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Yin Meets Yang: Cultivating Strength, Mobility and Ease

March 06 –
  March 08, 2020
Bucharest, Romania
Yin and Yang forms of Yoga are often differentiated with respect to movement speed, targeted tissues, and the length of time poses are held.  But, these ancient Chinese concepts are terms based on relativity that apply to all phenomenon, and in fact, can be applied to our movement practice in a number of creative ways to cultivate greater joint integrity and tissue balance.
Join international teacher trainer and Samdhana Yoga founder, Alicia Cheung, for her integral anatomy and movement series: “Yin Meets Yang: Cultivating Strength, Mobility and Ease”. She will take you on a journey to explore creative and challenging movement in less traditional ways to increase mindfulness, reduce common overuse injuries as seen in asana, enhance flexibility, active mobility, strength, neurological control, and ultimately, surrender.
Her lecture series will be based on the latest, evidence-based findings in movement research, functional anatomy, pain science and fascial health. You will develop new ways of improving joint integrity, neuromuscular function, reducing pain, and narrowing the gap between passive flexibility and active mobility, all of which will enhance your current asana practice. Open to practitioners wanting to deepen their practice, and for teachers, you will also cultivate a thinking process that will inspire creativity in your sequencing.
Dates: March 6-8, 2020
Location: TBD

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Within a few months of practicing yoga, I knew I wanted to do a teacher training course.  I decided to give myself a year of practice and discovered YogaWorks’ destination teacher training in Hawaii. I immediately knew that was the course I was suppose to take. Hawaii has always been a favorite place of mine and it is so sacred to me. The month I spent completing that teacher training in Hawaii was one of the best experiences of my life. Going away to a remote place while undergoing this transformative process is ideal. Being away from my normal day-to-day distractions and routine helped me dive deep into my training. You are flushed with so much new information and it can be a bit overwhelming but allowing yourself to open up to the experience not only helps you learn a tremendous amount, it allows you to be transformed. Hawaii has such an amazing and vibrant energy, it was so complementary to what we were doing there. With the nature surrounding us, the people there with us, the ocean and its powerful waves just a short walk away – it is paradise. Alicia and Oliver offer an amazing course. They are filled with immense knowledge and experience that is delivered with their own personal twist. They were extremely helpful and always there if we needed extra guidance. Our student group along with Alicia and Oliver felt like one big family. We would play games after dinner or hang out in the jacuzzi under the star light listening to the Coqui frogs. There was a strong sense of community throughout the training and that really helped with the process. The YogaWorks teacher training covers so many amazing points about the practice. From detailed asana lectures to hour long philosophy discussions. From Sanskrit and yoga’s history to meditation and quieting down to reach deeper. I feel I received a very well-rounded training and came out ready to teach confidently. I learned so much about myself that month.  I learned to love impermanence and find comfort in uncertainty. I learned to love myself and let go of things I was still holding on to. I learned more about my true self while I was there, being amongst the trees and earth and felt closer to nature than I had in awhile. I learned that following my gut instincts are what lead me to where I am truly meant to be. It feels pretty surreal to be teaching now. I’m from Laguna Beach, California and have found myself on the other side of the world in Melbourne, Australia teaching yoga at a beautiful studio with a woman I completed my teacher training with. I even shed a tear at the end of my first class there while the students were in savasana, the energy was beautiful and I felt like I was exactly where I was suppose to be. Yoga – the most amazing journey.
Michelle A.
Hawaii 200 Hr YTT.

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