Maty Ezraty's classes at Yoga Journal LIVE at Kripalu + The Shoulder Girdle Mantra: Unlocking the Power of the Upper
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.
The Shoulder Girdle Mantra: Unlocking the Power of the Upper Instructor: Maty Ezraty
Strong shoulders and proper alignment are essential to a healthy vinyasa flow practice. Focusing on key poses such as chaturanga, upward-facing dog, and downward-facing dog, this workshop examines common patterns of misalignment in the shoulders and imprints strong alignment habits that protect the shoulders from injury. Creating a solid new foundation, you learn powerful mini-sequences you can do every day to strengthen and open your shoulder girdle, deepen your sun salutations, and revolutionize your entire practice.
Course ID: SAT-AM-05
Saturday, May 14 — 10:30am - 12:00pm
Saturday Morning 2
- Session 2
+ 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 a strong yoga practice, but to a healthy lifestyle. In this workshop, you focus on the key principles of alignment for a healthy lower back and learn how to heal, strengthen, and protect this area of the body using a variety of poses and modifications including, standing poses, simple backbends, and seated, and supine poses. Come learn effective ways to address this common issue with students at every level.
Course ID: SAT-PM-04
Saturday, May 14 — 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Saturday Afternoon 3
- Session 3
+ From the Ground Up: Standing Pose Lab
From the Ground Up: Standing Pose Lab Instructor: Maty Ezraty
Standing poses are the heart of yoga practice. Applying the science of looking and the art of seeing, you examine standing poses from the ground up in order to teach them effectively and safely. Explore how students get into trouble when these poses are practiced incorrectly and how dramatically they improve with the proper adjustments.
Course ID: SUN-AM-04
Sunday, May 15 — 9:00am - 11:00am
Sunday Morning 1
- Session 5
+ Reading Bodies and Giving Adjustments: Backbend and Inversions
Reading Bodies and Giving Adjustments: Backbend and Inversions Instructor: Maty Ezraty
The dual art of reading bodies and doing hands-on adjustments is fundamental for teaching yoga. In this partner-oriented workshop, you start with a warm-up to embody the work, then move into simple inversions and backbends with an emphasis on the shoulders and lower back. This workshop also covers variations and modifications, giving safe adjustments, and when to use props and why. Putting it all together, you learn to strengthen your ability to see clearly and to adjust your students safely—all with precision and compassion.
Course ID: SUN-PM-04
Sunday, May 15 — 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Sunday Afternoon 3
- Session 6
+ Yoga for the Shoulders and Neck: Strengthen and Open Your Shoulders
Yoga for the Shoulders and Neck: Strengthen and Open Your Shoulders Instructor: Maty Ezraty
The neck and shoulders are two common areas that hold tension and stress in the body. Come practice poses to open the thoracic spine region so it becomes more supple and helps your neck and shoulders relax and open. With a focus on strengthening and opening the shoulders to help the neck be more free, this workshop looks at common and popular postures taught in flow classes and uses the practice to develop good habits that help keep these areas supple, strong, and healthy. You learn the use of props and work with methods and modifications that can improve circulations and overall health for the shoulders and neck.
Course ID: MON-AM-04
Monday, May 16 — 8:30am - 11:30am
Monday Morning 1
- Session 7
Join Maty at Yoga Journal LIVE: San Diego
(June 23-27, 2016)