Maty Ezraty's classes at Yoga Journal LIVE: San Francisco + Riding the Wave: Breath, Roots and Core
Maty Ezraty is a prominent figure in the evolution of modern yoga. She was one of the first women to study Ashtanga Yoga intensively with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and also one of the original founders of YogaWorks, where she directed and shaped the YogaWorks Teacher Training program for more than 16 years and trained many of today's leading yoga teachers. Maty's practice--and consequently, her teaching--is steeped in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions. In addition to over 25 years of dedicated Ashtanga practice, Maty has also devoted more than 27 years studying with many senior Iyengar teachers, including Dona Holleman and Gabriella Giubilaro. Maty has also spent several years studying vipassana meditation at Spirit Rock and the Insight Meditation Society. Learn more at matyezraty.com.
Riding the Wave: Breath, Roots and Core Instructor: Maty Ezraty
Breath, roots, and core are the foundation of asana practice. When breath and movement are coordinated, we settle in and move deeper into our center and heart. When we root down and connect with the earth, we begin to discover a profound sense of relaxation within ourselves. Come explore and fine-tune your understanding of these principles. See how the coordination of breath, roots, and core brings about a deep sense of concentration and frees us to settle into our true nature.
Course ID: M1EZRA -- Level: Mixed Levels
Saturday, January 18 — 8:00am - 10:00am
- Session 1
+ Unwind, Strengthen, and Protect the Lower Back
Unwind, Strengthen, and Protect the Lower Back Instructor: Maty Ezraty
Having a pain-free, healthy lower back is paramount not only to your yoga practice, but also to a healthy lifestyle. We'll focus on the key principles of alignment for a healthy lower back and learn how to heal, strengthen, and protect the lower back using a variety of poses (and modifications), including standing poses, simple backbends, and seated and supine poses. Great for students with lower back pain, and for teachers who want to learn effective ways to address this common issue.
Course ID: M2EZRA -- Level: Continue Your Education
+ Partner Workshop: How to Read Bodies and Give Hands-On Adjustments
, Mixed Levels
Saturday, January 18 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 2
Partner Workshop: How to Read Bodies and Give Hands-On Adjustments Instructor: Maty Ezraty
For yoga teachers, reading bodies and giving hands-on adjustments are fundamental tools. These skills enable us to help our students refine their practice to experience some measure of freedom, which is what asana practice is all about. In this partner-oriented workshop, you'll develop your ability to see clearly and to adjust your students safely, with precision and compassion. We'll focus on standing poses, simple backbends, and twists--with an emphasis on relieving stress in the lower back and finding space in the mid to upper back. Recommended for teachers, as well as students who want to go deeper into their practice and understanding.
Course ID: M5EZRA -- Level: Continue Your Education
Sunday, January 19 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 5
+ Panel Discussion: Is Yoga Risky? Can We Make it Safer?
Panel Discussion: Is Yoga Risky? Can We Make it Safer? Instructor: Baxter Bell
+ Grounding to Turn Inward
& Maty Ezraty
& Stephanie Snyder
The topic of yoga injuries has been controversial, in part due to overblown media reports on the dangers. Still, ahimsa, or nonharming, forms the philosophical basis of the entire practice of yoga, and it's vital to do all we can as teachers and practitioners to lessen the risks. Are particular poses like Headstands simply too dangerous, or are there ways to teach even challenging poses safely? How do we weigh the risks and the benefits of different practices for different students? How can yoga professionals respond to inaccuracies in media reports, and get the truth out? Join the discussion with Baxter Bell, Maty Ezraty, and Stephanie Snyder.
Course ID: SP_SUN_PANEL
Sunday, January 19 — 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Grounding to Turn Inward Instructor: Maty Ezraty
Sequencing from standing poses to seated forward bends is an art that needs to be refined and mastered. When you can find the grounding principles of standing poses and then translate them into seated forward bends, you'll have discovered a formula not only for seated forward bends that are pain-free, but also for a wellspring of letting go. It is often said that through forward bends we can find the fifth limb of ashtanga yoga--pratyahara, the withdrawal of the senses. Come explore how forward bends can lead you inward, providing you with a sanctuary amidst the demands of daily life.
Course ID: M6EZRA -- Level: Continue Your Education
, Mixed Levels
Sunday, January 19 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 6