Move Your Practice Forward
Make the Leap from Fundamentals to Intermediate + Beyond
Whether you’ve been practicing for a few months or many years, these workshops will help you breakthrough the fundamentals and develop an intermediate and beyond practice. Internationally respected for his straightforward & accessible teaching, Jason’s method will improve your arm balances, inversions, backbends, transitions and more by breaking these postures down into progressive steps that everyone can do.
These weekend workshops will advance your practice by addressing the most common challenges that students face in every posture group—and, teach you how to move into the next phase of your practice. These workshops are equally valuable for teachers that want to learn how to help their students continue to make progress in their practice.
Saturday Morning: Air Time: Handstand + Forearm Balance + Headstand Variations
Learning handstand, forearm balance and headstand takes time—even more when you want to bring these postures into the middle of the room and include variations. Once you’ve warmed up and refined the basics, you’ll make the following progress:
- Learn to transition more confidently and gracefully into handstand, forearm balance and headstand. You’ll go up with one leg, two legs and lay the foundation for “pressing” into these poses.
- Work on “timed” versions of these postures to develop greater strength, focus and orientation while upside down.
- Just in case things get ugly, you’ll learn how to safely fall out of these poses without hurting yourself or impaling your neighbor.
- Explore a classic progression of headstand variations that will compliment your handstands + forearm balance practice.
Still stuck or scared? You’ll build strength and confidence for these postures with a step-by-step approach that you can do on your own at the wall!
Saturday Afternoon: The Best Arm Balances You’ve Ever Done
Many students struggle with arm balances because they simply haven’t learned the necessary techniques. Breaking these postures down into logical, progressive steps that everyone can do is the key to making progress in these poses. Once you’ve warmed up with core-strengthening postures, hip-opening and a bit of vinyasa flow, you’ll make the following progress:
- Learn how to practice the entire crow/crane family, including one-legged and twisting variations. Lay the foundations for jumping into these postures from down dog and transitioning into them from handstand. You don't have to be able to do this right away, but it’s time to take a step in this direction.
- Learn the entire side-plank family, including how to transition directly from these postures into standing poses.
- Develop the steps for twisting arm balances like astavakrasana and eka pada koundinyasana.
- Learn how to prepare your hips for grasshopper, tittibhasana, and visvamitrasana.
- Begin combining multiple arm-balances.
Think you’re not ready for these? Don’t worry, there are reasonable options for everything we do.
Sunday Morning: Deeper Backbends + Beyond
It’s difficult to make progress in backbends for most students. This practice will demystify the technique and anatomy of backbending and help you make significant strides with these postures. Once you’ve warmed up your shoulders, spine, hips and quads, you’ll refine bridge, bow and camel pose. Then, you’ll move on from these backbending fundamentals and make the following progress:
- Deepen your bow pose and upward bow pose learning exactly what your body needs to strengthen and open.
- Get started on drop-backs and one-legged variations of upward bow. Learn how to prepare your body and make steps toward these demanding postures.
- Learn the next posture after upward bow in the progression of backbends: viparitta dandasana
- Learn full (or modified) versions of full pigeon pose, one-legged pigeon pose 1 + 2, and scorpion.
Feel overwhelmed? There are always options and this is a supportive environment. There’s no pressure to perform.
Sunday afternoon: Demystifying Lotus + Splits
This workshops is for everyone that finds lotus and splits elusive but wants to make progress in these key postures. You’ll unwind tension in your hamstrings, outer-hips, quadriceps, and hip-flexors in a wide-range of postures. You’ll explore the fundamentals of hip-opening before making the following progress:
- Learn the most common causes of restriction in your hips and how to work more effectively with these joints.
- Learn the secret to keeping your knees safely aligned in lotus.
- Deepen your standing split variations and standing lotus pose variations.
- Explore several different seated split variations and seated ½ lotus variations.
- Experiment with inverted split and lotus postures.
Think your not flexible enough? There’s no pressure and it’s not a contest. This is just an opportunity to experiment and explore.