May 17th, 9:30am-Noon Shoulder Workshop with Vajra Yogini Take The Load Off Your Shoulders Most people have some strain or compression in the shoulder, especially on their dominant side. This is due either to trauma, or repetitive strain, and the strain is often linked to holding in the neck. This workshop details ways to release the upper arm and shoulder, while freeing up the connective tissues in and around the neck. We’ll focus on creating greater stability in the shoulder girdle and surrounding structures in order to safely practice weight-bearing on the arms, particularly in headstand and the poses that prepare us for headstand. This strengthening, stabilizing practice will be especially beneficial for students of vinyasa yoga.
Vajra’s teaching is informed and inspired by her intensive study with Tias Little of Prajña Yoga School in Santa Fe, NM. She has over 1000 hours of formal yoga training, and countless hours of time on and off the mat embodying the teachings she has been so fortunate to receive. Rahasya Yogic Arts is the culmination of Surdas and Vajra Yogin?’s combined experience of over 20 years studying and practicing the great ancient science of yoga. An extension of the lineage of the late yog?n Sri T. Krishnamacharya, Rahasya’s ?sana (posture) and pr?n?y?ma (breath control) practice methods, (aka. Hatha Yoga), embody the teachings of both his students Pattabhi Jois, (Ashtanga Vinyasa founder), and B.K.S. Iyengar, (Foundational and Alignment pioneer). From there the tree branches down to Tias Little (Prajna Yoga), Todd Roderick (Ashtanga Yoga Atlanta), and David Life & Sharon Gannon (Jivamukti Yoga). To learn more about Rahasya visit their website http://rahasyayogicarts.com/
Fourteen years of practice and intensive study with master yoga teachers inform the teachings of Dana Shamas, founder of Bayou Bliss Yoga - Center for Integrative Healing. Through her yoga practice, she has learned to walk through the challenges of life with grace, and enjoys helping her clients to do the same. Dana began her yoga practice while studying at Bryn Mawr College before moving to New York and London, where yoga helped to keep her grounded after long days at the Goldman Sachs. Later on, she took her practice with her to U.C. Berkeley where she earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business, and subsequently helped to start a variety of socially-conscious companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. In partnership with the practice of yoga, Dana uses the infinitely powerful tool of human breath to help bring about awareness and positive change in her clients lives. Dana is a certified practitioner and trainer with the Global Breathwork Alliance, she leads individual, corporate and group breath sessions, and offers life coaching. Dana wishes to thank her teachers Sharon and David Gannon, John Friend, J.D. Thomas and all of the other beings who have helped her to become who she is today. As a Houston native, she is grateful to be back. Once again serving her home city, and passing on the gifts she has gathered during her life and study. www.bayoublissyoga.com