Applied Yoga as a Therapeutic Tool to Heal with Zephyr Wildman 31 May – 4 June, 2017 at Yogacampus

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31 May – 4 June, 2017 at Yogacampus

Yoga refines our movement and breath. In its therapeutic applications, asana and pranayama become the tools by which we address patterns of movement, breath and being that are at the root of chronic pain, limitation and even disease. Because of the way we’re built, and the lives we live, we all face challenges individual in our life and practice, often with chronic pain. Our own structure and patterns of movement often lead us directly into these problems, unless we recognize and change them. Even when we exercise regularly or have a regular practice, we allow some muscles to dominate, leaving others weak and unused. This can eventually lead to pain and injury, even for the experienced practitioner.

Each morning will involve an exploration of the structural alignment, anatomy, muscles and function of the area that is the days focus plus time to review the prior days learning. In the afternoon we will apply the morning’s tuition through practice, utilising yoga asana, pranayama, kriyas and basic massage techniques.

Day 1: Foundations and Introduction to the 5 Koshas

A.M.: Students will be introduced to the concept of the “Middle Path” through a lecture on the philosophical and practical approach to working therapeutically with people’s injuries, ailments, mental health, chronic pain and addiction. Using the modality of the Koshas, we will dissect each sheath individually with applied philosophy to treat an individual or class effectively. The emphasis for Day 1 will be on creating the foundations to be referenced throughout the 5 days and include an overview of;

  • common structural problems
  • patterns of movement
  • Ayurvedic imbalances
  • Pranic problems in the body and mind

P.M.: The afternoon will continue with customised sequences inspired by the Koshas to start to gain tools to treat common imbalances and pain.

Day 2: Postural Integrity and the Spine

A.M.: With a thorough comprehension of the Koshas and a holistic approach, we will now begin to look at specific alignment issues and causes of pain with a focus on the spine and postural integrity. Evaluation of posture will be our focus for the morning, however it takes more than just “good” posture to maintain “good” health and balance. We will explore methods of assessing problems with movement, the three diaphragms and we will also discuss the myofacial planes. We will assess techniques for dealing with Flexion and Extension Syndrome, while putting a special focus on understanding the focal points of weakness and stability and how they are affected by our lifestyle and genetic predisposition.

P.M.: After a morning of theory and observation, we will put into practice some application techniques that have been effective in reducing chronic pain and common conditions of the spine and posture.

Day 3: Feet, Knees and Hips.

A.M.: Working from the ground up, we will learn to see the body in action and how the interconnected lines of intelligence inform our patterns of movement and pain. Literally the foundations of our bodies health and balance, we will evaluate the alignment of the feet and legs and discuss how to assess alignment highlighting common problems, misalignments and causes of pain.

P.M.: The metaphor for the Middle Path as our centre of balance is well illustrated in the application of techniques for this afternoon’s session. By looking at the feet, knees and hips as the foundation for the spine and the connections the spine has to the rest of the body, we understand that this foundation is critical to supporting that well being and balance for the entire body.

Day 4: Pelvic Girdle

A.M.: We will discuss and develop techniques for assessing problem areas and imbalance within the uniqueness of every pelvis. A keen attention to detail will aid the student to look at the alignment and observe and identify misalignment. We will discuss common problems and causes of pain, and most importantly how the pelvic girdle influences structural alignment for the rest of the body.

P.M.: Hands on practice of applying the mornings lecture and developing techniques that build alignment, flexibility and stability of the pelvis to alleviate misalignments and pain due to every day lifestyle problems.

Day 5: Shoulder Girdle

A.M.: We will observe how improving range of motion can ease chronic pain in areas around the shoulder, neck and head, especially when the individual has experienced injury in these areas. We will pay close attention to evaluating posture and what it tells us about the state of the shoulder girdle. Observing the alignment and correctly ascertaining the causes of imbalance are crucial to this area as its range of motion and susceptibility to injury make it one of the more complex areas of focus.

P.M.: Applying yoga asana and basic massage techniques that help to extend the range of motion with a specific injury related approach (e.g.,frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injury) will be unique to this afternoon’s application.

Related Video
In this interview with Conscious2, Zephyr shares her story of finding purpose in her life through yoga, and how yoga helped her move through deep grief and into fulfillment and joy. Get to know more about Zephyr here.

_Please note that this workshop counts towards elective hours on the Yoga Therapy Diploma Course

Certification

On completion of the whole five days, you will receive a Yogacampus certificate of completion.

Dates

Wednesday 31st May to Sunday 4th June 2017

9.30 am to 5.00 pm each day with lunch break.

Cost

£500

Cost Includes

Includes course manual.

Other Information

Maximum participants: 30

Number of hours: 30

How to book?

Booking

Yogacampus London

Our Mala Classes at The Life Centre

Mondays 5:30-6:30pm with Zephyr Wildman at The Life Centre Notting Hill

“At The Life Centre we are always looking at ways to better support our local communities. With that in mind, we are proud and excited to announce a new partnership with the charity Ourmala, that will help us better serve the wider yoga community.

Ourmala to help refugees and asylum-seekers recover from the atrocities they have experienced and rebuild their lives. Yoga is at the heart of their approach. For the cost of £10, two refugees or asylum seekers can attend a yoga class, enjoy a hot lunch and attend an English class.

From Monday 3 April two of our regularly scheduled classes will become Yoga for Ourmala classes – this means that every week, your practice will contribute to yoga classes for 50 asylum seekers and refugees so that they can experience the healing power of yoga for themselves. You can read more about some of the people that Ourmala has helped here.

The Yoga for Ourmala classes are:

Yoga All Levels with Lisa Sanfilippo on Wednesdays 18.30 – 19.45 at Islington.

Vinyasa Yoga level 1-2 with Zephyr Wildman on Mondays 17.30 – 18.30 at Notting Hill.

The proceeds of these classes will benefit Ourmala, however the style and format of the classes will remain the same as always.”

www.thelifecentre.com

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Anatomy Centred Approach to Alignment 2 & 3 December 2017, Yogacampus Manchester Manchester

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Yogacampus Manchester invites Zephyr Wildman to teach on the therapeutic wisdom Yoga.

The way we carry ourselves sends a message to the world conveying our state of mind, perspective and our physical health. To the trained eye posture is the tell-all for those suffering from pain and those that live in balance. The foundation of our body is inherently based on our feet, knees and hips and a little bit of TLC in those areas can have remarkable effects for our overall health. Our main objective with this workshop is to re-educate the body for pain-free movement by restoring postural balance, increase self-knowledge in dynamic flow, habits and routine and most importantly re-learn how to carry ourselves off the yoga mat.

We will look at specific alignment issues and causes of pain with a focus on the spine and postural integrity. Evaluation of posture will be our focus, however it takes more than just good posture to maintain good health and balance. We will explore methods of assessing problems with movement issues, the three diaphragms and also discuss the myofacial planes. We will explore techniques for dealing with Flexion and Extension Syndrome, while putting a special focus on understanding the focal points of weakness, stability and how they are affected by our lifestyle and genetic predisposition.

This workshop will introduce the importance and functions of the Pelvic Girdle. We will discuss and develop techniques for assessing problem areas and imbalance within the uniqueness of every pelvis. Hands on practice of applying and developing techniques that build alignment, flexibility and stability of the pelvis to alleviate pain and aid balanced holistic health. Zephyr will instruct students on bespoke yoga asana and basic massage techniques to alleviate misalignments and pain due to every day lifestyle problems.

Throughout the workshop there will be focus on anatomy and function of the feet, knees and hips. Working from the ground up, we will learn to see the body in action and how the interconnected lines of intelligence inform our patterns of movement and sometimes can result in pain. Approaching the feet, knees and hips as, literally, the foundations of our bodies’ health and balance, we will evaluate the alignment of the feet and legs and discuss how to assess alignment highlighting common problems, misalignments and causes of pain. By looking at the feet, knees and hips as the foundation for the spine and the connections the spine has to the rest of the body, we understand that this foundation is critical to supporting that well-being and balance for the entire body. The metaphor for the Middle Path as our centre of balance is well illustrated in the application of techniques for this session. Zephyr will use yoga asana and massage techniques as well as customised sequencing to create paths to long term healing.

To book: Yogacampus

Prana Vayus Workshop

23/04/2017 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WHERE:
Yogiyoga
53 Allfarthing Ln
London SW18 2AP
UK
COST:
£30.00

Prana: Life-force, Vayu: Winds. The 5 movements of shaping the breath to manage our Life-force for optimum health and vitality.

These Prana Vayus govern different areas of the body as well as their physical and subtle functions. Our workshop will offer the application of the 5 stages of working with Prana to draw our attention to the 5 Prana Vayus in a practice. This practical application of:

* sensitising our awareness in how Prana moves within us,
* experiencing the creation of alchemy in asana, pranayama and bandhas
* and finally awakening and intensifying our Prana

culminates into a concentration of Prana which then directs us to higher states of consciousness in our meditation practices.

A lecture on the 5 Prana Vayus and an applied practice using Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Kriya and Meditation.

 

Cost: £30 | Early Booking – just £25 (before 23.03) | Book Now
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Don’t let Yoga be a pain in your Asana

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I have heard a lot of alarming stories recently about Yoga related injury. Many of these injuries are unfortunately serious spinal injuries which can be avoided. This is concerning as the Yoga movement becomes even more widespread and more people include practice as a part of their daily lives. I have been training teachers for over a decade now and as a Yoga student and teacher, my first priority in practicing is that I maintain the health of the spine and avoid potential injury to any part of the body. The spine is where we experience the path to liberation, the sushumna nadi. By maintaining correct posture and alignment, the energy flow through the spine is correct and we can avoid injury. However, I often witness in myself and in my students a lack of proprioception, a sense of where one’s body is in space, the ability to control movement, position and the effort one needs to move the body in an effective way. It has motivated me to discuss it in this Blog and also explore it in an upcoming workshop (February 18-19 To book click here).

In my teaching I usually stick to the same precise script when it comes to the spine. I ask a class to forward bend, a simple Uttanasana by stating “keep the spine long, ground the four corners of the feet, micro-bend the knees, hinge from the hips to fold forward, keeping the integrity of the spine long, neck and head in line, and breathe.” This precise script however, let’s just say, gets varied results. If you would like to create suffering for your teacher and ultimately physical suffering for yourself, by all means don’t listen to any of those instructions and do just opposite! Floppy feet, locked knees, don’t move the pelvis and round the spine forward letting your head hang off your neck as if you are willing to lose IQ points as it falls off and rolls across the floor with your integrity. Moving in this way is a good way to end your relationship with Yoga, this rebelling or not listening or understanding how to move is a great way to create suffering and bring long term damage and pain. Keep choosing bad alignment and you will keep doctors, osteopaths and other body-based therapist employed!

Consider this point that illustrates the need for a bit of anatomical enlightenment; We have a conditioned nervous system that is in charge of creating the patterns of movement we experience. We get this from our genetics, inherent characteristics from parents and beyond. We model from our first impressions learned from all who were around as we grew up. We shape these patterns from our activities, like dance, cycling, martial arts, training our bodies to be able to do the physical exercise we partake in. Our injuries effect and influence how our body moves. However, we can change this conditioned pattern by practicing Yoga or Cognitive breath-centric movement therapies where you create an awakening and retrain the mind to create intelligent movement, releasing old patterns of held physical, emotional and mental movement impressions.

This awakening refers to a condition people experience called “sensory motor amnesia”. The idea is that there is an ineffective pattern of muscular activation, or, lack of, that are so habitual, you can’t sense nor control them. In Yoga, we become sensory (Prana) junkies as we want to feel energy moving in all tissues. We use the sensation to move us to this experience of breath, body and mind union, using the intensity of stretching to ascend the mundane world. However, if we are in bad alignment, we not only feel the intensity of the practice in all our tissues, we will also cause future (or immediate) suffering as a slow degeneration of the joints occurs or worse, tendons, ligaments and muscles can tear.

One of the main causes of chronic pain is either a lack of a variety of movement or an excessive movement of the body. By re-educating and re-acquainting ourselves with our neurological conditioned movement patterns, (through Yoga) we can deviate from the path of chronic pain and find balance and good health. It is said that one of the definitions of Yoga is an artistic expression and a science which benefits us differently, however it is a discipline of the body, the mind and the breath. By awakening the mind and informing it with basic anatomy and learning how to intelligently move the body we can be freer to experience the body and breath to draw us into greater states of Yoga.

This is where I encourage you to seek education. Yoga done incorrectly can be dangerous. By learning basic applied anatomy and physiology to your yoga practice you can make sure you will not become injured and can carry your practice with you for a lifetime.

My objective in practicing and teaching yoga is to restore pain-free movement by resetting postural alignment in stillness and in dynamic movement. The goal is that we don’t just have amazing alignment on the mat, but that we keep this yogic-bodily awareness as we carry ourselves off our mat. One of my teachers (Doug Keller) calls this idea “Tensegrity (=  tension + integrity)” healthy neurological connective tissues that hold the bones in space to find balance, strength and flexibility. In my upcoming workshop we will focus on the evaluation of posture, methods of assessing problems with movement issues, the three diaphragms and we will also discuss the myofacial planes. We will assess techniques for dealing with Flexion and Extension Syndrome, while putting a special focus on understanding the focal points of weakness and stability and how they are affected by our lifestyle and genetic predisposition. Seems like a lot of intense and advanced stuff, but it really isn’t. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of Yogis and especially beginners as creating healthy movement early in your Yoga experience makes it easier to maintain healthy movement throughout your life.

Yogacampus Workshop February 18-19, 2017

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Moroccan Yoga Holiday Retreat May 15-21, 2017

Applied Yoga Philosophy & Psychology with Zephyr Wildman 4th December 2016 at YogaCampus.com

Version 2The definition of Yoga has roots firmly grounded in a focus on self-understanding. The more we understand ourselves, our habits and our suffering the more we have choices to align ourselves with the true path and the state of balanced flow. The equilibrium and harmony of a balanced life takes in to account the spiritual, the mental and the physical. Yoga, at its fundamental core is an exercise in developing and refining a strong and balanced state for all three. Yoga puts the same amount of emphasis on, and gives an equal importance to, the emotional health as it does physical health.

This one-day workshop taps into the Yogic roots of holistic health and focuses on the skill in action yoga creates, helping to bring self-knowledge and the ability to identify and enact constant beneficial corrections as we follow our path. We will use Vinyasa, applied Yogic philosophy and psychology, as well as Meditation and Yoga Nidra to create bespoke therapies for the sufferings of our clients, our students and most importantly, ourselves.

We will discuss the basic neuroscience, behavioural patterns and simple techniques to support strategies in enhancing emotional well-being in a yoga practice. Zephyr will lecture on yogic theories and begin to map out the foundation in bespoking a client’s therapy to a client’s condition. Emphasis will be on seeing a holistic picture of a client by using the yogic sciences and techniques as resources to address imbalances.

To book www.yogacampus.com

The Middle Path: Methodologies for Self Knowledge

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My upcoming Workshop; The Middle Path, is something I have been working on for a long time now. It is the culmination of years of study, suffering, heartache and most of all, restoration. The constant through it all has been my yoga practice, my struggle with physical pain and my relationship with the world of addiction and recovery. While I have never battled with addiction personally, too many people that I have loved in my life, have. The darkness it brought to my life was at times unbearable, yet I found solace through my yoga practice and the systematic approach to recovery that I chose to embrace. I also suffered through physical pain that came into being during adolescence and was only relieved in my twenties once I found the root cause of my pain and worked hard to counteract the part of my body that was at war with itself. I found a very personal and very pro-active approach to dealing with my suffering that involved yoga and meditation but also a serious amount of self-reflection and exploration of my choices, repetitive movements and actions. As I continued down my path I realised there are so many people out there suffering in so many different ways. Some suffer with addiction, some suffer with physical pain, some suffer with mental and emotional issues that are deep seeded and have roots that can take years to unearth. But the suffering is there and it is real and our ability to alleviate that suffering is inside all of us if we can only find the methodology and approach to recognise it’s roots, surrender to them, and work hard to move beyond them.

The Middle Path is that approach. It is something I have come to explore and celebrate in my life as it is the learning and understanding of how the philosophy of yoga can be of service to those suffering in all forms. The physical practice of what we know as Yoga and the philosophy behind it is a study of “skill in action” or put another way “informed navigation in life”. With the knowledge of ourselves and insight into why we have physical pain, suffer emotional trauma, or battle with any multitude of disorders, we can use active movement along with meditation and even breathing techniques to find an acceptance and a release of the cause of our suffering and commit to action and informed choices in order to be free. The knowledge and practice of The Middle Path is restoring the balance to our lives and relieving the suffering in a way that is bespoke to each one of us as individuals. It is using yoga as a transformative force for holistic positive change and helping others discover that change themselves.

In my life I have been blessed with the knowledge and understanding through the guidance of my teachers of what it is to really have self-knowledge and more importantly, how to use that self knowledge to create a system of informed navigation through life. I, much like many of my students, have been through dark times and the feeling of hopelessness is an easy adversary to surrender to. Those who live with pain suffer that same hopelessness and often have found little or no relief from western medicine. Hopelessness and suffering is a familiar spectre to those suffering from emotional and psychological affliction. It does not have to be like this. The simple acknowledgement of our suffering is the beginning to the restoration, balance and the relief that we can manifest. Each one of us has a very personal suffering, yet each one of us can have a very customised relief from it.

The Middle Path can bring that relief to you and those in your community. Finding a methodology for self-knowledge and learning to help others discover that same skill will be the focus of my first workshop. This will be the foundation that we as yogis can build upon to create an understanding and a practice of Yoga as Therapy. Join us and find out how you can help create a bespoke dynamic therapy for yourself and those in your community.

For more information, or to join us and register and click here.

Turning Pleasure into Realisation: a Self-Love Workshop

21 February 2016 – London

Join Zephyr as she guides you through this workshop consisting of a short lecture and study of the deity, asana, mantra and meditation inspired by the Goddess Lalita Tripura Sundari.
This workshop will be playful exploration of self love from Lalita Tripura Sundari, the Goddess of Erotic Spirituality of the physical, subtle and casual experiences.
We will study her divinely desirable form as the Goddess, learn from her stories of the erotic play directing the outer-mind into the spiritual-heart. We will use the Shri Yantra as a map to carry us beyond the mundane to the sensual merging of our desire for self-empowerment and spiritual delight.
For the seekers who attend, she will awaken your creative impulses, the sensations that bring us into higher states of union of our male & female aspects, ultimately revealing a blissfulness to our meditation and yogic practices.

Suitable for all levels and genders.

21 February 2016, 2-4pm @thelifecentre Notting Hill £25

For online booking or more information click here.