Charles is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT-500 hr and certified by International Association of Yoga Therapists C-IAYT-1000 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.
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. Bring walking shoes, and dress appropriately for the outdoors.
All levels Intensity 3
Dharana: One-Pointed Attention in Asana
Dharana, the 6th limb of Yoga is the practice of one-pointed attention. In our yoga practice, all too often, we mentally tune out and our mind wanders. It often proves difficult to stay completely focused in the present moment while practicing yoga. When we slip into auto-pilot, we no longer receive the full benefits of our practice, physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. We are likely over time to lose interest in our practice or worse yet injure ourselves. Learn a variety of tricks you can employ to keep your practice fresh and your mind fully engaged in the present moment.
All levels Intensity 4
Attitude & Attention in Yoga Therapy
Often, what is most important in Yoga Therapy is neglected. It is easy to focus too much on what, and not enough on how. I am often asked what asana, or pranayama, or meditation I would recommend for this ailment or that. But I am rarely asked about how said practices should be taught, or how practiced by the student. The perfect sequence of asanas and pranayamas for any given ailment, if practiced with the wrong attitude, or with insufficient attention, can do more harm than good. This workshop, will examine how to improve attitude and attention in your personal practice and just as importantly, in your yoga therapy practice. Learn how to help your clients engage in their own healing with focused compassion.
Rx, All levels, Teachers Intensity 4