I’m still booking workshops in Europe for fall 2014 and spring/summer so please take a look at some of the workshops I offer (see below) and if you’d like to invite me to your studio or yoga festival/conference, please contact me at email@example.com!
March 1st, Regensberg Yoga Conference – Yoga Revolutions 2014, Regensberg, Germany
April 27th- December 2nd, Namaste Flow Yoga Teacher Training, Tübingen, Germany
May 10th, Sakti Yoga Festival, Frankfurt, Germany
May 26th, Holmes Place, Athens, Greece
August 22nd-25th, Yoga and Hiking Retreat, Seefeld, Austria
November 23rd, The Yoga Hub, Dublin Ireland
Summer 2015, Yoga Retreat, Aegina, Greece
Extended Vinyasa Practice
What makes us doubt ourselves, our beliefs, and our abilities? Come on an adventurous journey with Chris Courtney, who channels his experiences as a mountain guide and yoga teacher into an exploration of ourselves, our beliefs, and our abilities.
In this two-hour vinyasa practice, he’ll guide you through a slow and mindfully paced ashtanga-inspired flow laced with humor and generous helpings of kick-your asana power flow sequences in which you’ll safely find your own edge. Along the way, we’ll break down some challenging poses to enable you to sneak across old barriers to new levels of ability and self-belief….laughing all the way! (Asana and laughter)
Adjustments and Assists For Yoga Teachers
Review and learn how to give gentle, safe and supportive hands-on assists which help students to more fully feel the energy of each asana – all while honoring and supporting their breath and intentions.
Chris has trained hundreds of teachers, written several important articles on the subject, and he is often asked to review forthcoming books on adjustments marking him as a respected voice on safe and effective adjustments and assists. (Asana, assists, and discussion)
Do you run for the door when your yoga teacher calls out an arm balance? Do you suddenly “remember” that you need to call the babysitter when you hear the words bakasana, handstand, or pincha mayurasana (much less just mayurasana)? Then this workshop is for you!
Join Chris for a playful and fun filled workshop where we’ll explore how to build arm balances from the ground up. Reviewing the fundamental building blocks and “gateway” asanas to build the technique and strength for more advanced arm balances, we’ll push our edges outward breaking through barriers of self-belief and ability.
Arm balances are more than just exotic party tricks, they teach balance, coordination, and engaging the bandhas so we can move toward a feeling of laghima – the siddhi of becoming almost weightless.
Students of all levels are welcome and encouraged to sign up and attend. Active participation in this workshop is not recommended for students with shoulder, arm or wrist injuries however they can benefit from listening to the discussions and observing the techniques being practiced. (Asana)
Yin-Yasa: The Fusion of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga By fusing Yin yoga with Vinyasa flow, we create an integrated, balanced yoga practice. The first 45 minutes of Yin work help release the connective tissues, create space and integrity in the joints and remove blockages to internal energy flow. Focusing on the hips, pelvis, lower back and knees, the Yin postures keep the core supple. The hour-long Yang section is a flowing repetition of movements requiring strength and balance, while emphasizing breath work and internal locks. The heat and internal awareness generated in the Yang portion build on the releases cultivated during the Yin series. A reverse version is also available starting with vinyasa yoga, moving to yin yoga, then finishing with 30 minutes of yoga nidra and deep relaxation. (Asana)
Yoga for Skiers and Snowboarders
Prepare to hit the slopes! Find out how yoga can enhance your skiing or boarding season! Never done yoga? No fear – this workshop is for anyone looking for a way to improve their skiing through yoga. The only requirements are curiosity and an open mind.
Interested in finding core strength, body awareness, and balance that will help take your skiing to another level? Tired of dealing with tight hips or sore lower back muscles after a weekend on the slopes? Want to learn how yoga can help prevent skiing-related injuries? This workshop enables skiers and snowboarders to improve their performance and enjoyment of skiing while reducing their vulnerability to injury. Get ready for a great season on the snow! (Asana and discussion)
The Psoas muscle (pronounced so-as) is the deepest muscle of the human body affecting our structural balance, muscular integrity, flexibility, strength, range of motion, joint mobility, and organ functioning. But it is also far more than a core stabilizing muscle; it is an organ of perception composed of bio-intelligent tissue and literally embodies our deepest urge for survival and also our deep desire to flourish.
A relaxed psoas is the mark of play and creative expression and by cultivating a healthy psoas, we can rekindle our body’s vital energies by learning to reconnect with the life force of the universe. A flexible and strong psoas grounds us and allows subtle energies to flow through the bones, muscles and joints. A tight and shortened psoas pulls the spine out of alignment and begins a chain reaction of muscles springing into action to keep it upright – leading to lower back and abdominal soreness and lack of mobility.
And today our fast paced modern lifestyle chronically triggers and tightens the psoas – making it ready to fight or flee. The psoas helps you to spring into action – or curls you up into a protective ball. At the same time we spend too much time sitting in chairs, further shortening and tightening our psoas, leading to painful conditions including low back pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatica, disc problems, spondylolysis, scoliosis, hip degeneration, knee pain, menstruation pain, infertility, and digestive problems.
In this workshop, we’ll learn not only how to lengthen, open, and strengthen the psoas and spinal area– but how to keep it that way so we can remove fear from our core, stand and walk with correct posture, feel more powerful and free in our asana practice…and life!
Who are we? Our family tells us, society tells us, laws and customs tell us. But what do we say? How do we get to that place of self-knowledge and conviction where we are able to state without doubt, fear or anger, “This is who I am, this is what I believe, this is how I intend to live my life?”
How do we find our true calling, our soul companions, our true self? In this task, a powerful ally is the Warrior Ethos. Directed inward, it grounds us, fortifies us and focuses our resolve. When we find ourselves taking a closer look at the path of yoga, we see not only parallels to the warrior ethos but also that they are a reflection of each other.
Lifelong yogi and warrior Chris Courtney leads you on a journey to understand how to blend the codes of the warrior and the yogi into a powerful and fulfilling life practice to support your spiritual journey.. (Discussion and jappa)
Chris Courtney (Kiran Dev) is a yoga teacher and writer based in Stuttgart, Germany. Sincerely seeking transformation through spiritual sadhana and the integrity of daily living are what Chris most values on his journey as a teacher and life-long student.
A dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher who first learned from his mother at the age of seven, Chris offers classes and trainings which challenge you to transform yourself and connect with your true self while tranforming your body and mind.
Chris trained with Doug Swenson and his multi-faceted vinyasa style of yoga; Sadhana Yoga Chi. As a Sadhana Yoga Chi teacher, Chris aims to create a holistic balance between strength and softness; between the internal practice and the external results. These are addressed through the encouragement of body/mind awareness, as well as a series of dynamic, flowing movements. His teachers and influences also include Swami Chetanananda, Meta Hirschl, Ramesh Bjonnes. David Swenson, and Tias Little.
Sincerely seeking transformation through spiritual sadhana and the integrity of daily living are what Chris most values on his journey as a teacher and life-long student. He brings over two decades of outdoor leadership experience into his teaching and while his classes vary, his signature style is a vinyasa-based mix infused with humor, kick-your-asana power flow sequences, and longer stretches for a deep opening of the body
Chris has taught at studios and festivals in Arizona, New Mexico. California, Nevada, Indiana, Texas, and in 2010, he founded the Grassroots Yoga in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2013 Chris re-located to Europe where together with Maya Devi Georg, he hosts workshops, retreats, and other trainings.
Chris is also an Iraq War veteran who offers free classes (in a special program) for his fellow vets. He also offer private yoga therapy consulting and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Chris is grateful for his many teachers in life, especially his fiance Maya Devi Georg, his family, Doug Swenson, Swami Chetanananda, and his students.
In between teaching yoga classes and workshops, he is also a columnist for Yoganonymous, Origin Magazine, and Flow Yoga Magazine, an online yoga and wellness magazine as well as a contributor to Politico. Currently, he is contributing a chapter to an upcoming book on yoga for veterans with PTSD.
Private lessons and workshops are always available. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can follow him on Twitter at @ck_courtney