Celebrate uniqueness and diversity in every class.
Spend a weekend investigating a clear and verifiable list of missing considerations affecting the accessibility, sustainability, and clarity of group asana classes and yoga practices today. These workshops will offer you researched and well thought out reasons and clear answers to what has been overlooked in yoga classes from the philosophical to the physical.
Workshop participants will be offered a clear path to follow to help them develop tools and customized solutions to these overlooked considerations allowing classes and practices to live up to the promises that yoga is for anyone and everyone who wants to participate and is a lifelong practice.
Friday, January 10 | 5-7:30 pm
Feel Here Now: The Asana Lab Live
Teachers and long time students around the world are longing for more personal practice time while in a community setting. There is a strong desire to be able to be a student again in a public class and to have the opportunity to learn by doing. A chance to be inspired so that your practice becomes your own again and so that you have the chance to grow for yourself and to offer what you learn to the students you teach. A moment to be presented with new and effective methods and techniques that allow you to deepen your direct personal experience with yoga’s philosophy while staying engaged in a physical practice that has all the qualities you love and maybe some of the qualities that you miss.
Move, explore, inquire, feel, and learn.
~Full Practice + brief explanation before and after as well as a Q&A that will establish a baseline for the rest of the weekend.~
Saturday, January 11 | Session 1 | 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Yoga Philosophy in Practice and Action
Yoga’s philosophical teachings are the underlying purpose meant to inform how we create and utilize the physical activities such as Asana that are presented in classes today. They are meant to facilitate a direct interaction between the student and their relationship to yoga and the obstacles that can obscure it. The philosophical teachings and concepts can often be difficult to incorporate and articulate within the current popular class constructs as they can feel like an after thought or something layered on unnaturally, but they don’t have to be. This workshop will take a look at the philosophical concepts we are trying to teach at a theoretical level, how they’re being taught and what is being used to teach them within the current paradigm, and how we can rework the tools and methods of delivery so that these concepts are brought to life in an interactive form that directly and personally imparts yoga’s teaching in the group yoga classes.
• A path towards facilitating classes that encourage students to directly engage with and embody Yoga’s teachings.
• Key concepts from The Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras
• Application in the current class context
• Tools to teach the concepts directly instead of layering them on top
~Lecture & interactive learning activities.~
Saturday, January 11 | Session 2 | 3:30-6:30 pm
The Missing Pieces
“I’m not flexible enough” is one of the common barriers stated, in addition to many others, preventing people from attending yoga classes. In addition, long time yoga practitioners and teachers have sustained injuries drawing into question the sustainability of the teaching tools and techniques used in classes. The current yoga pose catalogue contains many poses that don’t accommodate for the majority of adults and are often unsustainable to current class participants. Uncovering and inspecting the missing considerations that are causing accessibility and sustainability issues is the key to solving them. By addressing these overlooked points class structures and poses can be altered and adapted so they can meet the promises that yoga is for everyone and anyone and can be a sustainable lifelong practice.
• Skeletal variations
• Biomechanics of the Shoulder and Pelvic Girdles
• Range of Motion Demands in Yoga Asana
• A.N.S. dysregulation
~Practice + lecture & interactive activities~
Sunday, January 12 | Session 1 | 9 am-noon
Deconstructing Asana: Building Postures With Purpose
The Deconstruction process allows you to effectively calculate the current construction and physical makeup of any pose or activity offered in group class settings. In addition it illuminates the present day perception of each pose’s benefits and effects, the qualities of the pose that students currently love, and any oversights or myths that may exist in how the pose is perceived or utilized. The components of the deconstructed asana are then assessed for any missing considerations that cause it to be inaccessible, unsustainable, or off topic philosophically making it possible to RECONSTRUCT a more sound and inclusive alternative.
~Lecture + mini-practices & learning activities~
Sunday, January 12 | Session 2 | 1-4 pm
Reconstruct & Reimagine Asana Classes For All
The Reconstruct & Reimagine process offers teachers and participants a clear path to develop customized poses and activities that meet the same perceived benefit and qualities of experience that students currently LOVE and expect while eliminating the accessibility and sustainability pitfalls. Learn to construct and teach postures with a universally accessible base intention that then allows each individual to add or subtract options and alterations arriving at their own custom built shape that embodies the intended aim of the activity for them as an individual.
~Lecture + mini-practices & learning activities~
Deconstruct To Reconstruct
Accessible To All & Sustainable For A Lifetime
January 10-12, 2020
Friday | 5-7:30 pm
Saturday 11:30 am-2:30 pm & 3:30-6:30 pm
Sunday 9am-12pm & 1-4pm
$300 Full weekend (5 sessions) | $60 individual sessions (purchased separately)*
YogaWorks Costa Mesa, 1835 Newport Blvd Ste A208
• Single sessions are available for this workshop series.
• To navigate to the standalone listing for each session, click on the title of the session above.
• Saturday and Sunday consists of two sessions each; each session is individually priced for drop-in students (e.g. drop-in registration in either Saturday session is $60 or $120 for both).
The physical challenges of a rigorous and physically technical yoga practice initially provided a natural familiarity for the former competitive gymnast, but it was yoga’s philosophical concepts and their application in one’s life that were and still remain Alexandria’s driving interest beyond the physical technique of asana. Through a series of significant and unforeseen injuries her practice and teaching has dramatically evolved towards sustainability and accessibility. Alex Crow has spent years researching the reasons that yoga classes and poses are often unsustainable and carry risks for the population who can preform them while also inaccessible to a very large portion of the population. Years of research, scientific inquiry, development and integration have gone into Alex’s work. The result is an evolved set of techniques and approaches that eliminate the problematic components of physical asana practices and group classes while adding techniques that retain the qualities students love about yoga classes but that allow student’s to engage in personal inquiry with agency at a much greater depth. The class formats and teaching tools that Alex offers are sustainable and accessible for anyone that wants to take class regardless of circumstance and that teach yoga’s philosophy in real time in an experiential way.
Her classes are unique in their style and are wisely designed and are based on the actual mechanics of the body and allow students to explore their personal range of motion and capabilities in relation to each class's focus. She asks her students to observe the roots of their actions to know why they are making certain choices and to understand that while they can or cannot do something doesn't necessarily mean that they should on either side. She teaches her students to experience the impermanent sensations of the body while watching how those sensations beget thoughts and how those thoughts beget an action that may or may not always be wise or based in the present moment. Alex’s emphasis on paying attention and her insistence on each individual respecting their own uniqueness encourages them to love and celebrate who they are. It’s this love of their own unique perfection that creates true change in her students so they can connect with more grace to themselves, to others and to the world.
Alex is an internationally respected teachers’ teacher who leads teacher trainings and workshops around the world. Through her Yoga Physics methodology she aims to clearly explain in the simplest terms the what, why’s and how’s of asana, meditation and yogic philosophy making the practice approachable for everyone, of every level and of every walk of life. She shares this knowledge with her students and other teachers so they can practice and teach wisely, sustainably and mindfully. Her continuing education workshops in person and online, as well as her 300 hour teacher intensive train teachers to be better informed on yogic philosophy and history, the physical mechanics of the body and how to apply that knowledge to asana, as well as how to ethically lead group classes that are accessible and sensitive to all. Her Yoga Physics mentorship program is helping teachers build on their strengths, while discovering their own unique voices.
Workshop Return Policy
Full payment is required to reserve a space in workshops. All workshops are non-refundable. Cancellations made two weeks or more prior to workshop start date will be issued store credit. No store credit will be given for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to workshop start date. YogaWorks is not responsible for any costs incurred for travel arrangements or accommodations related to this event.
*ENROLLMENT NOTE: Single and session registration for this training is not available through the mobile app. Please visit YogaWorks.com/workshops or call YogaWorks Costa Mesa at (949) 642-7400 to register for a single session.