Embodied practices – A weekend immersion with Julie Martin

It can often be a struggle to be a yoga practitioner and fully understand how something we do on our mats or meditation cushions can be embraced in every moment of our lives. The question is how do we truly embody the practices and all they encompass? Our bodies are containers for all our thoughts, emotions, patterns and histories. When we can look at a cellular level we understand that there is nothing in us that is separate or unaffected by what we do, think, eat, feel.
Using the practices as means to tune into this is where we start a fully embodied relationship with yoga and ourselves.

Using Julie’s unique form of asana and movement, somatic meditation, breath work and awareness exercises the process of “doing” the practice will transform to the state being, fully present with the sense of aliveness we are looking for. These sessions will be full of curiosity and enquiry, pause and presence, stillness and movement. All practitioners welcome.

Thursday January 4, 19.00-21.00

Brahmani style asana flow practice – Investigating spiral movements

The body has no straight lines in it. A spiral movement of muscle and bone makes connections through, therefore when we allow ourselves to find the natural spirals in our movement we eliminate the sensation of force or resistances. Using the asana practice as a means to find connection with the present moment we will play with pulses, spirals and waves and then find the ability to pause and remain curious in the stillness before we move on. This flow will take you through the dynamics of spiral movements in the spine and see how that allows freedom in stability as well as space in the joints.

Friday January 5, 10.00-12.00

Brahmani style asana flow practice – Investigating Fluid Core

Many practices focus on finding brute strength for stability. But the body can work much more efficiently with momentum. Strength can be gain with connection to earth that allows shifting weight and changing shape with dynamic results. Playing with animal location we find that our core stability is about moving through shapes instead of getting fixed in one. Fluidity can be strong but it doesn’t need to be rigid.

Friday January 5, 13.00-16.00

Slow Movement Investigation with Somatic Meditation Practice

We can take a meditation practice into movement that is much slower and more intimate in relationship with our emotions. We will take shorter sequences to find a few “shapes” and discover different ways to integrate them based on what feels right. Construction and deconstruction on what is useful, what is movement and when does stillness arise without effort. We can embody stillness when the awareness of the container that we occupy is the center focus. The last part of this session includes a few different styles of somatic (awareness focused) meditation techniques, some laying down, some working through the breath awareness. The entire session will be restorative in nature and allow us to let our intuitive connection from within guide us.

Saturday January 6, 10.00-12.00

Brahmani style asana flow practice – Investigating the back bend in fluidity

This class will take you through preparation to find fluidity in the front of the body and support in the back of the body. Putting those elements together we give space for freedom in our backends. Struggling with back bending is common and often the struggle arises out of a need to find “the best” back bend. However, when we discover the idea of exploring movements towards a shape instead of focusing on the shape the body will follow with greater ease. We can find what is creating our resistance by negotiating with ranges of motion. This class will be great for everyone, whether back bends are comfortable for you or not.

COST

Early Bird ( Payment received by November 25, 2017)
AED 250 /session Or AED 875 for all 4 sessions

Regular
AED 300/session Or AED 1050 for all 4 sessions

For bookings, please email info@zoga.ae

About Julie Martin:

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.

“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.”

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 in a moment then space is given for them to pause, feel and sense. Moving on only when they are ready.

Your yoga practice should invite you into relationship with your self, your body, your mind and emotions. Weaving philosophy and tantric teachings of enquiry, awareness and experimentation Julie will unfold a practice of curiosity that gives space for students to explore in and around structure and make up their own minds about what works for themselves. 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.

The practice is not in the asana, it is in the awareness – Julie Martin