These workshops take place on weekends. For daily classes please see the Timetable
Friday, 18th August 2017
A whole weekend of yoga anatomy and Bollywood dance!
6:30pm — 8:00pm | All Levels
Yoga anatomy and dance – A bizarre but surprisingly perfect mixture!
Join us for this fun-packed weekend of anatomy workshops with Stu -“Working with What You’ve Got” – and playfully taking what you learn into practice in Josefin’s carefully crafted yoga sequences and Bollywood dance.
Stu Girling and Josefin Wikström have been working together for many years on various yoga teachers trainings and workshops across India and Europe. This is a fantastic opportunity to spend time with and learn from these two brilliant teachers in this London leg of their World Tour! Space is limited so hurry up if you want a spot.
Dance like you won the lottery – Friday 7.30-9.00pm
Catch the Bollywood bug in this fun-filled introductory dance class where you will learn Indian dance mudras (hand gestures) and “Pagal” (crazy style) dance steps. Laugh like you never laughed before! Basic steps lead towards towards an easy choreography. The best thing about this style of dancing is that you cannot make mistakes – all is good, whatever you do! With Stu and Josefin.
(Regular scheduled classes will run as normal on Saturday morning)
Shoulders with Stu Saturday afternoon 1.30-4.00pm
Stu examines the shoulder girdle and shoulder joint, issues that influence range of motion and the potential for injury. Quite a few practitioners experience either restricted range of motion at this joint due to postural patterns, or pain during specific movements in yoga. We will consider common restrictions and how to work on them as well as alignment cues to find more comfort and help minimise the risk of repetitive strain issues. There will also be discussion and practical implementation of shoulder related postures including arm balances, sun salutations and binding poses.
Bollywood blast Saturday evening 4.30-6.00pm
A dance class that builds the best rhythms and maximum dance steps into a Bollywood sequence filled with moves that will make you the ”king” (or queen) of the dance floor! With Stu and Josefin.
Slow Flow Sunday morning 10.00-11.30am
A slower and more gentle practice, focusing on the relaxation response and finding fluidity around the joints. With a guided relaxation and easy Pranayama at the end. The class will include some research around movement awareness and the relaxation response and the brain in yoga. With Josefin.
Hips with Stu Sunday afternoon 13.00-15.30pm
Stu looks at the construction of the hip joint and how this differs between individuals, the muscles around the joint and how they will influence movements in certain directions. So many yoga postures involve a certain degree of freedom in the hips and sometimes it can be hard to determine what is stopping us reaching our desired position. Practical exploration of groups of postures under the headings of forward folding, hip rotations and hip abductions/adductions will allow students to discover where they need to focus their attention and how to effectively work on increasing the ranges of motion. We will also consider how many postures may fall unbeknown into the category of forward folding and explain what will be the likely expression of restriction.
You can book the whole weekend or individual sessions:stu@loveyogaanatomy; email@example.com
Whole weekend: early bird until 15 July
Individual sessions: Dance like you won the lottery; Shoulders; Bollywood Blast, Slow Flow; Hips
About Stu Girling and Josefin Wikstrom
Stu has been teaching yoga-related anatomy for the past 7 years, both on teacher trainings and international workshops. He has been practicing yoga for 15 years, has a BSc Hons in Health Studies and for the past 10 years has been offering Therapeutic Bodywork exclusively for yoga practitioners. The underlying philosophy that guides what he shares is that knowledge is of no value unless we can understand how to use it and have a use for it. With this in mind, Stu’s yoga anatomy workshops focus on what makes us individual, how can we understand our limitations and restrictions, and how can we avoid injury as well as create balance. Stuart endeavours to bring as much fun and practical experimentation as possible into every workshop, and emphasises the importance of getting to grips with the concepts rather than getting bogged down in the detail.
Josefin has been a full time teacher of yoga and dance for the past 10 years and has been practicing various yoga forms for 25 years. She has deepened her knowledge of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga over the past 10 years as a student of Melanie Cooper and John Scott. She completed John’s teacher training and received his 500 level certification in 2016.
Josefin continues to study Bollywood style dancing in India where she is a member of Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts Company in Mumbai, both as a yoga teacher and dance student. She has studied with various choreographers and teachers in India and is a student of Tripura Kahyap in dance therapy. She is an ambassador for The Prison Yoga Project in San Quentin, USA, and has developed new educational material and manuals for the Swedish Prison Yoga project; she teaches regularly at Hinsebergs prison for women in Sweden. Josefin works therapeutically with trauma-impacted populations and is currently studying at The Trauma Institute in Boston, USA as well as studying yoga therapy with The Minded Institute in London UK. Josefin teaches yoga and dance in a fun and approachable way. She has experienced that yoga practice has the ability to provide stillness, happiness and a sense of freedom, and that this is available for everyone.
- A whole weekend of yoga anatomy and Bollywood dance!