Simon has been teaching retreats and Prana Flow teacher training modules for the past few years at Yoga Rocks. We always get excited about his visits as, aside from being an asana and Thai massage genius, he is more importantly a nice and down to earth bloke. A week of Dynamic Flow, Artful Assists and Vinyasa Sequencing, this immersion explores the dynamic range of Vinyasa Flow Yoga; including traditional and creative namaskars, detailed energetic and physical alignment, and holistic assisting of asanas. Simon Park offers his embodied transmission and 20 years of study with Shiva Rea and world travel, to take your practice and teaching to the next level.
Transformation comes through embodiment, moving from concept to experience. We will experience a rekindling of our inspiration, understanding and knowledge to bring into our teaching, practice and life path.
You can expect fluid and subtly intense asana, therapeutic flows peppered with spicy inversions balanced by grounding, supportive assists. His intuitive and practical knowledge of anatomy inspires new confidence in a complex and sometimes confounding area, fantastic for teachers but also interesting for those wanting to get a little deeper into the details of the practice without really trying!
Experience and create intelligent sequencing moving towards peak poses and playing with varied energetics. Learn to read bodies and find the right assist for different types of practitioners. Teach intuitively from understanding the physical and energetic place of your students. The teacher is a channel to unite asana, pranayama, and yogic philosophy; seeing it move into a person’s being, thus becoming the process of Yoga.
The focus will be on refining our embodiment through practice, observation, discussion and hands-on experience:
* Sequencing. Based on Krishamacharya’s Vinyasa Krama philosophy and inspired by Shiva Rea’s Wave Sequencing. Learn the key components such as creative namaskars, transitional poses, multi-dimensional vinyasa sequences, and progression toward peak poses. We will compare and juxtapose modern vinyasa with traditional styles such as Iyengar and Ashtanga.
* Transformational Hands-On-Assists with physical and energetic alignment. A very important element of teaching: requires vision, precision, sensitivity, multiple points of awareness, and an ego-free approach. Become a well balanced teacher who is just as comfortable teaching and assisting beginners as well as experienced practitioners.
* Restorative Classes and Asana Therapeutics
* Integration of Therapeutic Thai Massage.
Anyone with an established asana practice who wants to learn more will enjoy this week. Simon’s own advanced asana practice gives an exciting glimpse into where we can go with our bodies. His humble and cheerful approach to life balances this and shows us how to love yoga in such an enthusiastic and expansive way. If you take just a smidgen of this away with you it will have been a worthwhile week.