KYTA Conference Workshops
Wednesday, October 10
8:30–11:30 am [choose one]
Ayurvedic Pranayama [APW]
Hilary Garivaltis and Larissa Hall Carlson
Pranayama, as seen through the lens of Ayurveda, can be one of your most potent tools for balancing the doshas and cultivating prana. The practice of Ayurvedic pranayama offers keys to unlock the door to health and longevity. Discover how the breath can foster radiant health and well-being, and learn how to balance body, mind, and spirit through these two time-honored practices.
The Transformative Power of Meditation and Pranayama [TPMP]
Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmunds
As we sit in meditation, we experience and observe the moment as it is, cultivating wisdom, and compassion. Swami Kripalu taught, “Whatever you seek in life, you will find through this practice of compassionate self-observation.“ Come explore pranayama and Yin Yoga practices to prepare the body/mind for meditation, and learn specific meditation practices to incorporate into your personal sadhana and teaching.
Vigorous Asana and Compassionate Self-Inquiry [VAS]
Amba and Don Stapleton (Brahmanand)
Amba’s Nosara Vinyasa, a vigorous practice that follows the waves of prana, combined with Don’s series of Self-Awakening Yoga movement inquiries, stimulate a therapeutic realignment. Together, these practices catalyze a personal inquiry into new ways to bring the awareness of prana into your yoga teaching. Amba and Don, two revered Kripalu Yoga teachers create an experiential learning environment that invites you to discover and develop the yoga that is unique to you.
Expressing the Poetry and Potential of Practice [PPAE]
Learn accessible tools to limitlessly expand your insights and ability to express the full potential of practice. Often, as yoga instructors, we fall back on the same cues to guide our classes. Through developing your own insights and hearing the brilliance of others, you will leave this workshop with a rich new repertoire for many key postures and for the transitions that string the jewels of practice together. Come and find poetry through presence, postures, and summoning the teacher’s Muse together.
2:00–4:00 pm [choose one]
Yoga Meditations for Mood Management [YPMH]
When the mind is spiraling downward and the roar of rumination is deafening, watching the breath can be not only challenging, but possibly contraindicated. In this workshop, we explore yoga meditations that anchor the mind in the present so that mindfulness can naturally arise. Beneficial for anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, these techniques incorporate mudra, mantra, pranayama, and other timeless practices to calm and focus the mind and lift the mood. You also learn the evidence-based LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing Meditation-in both its energizing/grounding and calming versions-and practice gentle movement and kriya breathing exercises.
How to Live a Pain-Free Life [LPFL]
Practice the proper yoga postures for your specific condition and discover how easy it is to live a pain-free life. When the body is in balance, many painful conditions-such as low-back pain, neck pain, sciatica, knee pain, and many other ailments-melt away. Using the principles of Positional Therapy will take your yoga teaching to the next level. Learn to recognize the muscle imbalances that are causing your pain; practice the specific postures that correct these imbalances; identify postures that can aggravate the pain; and eliminate pain at the root cause—not just treat the symptom.
Dive Deep and Play: Radical Self-Acceptance [DDP]
Jovinna Chan and Jurian Hughes
Dance through your life with more freedom and fearlessness! Learn tools to playfully confront obstacles like self-judgment, no-saying, shoulds, coulds, can’ts, and won’ts. Dynamic duo Jurian Hughes and Jovinna Chan have crafted an adventure that takes you to the crossroads of yoga principles and theater improv, where limitation holds no sway. Enliven your creativity as you feel the power of your voice and the beauty of your body!
Defying Gravity: Teaching and Practicing Arm Balancing and Inversion [DGWJai]
Take flight as you enliven and rejuvenate the practice of inversions and arm balancing. Together we explore these physically challenging poses in a safe, supportive environment designed to help us conquer the fear of flying, and learn how to transmit that same courage to our students. Learn how to refine your anatomical and energetic understanding of arm balances and inversions, including principles of alignment, modifications, and contraindications and create a toolbox of strength-building exercises and poses to prepare you for taking flight.
Thursday, October 11
8:30–11:30 am [choose one]
Essential Teachings of the Kripalu Tradition [ETSK]
Shobhan Richard Faulds
Kripalu Yoga is the contemporary expression of an ancient and venerable tradition. Many aspects of this tradition-consciously or unconsciously-inform the context in which Kripalu Yoga is taught and practiced. Learn to inquire into the seed teachings of the Kripalu Yogis who originated and evolved the tradition, determining if they are a good fit for you and discover how clarity on the underlying Kripalu Yoga view can raise the transformative power of your teaching.
Yoga in the Material World: Linking Inner Practice with Practice in the World [YMW]
Join one of the founding members of Kripalu as he shares observations on how the deeper energetic and shaktipat teachings of Swami Kripalu apply to life in the world off the mat. One of the few Kripalu teachers who studied directly with Swami Kripalu, Dinabandhu explores the connection between what he learned from the man affectionately known as “Bapuji,” and what he learned in his 20 years as an ashram resident and his subsequent tenure as Kripalu CEO (2004-2010).
Let Your Yoga Dance® for Special Populations [KDGM]
Megha (Nancy Buttenheim)
Thousands of people yearn to move their bodies, dance, and do yoga, but feel marginalized by physical challenges: the elderly, people with Parkinson’s or MS, those overcoming surgery, arthritis sufferers, and others. Journey through the chakras as you learn how to create yoga, breath, and dance sequences in and around chairs, providing these populations with therapeutic benefits on all levels.
Partner Yoga: Double Your Fun [PAY]
Enjoy giving and receiving support in creative adaptations of classic yoga postures, and reach exciting new heights in your personal practice. Learn how to adapt postures to accommodate various body sizes, flexibility levels, and yoga experience; develop closeness and connection with others through co-meditations and partner breathwork; and experience a variety of partner yoga forms, including doubles yoga, partner-assisted yoga, and contact yoga. No partner necessary.
2:00–4:00 pm [choose one]
Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita [YBG]
Most of us will never be monks or nuns. Is there a way to use the struggles of daily life to cultivate an inner life of spirit? The Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu devotional work that literally translates as “Song of God,” is considered one of the world’s greatest teachings on this topic, and answers a resounding “yes” Explore karma yoga, the yoga of action, learning to act in the world in such a way that God becomes “the Doer” of our deeds.
The Five Pranas Vayus [FPV]
Devarshi Steven Hartman
When we are out of balance with prana, we are swimming upstream, which eventually causes stress, poor health, and disease. Yogis of old described the Five Universal Unseen Forces, known as Pranas Vayus: the forces to relax and rejuvenate; energize and enliven; digest and integrate; express and manifest; and connect to Source. In this fun and playful workshop, come explore how the Pranas Vayus affect you, and how you can increase your awareness of prana for greater health and well-being.
The Art and Evolution of Assisting
Priti Robyn Ross
Assisting a student is not about correction or perfection. Rather, it is a loving act that brings students deeper into their practice while cultivating a profound sense of connection.Take your teaching and assisting skills to the next level as we work with partners to explore a variety of assists and modifications; discuss and experience the significance of touch, use your hands and body as effective tools; develop the awareness of entering the sacred space of a student’s yoga mat and learn the correct biomechanics for your own body while giving assists.
Restorative Yoga: The Art of Letting Go [ALG]
Sudha Carolyn Lundeen
Enjoy a super-juicy, stress-melting approach to healing in the 21st century. Together we explore the depth of true restoration and the importance of bringing rest and balance to your system. Deepen your understanding of how restorative yoga can be an important adjunct to your teaching tools-whether in full-on restorative classes, or as an addition to asana classes and private sessions. This workshop is a perfect way to deepen your practice and also relax and integrate the conference.