YOGA FLOATING TRANSITIONS AND PROGRESSIONS / PART II * BALDEEP SINGH POONI

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DATE: SATURDAY SEP 9
TIME: 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
PRICE: $30
REGISTER: Maysan.marouf@gmail.com

This workshop is inspired by The Ashtanga Yoga Tradition, which is what my training is based in.
In this workshop we will be exploring the concept of floating or hovering.
Floating in the yoga practice is when you are able to stall or suspend your weight in the air while moving to and from postures like Chatturanga & jump throughs.
We will also be exploring the progressions of Chatturanga Dandasana, and arm balances like Crow, Crane & Lolasana in the form of Vinyasas or linked movements.
Meaning you will get to experiment with these individual postures but also connect and create a flow with them.

This workshop is beginner friendly but come with an open mind to explore new areas of your Yoga practice!

I look forward to sharing the science, art and healing of Yoga with you.

BALDEEP SINGH POONI BIO

Baldeep is a first generation American, yet his parents are from Punjab, India. Growing up Baldeep’s first two languages learned were Punjabi and Hindi. In addition, the first culture he was brought up in was the Punjabi culture, a piece of the Indian culture. It can be said Baldeep had an early introduction to Yoga & Ayurveda since the culture of the entire India is permeated with these two ancient system.
Baldeep completed his Ashtanga Yoga 200 RYT Teacher training in December 2016 and has been teaching for 6-7 months now. Baldeep also is also a A.C.E Certified Personal Trainer since 2013

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YOGA FLOATING TRANSITIONS & PROGRESSIONS * BALDEEP SINGH POONI

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DATE: SATURDAY AUGUST 19
TIME: 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
PRICE: $30
REGISTER: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

This workshop is inspired by The Ashtanga Yoga Tradition, which is what my training is based in.
In this workshop we will be exploring the concept of floating or hovering.
Floating in the yoga practice is when you are able to stall or suspend your weight in the air while moving to and from postures like Chatturanga & jump throughs.
We will also be exploring the progressions of Chatturanga Dandasana, and arm balances like Crow, Crane & Lolasana in the form of Vinyasas or linked movements.
Meaning you will get to experiment with these individual postures but also connect and create a flow with them.

This workshop is beginner friendly but come with an open mind to explore new areas of your Yoga practice!

I look forward to sharing the science, art and healing of Yoga with you.

BALDEEP SINGH POONI BIO

Baldeep is a first generation American, yet his parents are from Punjab, India. Growing up Baldeep’s first two languages learned were Punjabi and Hindi. In addition, the first culture he was brought up in was the Punjabi culture, a piece of the Indian culture. It can be said Baldeep had an early introduction to Yoga & Ayurveda since the culture of the entire India is permeated with these two ancient system.
Baldeep completed his Ashtanga Yoga 200 RYT Teacher training in December 2016 and has been teaching for 6-7 months now. Baldeep also is also a A.C.E Certified Personal Trainer since 2013.

HANDSTAND WORKSHOP * DEE EL NAJJAR (UK)

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* DATE: SATURDAY AUGUST 5
* TIME: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
* PRICE: $35
* REGISTER BY EMAIL ONLY: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

* DESCRIPTION

How’s your handstand?” “Like the lottery, I never know before I kick up if I will hold the balance”…
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If that’s how you feel about your handstands, welcome to my journey.
My handstand journey has been a long winding road fraught with many falls and disappointments uncharacteristic of a Yogi. After all, we are encouraged in Yoga to detach ourselves from the outcome of our practise and the need to perfect an asana, and to enjoy the journey instead…and this ought to stand true for our daily practise. But wouldn’t it be nice to work with inversions from an anatomical and gymnastics point of view for once?…To learn about the muscles we need to fire up to hold us upside down and learn drills we can do at home to strengthen our body in all the right places?
My journey with handstands took me from a dedicated Yoga practise to the gymnastics Halls of London, so intrigued I was about holding my inversions.
I have learned a lot, and had to unlearn many of the things I thought I knew. I would love to take you on a two hour journey with me, to teach you what I have learned and transfer onto you the “a-ha” moments I have experienced which have helped me make progress on the path of inversions.
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Come fly with me with so many ways to go upside down that there bound to be one which is perfect for you..

DEE BIO

In 2006, I suffered a debilitating knee and shoulder injury caused by years of ice climbing and mountaineering. After a whole year of physiotherapy culminating in traditional medicine’s advise to operate, I decided to take matters into my own hand and opted to change my life instead of going under the knife.
I started to practise Sivananda yoga a few times a week, and soon after, I fell under its therapeutic spell. I didn’t understand the spiritual side of yoga at the time, but I felt a bizarrely mystic power which drew me to this ancient practise and I gradually immersed myself in its many schools. I practised Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin yoga, Pranayama and meditation.

Eventually, my mat became my haven, my friend, and my safe place away from life’s chaos, not to mention the fact that my body was as good as new and my injuries were completely cured. But it was in this repetitive pattern of stillness and goodness that I started seeing more clearly, I start breathing more freely, and I learned to dedicate time for nurturing myself…This sense of peace and commitment carried through into other parts of my life and saw me through both joyous moments and dark times. Yoga gave me the fortitude and awareness to feel more empowered and less afraid and so in 2011 I decided to start my yoga teacher training journey with a trip to India. I travelled to Bangalore and met incredible yogis, and on my quest to get closer to the source of this intense spiritual practise, I discovered that the source was in fact ME!… I realised that there is no Yoga of the East or of the West, there is only One common experience: “A greater connection with yourself through a constant integration of body and mind”…After many long years of practise, I finally felt Yoga…

So I returned to the UK and embarked on an intensive teacher training program with the British Wheel of Yoga. The BWY is an alignment based school, focused on teaching the tradition’s philosophy with integrity and delving into the practise of Asana from an anatomical view point as well as a focus on alignment.
I will be an everlasting student and will continue to learn about myself and about Yoga every single day.
My wish is to share a mat with as many people as I can because I hope that when we go deep into our physical body and experience what wonders it is capable of, we go deeper into our mind and start seeing wonders in everything around us. We collectively spread the Yoga Love and create a wavelength of peace which will resonate deep within each and every one of us.

YOGA ASANA MULTILAYERED, A 4 CLASSES SERIES * DEE EL NAJJAR (UK)

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FOUR CLASSES SERIES: Take one or all four

DATES: Friday July 14, 21, 28, Aug 4th
TIME: 6:00 pm > 7:30 pm
PRICE PER SINGLE CLASS: $ 25 / BOOK ALL 4 CLASSES: $80
REGISTER ON DAY OF by sms: +961 3 974 810

DESCRIPTION:
Open level power yoga not suitable for complete beginner.
We will work consistently from level 1/2 to 2/3 and use the 4 sessions to build a strong foundation for arm balances and inversions that can progress the students into a more confident and playful practise at home and with other teachers.

Arm balances and inversions will be sprinkled into strong sun salutations and some partner work and use of props will help each person work with where they are at in their practise to reach the full expression of the asana.
These are:
Crow and side crow (bakasana and parva bakasana)
8 limb pose (Astavakrasana).
Grasshopper (parsav bhuja dandasana).
Firefly (tithibasana)
Eka pada koundinyasana
Flying pigeon (galavasana).

We will also work with the three inversions:
headstand, handstand and pincha…and yes! They are all possible in 4 sessions 😉

Each class will flow with twist: introducing some martial arts techniques from the Budakon yoga school as well as Forrest yoga and the powerful rocket yoga.
There will also be some be core work and what I call “bootie” asanas because whilst we all seek enlightenment on the mat, it would be rather nice to get a flat tummy and a nice butt whilst getting there!

Breathing and bandha fundamentals will be thrown in to teach the body strong but graceful movements and a focus on transitions from one pose to the next as if choreographed into a dance.

We will stop to break down the difficult postures and have a few minutes play to try them out before introducing them into the flow.

DEE BIO:

In 2006, I suffered a debilitating knee and shoulder injury caused by years of ice climbing and mountaineering. After a whole year of physiotherapy culminating in traditional medicine’s advise to operate, I decided to take matters into my own hand and opted to change my life instead of going under the knife.

I started to practise Sivananda yoga a few times a week, and soon after, I fell under its therapeutic spell. I didn’t understand the spiritual side of yoga at the time, but I felt a bizarrely mystic power which drew me to this ancient practise and I gradually immersed myself in its many schools. I practised Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin yoga, Pranayama and meditation.

Eventually, my mat became my haven, my friend, and my safe place away from life’s chaos, not to mention the fact that my body was as good as new and my injuries were completely cured. But it was in this repetitive pattern of stillness and goodness that I started seeing more clearly, I start breathing more freely, and I learned to dedicate time for nurturing myself…This sense of peace and commitment carried through into other parts of my life and saw me through both joyous moments and dark times. Yoga gave me the fortitude and awareness to feel more empowered and less afraid and so in 2011 I decided to start my yoga teacher training journey with a trip to India. I travelled to Bangalore and met incredible yogis, and on my quest to get closer to the source of this intense spiritual practise, I discovered that the source was in fact ME!… I realised that there is no Yoga of the East or of the West, there is only One common experience: “A greater connection with yourself through a constant integration of body and mind”…After many long years of practise, I finally felt Yoga…

So I returned to the UK and embarked on an intensive teacher training program with the British Wheel of Yoga. The BWY is an alignment based school, focused on teaching the tradition’s philosophy with integrity and delving into the practise of Asana from an anatomical view point as well as a focus on alignment.

I will be an everlasting student and will continue to learn about myself and about Yoga every single day.

My wish is to share a mat with as many people as I can because I hope that when we go deep into our physical body and experience what wonders it is capable of, we go deeper into our mind and start seeing wonders in everything around us. We collectively spread the Yoga Love and create a wavelength of peace which will resonate deep within each and every one of us.

TUESDAY’S ASHTANGA CLASS with Naqiya Ebrahim, SUBBED BY VISITING TEACHER Bashir Saade IN JULY

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Dear Union Square Yogis, please be informed that Naqiya Ebrahim​ will be traveling during the month of July. Her Tuesday 6pm Class will be subbed by visiting teacher Bashir Saade​

DATES: Tuesday July 4 / July 11 / 18 and 25

TIME: 6pm to 7:30 pm

REGISTER on the day of, by sending an sms with your full name and time of class at +961 3 974 810

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Bashir Bio

Bashir Saade first began practicing yoga over 15 years ago, and for the last 10, has been following the tradition of Ashtanga yoga, taught by Pattabhi Jois. He studied in London with Hamish Hendry and in Mysore with Sharath Jois. Bashir teaches the Ashtanga system in its traditional form, supporting students in order to build the strength required for a consistent and devotional practice. Bashir is also a Lecturer in Religion & Politics at the University of Stirling, and his research centres on Islamic and other non-Western religious and spiritual traditions.

YOGA BEYOND THE MAT * BASHIR SAADE

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DATE: SATURDAY JULY 8
TIME: 10:00 am > 12:00 pm
SUGGESTED DONATION: 20 000 LL
REGISTRATION: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

The word “Yoga” has been used in so many different contexts over the last few decades. Most commonly, it refers to a set of physical practices that are taught in studios around the world. One of the key founding texts that defines yoga as a discipline is Patanjali’s Sutra in which eight ‘limbs’ of yoga (Ashtanga) are mentioned. Asana, or the physical postures, is only the third limb. The first two limbs function as the backbone of Asana, these are: Yama (ethical rules) and Niyama (duties and observances). The Yamas and Niyamas consist of principles that answer the question: how can we take the yoga practice beyond the mat and into our everyday life?
This workshop will propose practical ways to integrate the first two limbs into a more grounded Asana approach. In order to do so, it will propose interesting parallels between yoga practices and those of the different religious, philosophical, and spiritual traditions of our region. The second part of the workshop will be devoted to exercises for cultivating a daily practice which integrates working on the three limbs.

The workshop is open for all, whether beginners or more seasoned yoga practitioners. Come wearing comfortable clothes.

 

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Bio

Bashir Saade first began practicing yoga over 15 years ago, and for the last 10, has been following the tradition of Ashtanga yoga, taught by Pattabhi Jois. He studied in London with Hamish Hendry and in Mysore with Sharath Jois. Bashir teaches the Ashtanga system in its traditional form, supporting students in order to build the strength required for a consistent and devotional practice. Bashir is also a Lecturer in Religion & Politics at the University of Stirling, and his research centres on Islamic and other non-Western religious and spiritual traditions.

OPEN THE HIPS AND LEARN TO FLY * PIP USHER

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Pip Usher is back, and we are stoked to have her teaching a hip opener / arm balance workshop at Union Square Yoga

DATE: Saturday July 1st
TIME: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
PRICE: $35
REGISTER: maysan.marouf@gmail.com

DESCRIPTION:
Open the hips and a world of freedom unfolds – including the ability to take flight! In this two-hour workshop, we will start with passive poses to gently open our hips before progressing into a juicy, flowing sequence that will build heat in the body and enable further release. Our practice will culminate in arm balances that will use our open hips to lift us off the mat into some exciting shapes.

BIO:
Since her first trip to India at 21, Pip has found joy in yoga around the world. She brings playful discipline to the mat, creating intelligent sequencing that builds heat and encourages her students to defy their own expectations. Whether it’s studying Iyengar in India, practising in Jivamukti’s studios in London and New York, or completing her 300 hour Vinyasa Flow training in Bali, she draws upon a number of methods to create her own challenging style. She currently lives and teaches in Bangkok.