method as well as the modified postures.

Sustain Your Yoga Workshop

Learn how to sustain a healthy yoga practice as you age. Informed by the science of biomechanics and studies on how to prevent yoga injuries, the instructor will guide you in applying principles from the YogAlign Method™, a mindful, alignment-conscious, breath-focused approach that allows you to practice yoga safely and that improves your overall wellbeing, strength, and flexibility.

Usually, Jenny runs this workshop in two to three-hours.  Participants spend 15-30 minutes on learning about the latest research on aging and yoga, how to prevent injuries from yoga, as well as the principles of the YogAlign Method™.  They devote the majority of their time learning ways to make their yoga practice sustainable as they age, i.e. by avoiding injuries, reducing wear & tear on joints and soft tissues, and promoting a healthy immune and healing system.  They will practice YogAlign breathing, self-massage, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and relaxation techniques, different ways to do common yoga postures and flow sequences.

Participants receive a course manual summarising material covered during the workshop and providing links to further information.

YEH (Yoga, Ecology & Hiking) Workshops
1. Two Day Workshop Title: Yoga and Nature Appreciation

Combining yoga with nature appreciation provides a mainline to bliss.

Workshop Description: Celebrate nature with this unique two-day workshop that blends yoga with nature appreciation. Gain strength, improve flexibility, enhance balance and release stress through rejuvenating breathing exercises, yoga postures, flowing movements, relaxation, and inspiring nature readings. Participants should have some yoga experience.

Ecologist and yoga teacher, Dr. Jenny Feick, provides alignment guidance and a range of options with increasing challenge, so all levels can play and progress.

Bring a notebook and your walking shoes. Dress in layers. Be prepared to do part or all of the class outdoors in a local park. Bring your lunch or plan to go out to a nearby restaurant.

Two Day Workshop Draft Agenda

Day One (Saturday)
9:30am Welcome and Introductions
10:00am Bio-break
10:15am Yoga Practice – Earth theme (Ujjiya breath, warm up movements, classical sun salutation, yoga poses based on earth and terrestrial creatures, relaxation and reading on earth)
11:30am Lunch and time to walk in the neighbourhood around the studio or hike at a nearby park
1:00pm Animal Walks and Talking Stick Exercise
1:30pm Yoga Practice – Air theme (3 part breath, warm up movements, sun salutation A, yoga poses based on air and aerial creatures, relaxation and reading on air)
2:30pm Bio-break
2:45pm Yoga Practice – Water theme (Waterfall breathing, warm up movements, sun salutation SEA, yoga poses based on water and aquatic creatures, relaxation and reading on water)
3:45pm Talking Stick Exercise
4:15pm Closing Circle
Day Two (Sunday)
9:30am Welcome and Introductions
9:45am 8 Minute Meditation and Reflection
10:00am Bio-break
10:30am Yoga Practice – Fire/Energy Management theme (fire breath,  warm up movements, sun salutation B, yoga poses based on fire and energy, relaxation and reading on fire/energy)
11:30am On Balance – Talking Stick Exercise and Closing Circle (and evaluations)


2. One Day Workshop Title: Yoga and Nature Appreciation

Workshop Description: Celebrate nature with this unique one day workshop that blends yoga with nature appreciation. Gain strength, improve flexibility, enhance balance and release stress through rejuvenating breathing exercises, yoga postures, flowing movements, relaxation, and inspiring nature readings.  Participants should have some yoga experience. Ecologist and yoga teacher, Dr. Jenny Feick, provides alignment guidance and a range of options with increasing challenge, so all levels can play and progress.  Bring a notebook and your walking shoes. Dress in layers. Be prepared to do part of the class outdoors in a nearby park. Bring your lunch or plan to go out to a nearby restaurant.

One Day Workshop Draft Agenda

Day One (Saturday)
9:30am Welcome and Introductions
10:00am Bio-break
10:15am Yoga Practice – Earth theme (Ujjiya breath, warm up movements, classical sun salutation, yoga poses based on earth and terrestrial creatures, relaxation and reading on earth)
11:30am Lunch and time to walk in the neighbourhood around the studio or hike at a nearby park
1:00pm Animal Walks and Talking Stick Exercise
1:30pm Yoga Practice – Air theme (3 part breath, warm up movements, sun salutation A, yoga poses based on air and aerial creatures, relaxation and reading on air)
2:30pm Bio-break
2:45pm Yoga Practice – Water theme (Waterfall breathing, warm up movements, sun salutation SEA, yoga poses based on water and aquatic creatures, relaxation and reading on water)
3:45pm Talking Stick Exercise
4:15pm Closing Circle
Day Two (Sunday)
9:30am Welcome and Introductions
9:45am 8 Minute Meditation and Reflection
10:00am Bio-break
10:30am Yoga Practice – Fire/Energy Management theme (fire breath,  warm up movements, sun salutation B, yoga poses based on fire and energy, relaxation and reading on fire/energy)
11:30am On Balance – Talking Stick Exercise and Closing Circle (and evaluations)


3. Two Half-Day Workshop Title: Yoga and Nature Appreciation

Workshop Description: Celebrate nature with this unique workshop that blends yoga with nature appreciation. Over two half days, you will gain strength, improve flexibility, enhance balance and release stress through rejuvenating breathing exercises, yoga postures, flowing movements, relaxation, and inspiring nature readings. Participants should have some prior yoga experience. Ecologist and yoga teacher, Dr. Jenny Feick, provides alignment guidance and a range of options with increasing challenge, so all levels can play and progress. Bring a notebook and a snack to have during the break.

Two Half-Day Workshops Draft Agenda

Day One
9:00am Welcome and Introductions
9:30am Yoga Practice – Air theme (3 part breath, warm up movements, sun salutation A, yoga poses based on air and aerial creatures, relaxation and reading on air)
10:30am Bio-break
10:45am Yoga Practice – Earth theme (Ujjiya breath, warm up movements, classical sun salutation, yoga poses based on earth and terrestrial creatures, relaxation and reading on earth)
Noon-12:30pm Closing Circle and nature appreciation “homework” assignment (hike, look, listen)
Day Two
9:00am Welcome and Introductions
9:15am 8 Minute Meditation and Reflection
9:30am Yoga Practice – Water theme (Waterfall breathing, warm up movements, sun salutation SEA, yoga poses based on water and aquatic creatures, relaxation and reading on water)
10:30am Bio-break
10:45am Yoga Practice – Fire/Energy Management theme (fire breath,  warm up movements, sun salutation B, yoga poses based on fire and energy, relaxation and reading on fire/energy)
Noon-1pm Talking Stick Exercise, Animal Walks, and Closing Circle (and evaluations)

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