Off the Mat 2012 – AcroYoga and slackasana workshop with Jason & Chelsey Magness

Jason & Chelsey Magness are hard to pin down in a few sentences. Both certified AcroYoga teachers, Chelsey is one of only two teachers that has received certifications from both AcroYoga groups in North America. Jason is one of the co-founders of the YogaSlackers, and together they have trained and taught across the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and the Middle East. With backgrounds in Ashtanga Vinyasa, traditional Hatha, Dutch Acrobatics, Tibetan meditation, Thai massage, Slackline, rock-climbing, and ultra-endurance adventure sports this dynamic duo use their teaching to help their students (and themselves) constantly re-asses what it possible and to radically expand the limits of physical and mental potential. They’ve been featured by ESPN, ABC, MS-NBC, New York Times, Wend Magazine, Wall Street Journal and have been fortunate to teach at such esteemed establishments as Yoga Journal Conferences, Kripalu, Omega Institute, and Wanderlust. For more info about Jason & Chelsey: www.yogaslackers.com

Workshop Programme:

Friday, 5-8pm: Fundamentals of AcroYoga – Blending the elements of Vinyasa Yoga, Acrobatics & Thai massage, AcroYoga is a powerful tool for transformation. Learning to trust & be confident, exploring the need for strength & surrender, AcroYoga is a physical & emotional balancing act. The basic tools can be used by yogis, bodyworkers & athletes to greatly enhance their sport or practice. No partner necessary, some basic yoga (or other body awareness practice such as rock climbing) is helpful.

Saturday, 9:30am – 12:30pm: Redefining Balance – Take your practice (whether it’s climbing, running, yoga or other) to an entirely new level. We will be reshaping your definition of balance by teaching basics of yoga on a slackline & on another person. Come see what it is like to play with your own & someone else’s energy in a refreshing, new way. We will begin with a vinysasa warm up, move into Acroyoga and the basics of the slackasana series including standing, walking on the line, kneeling and sitting, arm balancing & even going upside down. This approach is a great way to improve your overall strength & balance for your asana practice on & off the mat!

Saturday, 2pm-5pm: Gravity as the Guru – The ancient yogis gleaned much of their practices from looking toward nature and then emulating it. We’ll return to this practice with a class that includes inversions, balancing, backbending, vinyasa, and lots of fun. We will work with partners as we advance the practice, and through mutual support and trust we’ll all end up taking a look over our personal edge – wherever it may be.

Saturday, 6pm-8pm: Thai and Fly – The Nectar of the AcroYoga practice. Through theraputic leg love and flying massage, we’ll work to connect with the subtler energies of the body as we coax our spines, hips, ankles, wrists and shoulders into a passive place of peace. The lines of giving and receiving become blurred as we transition from flying to leg love and back again. The evening will begin and end with a blend of our voices in simple but powerful chanting.

Sunday, 9:30am – 12:30pm: The Yoga of Acrobatics – Confidence, concentration, trust & agility are all elements that support the embodiment of an acrobat & can help any person feel more empowered in their daily lives. By expanding the range of the physical body, we learn to trust ourselves & others, realizing our collective potential. As we remove self-imposed limits, we are walking on the path towards liberation. The elements shared in this class consist of: Tattsvadarzin asana sequence, partner balance, acrobatic flying, inversions & amp; spotting techniques. With these new tools students have a fresh perspective to enhance their practice & amp; their approach to others.

Sunday, 2-5pm: The Continuous Thread – The yogic principle of “live in the moment” doesn’t tell the whole story. As we close the weekend, we will work toward taking the experiences of the days before, and blending them with the possibilities of the future. Learning not to “live in the moment”, but to “live in all moments”. Life and Death are one thread – one line seen from opposite ends, and all experience lies between.

Pre-requisites:
Friday evening and Saturday sessions are open to people who have a minimum of 6 months asana practice. Sunday’s sessions are open to participants who have completed the Friday and Saturday sessions or individuals with previous acro-yoga experience.

Costs:
A non-refundable deposit to Te Anau Yoga Inc. of $50 is required to reserve your place at Off the Mat 2012. Pay before December 17th and save yourself $60 on the registration fee. To make your booking please e-mail teanauyoga@gmail.com for payment options.

TAY Members:
Early-bird price (before December 16th)
Fri/ Sat $200 (4 sessions) or Fri/Sat/Sun $300 (6 sessions)
from Dec 17th Fri/Sat $260 or Fri/Sat/Sun $360

Non-Members:
Early-bird (before December 16th)
Fri/ Sat $230 or Fri/Sat/Sun $330
from Dec 17th Fri/Sat $290 or Fri/Sat/Sun $390

Cancellation policy:
Cancellations prior to February 1st will be refunded the total amount less your $50 deposit.
Cancellations from February 2nd to and including February 16th will be refunded the total amount less 50%.
Cancellations from February 17th to the commencement of workshop: A 50% refund will only be given with the provision of medical certificate.

Jason & Chesley

 

Yoga Workshop – Kara-Leah Grant November 11th

The Power of Presence – Unravelling the stories that shape your yoga practice

It’s not just our bodies that shape our experience of yoga, it’s also our minds. Paying attention to our minds as we practice can profoundly shift our experience on the mat.In this three hour exploratory workshop facilitated by Prana Flow yoga teacher Kara-Leah Grant, we’ll examine the ideas, stories and beliefs each of us has about yoga in general, about our bodies, and about our practices.

Through the power of attention, and intention, we’ll decide which of these ideas, stories and beliefs empower us and our practice, and which ideas, stories and beliefs no longer serve us. Expect to share, breath, practice, laugh, learn, wonder and delight.

Registration:

Please e-mail teanauyoga@gmail.com to register. Payment in full ($40 for TAY members and $50 for non-members) is required to reserve your place (limited to 18 persons).

Time: 6-9:00 pm

Venue: Fiordland Medical Centre Community Room.

More about Kara-Leah:  A story-teller and yoga teacher, Kara-Leah is fascinated by the way our minds and psyches shape our bodies and experiences on the yoga mat. Currently wrapping up her 200 Hr Prana Flow Certifcation with Shiva Rea, Kara-Leah is the founder and editor of The Yoga Lunchbox, New Zealand’s on-line yoga magazine, and solo mum to her toddler son.

You can read more about Kara-Leah in her Yoga Lunchbox Teacher Profile.

http://theyogalunchbox.co.nz/
http://theyogalunchbox.co.nz/2008/12/03/dunedin-yoga-teacher-kara-leah-grant/

Yoga for Men workshop Sunday September 25th

Te Anau Yoga teachers Kerri-Anne Edge and Nick Hight will be offering a short introductory workshop for men wanting to experience and learn more about the benefits of a regular yoga practice on September 25th from 5-6:30pm at the Fiordland Medical Centre Community Room. It will be a one-off class particularly aimed at beginners. Cost is $10. For more information ph: Kerri-Anne 03-2497170, e-mail teanauyoga@gmail.com

Whether you are training for the Kepler Challenge, engaged in a strenuous and physical occupation, high impact sport, or are just plain sedentary, yoga could be just the thing you need. In fact yoga is often what men need because it is the opposite of what they do about 90% of the time. Yoga helps to bring balance, keep a range of motion in the joints, prevent soft tissue injuries and build bone density. While we have to admit there are some activities that fall by the wayside as we get older, yoga can be with us for life.

While a small number of men regularly attend class in Te Anau, it is generally woman who participate – about 80% – and this trend is not uncommon. Even in the US where yoga is more main stream, 77 percent of the yoga practitioners surveyed by the American Yoga Journal in 2005 were female. Often just getting to a class is the first obstacle. The excuses I often hear are I’m too busy to make it a priority, too inflexible,…coupled with the excuses you don’t hear: afraid of not being able to do something in class full of women, afraid it will hurt, afraid of how they might be perceived by their peers.

Getting men to identify with yoga in the West is a challenge partly because influential role models that brought yoga to the West in the 1900s were women. Russian born Indra Devi, who emigrated from India to the US in the 1940s, was championed by famous cosmetics designer Elizabeth Arden who encouraged her (female) customers to try yoga. Other male teachers used woman to demonstrate yoga poses. By the 1970’s yoga was generally perceived in the west as something for “housewives”, despite the fact that yoga has been mainly taught and practised by men for thousands of years in India.

And guys, if you think you are too macho for yoga then think again. The All Blacks, the Welsh rugby squad and Aussie rugby league clubs are among many professional sports teams that include yoga as part of their training program with an emphasis on flexibility and injury prevention.
We are especially keen to introduce more men in the community to yoga right now. Yoga is a perfect way to compliment the high impact and physical training required for events like the Kepler Challenge. It also trains the mind to work differently. This aspect can be very beneficial in preparing for competitive events like the Kepler or simply dealing with daily stress where there is considerable pressure on us to excel.

Te Anau Yoga will also be hosting American yoga teachers and professional athletes Jason Magness and Chesley Gribbon for a 3-day workshop in March 2012 which will include elements of yoga on a slackline and acroyoga. Jason and Chelsey taught a similar workshop in Te Anau earlier this year and we had our highest participation rate of men than any other workshop that we have hosted.

Acroyoga workshop hosted in Te Anau in March 2010 with (Left to Right) Chelsey Gribbon, Jane Tansell, Nick Hight and Jason Magness

While this type of yoga really appeals to a lot of guys, participants will need to have a minimum of six months experience practicing yoga to attend so now is the perfect time to begin attending a regular class. (note: If you watch U-tv you may have seen Jason and Chelsey on Ultimate Sports recently in Team “Gear Junkies” blitzing the field in a Patagonian adventure race to come second.

Every Moment is a Gateway

Anusara Yoga Weekend Workshop with Certified Anusara Teacher Katie Lane

Te Anau Yoga will be hosting international Anusara Yoga teacher Katie Lane in July 9-10th.

Founded by John Friend John Friend in 1997, Anusara yoga is a style of hatha yoga which unites a life-affirming Tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness with Universal Principles of Alignment.

“In an Anusara Yoga class, the asanas (postures) are a vehicle for expressing joy, connecting to your true self, and recognizing your own beauty. To this end, Anusara delights in – practically requires – a lighthearted attitude”.

Every Anusara class begins with an intention. The practice of uniting that intention with the pulsation of the breath and a dynamic approach to alignment makes every pose – from the most simple to the most advanced – a “grand experiment.” —

BREATHE Magazine, Going Deep: Anusara

Katie Lane has been sharing the teachings of Anusara Yoga in New Zealand since 2005. She is honoured to have been the first teacher to introduce this style of yoga here in NZ. Katie has over 1000 hours of training in Anusara Yoga and is a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, RYT-500. Currently based in Christchurch, she offers public and private classes, one-on-one yoga therapy, and Anusara workshops around New Zealand and overseas.

Weekend Programme
Saturday, July 9th
9-12am 1st Principle: Set the Foundation, Open to Grace – Standing Poses & Backbends
2-4.30pm Deepen Your Studentship with Life – Hip Openers, Twists, Forward Bends
Sunday, July 10th
9-12am : Honour the Dark, Step into the Light: Arm Balances, Backbends, Full Spectrum Practice

Registration and cancellation policy

Te Anau Yoga members Full workshop $175.00 (Sat or Sun am $65, Sat arvo $50). Non-members $200 (Sat or Sun am $75, Sat arvo $60). Includes instruction only. Participants are responsible for providing their own accommodation and food.
Cancellations prior to:

June 15th (inclusive) will be refunded the total amount less 20%.
June 16th and June 30th (inclusive) will be refunded the total amount less 50%.
July 1st and commencement of workshop: A 50% refund will only be given with the provision of medical certificate.

Venue
Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas Turnbull Room
Accommodation discounts
Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas are offering the following discounted rates for our workshop: $155.00 for a Garden View Room (double or twin share), $175.00 for a Lakeview Room (double or twin-share) and $250.00 for a 2 Bedroom Villa, suitable for 4 adults.

May Workshops with Barbara Whitehouse

Barbara Whitehouse will be visiting Te Anau in early May to run two workshops. The first being held on the afternoon of Friday May 6th will be an introduction to chair yoga and is speciifcally aimed at those who find it uncomforatble being seated on the ground or unable to stand for long periods. Chair Yoga is a very safe place to start exploring the beneifits of yoga, both physically and psychologically. A few seated beginning poses can still build strength, increase circulation and oxygenation. Chair yoga, considered a gentler form of yoga, uses a chair for additional support. Most of the exercises are done while sitting on, leaning on or holding onto a chair, making it a great way to practice yoga for people of all ages and those with limited mobility.

When: Friday May 6th 3pm-4:30pm
Cost: $8
Where: Medical Centre Comunity Room
Bookings esstential:
ph Kerri-Anne: 03-2497170
e-mail: teanauyoga@ihug.co.nz

The second workshop on Saturday May 7th will be a full yoga day with an emphasis on a physical yoga practice but also branching into the 8 limbs of yoga.

When: Saturday May 7th 9-12:00 pm and 2-4:00pm
Cost: Te Anau Yoga Members $50, non-members $65
Where: Te Anau Primary School Hall
Bookings esstential:
ph Kerri-Anne: 03-2497170
e-mail: teanauyoga@ihug.co.nz

Barbara is from Dunedin and is well known internationally for her joyful and gentle approach to yoga. She is fully qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga and has lead the International Yoga Teachers Association Conference in NZ. She runs classes and seminars in NZ and the UK covering all levels from beginners through to teachers, people with special needs, prisoners, and children. She also leads yoga holidays in 10 different countries.

Yoga Workshop with Peggy Preston

Peggy Preston

Peggy Preston

Peggy Preston, owner director of 2 studios in Queenstown (Bikram Yoga Queenstown and Studio Sangha) and host for the L1 Teacher Training with Lance Schuler this Oct. is going to be visiting us again later this month. Peggy ran a workshop in Te Anau in 2010 as part of our Autumn Workshop Series and will be teaching two workshops for Te Anau Yoga in 2011 (Saturday February 26th and one in August). Peggy has trained in both Bikram, Iyenga and Hatha styles of yoga with over 12 years of teaching experience. Her workshops incorporate an indepth knowledge of anatomy, yoga asana and pranayama, and are suitable for beginners through to advanced students. Even if you have never taken a yoga class before this workshop is for you! Peggy’s February workshop will be building from the ground up. Stability and connections with the earth is a major part of any yoga practice and of living a grounded and stable life. How we use our feet, legs and core muscles is an essential part of building a practice and sustaining a healthy, balanced practice over time. We will spend the morning creating a firm base and initiating movement from the core with some core stability work. Expect to use your abs! In the afternoon session, we will put this all in to action with a fun, free flow Vinyasa practice. This workshop is open to all levels and everyone is invited to come. Bookings essential via teanauyoga@ihug.co.nz For more info go to the Te Anau workshop menu at the top of the webpage.

Please come and meet Peggy if you have any questions about the upcoming teacher training with Lance Schuller or want an application form. Early bird rates until March 1st for the training. http://queenstownyoga.com/2010/11/30/teach-yoga/

Kaitlyn McConnell’s workshop

It was a great pleasure to host Kaitlyn McConnell and her husband Skylar for a night in Te Anau and to enjoy the wonderful workshop she ran for over 20 people a few weeks back. Thanks Kaitlyn. It’s great to know that our message about inviting travelling yoga teachers to teach a class or workshop here in Southland is getting out there. We hope you spread the word to your fellow teachers and yogi’s at home in Seattle.

Here is what Kaitlyn had to say on her blog:

To everyone who made it to the Detox Workshop in Te Anau, thank you! It was a wonderful morning with a view of the mountains and crisp, clear air. Perfect for building some inner heat and working through some challenging poses and twists. It was such a joy to teach you all and I will savor our time of chatting after the class was over.
A special thanks to Kerri-Anne and Te Anau Yoga for putting this together, your warm and hospitality will always be remembered.
Peace and Light to you all,

Kaitlyn


visit her blog at http://www.yogakm.blogspot.com/

Yoga Detox Workshop with Kaitlyn McConnell

Kaitlyn McConnell

In celebration of a new year and the recommencement of classes here in Te Anau visiting American yoga teacher Kaitlyn McConnell will be leading a 2 hr yoga workshop on Saturday January 29th from 9-11 am. This class will focus on detoxification and re-energizing for the new year. A great way to get back into yoga if you have been taking a break from it over the holidays and possibly a bit of over indulgence too!

Cost is $18 for members and $20 for non-members. Bookings are not required but please e-mail me at teanauyoga@ihug.com if you intend to come so I can gauge interest and look at an alternative larger venue if we are likely to have + 10 as the community room will be too small. This session will replace my normal class as well so you will need to bring cash/ cheque or pay in advance to the Te Anau Yoga account. Venue is to be decided (pending interest).

Kaitlyn’s web site and teacher profiles can be viewed on line at: http://yogakm.blogspot.com

Registration is now open for a Fiordland April Intensive with Jason Magness and Chelsey Gribbon

Make sure you secure yourself a spot for this exciting yoga intensive of transformative yoga practices including flowing asana sequences, AcroYoga, and Slackline Yoga.

Where:Te Anau, Fiordland, N.Z.

Jason & Chelsey

When: April 1-3 and 4th (optional) 2011.
To register e-mail teanauyoga@gmail.com

Early-bird discounts apply prior to Feb 1st 2011:
Members early-bird 3 day workshop $200, after Feb 1st $260 (add $50 for 4th day)
Non-members early-bird 3 day work shop $240, after Feb 1st $300 (add $60 for 4th day)
Note: payment is inclusive of yoga instruction and does not cover accommodation or meals.

Cancellations prior to:
February 1st will be refunded the total amount less 10%.
February 2nd and March 15th (inclusive) will be refunded the total amount less 20%.
March 15th and 24th (inclusive) will be refunded the total amount less 50%.
March 25th and commencement of workshop: A 50% refund will only be given with the provision of medical certificate.

Venue: Turnbull Room, The Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
www.teanauhotel.co.nz/Distinction-Te-Anau-Hotel-and-Villas

Accomodation and other activities: There are plenty of accommodation options in Te Anau and most places will be within easy walking distance of the venue. Cosy Kiwi Bed and Breakfast are offering discounted accommodation to people registering for this workshop. Visit http://cosykiwi.com/ for more information and just let them you you are attending. Go to the Destination Fiordland site for information on accommodation and other activities in Fiordland http://www.fiordland.org.nz/

Jason Magness

Jason Magness is an advanced Ashtanga practitioner, AcroYoga teacher, professional athlete, and founder of the YogaSlackers – Jason has been combining his passions for yoga and adventurous exploration for the last 15 years. He believes firmly in the importance of practicing yoga on the mat, and as far off the mat as possible. He has studied extensively with masters from around the world, but credits Gaia (the living earth) as his primary teacher. His inspirational exploits and teaching receives international attention, and he has been featured by ESPN, ABC, MS-NBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Outside Magazine, and many others.View YogaSlackers website and media links here.

Chelsey Gribbon

 

Chelsey Gribbon has been taking her practice off the mat since the day she was born. Her insatiable free spirit has led her to becoming somewhat of a modern day renaissance woman. Part professional racer, yogini, rock climber, acrobat, slackliner, and lover of all rivers, Chelsey blurs the lines between adventure and yoga by coaxing her students out of their comfort zone and into new realms of experience. As a member of the YogaSlackers, she teaches vinyasa, slackline yoga, and acro yoga that are inspired by her outdoor passions. She is a twice certified yoga instructor and a life long student of the mountains, rivers, oceans and elements of mother earth.

Check out this interview with Jason and Chelsey on the Yoga Lunchbox: Interview with Jason and Chelsey.

Full Programme: 3-day Intensive option
Friday, 5-8pm: Fundamentals of AcroYoga – Blending the elements of Vinyasa Yoga, Acrobatics & Thai massage, AcroYoga is a powerful tool for transformation. Learning to trust & be confident, exploring the need for strength & surrender, AcroYoga is a physical & emotional balancing act. The basic tools can be used by yogis, bodyworkers & athletes (amazing for climbers) to greatly enhance their sport or practice. No partner necessary, some basic yoga (or other body awareness practice such as rock climbing) is helpful.

Saturday, 9:30am – 12:30pm: Gravity as the Guru – The ancient yogis gleaned much of their practices from looking toward nature and then emulating it. We’ll return to this practice with an intense class that includes inversions, balancing, backbending, vinyasa, and lots of fun. We will work with partners as we advance the practice, and through mutual support and trust we’ll all end up taking a look over our personal edge – wherever it may be.

Saturday, 2pm-5pm: Redefining Balance – Take your practice (whether it be climbing, running, yoga or other) to an entirely new level. We will be reshaping your definition of balance by teaching basics of yoga on a slackline & on another person. Come see what it is like to play with your own & someone else’s energy in a refreshing, new way. We will begin with a vinysasa warm up, then move into Acroyoga and the basics of the slackasana series including standing, walking on the line, kneeling, sitting, arm balancing & even going upside down. This is a great way to improve your overall strength & balance for your asana practice on & off the mat!

Saturday, 6pm-8pm: Thai and Fly – The Nectar of the AcroYoga practice. Through theraputic leg love and flying massage, we’ll work to connect with the subtler energies of the body as we coax our spines, hips, ankles, wrists and shoulders into a passive place of peace. The lines of giving and receiving become blurred as we transition from flying to leg love and back again. The evening will begin and end with a blend of our voices in simple but powerful chanting.

Sunday, 9:30am – 12:30pm: The Yoga of Acrobatics – Confidence, concentration, trust & agility are all elements that support the embodiment of an acrobat & can help any person feel more empowered in their daily lives. By expanding the range of the physical body, we learn to trust ourselves & others, realizing our collective potential. As we remove self-imposed limits, we are walking on the path towards liberation. The elements shared in this class consist of: Tattsvadarzin asana sequence, partner balance, acrobatic flying, inversions & amp; spotting techniques. With these new tools students have a fresh perspective to enhance their practice & amp; their approach to others.

Sunday, 2-5pm: The Continuous Thread – The yogic principle of “live in the moment” doesn’t tell the whole story. As we close the weekend, we will work toward taking the experiences of the days before, and blending them with the possibilities of the future. Learning not to “live in the moment”, but to “live in all moments”. Life and Death are one thread – one line seen from opposite ends, and all experience lies between.

Extra day: Monday April 4th – Extension and Belief “Jedi Training” – This is the business. As we move beyond the fundamentals of any practice, the force of the individuals will comes more and more into play. This full day workshop will set the bar high, asking students to tap into “the force” (in yoga we call it prana). In order to expand what is possible in the physical practice, we must first learn to realise that possibility in our mind. We’ll work with this principle on the slackline, partner balance, acroyoga, handstands, advanced vinyasa, and long duration asana. Intended to be a serious extension of the weekend’s work, or for those with a strong personal practice. PreReqs: Attendance of the weekend, OR basic acroyoga experience, headstand, handstand at wall, no serious injuries.