Annie Carpenter's teaching has evolved into an intelligent, organic SmartFLOW, reflecting her love of both juicy movement and rigorous discipline.Known as a "teacher's teacher," she leads 200- and 500-hour teacher trainings, and teaches yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, California and will join the faculty at YogaTree in the Bay Area in 2014. A former Martha Graham dancer who has studied anatomy, kinesiology, and developmental movement, her classes are informed by the body's structure and evolution. Annie's classes integrate intensity, intelligence, laughter, and love. She is the author of the CD RelaxDeeply and the DVD Yoga for Total Back Care, as well as a contributing editor to Yoga Journal. Learn more at anniecarpenter.com.
SmartFLOW Yoga: Twist and Cleanse
- Course ID: M1CARP
Saturday, January 18 — 8:00am - 10:00am
- Session 1
This strong flow practice will move through your body layer by layer, kosha by kosha, to squeeze, flush, detox, and renew you body, mind, and heart. Class includes standing poses, arm balances, and seated twists.
What to bring: A block.
Pranayama: Developing and Sustaining your Practice
- Course ID: M5CARP
Sunday, January 19 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 5
Aside from the obvious physical benefits of increasing lung capacity and respiratory health, having a daily breathing practice brings a subtlety to your awareness and an ability to turn your attention inward. We'll explore several quiet breathing practices that are portals to concentration and meditation.
What to bring: A blanket.
Some discussion; mostly pranayama.
- Course ID: M6CARP
Sunday, January 19 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 6
"Baddha drishti" is locking the gaze, which is one of the most potent practices for harnessing the mind. After a short discussion, we'll practice a SmartFLOW Yoga sequence with detailed instructions, flowing movement, and strengthening holds. You will be further challenged with sustaining the specific drishti of each pose, and will enjoy the mental focus that evolves.
SmartFLOW Therapeutics: Working with Ball and Socket Joints--Balancing Flexibility and Stability
- Course ID: AMCARP
Monday, January 20 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
Monday All-Day Intensives
Continue Your Education / Therapeutic / Mixed Levels
The shoulders and hips have more available range of motion (ROM) than any other joints. For many, this increased range creates muscular imbalance, discomfort, pain, and even fear. Let's look at these remarkable joints and discover how to assess where there is hyper- and hypomobility. Then we'll learn specific practices to create balance in each ROM.
What to bring: A strap, block, and blanket.
Discussion and asana.