Sequencing: the deeper dimensions - on - and offline

Really effective sequencing requires much more than simply learning how to string postures together. In two afternoon sessions, this special workshop will help focus and deepen your understanding of how to employ the body’s mechanics together with the profound energetic ideas of yoga to create class sequences which will inspire your students, and which are safe and effective on all levels – physical, energetic, mental and emotional.

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Workshop Description

A teacher who has mastered the art of class sequencing can transform an otherwise mundane vinyasa class into something truly inspirational. Really effective sequencing requires much more than simply learning how to string postures together. It needs:

  • clarity of purpose
  • a good understanding of the mechanics of the body
  • recognition of how different postures and practices will impact the practitioner energetically.

And, in the world of online teaching, we also need to understand how to adapt our sequencing skills in order to keep our classes accessible.

This workshop will help focus and deepen your understanding of how to employ the body’s mechanics, together with the profound energetic ideas of yoga, to create class sequences which will inspire your students, which are safe and effective on all levels – physical, energetic, mental and emotional – and which online students will be able easily to follow.

What will I Learn?

Although both sessions will address physical and energetic aspects of sequencing, Saturday afternoon will focus primarily on the physical body. We will explore:

  • the balance between symmetry and asymmetry, between contraction and release, between internal and external rotation
  • variations on warm-up sequences
  • finding neutral and counter poses in dynamic sequences
  • efficient sequencing of muscle activation
  • creative approaches to balancing the three planes of movement
  • using repetition to build strength not strain
  • different options for using spatial directions and other considerations for online classes.

On Sunday, we will look at the interaction between some of the energetic templates which the yoga traditions have given us to help our sequencing. We will consider:

  • the five prana vayus, and how they interact with the five elements of nature
  • their relationship with the three gunas – rajas, tamas and sattva - and with the Ayurvedic doshas – pitta, kapha and vata
  • how to use sequencing to build the positive qualities of the doshas, and to tap into the ‘subtle doshas’ – tejas, ojas and prana
  • the importance of appropriate breath awareness, pranayama and meditation practices in effective sequencing
  • how timing and language impact on the effect of a class.

Who is this workshop for?

Although primarily aimed at yoga teachers and trainee teachers, the ideas discussed will be relevant to anyone with a self-practice – or wondering how to build their own practice. Both sessions will mix theory, practice, and interactive experimentation.

Replay

This workshop will be recorded and replay made available to all participants for 2 weeks after the event.

Meet the Teachers

Graham Burns began teaching yoga regularly in 2001, when he also returned to the United States to study for the first time with Rod Stryker, who subsequently became his main teacher. Graham’s special interests within yoga include yoga history and philosophy, the energetic aspects of yoga practice, and meditation. He is a faculty member for the Yogacampus Yoga Teacher Training Diploma programmes, as well as a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS (The School of Oriental and African Studies of London University) where he teaches Hinduism, yoga history, and philosophy and is a member of the Centre of Yoga Studies. Graham has more recently completed both a MA in Indian religions and a PhD in ancient Indian religious philosophy at SOAS.

Graham Burns Portrait

Susanne has been teaching yoga since the early 1990s. Her own practice started with Ashtanga, Iyengar and Scaravelli yoga. She gradually began to evolve her unique style of teaching vinyasa flow classes based on somatic principles as well as addressing current research in anatomy and biomechanics.

Susanne holds a Yogacampus level 2 teaching qualification accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga. She also has a BSc in Movement Studies and Sports Science, an MA in Dance, and advanced certification in Pilates, fitness, gyrotonic, and The Alexander Technique. In addition, she has attended many courses on movement improvisation, Feldenkrais, Body Mind Centring, breath work and myofascial techniques. Susanne previously ran a Pilates Foundation teacher training course, and, for many years, has taught at London Contemporary Dance School, and previously at the Circus Space and Trinity Laban.

She is a teacher for experiential anatomy and sequencing on the Yogacampus Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Diploma courses, as well as giving classes at The Life Centre. In recent years, she has run many workshops: on yoga as a somatic practice, on hypermobility, and how to include more dynamic stability into yoga, as well as on the art of sequencing.

Her teaching philosophy is to respect individual variations and solutions, whilst encouraging personal challenges and continuous growth and learning.

Susanne Lahusen

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