Yoga and Somatic Events

  • Spinal Integrity in Asana

    27 Oct 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00
    Loreto Abbey School – Auditorium, Loreto Abbey, Loreto Avenue off Harbour Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin.

    Just as a fountain is an inert object until we run run water through it, so too the spine lacks vitality until it is brought to life by the combined forces of gravity, the breath and our directed intention’. Donna Farhi

    As humans, we are defined by our verticality. To find optimal support, we orient ourselves physically and psychologically around the central axis of our spine, its attendant myofascias and interconnecting organs.

    Our spine is designed to flex, extend, side bend, rotate, twist and undulate – if we let it. In this workshop we will explore how to support spinal integrity by exploring our unique and individual anatomy in an embodied way. We will apply these learnings directly to asana, vinyasa and Yoga as a life practice.

    In this workshop you will:

    • Refine the structural support your spine offers your whole being
    • Discover your supple, undulating, sensuous, fluid spine
    • Explore basic spinal anatomy and the balance of flexibility and stability (where to mobilise and where to stabilize)
    • Release tension from the spine and bring vitality to the whole body
    • Refine the intricate relationship between the breath and the spine
    • Investigate pathways of weight and balanced joint space
    • Explore the connection between the head and the tail
    • Refine postural awareness
    • Experience your spine’s relationship to your connective tissue, muscles and ligaments
    • Intelligent counter-posing, appropriate modifications and supports
    • Take a deep dive into the ilio-psoas complex and its profound influence on your vertical core
    • Investigate what it means to connect with your true nature as your intentions, actions and efforts align

     

    In this workshop, it is my intention to support you in moving towards sensing, feeling and trusting yourself and the signals your body gives you. I offer you clear, practical, accessible tools to apply directly to your Yoga practice on the mat and in life.

    This workshop includes short orientation lectures supported by visual material, asana, vinyasa and somatic enquiry.  Suitable for students from all streams of yoga with over one year’s practice.  Bring a curious mind, a warm heart and an explorer’s spirit.

    Cost: €90

    Booking: [email protected]

    Registration: Begins at 9.15am and class starts promptly at 10am.

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  • The Mighty Psoas – Integrating your Inner Core

    28 Oct 2018 - 10:00 to 17:00
    Loreto Abbey School – Auditorium, Loreto Abbey, Loreto Avenue off Harbour Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin.

    The Ilio-psoas complex is a truly fascinating and buried treasure that lies deep within us. Together, these inner core muscles bridge the centre of the body to the periphery, the axial to the appendicular, the front to the back, and the spine to the legs. The Psoas is the central muscle of postural alignment and influences the position of your pelvis and spine, the health of your discs, your ability to breathe, your nervous, immune, digestive and reproductive systems. It is key to integrated movement and deep, embodied, core support. When we become somatically aware of the psoas, we can also experience the emotional centredness, groundedness, safety and personal power that the psoas offers.

    In this workshop, we will:

    • Explore a six-step protocol developed by Donna Farhi and Leila Stuart for sensing, softening, hydrating, releasing, lengthening, balancing and strengthening the Psoas.
    • Explore the intersection of our physical, energetic and emotional anatomy.
    • Experientially investigate how the Psoas is both a mobiliser and a stabilizer, and what we, individually, need to do to bring our Psoas into balance.
    • Evaluate how this affects our physical alignment and how to integrate this awareness into Yoga asana and vinyasa.
    • Experience what it means for each of us to stand ‘on our own two feet’ with a sense of presence and ease.

     

    This workshop includes short orientation lectures supported by visual material, asana, vinyasa and somatic enquiry.  Suitable for students from all streams of yoga with over one year’s practice. Bring a curious mind and a spongy soma (body)!

    Cost: €90

    Booking: [email protected]

    Registration: Begins at 9.15am and class starts promptly at 10am.

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  • Sore No More! Relieving pain in the head, neck and shoulders

    29 Oct 2018 - 10:00 to 13:00
    Loreto Abbey School – Auditorium, Loreto Abbey, Loreto Avenue off Harbour Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin.

    Your head weighs 4.5 to 5 kilos. Changing how your head is balanced on top of your spine dramatically improves your posture and gets to the root of your neck and back pain. It also revolutionises the way you breathe and feel about yourself, giving you more energy and vitality. This workshop teaches you simple, easy exercises to re-programme your body and release tight muscles wherever and whenever you want.

    Learn how to combat computer shoulders and other upper body mis-alignments and say goodbye to tension and strain.

    Somatic exercises unite modern neuro-muscular science with ancient wisdom. Learn to use your brain to change your body. Experience greater ease of movement, flexibility, balance and co-ordination and take the power over pain back into your own hands.

    This workshop is suitable for anyone who suffers from tightness or tension in the neck, shoulders and upper back, headaches, repetitive strain or whiplash. It may also greatly enhance the performance of athletes, musicians and performing artists and anyone interested in learning to move from the inside out.

    Suitable for all ages and movement levels. No previous experience is required.

    Cost: €45

    Booking: [email protected]

    Registration: Begins at 9.15am and class starts promptly at 10am.

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  • Burren Yoga Weekend Retreat

    9 Nov 2018 - 11 Nov 2018 - 17:00 to 13:00
    Burren Yoga Centre, County Clare, Cappaghmore, Kinvara

    burren-yogaJoin Lisa for a relaxing mid-winter break, with good company, amazing food, walks, inspiring Yoga and Somatics at one of the world’s top ten Yoga centres in this stunning World Heritage Site on the Wild West Coast of Ireland – the Burren, Co. Clare. Enjoy:

     

    + Classes taught by a highly-experienced, internationally-recognised teacher

    + Delicious vegetarian meals

    + Comfortable accommodation at the centre

    + A guided walk (optional)

    + Local cuisine at one of the Burren’s fine eateries

    + Like-minded people in a relaxed, friendly environment

    On this retreat, Lisa combines Yoga, Somatics and Meditation into a practice that will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. All levels of experience are welcomed and catered for – from beginners to seasoned practitioners – with small classes and individual care for all. Experience Lisa’s unique blend of Yoga and Somatics.

    Whether you are considering further training in Yoga or Somatics and looking to sample what is on offer at Living Yoga, or simply looking for a refreshing break from the busy-ness of your life, this is an ideal opportunity to experience Lisa’s unique style of teaching in a very relaxed, personable and intimate atmosphere.

    For full information and bookings go here

    Weekend: €320

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  • Intuitive Alignment in Yoga

    8 Feb 2019 - 10 Feb 2019 - 09:00 to 17:00
    Ciudad de la Raqueta, Madrid, Calle Monasterio de El Paular nº 2, Madrid

    Our physical and energetic centre of gravity lies deep within us. In the Yoga tradition, this primordial place is known as the Hara. It acts like the hub of a wheel facilitating movement in all directions, while providing a stable base to move from. The connection from the core of the body outwards, and from the periphery inwards is at the heart of every Yoga posture, forming the basis for integrated movement, instinctive alignment, and freely radiating breath and Prana throughout the body.

    Lisa-Petersen-2This workshop will explore our relationship to our inner GPS and how to integrate our spine, our limbs and ourselves to this central hub. We will examine what happens when we learn to establish a strong yet mobile core, and how the breath is the key to creating this. As we connect to our centre in a new way, we can experience ourselves being moved from the inside out with lightness and ease. Asana practice begins to evolve effortlessly, and even complex movements are instinctively understood and mastered. Beyond the physical practice, we will explore how working with the Hara allows us align ourselves with our higher purpose or Dharma.

    During the workshop, we will explore the art of Vinyasa as a moving meditation, Asana and posture work, breathwork, somatic or guided self-enquiry, intero-reception (our awareness of subtle, body based feelings or the ‘body-fulness’ of our experience), and restorative Yoga. There will also be short lectures to clarify the teaching and learning and to address your questions.

    Working with the Hara is what Donna Farhi calls ‘radiating’. It is the second of her ‘Seven Moving Principals’ as outlined in her book Yoga Mind Body and Spirit.

    This workshop is open to all students with over one year of yoga practice. Bring a curious mind and a smiling heart.

    Suggested background reading for this workshop

    Please read the section on ‘Radiate’, pages 38-41, and the section on ‘The Fluid System’, pages 61-64 from Yoga Mind Body and Spirit by Donna Farhi

    Entrevista Lisa Petersen Yoga Journal Spain

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