Join Bryce Delbridge for a 3-day workshop that will integrate body, mind, and spirit. This workshop will explore various ways of creating a sustainable practice for the rest of your life. All ages and all levels of health and experience (including complete beginners) are welcome.
December 2-4, 2016
Friday, 12/2, 5:30-8:30pm: Stabilize the Shoulders
Saturday, 12/3, 8:00-11:00am: Mysore
Saturday, 12/3, 2:00-5:00pm: Foundations for Floating
Sunday, 12/4, 8:00-11:00am: Mysore
Sunday, 12/4, 2:00-5:00pm: Mudra, Bandha, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra
Full Workshop: $180/$150* (includes all sessions and Mysore practices)
Single Session: $60
Single Mysore Practice: $30
*Register and pay online by October 15 for discounted rate of $150
Bryce Delbridge began practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at the age of 15, after being diagnosed with severe scoliosis. Facing the option of full spinal fusion, his dear family friends Andrew and Ray Eppler suggested that he try yoga. During the first class, he felt at home & at peace in his body; from this initial communion he began devoting his life various alternatives to surgery.
At the age of 20, Bryce traveled to India to pursue a more austere regiment of traditional practice with Sri B.N.S. Iyengar, a direct student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. While studying all 4 classic sequences of Asana, Mudra, Pranayama and Philosophy, Bryce became pain free. Since then, Bryce has continued to travel & study with world renown teachers, such as David Williams, Danny Paradise, David Swenson, Dharma Mittra, Srivatsa Ramaswami among many others. Bryce is currently pursuing a 1000 hour Yoga Therapy training with Integrative Yoga Therapy. His deepest desire is to assist this world in healing & to be a medium for illumination.
Individual class descriptions:
Stabilize the Shoulders
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) are the root practice for Vinyasa Yoga, preparing for this, is the focus. Diving deep into the shoulder girdle & directly experiencing the relationships of tissues in the most repetitive movements in modern day yoga. This workshop changes everything; it is a crash course in experiencing how to set yourself up for a lifelong sustainable arm balance practice; by understanding how to avoid repetitive use injuries & acquiring tools for healing existing injuries.
Self practice; moving and breathing at your own pace; this is where the rubber meets the road. In here, there is no right or wrong sequence; complete & total open format; all traditions are welcome. From the super advanced to the total beginner, Bryce will be working individually to help you work through any obstacle in your practice; physical, postural, breath/energy, emotional, spiritual etc; he will be here to help you create a customized practice for your needs.
Foundations for Floating
In this workshop, we will be exploring the fundamental muscles, movements & practices that prepare us for creating a sustainable practice, in which "Floating" gradually happens. What is "Floating" in Yoga? Graceful movements that seem to defy the laws of gravity. This is most associated with advanced practitioners whose movements appear effortless. This level of practice does not happen over night, that is why we will be laying the foundation for this to become possible over time. Much of this workshop will be focused on building core strength - from the deepest layers of tissues to the most superficial.
Mudra, Bandha, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra
These are the ancient practices, this is the reason why asana even exists. Physical postures were developed to create a strong, mobile, stable & balanced body; so that we can sit longer in meditation & clear out the skeletons in our closet without being distracted by pain & suffering in the physical body.
Mudra means seal, the full body mudras seal in the energy created from your vinyasa practice; hand mudras seal off Nadis (energy pathways), automatically directing energy to specific chakras (energetic & emotional centers). The full body mudras traditionally are the realm in which Bandha is introduced. Bandha's are the deeper muscular/energetic engagements that not only increase the potency of asana practice, but help support the health of the spine (the main energetic highway), on & off the yoga mat.
Pranayama is breath work. The breath is the connecting point between the physical & energetic bodies (Kosha's). These practices strengthen the diaphragm, which is sewn together with the base of the heart. Controlling the heart beat; circulatory system, energy body (Pranamaya Kosha) & the mind (Manomaya Kosha) are side effects from long term pranayama practice.
Yoga Nidra is literally "Yogic Sleeping". This is a guided deep relaxation practice for nurturing the nervous system; taking one's awareness through the various layers of our being (Kosha's) & rooting ones consciousness in objective awareness (Source Consciousness, Soul Consciousness, the non-doer, the observer) which is said to be our true nature. Please bring pillows, blankets & any props necessary, so that you can remain completely still for this short 30 minute practice.