Maty Ezraty's classes at Yoga Journal LIVE: Florida + Reading Bodies and Giving Adjustments: Focus on Backbends and Inversions
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.
Reading Bodies and Giving Adjustments: Focus on Backbends and Inversions Instructor: Maty Ezraty
The dual art of reading bodies and doing hands-on adjustments is fundamental for teaching yoga. These skills enable us to help our students refine their practices in order to find the freedom that asana practice is all about. In this a partner-oriented workshop, and we'll focus on key poses that are most frequently practiced in classes including variations, modifications, and when to use props. Putting it all together, we will strengthen our ability to see clearly and to adjust our students safely--all with precision and compassion.
Course ID: AFEZRA -- Level: Continue Your Education
+ The Shoulder-Girdle Mantra: Unlocking the Power of the Upper Body
, Mixed Levels
Friday, November 13 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday Full-Day Workshops
The Shoulder-Girdle Mantra: Unlocking the Power of the Upper Body Instructor: Maty Ezraty
Strong shoulders and proper shoulder alignment are essential to a healthy vinyasa flow practice. Focusing on Chaturanga, Upward-Facing Dog, and Downward-Facing Dog, we'll examine common patterns of misalignment in the shoulders and use our practice to imprint strong alignment habits that protect the shoulders from injury. Create a solid new foundation, learn powerful minisequences that you can do every day to strengthen and open your shoulder girdle, deepen your Sun Salutations, and revolutionize your entire practice.
Course ID: M1EZRA -- Level: Basics
+ Twist and Cleanse: The Exhilarating Power of Twisting
, Mixed Levels
Saturday, November 14 — 8:00am - 10:00am
- Session 1
Twist and Cleanse: The Exhilarating Power of Twisting Instructor: Maty Ezraty
Twists are an amazing group of poses that can be practiced in a variety of positions with multiple effects. By awakening the mid and upper back, twists are powerful tools that prepare us for backbends and inversions. They are also wonderful counterposes that provide a cooling and neutralizing effect on the body and mind. Come explore the full range of twists--from standing, sitting, and supine--with special attention on their unique healing powers to increase awareness and mobility in the thoracic spine area. With their tremendous ability to heat and cool the body, twists are essential for detoxification and renewal.
Course ID: M3EZRA -- Level: Mixed Levels
Saturday, November 14 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 3
+ Backbends 101
Backbends 101 Instructor: Maty Ezraty
Come work on the fundamental principles of backbends. We'll practice using a variety of poses--from standing to seated and supine poses. With an emphasis on how to heal, strengthen, and protect the lower back, we'll also explore how to move the focal point of our backbends to the middle and upper back to achieve the freedom that backbends are all about. Learn new ways to protect yourself against common risks, overcome any obstacles, and feel completely empowered in this foundational pose. Come and rebuild your backbends from the ground up.
Course ID: M5EZRA -- Level: Basics
, Mixed Levels
Sunday, November 15 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 5