Backbending, Zen Yoga, Media City, Dubai
Aug
11
12:30 PM12:30

Backbending, Zen Yoga, Media City, Dubai

Backbending, or rather full body bending, as we often use much more than just our spine, is an integral part of any asana practice.

Those of us who experience tightness in the back often either skim this part of our practice or avoid it altogether. Others, ignore the practice of Yamas and Niyamas, those attitudes and behaviors that epitomize the spirit of yoga, and refuse to listen to the bodies wisdom while grasping for a ‘deeper’ opening. The result of both is that we stop practicing with awareness and breath.

In a backbend focused class we will look at various poses and explore how to come into them in safe and mindful way. With particular attention of using the yogic breath to create both comfort and control in any backbend. 

We will also consider the importance of opening the middle and upper back as opposed to just the lower back, which is where many of us feel strain or discomfort in our practice. 

Essentially the goal of the class is to find value the health and integrity of your body more than the glory of a deeper backbend by highlighting  the primary function of the pose—the opening—more than the final shape or form of the posture.

 

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Finding Lightness In Your Practice
Jul
21
12:30 PM12:30

Finding Lightness In Your Practice

Vinyasa means to move with breath but how many of us are correctly using the transitions to build heat and re-align the spine?

 

 

Learning the techniques of how to 'jump through' and 'jump back' is crucial to building more strength and stability in our asana practice, And later helps to build the core needed for more advanced postures like handstand.

 

An in depth look at using bandha, breath and movement cohesively together to create both stability and ease in your practice.  

Students will explore useful exercises and drills to gain strength and then apply them to inversions, arm balances and common transitions. 

'Oh Yogi, do not practice asana without Vinyasa.' Krishnamacharya 

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Ibiza Retreat, @ Casa Laxmi Luz, Ibiza
Jun
30
to Jul 7

Ibiza Retreat, @ Casa Laxmi Luz, Ibiza

I am thrilled to announce that I'll be hosting another special retreat at Casa Laxmi Luz in Ibiza from Saturday June 30th-Saturday July 7th 2018. 

This villa is the perfect retreat spot in the north east of the island and has a beautiful swimming pool, as well as indoor and outdoor yoga spaces, and treatment rooms for massages. 

Enjoy morning meditation and yoga sessions, as well as afternoon workshops, lectures and practices.

Explore hidden beaches, artisan markets and secret chiringuitos on this magical island. 

All vegan healthy locally sourced fresh and nutritious food for your soul! 

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Weekend Yoga Retreat, Zighy Bay, Six Senses, Oman
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Weekend Yoga Retreat, Zighy Bay, Six Senses, Oman

General description:

This weekend retreat is a perfect opportunity to relax. The Six Senses resorts are know for their attention to detail and understated luxury and Zighy Bay is no exception. On offer at the retreat will be various spa treatments and watersports as well as your Yoga practice. This retreat is for people with some knowledge of Yoga asana who would like to further their practice, re-fresh their knowledge or simply delve deeper. No complete beginners. 

Yoga:

A Sunset Flow, Two Morning Meditations and Practices, an Afternoon Workshop/Practice, and a Sunset Meditation Chant. 

Food:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided as part of your stay. We have worked to develop a healthy menu during your weekend, which is the perfect compliment to a daily Yoga practice.

 

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Bali Retreat @ Being Sattva, Ubud, Bali
Mar
23
to Mar 30

Bali Retreat @ Being Sattva, Ubud, Bali

Join Laura Farrier in Bali for a week to Re-connect, Re-discover and Re-new. Set in peaceful Ubud, Being Sattva is a unique boutique space, a sanctuary of green, in which guests are surrounded by nature. 

Morning meditations followed by invigorating ashtanga and vinyasa flows, and evening stretch practices or workshops allow practioneers time to delve deeper and develop their sadhana. 

Options for both single and shared ensuite rooms, all food is vegetarian / vegan and uses locally grown produce. 

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Vinyasa; Jump, Float, and Fly, @ Zen Yoga, Umm Seq, Dubai
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Vinyasa; Jump, Float, and Fly, @ Zen Yoga, Umm Seq, Dubai

Vinyasa means to move with breath but how many of us are correctly using the transitions to build heat and re-align the spine?

 

Learning the techniques of how to 'jump through' and 'jump back' is crucial to building more strength and stability in our asana practice, And later helps to build the core needed for more advanced postures like handstand.

 

In this workshop Students will look at exercises to start to build a 'floating' element in their practice as well as exploring the use of bandhas so they are able to fine tune the coordination of movement with breath. 

 

'Oh Yogi, do not practice asana without Vinyasa.' Krishnamacharya 

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Headstands and Beyond, @ Zen Yoga, Umm Seq, Dubai
Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

Headstands and Beyond, @ Zen Yoga, Umm Seq, Dubai

This Headstand Workshop will re-explore important strengthening exercises to support the shoulders and core as well as proper alignment techniques to build a safe and steady Headstand. Moving beyond, students will then look at the variations of Headstand as well as techniques for forearm stand and handstand as well. Inversions improve concentration and awareness, they are good for the heart and keep the body strong! 

 

Students should already have a basic Headstand and inversion practice in order to more forward with more challenging asanas. This is a level 2 workshop. 

 

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Backbending, @ Zen Yoga, Umm Seq, Dubai
Feb
3
2:00 PM14:00

Backbending, @ Zen Yoga, Umm Seq, Dubai

Backbending, or rather full body bending, as we often use much more than just our spine, is an integral part of any asana practice.

Those of us who experience tightness in the back often either skim this part of our practice or avoid it altogether. Others, ignore the practice of Yamas and Niyamas, those attitudes and behaviors that epitomize the spirit of yoga, and refuse to listen to the bodies wisdom while grasping for a ‘deeper’ opening. The result of both is that we stop practicing with awareness and breath.

In a backbend focused class we will look at various poses and explore how to come into them in safe and mindful way. With particular attention of using the yogic breath to create both comfort and control in any backbend. 

We will also consider the importance of opening the middle and upper back as opposed to just the lower back, which is where many of us feel strain or discomfort in our practice. 

Essentially the goal of the class is to find value the health and integrity of your body more than the glory of a deeper backbend by highlighting  the primary function of the pose—the opening—more than the final shape or form of the posture.

 

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Run & Yoga Retreat, Hatta Fort Hotel, U.A.E
Oct
19
to Oct 21

Run & Yoga Retreat, Hatta Fort Hotel, U.A.E

This weekend retreat is a perfect opportunity to find balance. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Hajar mountains, Hatta Fort Hotel offers picturesque views and an opportunity to be surrounded by nature. A complimentary mix of challenging yet fun trail runs led by Tala from Run Wild Run Free, and stretchy Yoga sessions run by Laura from Laura Farrier Yoga will leave guests feeling re-vived and re-laxed. Healthy food served throughout. No complete beginners. 

Run:

3 Trail run sessions and an optional PT session led by Tala

Yoga:

Two Morning Meditations and Practices, an Afternoon Practice, and a sunset meditation led by Laura. 

Food:

Breakfast, and Dinner will be provided as part of your stay. We have worked to develop a healthy menu during your weekend, which is the perfect compliment to a daily Run & Yoga practice.

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Arm Balances & Transitions Workshop, @ Zen Yoga, Media City, Dubai
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Arm Balances & Transitions Workshop, @ Zen Yoga, Media City, Dubai

Seeking the balance of strength and grace in our asana practice the mastery of arm balances and common transitions that use arm balances can often get lost during a flow class. 

 

Come and learn correct alignment and technique for poses such a bakasana and eka pada koudinyasana with a particular focus on bandha and breath work. 

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ZIGHY BAY 'Take 5', Six Senses, Oman
Sep
28
to Sep 30

ZIGHY BAY 'Take 5', Six Senses, Oman

General description:

This weekend retreat is a perfect opportunity to relax. The Six Senses resorts are know for their attention to detail and understated luxury and Zighy Bay is no exception. On offer at the retreat will be various spa treatments and watersports as well as your Yoga practice. This retreat is for people with some knowledge of Yoga asana who would like to further their practice, re-fresh their knowledge or simply delve deeper. No complete beginners. 

Yoga:

A Sunset Flow, Two Morning Meditations and Practices, an Afternoon Workshop, and a Sunset Meditation Chant. 

Food:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided as part of your stay. We have worked to develop a healthy vegan menu during your weekend, which is the perfect compliment to a daily Yoga practice.

 

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Headstand Workshop @ Zen Yoga , Media City, Dubai
Sep
23
2:30 PM14:30

Headstand Workshop @ Zen Yoga , Media City, Dubai

Sirsasana improves concentration and awareness, its good for the heart and keeps the body strong! Yoga teaches us that stepping outside our comfort zone is exactly what we need to grow and develop. what better way to step outside your comfort zone then changing your perspective on life getting upside down? Headstand is known as the King of Asanas.

In this workshop will explore important strengthening exercises to support the shoulders and core as well as the proper alignment techniques to build a safe and steady headstand. Students will learn how to use the wall as an aide and you'll be given the oppurtunity to explore some more advance variations.

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Backbending Workshop@ZenYoga, Media City, Dubai
Aug
19
2:30 PM14:30

Backbending Workshop@ZenYoga, Media City, Dubai

Backbending, or rather full body bending, as we often use much more than just our spine, is an integral part of any asana practice.

Those of us who experience tightness in the back often either skim this part of our practice or avoid it altogether. Others, ignore the practice of Yamas and Niyamas, those attitudes and behaviors that epitomize the spirit of yoga, and refuse to listen to the bodies wisdom while grasping for a ‘deeper’ opening. The result of both is that we stop practicing with awareness and breath.

In a backbend focused class we will look at various poses and explore how to come into them in safe and mindful way. With particular attention of using the yogic breath to create both comfort and control in any backbend. 

We will also consider the importance of opening the middle and upper back as opposed to just the lower back, which is where many of us feel strain or discomfort in our practice. 

Essentially the goal of the class is to find value the health and integrity of your body more than the glory of a deeper backbend by highlightingthe primary function of the pose—the opening—more than the final shape or form of the posture.

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Backbending @ZenYoga, Media City, Dubai
Jun
3
2:30 PM14:30

Backbending @ZenYoga, Media City, Dubai

BACKBENDING:

“you are only as young as your spine is flexible” Swami Vishnedevananda

Backbending, or rather full body bending, as we often use much more than just our spine, is an integral part of any asana practice.

Those of us who experience tightness in the back often either skim this part of our practice or avoid it altogether. Others, ignore the practice of Yamas and Niyamas, those attitudes and behaviors that epitomize the spirit of yoga, and refuse to listen to the bodies wisdom while grasping for a ‘deeper’ opening. The result of both is that we stop practicing with awareness and breath.

In a backbend focused class we will look at various poses and explore how to come into them in safe and mindful way. With particular attention of using the yogic breath to create both comfort and control in any backbend. 

We will also consider the importance of opening the middle and upper back as opposed to just the lower back, which is where many of us feel strain or discomfort in our practice. 

Essentially the goal of the class is to find value the health and integrity of your body more than the glory of a deeper backbend by highlightingthe primary function of the pose—the opening—more than the final shape or form of the posture.

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Intro To Pranayama @ZenYoga, Media City, Dubai
May
13
1:00 PM13:00

Intro To Pranayama @ZenYoga, Media City, Dubai

Pranayama is the practice of controlling breath or life-force (prana) in order to increase lung capacity, vitality, and overall wellbeing.  

This 1.5hr workshop will discuss the importance of Pranayama and introduce proper techniques of a variety of breath practices for cleansing, energizing, calming the mind and for meditation.  

There will also be a short asana sequence to highlight the significance of breath during physical movement (vinyasa) while also exploring the use of bandas and mudras as they relate to the breath.

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Vinyasa 'FIND YOUR FLOAT' Workshop @Zen Yoga, Media City, Dubai
Apr
21
11:30 AM11:30

Vinyasa 'FIND YOUR FLOAT' Workshop @Zen Yoga, Media City, Dubai

Vinyasa means to move with breath but how many of us are correctly using the transitions to build heat and re-align the spine?

 

Learning the techniques of how to 'jump through' and 'jump back' is crucial to building more strength and stability in our asana practice, And later helps to build the core needed for more advanced postures like handstand.

 

In this workshop Students will look at exercises to start to build a 'floating' element in their practice as well as exploring the use of bandhas so they are able to fine tune the coordination of movement with breath. 

 

'Oh Yogi, do not practice asana without Vinyasa.' Krishnamacharya 

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Ashtanga Vinyasa Workshop w/Ajay Kumar @ZenYoga, Media City, Dubai
Feb
2
to Feb 4

Ashtanga Vinyasa Workshop w/Ajay Kumar @ZenYoga, Media City, Dubai

Thursday

7-8.30PM: This evening class will be a guided Primary series class. The class will offer and in-depth look at the postures from the Primary Series with technical explanations of drishti, breath and how to enter and exit each asana properly.

Friday

7.30-9.30AM: Will begin with a Mysore style self-practice in the morning. This is the traditional way of practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as it allows students to move at their own pace. Ajay will be able to individually assist, adjust and guide students in their practice.

12-1.30PM: The second session will look at the first 4 limbs of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system and how they relate to the physical practice. A discussion of the yoga sutras will also be included.

2-4PM: The last session of the day is workshop dedicated to opening the hips. The hips form the foundation of many asanas and are a problem area for many students. Here we will look at exercises that can open and strengthen this part of the body so that students will be able to access them more effectively in their practice.

7pm: Kirtan. Open to all. Come sing and chant! (To be held at Zen Yoga)

Saturday

8-10AM: This final day will also start with a Mysore self practice.

12.30-2PM: The second session of the day will consider the last 4 limbs of the Ashtanga and their relation to our daily practice. There will be time for Q&A also.

2.30-4.30PM: The last session of the workshop is a backbending class. Here students will learn how to backbend safely, using all three parts of the spine. Students will also get the opportunity to explore Handstands to achieve balance and stability in the pose. 

 

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Zighy Bay Part III
Sep
29
to Oct 1

Zighy Bay Part III

Join me for another fabulous weekend getaway at the spectacular Six Senses Zighy Bay resort in Oman. Villas with private pools, organically grown produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and state of the art Spa facilities. With a restorative class on Thursday evening, two Ashtanga style practices on Friday and Saturday morning, and Vinyasa style flows on both afternoons, this is the perfect opportunity to dive deeper into your practice.

 

 

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Headstand Workshop @Zen Yoga, Media City, Dubai
Sep
3
1:30 PM13:30

Headstand Workshop @Zen Yoga, Media City, Dubai

his Headstand Workshop will explore important strengthening exercises to support the shoulders and core as well as proper alignment techniques to build a safe and steady Headstand. Students will learn how to use the wall as an aide and even explore some more advanced variations. 

 

Known as the King of asanas Sirsasana improves concentration and awareness, is good for the heart and keeps the body strong! 

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Ashtanga Vinyasa @Casa Lakshmi Luz, Ibiza
Jul
16
to Jul 23

Ashtanga Vinyasa @Casa Lakshmi Luz, Ibiza

There will be 2 asana classes daily and throughout the seven days Kirtan/Chanting, meditation, and lectures about the Ashtanga Vinyasa System will also be included. This is a wonderful way to develop both your inner and outer practice (Sadhana), while also having time for sightseeing, swimming, and relaxation. This retreat is for people with some knowledge of Ashtanga Yoga who would like to further their practice, re-fresh their knowledge or simply delve deeper into the other aspects of Yoga. No complete beginners.

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Backbending Workshop @Zen Yoga, Media City, Dubai
Jun
25
12:30 PM12:30

Backbending Workshop @Zen Yoga, Media City, Dubai

Backbending, or rather full body bending, as we often use much more than just our spine, is an integral part of any asana practice.

Those of us who experience tightness in the back often either skim this part of our practice or avoid it altogether. Others, ignore the practice of Yamas and Niyamas, those attitudes and behaviors that epitomize the spirit of yoga, and refuse to listen to the bodies wisdom while grasping for a ‘deeper’ opening. The result of both is that we stop practicing with awareness and breath.

In a backbend focused class we will look at various poses and explore how to come into them in safe and mindful way. With particular attention of using the yogic breath to create both comfort and control in any backbend. 

We will also consider the importance of opening the middle and upper back as opposed to just the lower back, which is where many of us feel strain or discomfort in our practice. 

Essentially, the goal of the class is to find value the health and integrity of your body more than the glory of a deeper backbend by highlightingthe primary function of the pose—the opening—more than the final shape or form of the posture.

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Yoga Weekend @Six Senses, Zighy Bay, Oman
Apr
21
to Apr 23

Yoga Weekend @Six Senses, Zighy Bay, Oman

This weekend retreat is a perfect opportunity to relax. The Six Senses resorts are known for their attention to detail and understated luxury and Zighy Bay is no exception. On offer at the retreat will be various spa treatments and watersports as well as your Yoga practice. This retreat is for people with some knowledge of Yoga asana. No complete beginners. 

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