with Savonn Wyland
Saturday, December 30th (2:30 – 4:00pm)
at Sellwood Yoga
$25 in advance/$30 at the door. Limited to 12 students.
Inversions are considered to be fundamental in any serious yoga practice. Headstand (sirsasana) and Shoulderstand (sarvangasana) are respectively called the King and Queen of the Asanas: the royalty of yoga poses. Many students fear, struggle and/or are confused about inversions. Lots of teachers no longer include inversions in mixed level classes.
In this workshop, we will demystify what actions are necessary to help you experience a safe and supported inverted practice. Through an exploration of preparatory movements and asanas, you will work with specific actions that build inversions step by step. You will learn safe ways to approach, practice and modify common inversions including headstand and shoulderstand. We will also work with dispelling fear and building courage.
Detailed instruction, ample use of props and skillful techniques will be suggested in order to add variety, make modifications, and entertain possibilities.
“Sirsasana develops our capacity for action (fire element) and enhances our ability to create (air element). Sarvangasana nurtures our capacity to stop doing and get grounded (earth element) and fosters our ability to be still and reflect (water element). Sirsasana makes us more alert and focused, while Sarvangasana makes us calm and receptive. Psychologically, they allow us to see things from an alternate perspective. Emotionally, they guide the energy of the pelvis (the energy of creation and personal power) toward the heart center, enabling self-exploration and inner growth. Physically, they stimulate the immune and endocrine systems, thereby invigorating and nourishing the brain and the organs.” Aadil Palkhivala (Senior Iyengar Instructor)
Instructor — Savonn Wyland
Savonn’s approach to teaching is to provide skillful and detailed instruction, non-dogmatic and grounded inspiration, along with mindful intention and awareness. She weaves in many different styles and approaches to her creative sequencing and theme based classes.
She recognizes the importance of an integrated approach to health and wellbeing. She believes that yoga and other meditative and expressive arts are a great complement to athletic, professional and creative pursuits.
Her classes, workshops and retreats offer an opportunity to tap into the transformational energy present when a group comes together to practice without losing the power of personal inquiry and expression. Her one-on-one sessions help to better tailor a personal practice, to address individual concerns, modifications and questions, and to make sure the practice stays safe, nurturing and fun.