MORE ABOUT IRENE PAPPAS and her SOUTH AFRICA VISIT SEPT 2019
In Cape Town 27 to 29 September. Widening the yoga horizons.
Internationally acclaimed teacher and yoga ambassador, from Boulder, Colorado. On her South Africa tour, organised by YogaRocks, Durban.
Irene’s yoga journey and inspirations are both physical body practice and harmonious and mindful intent – evolving in both the freedom and excitement of yoga practice.
We host a number of classes and workshops with Irene over that weekend – Dynamic Vinyasa, thematic workshops, Meditation and Nidra.
A fantastic opportunity to enrich our individual practice and broaden our yoga experience and knowledge.
Irene has a donation based studio in Boulder, Colorado with her business partner Sam Vetrano. Together they lead teacher trainings all over the world, and hope to inspire and create yoga teachers and practitioners that use critical thinking and compassion as tools in their daily lives
Friday – Dynamic Vinyasa Master Class:
This class will begin with a slowly building Vinyasa flow. There will be dynamic elements exploring and breaking down the foundations of inversions and arm balances in a fun and playful way. Modifications will be offered for those in the beginning of their yoga journey and amplifications offered for more advanced practitioners. The last past of class will be for slower hip and hamstring opening, allowing you to relax and dissolve into restorative stretches. All levels welcome, but being familiar with basic poses will help you get the most out of this practice.
Saturday – Liquid Spine – Back bending Workshop:
Join Irene for this workshop to bend, twist, fold, and strengthen your body so that you can free the movement of your spine. Beginning with a discussion and meditation, you will be guided through Irene’s warm up sequence to break down different elements of spinal movement with a special focus on hip and shoulder flexibility. She will then show you her favourite drills for building spine strength and safely increasing your body’s range of motion.
All levels welcome with an open mind. This is also a perfect workshop for instructors looking for safe ways to help their students build stronger, safer backbends in their practice.
Saturday – Inversion Workshop:
This workshop is focused on refining the foundation of your practice in order to build the strength and awareness to explore more advanced techniques. Irene will break down the stepping stones to a more graceful inversion practice, starting with basic drills to build the strength and flexibility required to balance on your hands and upside down.
There will be some breakdown of headstand, but expect to focus on forearm stand and handstand- working on controlled entrances and exits, as well as learning how to safely fall. Don’t worry, if you’re not comfortable upside down Irene will give you steps to get there. All are welcome as long as you can do dolphin pose.
Sunday – Arm Balance Workshop:
This workshop is focused on creating a balance of strength and flexibility as a foundation for arm balances. Using drills to both strengthen and open the body, Irene will show you her favourite techniques for basic arm balances like plank, chaturanga, and crow and how to use them to transition. She will then show you how to build up to more advanced techniques for things like one legged crow, firefly, as well as lotus and leg behind the head variations. All levels welcome, some familiarity with crow pose will be helpful.
Sunday – Slow Flow and Guided Meditation:
Beginning with pranayama and meditation, this class will be a slow flow Vinyasa with longer holds of flexibility based poses. In order to create balance, this practice will systematically open each part of the body. There will be options to intensify the practice as well as options to keep it more restorative. The last part of this class will be a Yoga Nidra style mediation to gently ease you into deeper relaxation. All levels welcome and encouraged to come.
More details of the program and on Irene and for all enquiries and bookings: Go to YogaRocks here
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