Charles MacInerney

Charles is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT-500 hr. He has practiced yoga for 44 years. In 1989 he founded Expanding Paradigms through which he began teaching yoga full time, publishing a newsletter, and presenting at Regional, National and International Conferences. In addition to his regular public yoga classes, Charles has extensive experience integrating yoga into hospitals, corporations, universities, and government agencies. Charles is the founder of www.yogateacher.com and has written articles for a variety of magazines including the Yoga Journal and contributed to several books on Yoga. He offers workshops at yoga studios around the country and since 1992 he has been leading retreats around the world. He currently offers four Yoga & Writing retreats, and six Yoga and Meditation retreats each year in Texas, Massachusetts, Mexico and Guatemala. Charles is co-founder and instructor with the Living Yoga Teacher Training Program and co-founder of the Texas Yoga Retreat.

 

Sense Withdrawal
Pratyahara is the 5th limb of Yoga where we learn to control our senses, and place our attention where we choose. Learn how to withdraw your attention from external distractions and reach deeper levels of relaxation and inner awareness. This workshop will begin with a discussion of the philosophy and explanation of the techniques we will use in Pratyahara. Then a brief Asana practice to warm up the body, followed by a long Shavasana & Pratyahara practice.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 2
40% of class is Lecture
10% Asana
50% of Meditation

Walking Meditation (All Levels welcome)
Join us as we greet the day with a walking meditation in the style of Thich Nhat Hanh. This will include a short introduction into the techniques and philosophy of this style of meditation followed by a 45 minute practice. Weather permitting, we will meet at the Main Mandal, infront of the temple, by the fountains, and then walk through the grounds of Radha Madhav Dham, over the creek and up to the top of the scenic overlook. If it is raining, the meditation will be practiced indoors at Lotus Hall.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 3
10% of class is Lecture
90% of class is Walking Meditation
What should students bring to class? walking shoes, and dress appropriately for the out doors.

Mastering Balance in Yoga and Life
Join us for this fun and exiting exploration of balance. First and foremost, we must learn to love losing our balance in order to find it! Then we will explore dynamic balance, transitional balance and static balance. Practice internal ‘sensing’ techniques and concentration to ‘lower’ your center of gravity. Finally, a series of poses will be practiced, starting with the easiest balancing positions, like Tadasana, and gradually increasing in difficulty to challenge even the most advanced student. We will close with an exploration of how lessons learned in physical balance can be applied to find balance in the larger arenas of life, including relationships, business, wellness and others.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 5
20% of class is Lecture
80% of class is Asana

A Fascial Approach to Yoga Therapy
Fascia is part of the connective tissue that holds the body together. For many years it has been dismissed and neglected and nothing more than this. We are just beginning to recognize fascia’s true significance and complexity. This revolution in understanding of fascia is poised to revolutionize the world of Yoga. A solid understanding of fascia is critical to anyone who works with the body. Learn how to use asana to help hydrate and heal fascia, then learn how to take a fascial approach to asana practice to decrease risk and increase benefits of any asana practice.
Audience: All levels
Intensity level of class: 3
40% of class is Lecture
60% of class is Asana