Deborah Burkman has been teaching yoga since 2000. While her largest influence came from the teachings of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, she has integrated what she has learned from numerous other teachers. Deborah presently teaches public classes in San Francisco; privately teaches the staff of Yoga Journal, Twitter, and Value Act Capital; and teaches retreats around the world. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, 7x7 magazine, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, and SanFrancisco magazine. Deborah was named best yoga teacher in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay 2011 Readers Poll. Learn more at burkmanyoga.com.
Foundations of Vinyasa Yoga
- Course ID: M4BURK
Sunday, January 20 — 8:00am - 10:00am
- Session 4
Beginners / Mixed Levels
Join us for an in-depth look at Sun Salutations and a deepened understanding of breath, bandha, and drishti. We'll begin with a short lecture focusing on Patanjali's definition of "yoga," the results of practicing, and asana's context within the larger goals of yoga. Then we'll practice asana, focusing on Ujjai breathing, bandha, drishti, and an-in depth study of Sun Salutations A and B, including transitions and modifications.
What to bring: A block.
Focus on Backbending
- Course ID: M5BURK
Sunday, January 20 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 5
Backbends can be invigorating. Come learn how to practice them safely and effectively. We'll begin with Sun Salutations to warm the body. Then we'll turn our attention to backbending, learning basic anatomy of the spine and the importance of the shoulders, core, and leg strength as they relate to these poses. We'll explore all types of backbending--on our stomachs, on our knees, on our backs, and standing--and wind down with a series of forward folds and inversions to counter the effects of backbending and calm the body.
What to bring: A block and a strap.
Demo: Demystifying Bandha with Deb Burkman
Sunday, January 20 — 2:30pm - 3:00pm