Whatcha, whatcha, whatcha want for a workshop?

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I have offered a few yoga workshops this year and I’m eager to do more! But I want to hear from you. What kind of workshop(s) would you be interested in taking? What issues would you like to see addressed in a yoga workshop?

Here’s a few examples to get you thinking about workshop topics:

Working with healing an area of the body: hips, back, neck and shoulders

Exploring certain types of poses in-depth: backbends, arm balances, inversions

Yoga for emotional issues: depression, anxiety, stress

Personal growth: finding your strength, opening the heart, connecting to joy

I would love to hear what you think. What kind of yoga workshop would you be excited to attend? What topic(s) would you like to see covered? Let me know in the comments!

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Step Into Summer

I’m really excited about an upcoming workshop that I am co-teaching with fellow Forrest Yoga teacher, Sandy Till. I taught with Sandy for about a year and a half at SF Juvenile Hall through the Lemonade yoga program, so I’m thrilled to get a chance to teach together again with her. We’ve got some great stuff in store…

Step Into Summer

Summer is a time of transition! As we step into this new season and change, lets find our sense of joy and connection to brightness. This workshop will help you re-center and enliven your spirit through invigorating back bends and FUN inversions. Join us and step into summer with a renewed sparkle in your step. All levels welcome.

This workshop is being offered 2 times in 2 different locations:

Friday, June 29, 5-7 PM
Moksha Life Center, 405 Sansome St. 3rd Floor, San Francisco
Register

Sunday, July 1, 12:30-2:30 PM
Yoga at Change, 400 Ben Franklin Court, San Mateo Register

Cost: $35

About the Instructors:
Sandy Till is a Certified Forrest Yoga teacher and an accomplished therapist with many years of experience in both bodywork and yoga.

 

 

Megan Keane (hey, that’s me!) is a Certified Forrest Yoga teacher with over 500 hours of training. She regularly teaches classes for adults, youth, and youth with special needs.

Erich Schiffman: the real deal

Erich Schiffman is coming to the bay area this weekend. He’s doing workshops at Namaste Yoga Grand Lake (geez, all of my influential teachers seem to be coming there this year)!

Erich can best be described as the real deal. When I first encountered Erich, I had a regular yoga practice, but boy oh boy was it disciplined. In the beginning I needed that discipline. I needed someone to tell me what to do and sequences in which to do it. At a certain point though the discipline turned to rigidity. If I didn’t have at least an hour do my yoga practice, I felt like it wasn’t worth doing. The thought of getting on my yoga mat and doing what felt good for my body instead of a memorized yoga sequence was incredibly scary for me.

Erich advocates a freedom style-yoga that uses discipline as a framework, but then encourages you to freeform from there, guided by feeling. It’s about crafting the practice in a way that works for you and learning to trust the teacher within. As I later delved into Forrest Yoga, it was neat to see the parallels between Erich’s teaching and Ana’s focus on breath and feeling.

Did I mention Erich is also an amazing mediation teacher? In his opinion, mediation is the main practice. Perhaps the best $4.99 I’ve ever spent in the iTunes app store was on his mediation app. Make it the best $4.99 you’ve ever spent too.

Another way Erich’s helped me is through the pre-Facebook online yoga community he started. This has been a tremendous support for me especially in my early days as a teacher. I’ve met a number of amazing folks there (some of whom I’ve met in person). Indeed it was with complete trust that I shared a hotel room across the country with a woman from the list who I’d never met in person before. Since then she’s stayed with me on her trip to the bay area (and I’m about to stay with her on my upcoming east coast trip).

If you’re local, come to one or all of the workshops (you can catch me there on Sun.) Local or not, check out Erich’s book Moving Into Stillness. He also has a number of videos and the aforementioned app.

Have you discovered Erich on your yoga journey? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments.

 

Introduction to Forrest Yoga Workshop Jan. 29th

Forrest YogaI’m really excited to be offering an Introduction to Forrest Yoga Workshop at Yoga at Change on Sun. Jan. 29th from 12:30-2:30 P.M.

If you’re wondering what the heck Forrest Yoga is (no, it’s not yoga that you practice in a forest), this workshop will break down the basic principles of Forrest Yoga and how these all work together to create one powerful, sweaty, strength building, and healing practice. It will provide a lot of individualized assistance for any injuries, illnesses, or other issues you may be working with. So if you’re a beginner looking for some detailed guidance or if you’re a more experienced yogi curious about what this style of yoga has to offer, register¬† to join me on the 29th.

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