Why is it that some people are just natural backbenders and Urdhva Dhanurasana looks like a piece of cake? You simply flip up like a dome and yet for others of us Urdhva Dhanurasana is a great challenge?
Urdhva Dhanurasana as a backbend is really the backbend that begins to open up new dimensions of practice. So Urdhva Dhanurasana is very much a keynote posture and there are so many wonderful ways into that posture that the journey itself as we all know is the point, being on the journey is the point and not needing to get anywhere but having a simple posture in mind as we practice. And we find all of the component parts that help us to work on that journey towards this posture.
So first of all we can look at the classifications of backbends and the levers that we use within the backbends. So I need to in this introduction probably go back to the beginning and introduce how I’m going to structure the article looking at the physics and the structure of the arch and looking at what restricts us and inhibits us.
Some of us have muscles on the front of the body that want to stay contracted and take a lot of coaxing, easing and encouragement to psychologically let go. We know that the muscles that contract are switched on by the nervous system, but the muscles that release (antagonists) aren’t following any nerve impulse, they’re simply letting go within the pair-work that goes on in the muscular system to affect movement. So letting go of the abdominal area in preparation.. Supta Baddokonasana can work really well with this on the bolsters where the lower abdomen and the upper abdomen can just have a really passive time when the mind can let go, when the mind takes the awareness to the abdominal cavity and lets go. Then the ilio-psoas muscles which we spend so much time dedicating study towards, these muscles that are major big long hip flexor muscles, take a great deal of encouragement to let go. We find this in practice of the splits (Hanumanasana) and we also need to address it for Urdhva Dhanurasana. Then again with most of us in the way that we’ve been living since the late 90s with continual forward bending over computer screens, stiffness of the shoulders is another area to tackle. So if we start classifying all of our familiar backbending postures then we can start substituting backbends and this is particularly helpful when planning lessons and theming lesson plans for a course.
The neck and shoulders also need some systematic release and Pawanmuktasana and postures that lead to that softening of the shoulders. This is being explored to help teachers assist their students to work towards not only to somehow help teachers to explore their own practice but also for teachers to draw their own students towards this pinnacle posture. Urdhva Dhanurasana requires….is architectural ..like any archway supported by the columns, columns need to be firmly planted and the arch really needs to be…maybe I could even bring in tensegrity, this idea of tensegrity within the arch of Urdhva Dhanurasana.
BWY Norfolk presents an In Service Training Day
A Journey of Sequencing Vinyasa Flow towards Splits practice Hanumanasana
10am – 4pm on Saturday 23 June at Costessey Centre, NR8 5AH
Jacqueline Purnell is qualified to teach the BWY Foundation Course One and Two. She is a qualified BWY Pregnancy Yoga teacher and also teaches pregnancy classes, post-natal recovery and baby Yoga.
Certified as a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, and assisting on Quantum Yoga Teacher Trainings, Jacqueline has completed Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training in India with the late Derek Ireland, followed Shandor Remete and attended teacher training of the Shadow School for 6 years. Jacqueline appears in the DVD 'Beyond Dynamic Yoga'.
Outline plan for the day
10 10.15 Introduction to the day, structure, tutor and a short explanation of the subject matter.
10.15 12.15 Practice of Vinyasa Flows
12.15 1 handout & Theory.
1 - 2pm LUNCH
2 2.45 Breath, and progression in the Planning of safe front splits practice.
2.45 3.45 Individual requirements for teachers’ modification.
3.45 4 Evaluation, summary of the day, questions.
Please bring along your usual yoga props, mat, belt, and blanket plus blocks x 4 and bricks x 2, if you have them.
Aimed at all levels to create current opportunities to enhance teaching methodologies as discussed.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided and our charity book stall will be open on the day
Full details and to book your place, please visit www.yogashalaibiza.com Cost £35
We look forward to welcoming you.
We are offering complimentary full 90 minute yoga sessions every afternoon from 2nd-19th May 2017!
This May from 2nd-19th inclusive, we are holding a series of complimentary yoga sessions in the afternoons at 4pm to 5.30pm in the Garden of Joy!
You may know someone who could really do with the impetus of complimentary classes to inspire them to start or restart their practice.
Come & join us in the beautiful and lush surroundings and practise a full 90 minutes of pranayamas, asanas and deep relaxation. You will enjoy deep breathing, fully oxygenating your tissues and relaxing your nervous system. We will follow this with an invigorating and empowering mix of asanas, including inversions, balances and backbends. On the more nourishing side we will also explore forward bends, natural spinal alignments and relaxing restorative postures.
Who is eligible:
Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced practitioner or somewhere in between all levels are welcome! This includes pregnant students and those who have just had their baby, who wish to strengthen and empower their own bodies whilst simultaneously nurturing a deep bond with the baby.
The benefits of yoga for all are numerous and amongst those include improved blood circulation, enhanced strength and flexibility, greater mental and physical prowess, better posture, improved capacity for natural breathing, greater grounding and balance in your day to day life and significant stress relief. Yoga is also said to clear the complexion, brighten the skin and eyes, enhance mental discipline, de-clutter and soothe the mind, relieve depression and anxiety and even prevent or slow down the onset of ageing.
Alexia Eden, Yogashala Ibiza Yoga Alliance 200hour graduate 2016
We invite you to spend a special transformational New Year holiday with us in beautiful Ibiza.
This Special Luxury Gluten Free New Year Healthy Yoga & Villa Holiday is going to be refreshing, energising and a lot of fun!
We have one of the most stunning villa settings on Ibiza with an infinity pool, panoramic views over the whole island and its own incredible sunset spot. This special New Year Holiday will be filled with lots of yoga and movement, healthy juices and fresh, light and tasty Gluten Free meals, inspirational talks, healthy food preparation demonstrations, time for relaxation and opportunities to let your hair down and party (it is New Year after all ).
Come and join us and we will have you ready to burst into the New Year of 2018, brimming with health and vitality!
Detox Holiday Benefits
This week will help you to balance your weight, improve your eating habits and help you transition into a healthy way of living.
Among the many benefits you can expect to reap:
• Increased energy and vitality
• Healthy weight loss
• Brighter mood
• Improved digestion
• Better quality of sleep
• Clearer skin
• Reduced allergy symptoms, headaches, bloating and joint pains related to diet
• Increased understanding of your nutritional needs and how to meet them
Throughout the five days you will experience:
• Delicious, Organic * Vegetarian Gluten Free Meals, Juices and Smoothies, prepared by our Incredible Chef, Sol. *wherever possible.
• Yoga Twice a Day - an Energizing, Dynamic Class in the morning that works with our New Approach to Toning Muscles and Problem Areas and a Restorative Class in the afternoon - allowing the Body to Release and open through Passive, Supported Stretches.
• Daily Meditation and Relaxing Breathing Exercises.
• Inspiring talks on the Benefits of Detox and Transitioning from the Detox to an Easy to Maintain Everyday Diet, Tips on Diet and Lifestyle Habits for Healthy Weight Loss and Vitality and for Keeping the Weight Off, Improving Your Digestion and Overcoming Common Digestive Problems, Walking and Exercising for Strengthening and Toning the Whole Body to Complement Your Ongoing Weight Loss, The Spot Reduction Debate and Our New Approaches to Target Problem Areas Including Upper and Lower Abdomen, Thighs, Buttocks and Underarms.
• Practical Demonstration on Making Delicious, Nutritious, Juices
• Walks in the Stunning Ibiza Countryside
• Time for Relaxation, Massage and Healing Therapies and for Exploring the Local Area
Daily Holiday Schedule
7 – 8 am - Fresh Herbal Teas
8-9.30am - Dynamic Yoga Class
9.30-10am - Healthy Gluten Free Breakfast
10am-12 pm - Free Time to Chill Out, Go Walking, Take a Massage
1-2pm - Healthy Gluten Free Lunch
2-5pm - Free Time to Relax or Explore the Island
5 – 6.30pm - Evening Yoga & Breathing Exercises
6.30-7.30pm - Healthy Gluten Free Dinner
7.30pm - Free Time – Relax with a Book, Take a Massage, Games, Storytelling
Please note that the schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teachers.
The Beautiful Villa
The luxurious villa sits in an idyllic spot, high above the village of Sant Lorrenc (San Lorenzo) with stunning panoramic views over the island and Formentera. Set over 6 acres ,there is plenty to explore including a hill walk leading to one of the most beautiful sunset views. Cosy in the wintertime, the house is centrally heated although we get plenty of warm, sunny days in Ibiza in the winter. When the sun is shining, there are plenty of outdoor areas around the beautiful infinity pool for relaxing and soaking up the rays. Five of the bedrooms have an en suite bathroom and two of the bedrooms share a bathroom. All bedrooms have double beds, except for one room which has twin beds. There is Wi-Fi throughout the property.
Double Room with Double Bed and En Suite Bathroom – Price for Single or Double Occupancy:
Smaller Double Room with Double Bed and En Suite Bathroom – Price for Single or Double Occupancy:
Double Room with Double Bed and Shared Bathroom (shared with one other room) – Price for Single or Double Occupancy:
Twin Share Room with Shared Bathroom (shared with one other room) – Based on Two People Sharing:
£785 Per Person
• 5 Nights Luxury Accommodation
• All Healthy, Vegetarian Gluten Free Meals and Juices
• Twice-Daily Yoga Classes
• Inspiring Healthy Living Talks and food preparation Demonstrations
• Use of Pool
• Drinking Water
• Herbal Teas
Jacqueline Purnell is the founder of Yogashala Ibiza, a yoga teacher training and yoga holiday center in Ibiza. Jacqueline is a highly qualified and experienced yoga teacher. Jacqueline Purnell, British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) Foundation Course Tutor and E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance teacher.
Jacqueline has taught yoga for many years all over the world, including training yoga teachers for over 10 years in London and Ibiza. She originally trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Derek Ireland in India.
Jacqueline is licensed to teach BWY Foundation Courses One and Two, is a qualified BWY & Yoga Alliance pregnancy yoga teacher, teaching pregnancy classes, post-natal recovery and baby yoga and a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher, having trained with David Life and Sharon Gannon. Jacqueline has also worked with Shandor Remete, having attended teacher training of the Shadow School for over six years. She spent over 8 years as the director of the Apprenticeship Teacher Training at Richmond Yoga in Richmond, Surrey, UK.
In the media, Jacqueline stars in the worldwide best selling book 10 Minute Yoga and the DVD Beyond Dynamic Yoga: The Power of Ashtanga. She has practised yoga on Sky TV and filmed in Ibiza for the ITV1 series Wish You Were Still Here with Judith Chalmer’s son Mark Durden-Smith.
Claudia is the founder and director of The Wellness Source, a company dedicated to empowering individuals to take charge of their wellbeing; supporting them toward living happier, healthier lives through wellness coaching, workshops and retreats.
Claudia is a renowned yoga teacher and wellness expert and has guided literally hundreds of people through life changing detox, wellness and yoga programs in the UK, Europe and Asia. Her adaptability, in-depth knowledge, her calm steady support and caring nature really shine through in her relationships with her clients.
Her teaching method is practical, down-to -earth and fun, making information accessible to people from all backgrounds and all levels of yoga experience. Claudia inspires positive change in people’s lives through re-education; by encouraging individuals to take responsibility for their own health, she believes profound transformation is possible.
Massage & Healing Therapies
There will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy some relaxing, rejuvenating massage and healing therapies through the week. Find out more about the therapies available here
• Visit Ibiza Old Town – UNESCO World Heritage Site *
• Explore the Beautiful Beaches of the White Island of Ibiza *
• A Night Out at the Famous Pacha Nightclub in the Capital, Ibiza Town*
• Horse Riding*
• Mountain Biking/Road Biking *
• Spa and Hammam*
• Visit the Local Markets *
• Explore the Islands’ Many Caves *
• Enjoy an Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Reiki or Therapeutic Massage Session *
* Please note these activities are at an extra charge.
• Flights to Ibiza: Direct daily flights from London City Airport with British Airways or via Barcelona, Madrid or Mallorca with Ryan Air and Vueling Airlines (The Villa is approximately 25 minutes transfer from the airport)
• Transfers to and from the airport are included in your stay
• Should you wish to hire a car to explore the island, we recommend booking in advance. Do You Spain is a popular booking agent.
Please note: Check in time is 5pm on 28th December and check out time is on 2nd January at 11am.
New Year week places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment
Payment in full (paid via bank transfer) is required to secure your place.
All fees are non-returnable and non-refundable.
We can’t wait to have you join us for this fun and transformative holiday!
Claudia & Jacqueline
Teaching Style & Content
The Training is primarily based on Anatomy and Physiology and this sets the training apart. Anatomy and Physiology are the building blocks for sound teaching practices. Jacqueline found a great deal of positive influence from Dr. Ruth Gilmore.
Dr Ruth Gilmore was a full-time lecturer at Queen's University in Belfast for many years, first in Physiology and then in Anatomy.
A sound knowledge of the "nuts and bolts" of Human Anatomy arouses our creativity and animates our safe teaching and instruction. Brilliance is borne out of the confidence of knowledge of the basics.
Our training draws on the inspiration of many traditions including Sivananda and Jacqueline's teachers Shri K Pattabhi Jois his students Derek Ireland, John Scott, Teachers David Life and Sharon Gannon, Mr BKS Iyengar, Shandor Remete of Shadow Yoga and many other great teachers. Our approach relies on passing on the skills for appropriate modification, safety in asanas and adaptation of postures for various medical conditions.
On this comprehensive course you will learn:
- How the muscles and joints work within the postures
- Pranayama, Mantra & Meditation
- Class Management
- The main philosophical texts and how they are relevant, both to the history of yoga and yoga as it is practised in the West today.
The methodologies we use ensure that this is a cutting edge teacher training course, which is both transformational and confidence building. Our teaching methods are student-centred and fun. Although there is plenty of theory in the syllabus, we use interactive teaching methods, practical yoga sessions, role-play, and pair and group work to help you develop confidence and autonomy.
The key to safe yoga teaching is understanding, and that understanding comes through experience, observation, dedication and teaching. We do small peer-group teaching sessions from the beginning of the course in which we road-test how to deal practically and professionally with any situations that can arise in a yoga class. You are encouraged to start teaching your own class early on in this course.
Please see the costs & dates for our teacher training courses.