SCHEDULE (descriptions below)
Thursday, 12/7, 5:30-9:30pm: Introduction: Stabilize the Shoulders
Friday, 12/8, morning/by appointment
-- Individual sessions with Bryce (not included in workshop price)
Friday, 12/8, 5:30-9:30pm: Healing Hips
Saturday, 12/9, 8:00-11:00am: Mysore
Saturday, 12/9, 1:00-5:00pm: Strong Supple Spine
Saturday 12/9, 7:30pm: Free Movie Screening - Mysore Yoga Traditions
Sunday, 12/10, 8:00-11:00am: Mysore
Sunday, 12/10, 1:00-5:00pm: Foundations for Floating
* all the hours of the workshop can now be included as continuing education credits for Yoga Alliance certified instructors
Cost: Full workshop: $200 | Drop-in/Single Sessions: $60 | Mysore: $30
movie screening is free
Full Workshop Description:
Through a dedicated and innovative practice of Ashtanga Yoga & Yoga Therapy, Bryce was able to overcome a severe case of adolescent scoliosis, avoid a total spinal fusion, and finally become pain free. Through this experience, Bryce has developed a unique insight into the use of Vinyasa Yoga as a deep healing modality. Interweaving asana; full body & hand mudra; pranayama; chakra, vayu & kosha awareness; prana vidya & visualizations; self massage; muscle isolations; somatics; deep relaxation & yoga nidra. Bryce can assist in safely and effectively addressing injuries while taking your practice to the next level. No Ashtanga or yoga experience is necessary. Beginners, as well as individuals suffering from pain or repetitive use injuries, are are highly encouraged.
Individual Class Descriptions:
Stabilize the Shoulders
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is 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 in the shoulder girdle.
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.
Exploring how to open, stretch, strengthen, stabilize & heal the muscles that make up the pelvis, hip socket & the upper legs. Want to open your hips? Do you have tight hamstrings? Do you have injuries in your legs? Do you feel tension & limited range of movement? Are your hips in pain? This workshop will help you understand your body & empower you with tools to gradually open, balance and heal your hips.
Strong Supple Spine
The spine is the innermost core of the body, and is the basis for an optimally functioning body. Our focus in this workshop, is on unlocking the spine's potential to move & support the healthy functions of the body. From the deepest layers of tissues to the most superficial, this is true core work that utilizes backbends; sidebands; twists & forward bends.
Foundations for Floating
An immersion into 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 integrating core strength with arm balances.
Mysore Yoga Traditions Film Screening
Mysore Yoga Traditions is an inquiry into the cultural background of yoga in Mysore, how it has evolved, and the philosophy upon which this global practice rests. The film will be an intimate glimpse into the yoga of Mysore as the elders, scholars, philosophers, yogis and spiritual leaders of the community express their views on what yoga is, its original intention, and how they feel about the way it is being taught and practiced around the world. Much has been said about yoga in Mysore by western scholars. Now it is time for the people who are the keepers of this vibrant yoga tradition to speak about how they see their own legacy.
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 has also completed 1000hr certification through Integrative Yoga Therapy and is E-RYT 500 & C-IAYT certified.
In April of 2016 Bryce returned to India to help film a documentary about the evolution of the yoga community of Krishnamacharya in Mysore, India; how this community has influenced the vast majority of modern day Yoga practices today & the current views held by the keepers of these traditions. The film is called Mysore Yoga Traditions, great efforts are currently being made to complete this film. Bryce's deepest desire is to assist this world in healing & to be a medium for illumination.