Tias Little's classes at Yoga Journal LIVE: San Francisco + Building a Personal Practice
Tias Little's unique and skillful approach enables students to find greater depth of understanding and awareness in their practice, both on and off the mat. His approach to the practice is inter-disciplinary, passionate, intelligent, innovative and full of insight. Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage and trauma healing. He began studying the work of
B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore, India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Thus, his teaching brings together precision of alignment, anatomical detail, and a profound meditative experience. Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. He is a long time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. His teaching style is unique in being able to weave together poetic metaphor with clear instruction filled with compassion and humor. Tias earned a Masterís degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. Johnís College Santa Fe in 1998. He is the author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and forthcoming Yoga of the Subtle Body.
Learn more at prajnayoga.net.
Building a Personal Practice Instructor: Tias Little
A regular home practice is critical for evolution on the path of yoga and lies at the very foundation of becoming a skilled teacher. Yet how does one build a regular self-practice? And how do you keep it dynamic and innovative? Come discover the essentials of a home practice. We'll emphasize how to adapt a practice in accordance with your individual needs, helping each student design a personal practice in accord with their general health, age, and physical well-being. In the process, we'll cover issues such as working with fatigue, muscular-skeletal strain, active and restorative practices, modifying poses, and using props.
Course ID: AFLITT -- Level: Teachers Path
+ Kundalini Yoga and the Reptilian Brain
, Mixed Levels
Friday, January 15 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday Full-Day Workshops
Kundalini Yoga and the Reptilian Brain Instructor: Tias Little
In yoga, the deepest pulse of life in the body is known as the kundalini. Come investigate the flow of the current through the spine, from the sacrum to the brain stem. We'll move through postures, meditative practices, and visualizations to connect to the most profound biorhythms of the subtle body.
Course ID: M1LITT -- Level: Mixed Levels
Saturday, January 16 — 8:00am - 10:00am
- Session 1
+ Yoga for the Low Back
Yoga for the Low Back Instructor: Tias Little
A whopping 85 percent of people in our society suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives. Typically, this pain results from asymmetrical strain patterns such as excess tightness on one side of the body. This class aims to release constriction in the lumbar and sacral areas through gliding, rocking, and stretching movements. In particular, our goal is to unglue the tightness in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments by irrigating blood into the lower spine and sacrum.
Course ID: M3LITT -- Level: Therapeutic Path
+ Right Effort: Working with Your Pusher
, Mixed Levels
Saturday, January 16 — 3:30pm - 5:30pm
- Session 3
Right Effort: Working with Your Pusher Instructor: Tias Little
Given that we live in a culture full of striving, it is all too common for yoga students to try too hard in yoga and force their poses. We all tend to push too hard, thinking "The more I power up, the more advanced I'll be." In yoga, this is a misunderstanding, for excess force can lead to strain and further tightness. We'll address "the pusher" and the inclination to strive in yoga, cultivating balanced effort, called Right Effort in the Buddhist tradition. Come explore a practice in which less is more and in which skill, precision, and ease are more critical than force.
Course ID: M4LITT -- Level: Mixed Levels
Sunday, January 17 — 8:00am - 10:00am
- Session 4
+ Savasana: The Most Important Pose
Savasana: The Most Important Pose Instructor: Tias Little
Savasana, the Corpse Pose, is the very last posture to be done in a yoga session. It seems simple, yet it requires profound letting go of body and mind. Of all the yoga poses it is the most essential to do to remain relaxed inside. You would think that Savasana is simply about lying down on the floor--yet to effectively let go, much preparation is needed. Come for an in-depth view of why embodying the death state is so important in yoga. Class includes guided Savasana, especially release of the joints (especially around the spine), dropping the bones, softening the breath, and emptying the mind.
Course ID: M5LITT -- Level: Basics Path
, Mixed Levels
Sunday, January 17 — 11:00am - 1:00pm
- Session 5