Back Bend Workshop

Back Bend Workshop

Sunday December  16, 2018

1:30-4:00pm

Village Green Yoga, Issaquah, WA

 

Welcome to the Holidays,

The Holiday Season is upon us. Up here in the Pacific Northwest, the rains have set in, coloring the skies grey and generally making things cold and damp.  Daylight hours are still waning, and many of us wake-up in the dark and don’t get back home till the sun has set. 

To balance this, we light candles, make/eat cookies, decorate our homes with lights, and host/attend numerous celebrations bringing the light of friendship and family into our homes and hearts. 

But sometimes that is just plain hard.  Maybe we are tired, worn-out, over-stimulated, already feeling the effects of the darker days, or we are dealing with difficult personal stuff; but whatever the reason, the “Season of Joy” might be our “Season of Challenge”.  And this is where yoga can once again support us.  In order to connect with others, we need to be able to open our hearts and connect with ourselves. Backbends do just that, through physical forms we touch down into emotional spaces.

Yoga is full of backbends.  Some are super dramatic, like urdhva dhanurasana (full wheel), ekapada rajakopatanasana 4 (full pigeon), others are more subtle, like Warrior I or cow pose. Regardless of the depth of the pose, backbends are incredibly nourishing.  Not only do they bring healing to the spine, but also they re-engergize the body as we open up the spaces around the heart.  They help us to breath more deeply, and with greater ease, allowing us to more fully oxygenate all the organs in the body.  At a deeper level, backbends ask us to expose our hearts, open to vulnerability, and explore the edges of our fragility.  And in doing so, we find the spaces within, from which we can draw the strength to love more deeply and give more freely, and not just to other, but also to ourselves.

In order to derive the greatest benefit from backbends, it is essential to know how to do them safely. 

This workshop will help you to understand the dynamics of the backward bending poses enabling you to make the best choices for your body about which poses will nourish and heal, and which poses could problematic or hazardous. We will look at some anatomy, appropriate warm-ups, sequencing and counterposes, so you will always be able to practice backbends safely on your own, whenever and wherever you may want/need them

Join me for an afternoon that is certain to inspire and nourish.

Click here to sign up

Shalom & Namaste

Diana Bonyhadi

 

 

 

 

 

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Mastering the Standing Poses

Greetings Yogis,

I’m pleased to announce that on November 18th,  I will be hosting a workshop on  the fundamentals of the standing poses.  Of course there is more to standing poses than just placing your feet appropriately on your mat and doing something with your arms.  Standing poses are an opportunity to stand firmly upon the earth and open to the spaciousness within.    Finding the correct physical alignment for your body will also allow you to find your own internal alignment with yourself.  When your poses are no longer a struggle, opening to the peace within comes more easily with each and every breath.  Join me for an exploration of the architecture of the poses that allows us to stand firm and tall and strong and calm.

 

2018 Fall Workshop Series

After a long hiatus from leading workshops, I am pleased to announce that I will be offering a series of workshops this Fall, focusing on structural alignment, safe modifications and attunement within fundamental poses found in most asana practices.  These workshops are appropriate for all bodies but are recommended for yogis with an enduring and dedicated practice.

All workshops will be offered at Village Green Yoga, 1:30-4:00pm

The cost per workshop is $45, but all three can be purchased for a discount of $40.00 per workshop.  Please contact Village Green Yoga to sign up.

Sunday, October 14, 2018 – Sun Salutations

Sunday, November 18, 2018 – Standing Poses

Sunday, December 16, 2018 – Backbends

Greetings for 2018

Dear Yogis

Happy New Year.

I sat down several times in the last few weeks to write you all a letter of Holiday Cheer and New Year Wisdom.  Alas alack, after several attempts, I found that really most of what I had wanted to share with you, had already been said by someone else, and usually way more eloquently than I could ever articulate. I gave it up for a bit, but today I realized, I did want to send you all a note.

So, I will keep it simple.

I am grateful to all of you: my students; teachers; friends and fellow yogis for all the support you have given me this past year.  and I want to let you know that I am here for you. If ever I can be of service to you in any way, please let me know.

You may have noticed, that my teaching schedule has been reduced.  I am only teaching a couple of public classes a week (Mid-Day Bliss at Village Green Yoga).  Instead,  I am teaching more classes at senior living communities and volunteering with a few local service organizations.    If you are interested in scheduling private or small group classes or workshops, I do still have room in my schedule for that.  Give me a call or drop me an email to set something up.

2017  was a tough year.  I think we can all agree on that.  But I also believe it was the catalyst many of us needed to step up and commit to doing the work we were each meant to do.  For me, this has led to enrolling in classes in physiology, kinesthesiology, meditation and philosophy.  And, while I miss time on the mat with my students, I know that now is the time to return to my studies, delving deeper into my meditation practice and giving back to my community.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, which was this week, I wish you the very best for 2018.  May this be the year, you truly step into your dreams, following your heart, listening to the voice of wisdom and compassion that lives within you, and may you find the work that inspires and nourishes you and all those around you.  In the yogic sense, this is following your Dharma.

Eat well, move safely, sleep soundly and breathe with awareness.

May this be a year of blessing and joy.

Shalom & Namaste

Diana Bonyhadi

Last Sunday Class in Issaquah

Namaste Yogis,

A quick note to remind you all that this Sunday will be my last day of teaching my 9:45am All-Levels Vinyasa Flow Class at Village Green Yoga.  Gosh I hope to see all of you there.  We have had such a good time together these many years.  We have learned so much about ourselves and each other, and of course about yoga.  I am deeply grateful to all of you.  I do hope you will join me this Sunday.  I guarantee you an amazing and heartfelt practice.

Don’t worry, my Tuesday/Thursday Noon Mid-Day Bliss Class at Village Green is not going away.

Are you excited about the eclipse this Monday?  I am.  Hopefully you will be able to take an hour out of your busy day and spend some time experiencing this amazing event.  Research tells me that we will see 92% of the eclipse which is pretty close to the entirety.  The darkness will only last a couple of moments, but the whole event will last from 9:02-11:38am. The silence and stillness will peak at 10:22. I fully believe that that stillness will be felt deeply in our spirits if we allow ourselves to be open to it.  Make sure you have those proper glasses and are in a wide open space, preferably facing southeast.

Be Well

Namaste

Diana Bonyhadi