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Thursday Immersion: Smart Transitions: Evoking Mindfulness and Strength

As we all know, Yogis don’t get injured while in a pose; it is coming into and out of a pose -- when our attention lapses -- that we may create strain or injury.
We’ll look at some of the classic Yoga transitions and bring the power of our attention to them, seeking gaps in our concentration and physical areas of deficit or over-working.
Via the vehicle of moving from one pose into the next, we will shift from the future-orientation of already being there, or the past focus of being mentally stuck in the pose we are in, to the true present of moving mindfully from one pose to the next. Designed for Teachers and experienced Yogis, you’ll practice transitioning, assessing alignment and hands-on adjustments.

Class Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Please bring one block.
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Backbending and the Happy Sacrum

Backbends invite joy and vitality to our lives. Bringing awareness to the sacrum, the keystone of the spine, creates balance and a safe depth to advanced backbends.
You’ll explore essential principles for aligning feet, shins and thighs, releasing and balancing your Iliopsoas system, and stabilizing both Sacrum and lower back. Moving progressively into bigger backbends, Sthira and Sukham, steady strength, with comfort and ease, will follow.

Class Level: Intermediate/Advanced
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Gaia Living Yoga - Wisdom Talk: Invitation to Surrender; The Elemental Yogic Lesson of Abhyasa and Vairagya

Join Annie for a relaxed Dharma chat she’s calling: Invitation to Surrender: The Elemental Yogic Lesson of Abhyasa and Vairagya.
One of the lessons that Yoga shows us right away is that we have to show up—often and with zeal! — and we have to let go of expectations. This essential lesson is mirrored again and again on the mat, in our work and in our relationships too. Annie will discuss the texts that illuminate these principles and the practices that help us discern and create the Yogic balance they promise. There’ll be time for your questions, too.
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Relax Deeply: Restoratives

All Levels. In this completely restorative practice (NO sweat!), you will drop physical tension layer by layer, and slide into a state of peace and well-being.
This yummy practice is designed to turn the sympathetic (adrenalin based) nervous system off, and induce the relaxation response. (bring any and all props that you can—but don’t worry we ‘ll be creative!) ALL LEVELS
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Pranayama and the Cultivation of Concentration

Aside from the obvious physical benefits of increasing lung capacity and respiratory health, having a daily breathing practice brings a subtlety to your awareness and an ability to turn your attention inward.
You’ll learn how to prepare the body, and several powerful breathing practices. You’ll fall in love with this sweet practice, which serves as a portal to concentration and meditation. 
 Emphasis on acceptance and compassion makes this practice more accessible and sweet.

Class Level: All Levels

Please bring one or two blankets.
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Peak Experience Round-table Discussion: The Evolution of a Yoga Teacher

Join Annie for an intimate talk as she candidly shares stories of her teaching journey and wisdom on how to remain authentic when the path presents obstacles.
Annie will describe the natural progression of being a student who trusts her teacher to becoming a trustworthy teacher. We’ll look at developing skills via self-practice, and finding your own voice as an authentic, inspiring guide. We’ll also discuss the intuitive process and trusting the ongoing inquiry that a true Yoga practice demands. Bring your questions!
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About Annie Carpenter

Annie Carpenter. Known as a “teachers’ teacher,” Annie is the creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, an intelligent marriage of mindful movement with compassionate, wakeful alignment. Based in northern California, Annie creates practices that are at once advanced and challenging, yet safe and playful. Practicing yoga since the 70s, Annie continues to be a dedicated student (geek!) of anatomy, evolutionary movement, meditation and classical philosophy. Annie is the author of RelaxDEEPLY, a CD of restorative yoga, and Yoga for Total Back Care,” a DVD produced by Yoga Journal, and several SmartFLOW manuals. She contributes regularly to Yoga Journal. An influential Teacher Trainer since 2003, Annie leads 200/500 trainings and workshops globally, and at YogaGlo.com. Learn more at anniecarpenter.com.

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Where You Can Find Me

Yoga Tree San Francisco and Namaste in the Bay Area and YogaGlo.com

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Inspirational Quote:

"We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God."
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