12/04/2018 - 15/04/2018
Yoga in Kiel
Julie will be back in Kiel and she will be offering several different workshops for you to enjoy. Along with her masterclass sessions she will also be offering Sacred Dance and a public workshop.
Masterclasses09:30 – 11:30 – booking or drop in
Thursday 12th April – Sunday 15th April
Our yoga practice gives opportunity to let go of unwanted patterns, behaviour, stories and limitations allowing us to cultivate a relationship with our inner self. One that becomes the most important relationship of all. Using awareness of sensation Julie will guide you to explore natural spirals, waves, pulses, expansion and contraction, integrated movement, breath and pause. Listening without judgement to what your body has to say, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Julie encourages students to find their own pace, fluidity and strength in a structure that is only a „suggestion“. She no longer asks people to get „into“ a pose, but if stillness arises then space is given for you to pause, feel and sense. Moving on only when you are ready, moving with the body not against it.
Julie’s style of flow and curiosity, a practice for all those who are tired of showing up to merely make shapes. Join the Intelligent Rebellion and allow yourself to find a practice that feels authentic to you and your own body.
Sacred Dance13:30 – 16:30
Thursday 12th & Friday 13th April
We are constantly communicating with our bodies. Our gestures, glances, movements are telling stories we may not be aware of. When we cultivate our internal dialogue to find expression in movement, in dance, we have access to our stories. We feel them, see them and express them. Through this process we allow ourselves to re-pattern, let go of limiting ideas and grow in our relationship to ourselves and others. Sacred Dance is a movement exploration without limitations.
Julie will guide you through different awareness exercises. Moving to access something within yourself in relationship to how you feel at this moment. As the connection to inner sensing unfolds we present ways we are in relationship to others and to community/unity as a whole. Conscious movement and dance can unfold many mental and emotional layers and you will find your freedom as you let the dance rise from within.
Julie draws on her work within the conscious dance community mostly from Vinn Arjuna Marti the founder of Soul Motion, along with Michael Molin Skelton also of Soul Motion and Jo Cobbett of 5 Rhythms and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. These mentors plus using techniques drawn from movement therapy has given Julie the framework with which she creates Sacred Dance.
Using The Koshas In Movement An Stillness13:30 – 16:30
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April
The five Koshas (or sheaths) as described in the Taittiriya Upanishad is often laid out in a linear fashion as moving from the densest outer layer to the innermost subtle layer. But what if we look at them as interacting on all levels at all times? How can we tune in to sense or experience these layers and are they really separate from each other?
Julie will bring knowledge and exploration to this workshop using the framework of the Koshas in relation to how we practice asana, pranayama and meditation. Annamaya, Pranaymaya, Manomaya, Vijnanamaya and Anandamaya are the 5 Koshas often listed as Physical body, Energetic Body, Psychic Body, Consciousness Body and Transcendental Body.
Using them as a basis to bring awareness we can move with the physical body as usual in asana, but at the same time when we bring a somatic awareness to movement, breath and pausing in stillness we can find the subtle connections to the energetic, psychic and consciousness layers as well. Using a repeated sequence we can notice different layers with each repetition. Moving first with the thinking mind, then a feeling sensation, then observation and finally just awareness. We can access a felt sense not only in the density of the movement but the witnessing of the mental and emotional states of being. When we cease to move with an aim to get somewhere and instead use the movement to become present, the quality of awareness becomes more open and encompassing.
This workshop will involve a discourse, writing and movement exploration. Bring a notebook with you. Open to all practitioners.
Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside. With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire. Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it. The practice is always an enquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement and stillness.15 years ago Julie set up Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India after teaching in Brighton, UK for over 8 years. The largest motivation for the yoga centre was to create a community that could join together each winter season and practice without judgement, learn to let everything evolve and be totally inclusive to all yogis. What grew out of that is an international reputation especially in training teachers to challenge the “norms” of the yoga world when they no longer work for us. Julie’s work as a teacher trainer leaves students inspired and empowered.
She encourages people to find their own pace, fluidity and strength in a structure that is only a „suggestion“. No longer asking people to get „into“ a pose, but if stillness arises in a moment then space is given to pause, feel and sense.
“Coming from a dance background and starting an asana practice to save my knees (which it did) I was initially so thankful for the practice. But as I moved over into the deeper world of yoga and teaching it (25 years ago) I was soon riddled with injuries. I had to rethink how this method that had initially „saved“ my body was now the source of pain and injury and why everyone in the midst of it was so intent on a „right way“ to do the practice. So I stepped away from the strict methodology (which lost me students in some cases) and worked on combining information from modern anatomy and fascia research, including some of my dance knowledge, with natural movement and letting people find their own alignment instead of forcing ideas of what anything should look like. For me it’s about allowing students to find a somatic practice that nurtures and heals the body and mind.”
Your yoga practice should invite you into relationship with your self, your body, your mind and emotions. This is not Instagram yoga or circus skills class. This is moving through layers, feeling, experiencing and observing process, moving towards stillness, moving towards self.
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