Tias Little's classes at Yoga Journal LIVE: San Francisco + Seeing the Body in Asana
Tias Little combines the mindfulness of Buddhist-based practices with the techniques of hatha yoga that stem from the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois. Tias is a licensed massage therapist, and his somatic studies include in-depth training in craniosacral therapy. His practice and teaching is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshé Feldenkrais, and Thomas Hanna, and he is a longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism. Tias lives in Santa Fe, NM, where he directs his school, Prajna Yoga, with his wife, Surya. Tias is the author of three books: The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop, and The Wisdom Body, which is to be published by Shambhala Press in 2014. Learn more at prajnayoga.net.
Seeing the Body in Asana Instructor: Tias Little
Develop an eye for seeing structural imbalances in the body. When able to "read" the body, teachers gain insight into how to address students' limitations and holding patterns. We'll begin with developing insight into the feet, ankles, and knees in standing poses. We'll then survey the hip joints, sacrum, and low back. In the afternoon, we'll assess the structure and function of the shoulder girdle and neck in arm balances and inversions. Come prepared to identify strain patterns in your own body, in addition to identifying muscular-skeletal strain in others.
Course ID: AFLITT -- Level: Continue Your Education
Friday, January 17 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday All-Day Intensives
+ Yoga for the Face, Eyes, Ears, and Jaw
Yoga for the Face, Eyes, Ears, and Jaw Instructor: Tias Little
Understand the powerful holding patterns that become buried in the face, neck, and jaw. Given that the sensory organs--the eyes, ears, tongue, and nostrils--are housed in the skull, it is important to relax the cranial bones and structures around the brain. Stress in the head crimps the free flow of prana in the nadis of the neck and skull. Come explore how to access the subtle body by helping to release the tongue, jaw, throat, and inner ear.
Course ID: M1LITT -- Level: Therapeutic
+ The Inner Lotus
, Mixed Levels
Saturday, January 18 — 8:00am - 10:00am
- Session 1
The Inner Lotus Instructor: Tias Little
Learn to grow a lotus from the inside out! This class is an in-depth study and practice on opening the hips. Our aim is to unlock holding patterns in the pelvis and to prepare the hips and knees for sitting in Padmasana (Lotus Pose). Practice includes supine, standing, and seated hip openers.
Course ID: M3LITT -- Level: Intermediate
Saturday, January 18 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 3
+ The Rotator Cuff Blues: Healing the Shoulder
The Rotator Cuff Blues: Healing the Shoulder Instructor: Tias Little
Most people have some strain or compression in the shoulder, especially on their dominant side. This is due either to trauma or repetitive strain, and the strain is often linked to holding in the neck. We'll explore ways to release the upper arm and shoulder, while freeing up the connective tissues in and around the neck. Come practice techniques to stabilize the bicep/triceps balance, unglue the rotator cuff muscles, and free the shoulder joint. Class includes supine, seated, and inverted poses that prepare the shoulder joint for weight bearing.
Course ID: M4LITT -- Level: Continue Your Education
+ The Sacrum, Hip Joints, and Sciatic Region
, Mixed Levels
Sunday, January 19 — 8:00am - 10:00am
- Session 4
The Sacrum, Hip Joints, and Sciatic Region Instructor: Tias Little
Come gain a deep understanding about how to bring fluidity into the hip joints. We'll address the strong musculature and ligaments that hold the hips in place, and discuss sciatic pain and sacroiliac dysfunction. Given that the ligaments that hold the hips in place are the strongest in the body, bringing ease of motion into the hip joint can be challenging. We'll focus on external hip rotation, but also take the hip into internal rotation, flexion, and extension.
Course ID: M5LITT -- Level: Therapeutic
, Mixed Levels
Sunday, January 19 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 5