Maya and I are still booking workshops in fall/winter 2014 and 2015 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!
Upcoming Workshops with Chris Courtney, E-RYT 500 and Maya Devi Georg, E-RYT 500:
March 1st, Regensberg Yoga Conference – Yoga Revolutions 2014, Regensberg, Germany
April 27th- December 2nd, Namaste Flow Yoga Teacher Training, Tübingen, Germany
June 10h, Aceso Yoga, Chania, Greece
June 27th, OM Yoga Shala, Herakleion, Greece
July 8-10, Fitness Center Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece
Sept 19-20-21, Athens, Greece
October 10-11, Flowing Yoga, Leuven, Belgium
March 2015-March 2016, MahaLakshmi 200 Hour (Yoga Alliance Approved) Yoga Teacher Training with Maya Devi Georg, Stuttgart, Germany
March 2015, WSY Revolutions Yoga Conference, Regensberg, Germany
March 2015, Namaste Yoga Festival, Munich, Germany
Summer 2015, Yoga Retreat, Aegina, Greece
Summer 2015, Yoga Retreat, Kefalonia, Greece
Chris’ Workshop Descriptions:
Advanced 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). Counts as continuing education credit for registered yoga teachers recognized by the Yoga Alliance.
Introduction to Vinyasa Yoga
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) Counts as continuing education credit for registered yoga teachers recognized by the Yoga Alliance.
Partner Yoga with Chris and Maya. Come explore connection, support and trust through partner poses. This workshop provides an introductory approach to the partner practice, including . This will partner yoga and its benefits, meditation, seated postures, basic standing poses, restorative poses, Thai Yoga Massage, and an amazing deep relaxation. This workshop will nourish both your practice and your heart. This session is open to all levels of practitioners. (Asana) Counts as continuiing education credit for registered yoga teachers recognized by the Yoga Alliance.
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) Counts as continuiing education credit for registered yoga teachers recognized by the Yoga Alliance.
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) Counts as continuiing education credit for registered yoga teachers recognized by the Yoga Alliance.
The Psoas and Spine: Fearless and Free
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! Counts as continuiing education credit for registered yoga teachers recognized by the Yoga Alliance.
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) Counts as continuiing education credit for registered yoga teachers recognized by the Yoga Alliance.
These are challenging classes for advanced practitioners, teachers and those looking to advance their practice! This class offers more variations of classical postures and shows students how they can go deeper into their asana practice. (Asana)
Backbends and The Subtle Body
In this world, the most immediate manifestation of our karmas is our body; the most immediate manifestation of the divine is love. We can purify our karmas by purifying our bodies, and become divine by expressing love. Backbends are essential to this concept. They open the heart, releasing the tension of things left unsaid in the neck and shoulders, and opening the doors of grief and rage that reside in the ribcage. This workshop, while primarily an asana class, will incorporate pranayama and meditation to better access the subtle anatomy. This allows practitioners to access the flow of energy, purifying both body and heart, and begin the transformation to a perfect manifestation of the divine. (Asana)
Unlocking Hips & Ankles: Accessing Seated Meditative Postures
The oldest known depictions of yoga postures are of seated meditative postures. These postures range from simple to the irrational. Seated meditative poses rely on hip and ankle flexibility; the hips store our deepest traumas and obstruct access to our roots, and our ankles represent both independence and liberation. Opening through these joints allows us to sit and circulate our subtle vital energy in ways that release karmas, and grant us the ultimate liberation: Samadhi. (Asana)
How do we learn to manifest our desires? How can we better connect to our own flow of creativity, empower our thoughts and concentration?
The Psychic Development Course improves concentration, and helps empower thoughts to be more creative, allowing us all to better visualize and manifest our desires. This practice, originally taught by Swami Kailashanada (Yogi Gupta), is a set routine of pranayama (breathing practices), mantra, visualization and meditation. This routine is also a fantastic preparation for meditation. (Mantra, Pranayama, and Meditation)
Karma, Suffering, & Joy
How does karma work? How does karma affect our communities? Our nations? Our families? How do our everyday decisions affect other people? Why do we suffer and feel pain? How do we find joy through it all?
This workshop and discussion will leave you with an understanding of all of these manifestations of karma, how to expire it, and how to understand your place in this world.
An understanding of karma is vital to a yoga practice, so that you can navigate the material world while maintaining a spiritual life. Enlightenment is related to the expiration of all of ones karmas. If we could simply resolve our karmas without acquiring new ones, enlightenment would be a lot easier to attain! (Lecture and discussion)
What is it that animates our bodies? How do our minds, emotions, and bodies interact and overlap? How can you experience, connect with, and manipulate the subtle energies that are in al of us?
This lecture explores all of these topics, as well as the effect our yoga practice has on our subtle anatomy. (Lecture and asana)
Scorpion: The Workshop
The scorpion is an animal that is part spider, part lobster, part wasp, and all nightmare. It’s also a yoga pose.
The pose is both a backbend and an inversion, and the attempt is to bring both feet to the head. Energetically, this is a powerful posture that allows subtle energy to flow through the body without obstruction. Symbolically, it represents the decapitation of the ego. And trying to get into the many variations of Scorpion will be ego crushing. Which is good, since the ego is a massive obstruction to enlightenment.
We will work on the necessary flexibility, strength, and ego obliteration needed to eventually master this pose. All while having a whole lot of fun! (Asana)
Private lessons and workshops are always available. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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