Posts Tagged ‘workshop’

China, part 1

December 18, 2013

Beijing

Inside the Forbidden City

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It was wonderful to share the experience of the Forbidden City with Chinese tourists, who were as excited as I was to learn about the history and the life within the walls of this imperial palace.

Entrance.

Entrance.

There were many gates and bridges that we passed through.

There were many gates and bridges that we passed through.

exterior

I was fascinated by the patterns, textures and colors.

A guardian to yet another chamber within the walls.

A guardian to yet another chamber within the walls.

Ceiling.

Ceiling.

Another painted ceiling.

Another painted ceiling.

Doors are a symbol of hope; opportunity; a passage from one state or world to another; an entrance to a new life. In India, divinities are carved on door jams, indicating the deity through which man enters the Supreme Presence. This Chinese door in the Forbidden City is particularly beautiful.

Doors are a symbol of hope; opportunity; a passage from one state or world to another; an entrance to a new life. In India, divinities are carved on door jams, indicating the deity through which man enters the Supreme Presence. This Chinese door in the Forbidden City is particularly beautiful.

Here is one of several thrones in the Forbidden City.

Here is one of several thrones in the Forbidden City.

Eight dragons symbolized the power of the emperor.

Eight dragons symbolized the power of the emperor.

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Parent & Kid Yoga in a Shopping Mall

There were 20 sets of parent/child. The event was organized by Le Yoga.

I stand firm,
Steady and brave.

With long legs,
And broad chest,

I stand on my feet
And spread my arms up.
To reach the sky;
I stand tall and firm.

— Yogagshastra, Tome 1. Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune. YOG, Mumbai.

Urdhva Hastasana in Tadasana (Arms Raised in Mountain Pose).

Urdhva Hastasana in Tadasana (Arms Raised in Mountain Pose).

Utthita Hasta Padasana (Arms Raised, Legs Wide Pose).

Utthita Hasta Padasana (Arms Raised, Legs Wide Pose).

Vriksasana (Tree Pose).

Vriksasana (Tree Pose).

Adhomuka Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose).

Adhomuka Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose).

You have to be quick to jump through the jaws of the crocodile before they snap down on top of you!

You have to be quick to jump through the jaws of the crocodile before they snap down on top of you!

© 2013 Bobby Clennell.

August Workshop in Punta Gorda 2011

September 6, 2011

At the Yoga Sanctuary’s new premises in Punta Gorda, Florida, I taught my second summer workshop, beginning on Friday evening, August 11, with a class for breast cancer patients and survivors.

Pelicans at the Peace River Wildlife Santuary, Punta Gorda

On Saturday, we moved to the Punta Gorda Women’s Club, a ‘heritage’ building next door for the menopause and post menopause workshop, as the class was too big for the Yoga Santuary. I have taught (and continue to teach) this workshop around the world, and it’s always interesting to see how this subject plays out among women in the various regions and countries. Despite the drug companies bombardment with products to make menopause ‘go away’, women are very much open to taking charge of themselves using natural methods and learning how to navigate through any disturbances brought on by hormonal shifts during this transition with yoga.

Supported Paryankasana

Curving the dorsal spine around the front of a chair

Sunday was backbends, which are always a joy to teach. The workshop built up from the base; we looked at all of the components of a good back bend. Strong arms and legs definitely help if you are going to be pushing up from the floor — but there are other ways of achieving a back bend. In this workshop, we came to an understanding that we need to bend more from the upper (dorsal) spine and less from the lower (lumbar) spine. As these pictures show, variations of Paryankasana strongly featured in this workshop, as well as using chairs to curve over. I have been featuring these poses over the last twelve months or so in all my back bend workshops for women.

Here is my Viparita Dandasana demo, with chair and block. The key to a good pose is the extension through the legs and heels

Urdhva Danurasana with blocks under hands

© 2011 Bobby Clennell.

Weekend workshop for Graham Williams

April 16, 2011

Thank you Graham Williams for being such a gracious host for my workshop at your studio in Raleigh, North Carolina last February. What a good time we all had!

© 2011 Bobby Clennell.