Scottish Yoga Conference
27-29 September 2019

Workshops

Cat | Heavenly hips
Sep
28
8:30 AM08:30

Cat | Heavenly hips

Working deep into the lower body through strength and mobility, we'll work towards getting those right and left leg splits along with box splits. We'll look at how our lower three chakras can play a roll in these postures and how we can work with our resistances to find a release

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Finlay | Illuminate your heart
Sep
28
8:30 AM08:30

Finlay | Illuminate your heart

The heart is wrapped in a casing, surrounded to a cage and adhered to the diaphragm. Working with the intent of exploring the heart, you will learn Forrest Yoga sequencing that will allow you to create a feeling of space underneath, around and in your heart. With your heart clear, you will be able to feel what moves your heart the most.

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Patrick | Diving deeper: the role of core and control in arm balances 
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Patrick | Diving deeper: the role of core and control in arm balances 

Learn to glide through your practice with lightness as we break down how to activate midline of your body in the full breadth of asana. Using efficient alignment principles and newly found core awareness we will play with a variety of arm balances and honing in on the ever important transitions between postures.

All levels are welcome to this fun exploration of the practice. Join in as we ignite a fire in your core, allowing you to take the reigns and move your practice anywhere!

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Erin | Graceful strength: understanding the complete core 
Sep
28
10:30 AM10:30

Erin | Graceful strength: understanding the complete core 

So much of the work and energy that we put into inversions is done right side up. Learning to fully engage and move from the complete core can truly transform your practice, both on and off the mat. In this 1.5 hour session, we will introduce and activate all areas of your core vessel, interweaving the power of the breath and slow, sticky movements to help develop graceful strength during and between postures. Expect to hone in on the body as a whole, moving consciously through strength building drills, unique, but efficient transitions, and pulling from these new skills as we lightly explore the art of balancing on our hands through some of the most effective arm balances. All levels welcome, and great for those just looking to start their inversion practice, as well as those interested in diving deeper. Come ready to work hard, look within, and as always, have a little fun.

Props recommended: 2 blocks, 1 blanket, 1 strap per student (please note you must bring your own props)

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Chelsey | Pipe dream
Sep
28
10:30 AM10:30

Chelsey | Pipe dream

It is good for our souls to yearn for something, to have a pipe dream, a wild idea. This  class will focus on your yearning for personal meaning. The kind of yearning that pulls you toward your heart — into your wild nature and deepest desires. A sweat-filled practice with forward folds to allow for deep listening, shoulder and hip openers to release stagnant energy. Heart openers to feel a more expansive sense of self and a guided meditation to finish. Emerge with the clarity that comes from spending 90 minutes in a beautiful dream state where everything is possible. 

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Ava | Real Talk : The Future of Yoga
Sep
28
11:15 AM11:15

Ava | Real Talk : The Future of Yoga

Ava Taylor, Founder of YAMA Talent, is a tenacious entrepreneur & avid yogi. Committed to running an ethics-based business, her personal mission is to be a Catalyst for Better Living, bringing the tools of wellness to communities of all kinds. Ava has pioneered the development of the booking, management, & consulting business in the yoga space, and is a sought-out media contributor known for having her finger on the pulse of this rapidly expanding industry. She’s the creator of The Catalyst: Online Business School for Yogis.

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Finlay | Journey to the core
Sep
28
12:00 PM12:00

Finlay | Journey to the core

Our core extends from pelvis to the head, an area with numerous connections. Holding the major energetic centres and chakras this is an ideal place to focus our breath for Yoga Therapy. Exploring abdominal exercises and strong poses we will get warm and look at connecting to this power centre, creating space in the abdominals to create a reflexive and responsive abdominal and core.

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Matt | Therapeutically advancing your practice
Sep
28
1:00 PM13:00

Matt | Therapeutically advancing your practice

Advanced, but all levels? How? Moving forward and practicing more advanced postures is gratifying and fun, but our ambitions to go deeper into asana can also become injurious. In this workshop, we learn how to have your cake and eat it too—heal, keep your body healthy, and advance your practice. With proper biomechanics, we open energy lines in the body that promote healing–not destruction. Specific actions in our practice help the body feel safe and relax the nervous system, allowing muscles to release and giving us the power to dive deep into 

poses with ease. Keep your practice fun, advanced and therapeutic. This is appropriate for students of all levels, looking to find new depth in their practice.

(all levels)

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Erin | Arm balance extravaganza
Sep
28
1:00 PM13:00

Erin | Arm balance extravaganza

Explore the art of balancing on your hands as Erin breaks down some of the more popular arm balances including Crow, Side Crow, EPK, Eight Angle, and more. Learn wrist/arm strengthening techniques, core foundations, and the body control needed to flip your perspective and lift yourself up. So much of the work we do to find float in arm balances has to do with the careful, slow movements that we make on the mat. Join us for a fun and funky flow that will add useful drills to your practice and set you up for success on your hands. From the safe steps to build the strength to fly, to complex transitions between postures, this clinic offers it all! Open to all levels, and modifications always included, but suggested for those with a consistent practice. No previous inversion experience needed. 

Props recommended: 2 blocks, 1 strap per student (please note you must bring your own props)

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Matt | Hips: rock 'em and unlock 'em
Sep
28
3:00 PM15:00

Matt | Hips: rock 'em and unlock 'em

Tight hips can feel impossible to open. No matter how long you stay in pigeon, the next day it’s back to square one. Static stretching alone does not lead to flexibility. Through Matt’s deep knowledge in bodywork, yoga and anatomy, he will teach you how to transform once unyielding hip joints. Learn how to adjust alignment, prevent knee pain and engage the muscles to support the bone structure. This hip opener course will immerse you in the tools needed to access greater range of motion.

(all levels)

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Dhugal | Quiet as a mountain, still as a lake, the principles of yin
Sep
28
5:00 PM17:00

Dhugal | Quiet as a mountain, still as a lake, the principles of yin

Join Dhugal for a 90min dive into the quiet practice that is Yin Yoga. With long held seated stresses focused on the water rich joints and fascial lines of your body, explore the difference of this soothing, nurturing practice. Yin is not about improving your range of motion and stretching, basic Yin is about stimulating, nurturing deep living tissues starting at the surface which form a living web of tissue which structure, bind and nourish all tissues, organs and muscles. Come, finish your day, fertilize your evening.

Limited spaces 

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Patrick | Awakening yoga - complete solar practice
Sep
28
5:00 PM17:00

Patrick | Awakening yoga - complete solar practice

Together we will explore the full Awakening Yoga Solar Practice. This intuitive flowing practice asks for your full attention through both challenging movement and complete stillness. Shifting within the balance of organic freedom and structure as go beyond our we explore new ways to create harmony in the yoga practice.

This full class experience will move you through a variety of different deeply integrated postures with grace, breath, and purpose. Experience inner stillness with the aide of expansive pranayama throughout and short meditation to conclude this unified practice.

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Matt | Root down, sweat and move
Sep
29
8:30 AM08:30

Matt | Root down, sweat and move

Get connected to your foundation through strong and powerful standing poses. Expect to work every muscle from your hips down, building strength and awareness within a sequence that make you sweat and will leave you completely detoxified with a smile on your face. Expect to gain a new perspective that will bring curiosity and excitement to traditional poses. We will go beyond surface level mundane alignment and open up new doors that will leave you feeling a new sense of power in your body.

(all levels)

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Erin | Flow - open to opportunity
Sep
29
8:30 AM08:30

Erin | Flow - open to opportunity

Explore an introduction to gentle and safe heart opening postures. Learn to utilize the fluidity of the spine to send ripples throughout the entire body. Enjoy slow warm ups and snake-like movements to help wake, rejuvenate, and re-fresh. Open to all levels. 

Props recommended: 2 blankets, 1 strap per student (please note you must bring your own props)

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Chelsey | Now it’s like this
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Chelsey | Now it’s like this

You are an impermanent creature. We all are. Human beings are gifted in the way we are able to morph and change. This class will focus on our ability to shape-shift both in our minds and in our bodies. Learn how to be content with what is, and not need it to be any other way. Arm balances, inversions, and other challenges may come up, but not without a proper build. All levels welcome.  

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Patrick | Open heart, open mind: how to harness your flexibility for stronger, more connected backbends
Sep
29
10:30 AM10:30

Patrick | Open heart, open mind: how to harness your flexibility for stronger, more connected backbends

Together we will focus on a number of heart opening postures and take them to unexpected places of movement and freedom in our bodies. Blurring the lines between strength and flexibility as we tap into our strongest mobile center and learn to safely move through a full range of motion with grace and ease.

So often we find ourselves caught up on just one path or swirling the same old circles, with the same old narratives. Use this expansive, expectation shattering practice to break out of old habits and start moving in new directions! Expect to leave class with a new sense of space and a lighthearted mindset.

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Erin | Inversion immersion (all levels)
Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

Erin | Inversion immersion (all levels)

Calling all inversion addicts! This two-hour workshop based clinic will cover your favorite ways to get upside down and more! Learn warm-ups, strengthening drills, and a variety of exercises to help grow your headstand, forearm stand, and handstand practice. We will break down key movements and stages for each inversion, allowing you to work at whatever level is right for Your body. If you're already standing on your hands, take home valuable tricks and transitions to progress your asana. There is always more to learn about the art of inverting! Ideal for those with a consistent practice, but open to all levels. 

Props recommended: 2 blocks, 1 strap per student (please note you must bring your own props)

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Patrick | Awakening yoga - lunar mobility practice
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Patrick | Awakening yoga - lunar mobility practice

I believe in the foundational truth that we are all designed to move. That movement exists in every plane, and thus so must we. Through this complimentary practice we will utilize an array of principles from movement, somatics, functional mobility, and yoga asana to expand our perceptions of possibility and our capacity for exploration.

The Lunar Mobility Practice includes considerably less weight-bearing shapes and focuses primarily on joint mobility , spacial awareness, and individual range of motion exploration through the lens of a flowing yoga practice.

Be prepared to move, breathe, play, and see what your body is capable of!

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Finlay | Feast for the soul
Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

Finlay | Feast for the soul

One of my favourite aspects of my Yoga practice is the deep sense that I am doing something healing on a profound level. There is release, relaxing and also playtime. This class will be a session that moves your blood, creates an opportunity to quantum leap your energy patterns through some of the delightful and challenging Forrest Yoga poses.

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Cat | Feel your flow
Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

Cat | Feel your flow

An immersive yoga and free movement experience. The workshop is called Feel Your Flow, all about tapping into the use of mind, body and breath as one, having fun on and off the mat and getting to grips with free movement as well as a dynamic flow. 

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Matt | Depth of breath and the spine: side bend, back bend & twist
Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

Matt | Depth of breath and the spine: side bend, back bend & twist

A focus on one of the most important aspects of our physical practice and the most challenging to master. Explore depth of your body by connecting to the natural curves of your spine and the muscles that support it. Lengthen and tone all the muscles surrounding your diaphragm to restore natural freedom of breath for maximum energy. Through this deep exploration you will work to unlock your ability to get into deep side bends, back bends, and twists without pain, strain or discomfort.

(all levels)

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Sonia | Pause! Seal The Deal
Sep
29
5:00 PM17:00

Sonia | Pause! Seal The Deal


Be proud of your victories, failures, progress and scars. When a bowl is broken in Japan it is put back together and the cracks are filled with gold, creating a beautiful lining. This is to emphasize the beauty in healing what was once broken. None of us are broken beyond repair. Let’s turn our shared experiences in life into new and useful, inspiring perspectives. Let’s: CUT CLEAR.

In this closing session, we connect quality movement with shared mind introspection. Filled with humor and heart medicine, we will weave movement experience together with a thoroughly modern look on how the way you move reflects on your relationship with everything. Encouraging everyone to live their lives authentically and in full totality, embracing the sheer fact of being alive, here and now. Break through old dis-empowering stories and invent yourself new: an honest you, built by new insights, resulting in a clear-cut representation of who truly you are.

I expect you to move beyond ‘should.’ You and only you: know who you are, know what to eat, and know how to live. Walk your talk. Seal your Deal. Feel connected, whole, encouraged and ready to contribute your highest.

“Beauty is what grows from the raw waters, it comes organically. Cannot be tried, forced, or efforted. sprouts from the real. Truth. It will only ever arise from relaxation. Being vulnerable. Surrendering into moments that pass by given. Gifted from LIFE.” – Sonia Taylor Bach

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