Yoga Talk: The Only Way In Is Out

We are starting a new tradition of talking about yoga related topics every first Sunday of the month, for all of you curious yoga practitioners or teachers who wish to explore new territories and establish a wide context, in order to take the practice you regularly do on the yoga mat to the next level.
Expect an informal talk which allows space for conversation, and hopefully inspires us to find ways to incorporate the ancient wisdom into our own lives.

This time we’ll talk about the essence of yoga which is an internal process, looking into a very famous Sutra (aphorism) from the „Yoga Sutras of Patanjali“ which gives a basic definition of what the yoga process is – „Yoga citta vrtti nirodah“. We will discuss it, as well as other sources from the yoga tradition, as it relates to our practice and everyday life.
How does our psyche function and how does it effect our thought process and actions? How can we use the mind as a tool for cultivating more peace and joy into our lives?

Price: Donation based (Suggestion 3-10€)

Leading the conversation:
Oren Zaslavsky
www.yogainperson.com

ALIGNMENT OF THE CHAKRAS: Yoga and Essential Oil Workshop

In this workshop, we’ll dive into the meaning of each chakra. We will look at the psychological dynamics of each chakra and we will use the architecture of the chakras as a roadmap for inner alignment.

Each chakra is involved in the manifestation process and in the liberation process. The liberation process is the process from what is familiar to us to what we truly want. You will learn how the chakras are connected and how you can use the knowledge to move easier towards your dreams. We will reflect on each chakra via guided journaling. The first chakra represents the trust we have in ourselves and in the world. The third chakras represents our capacity to direct our energy into action, the 5th chakra represents our voice. You will learn how you can access and balance each chakra via reflection, related practices, nature and essential oils.

After the intro to the chakras, we will do a strengthening and balancing yoga practice. You will learn how to use the chakra knowledge for your yoga practice at home. Reserve your spot upfront if you want to join.

Spots are limited. Book now: https://yogacafe-berlin.com/cafe-yoga/workshops/?w=/event/1779384

Bring a journal and a pen. Mats and props are provided.

When: 2nd of March (Saturday) 15:00 – 17:30

Investment: 40€

Workshop series for yoga teachers – Part 2: Assisting Hands-On

Using our hands to assist our students is something most teachers don’t feel too confident with. In this workshop we will go through different postures and movements and learn (and practice) different ways to offer hands-on assists. We will explore in depth the different intentions behind each adjustment, and the different ways to make it more effective.

Please sign up in advanced since thee are limited spots available: https://yogacafe-berlin.com/cafe-yoga/workshops/?w=workshops

When: 16/2/2019 – 4pm – 7pm

Price: 30€

ABOUT THE TEACHER: Oren Zaslavsky
A decade plus of yoga practice, mixed with a few years of dedicate Vipassana meditation practice, and much experience teaching yoga to a variety of students from many different backgrounds, age groups, physical conditions and nationalities.

I practice (and teach) „Hatha-Vinyasa“ which is a breath-centered approach to yoga based on the ancient eight-limb system („the yoga sutra“) originated in India, but also uses modern knowledge of anatomy and physiology to offer the safest and most effective practice.

I teach (and practice) a combination of what I learned mainly from three teachers who I trained with extensively: Richard Freeman, AG Mohan and Leslie Kaminoff

MORE WORKSHOPS TO COME:

Teaching methodology
In this workshop we will discuss and practice different aspects of teaching and holding space – how to give instructions and ques, how to control the rhythm of the class and multitask, how to interact with students and react to them in a useful way, and much more. These are very important topics for both beginner and experienced teachers, as it’s never a bad idea to refresh our mind and habits and gain confidence in our role as yoga teachers.

Modifications and Variations
In almost every class we teach we encounter students that need special attention and care, since not all bodies are created equal, and a one size fits all way of teaching isn’t doing just to many students. In this workshop we will go over different options of using props or offering modifications for different postures and movements. We will discuss different ways that we can make the practice more accessible to all students, with all physical conditions and limitations.

Incorporating Pranayama and Meditation
Yoga at it’s essence is a spiritual practice, leading us towards higher states of peace and harmony. In today’s yoga scene postures have become the most dominant form of yoga practice. As teachers we should find ways to offer the more internal aspects of yoga in our classes. In this workshop we will learn different methods and techniques that we can easily incorporate into our classes, that will give our students a deeper experience.

Workshop: Refine your goals: Yoga and Essential Oil´s

It is our very nature to always have new dreams and visions. We sometimes get side-tracked by old patterns that hold us back from bringing our dreams into reality.
In this 2 hour workshop, we are breaking your goals and dreams down for this year. You will have the chance to review and refine them. Goals that are not aligned with what your heart wants are hard to achieve.
Through guided journaling, you will see which ones you want to keep and which ones are not coming from your own voice – these are the ones you might want to let go.
You will learn how to establish little routines to nourish your dreams, to own them and to let them grow stronger than any old pattern. You will get an understanding how your energy, action and commitment are related and how important it is to see the final picture instead of the immediate return.
You will learn how you can use essential oils to successfully cut through old patterns. You will learn how they work in our body and how to connect them to your daily routines.
The yoga practice will be clarifying, strengthening and active. We will set the focus on your 3rd and 6th chakra to set you up for keeping your clear vision and directing your energy towards what you want.
After the 2 hour workshop, you have the chance to ask personal questions over a coffee or turmeric latte in the Yogacafé.
Bring your journal and a pen for the workshop. Mats and props are provided.
Reserve your spot upfront if you want to join. Spaces are limitet: https://yogacafe-berlin.com/cafe-yoga/workshops/?w=/event/1634436
Investment: 20 Euros

Workshop series for yoga teachers 2019

1. Sequencing a yoga class

Planning a sequence for our classes is an art form.
Some of us teachers tend to hold on to familiar structures because we are not sure how to change things up and still keep our classes effective and safe.

In this workshop we will learn some principles and tools that can free us up to offer a bigger range of sequences with ease and confidence, and at the same time keep the essence of our method.
We will also do different exercises in sequencing, so bring papers and something to write with.

Investment: 30 Euro

Book soon. Spots are limited.

FURTHER WORKSHOP TOPICS
2. Assisting Hands-On
Using our hands to assist our students is something most teachers don’t feel so confident with. In this workshop we will go through different postures and movements and learn (and practice) different ways to offer hands-on assists. We will explore in depth the different intentions behind each adjustment, and the different ways to make it more effective.

WHEN: 16th of Febuary, 4pm – 7pm

3. Teaching methodology
In this workshop we will discuss and practice different aspects of teaching and holding space – how to give instructions and ques, how to control the rhythm of the class and multitask, how to interact with students and react to them in a useful way, and much more. These are very important topics for both beginner and experienced teachers, as it’s never a bad idea to refresh our mind and habits and gain confidence in our role as yoga teachers.

4. Modifications
In almost every class we teach we encounter students that need special attention and care, since not all bodies are created equal, and a one size fits all way of teaching isn’t doing just to many students. In this workshop we will go over different options of using props or offering modifications for different postures and movements. We will discuss different ways that we can make the practice more accessible to all students, with all physical conditions and limitations.

5. Incorporating Pranayama and Meditation
Yoga at it’s essence is a spiritual practice, leading us towards higher states of peace and harmony. In today’s yoga scene postures have become the most dominant form of yoga practice. As teachers we should find ways to offer the more internal aspects of yoga in our classes. In this workshop we will learn different methods and techniques that we can easily incorporate into our classes, that will give our students a deeper experience.

ABOUT THE TEACHER: Oren Zaslavsky
I have been practicing yoga since 2006. I tried genuinely to be a part of traditional schools of yoga (Ashtanga, Sivananda…) but realized that yoga doesn’t need to be organized, all it really needs is the right intention.

I practice (and teach) „Hatha-Vinyasa“ which is a breath-centered and free-style approach to yoga which is based on the ancient eight-limb system („the yoga Sutras“) originated in India.

I teach (and practice) a combination of what I learned mainly from three teachers who I trained with extensively:

A.G. Mohan (of Chennai), from whom I got the traditional approach deeply connected to ancient scriptures from India.
Leslie Kaminoff (of NYC), from which I got the anatomic, therapeutic and breath-centered approach to yoga.
Richard Freeman (of Boulder), from which I got the essence-oriented, imaginative, going-deep-within and free-spirited approach to yoga. Richard is also a real yogi, one who teaches by example.
Buddhist approach is there too since I am also an avid Vipassana practitioner.