The Bandhas are essential to yoga and are what distinguish asana practice from other forms of exercise. They constitute the core physical and energetic strength necessary for sustaining rigorous yoga practices, stimulate the awakening of kundalini shakti for Kindalini yoga, and, are the organic result of alignment practiced in Anusara yoga. This workshop focuses on the proper use of bandhas (energetic and muscular locks) as means for sustaining and deepening yoga practice.
The shatkarmas (shat – six – karmas – actions) consist of six groups of purification practices with the objective of harmonizing the two significant pranic paths of “ida” and “pingala” or lunar and solar energies. They also affect the three humors or “doshas” discussed in Ayurveda of Vata, Pitta, & Kapha. Since these practices should only be studied with a qualified teacher and not through books or fashion, few contemporary yogis have an understanding of these kriyas. This workshop will look at the most basic approaches and cautions of these practices while shedding some light on their importance and the preparation and instruction needed to go deeper.
The Ramayana is an epic tale set in India during prehistorical times. It is one of India’s enduring legends, and represents historical fact to the devoted followers of Rama, prince of Ayodhya and incarnation of the God Vishnu.
Although the plot is fairly simple and taken at face value for much of the world, it holds within in esoteric yogic teaching on the energy body and is full of many of yoga’s most loved poses and characters. This text in best studied as a yoga/travel trip through Bali – since the culture is based on this myth, but is also taught as part of teacher trainings or as workshop.
This annual workshop was developed for training and rehabbing professional cyclists, through a series of user-friendly and highly practical sets of pre and post-ride hatha yoga practices. Cycling, while it keeps enthusiasts fit and vibrant, also makes demands that over time or through injury can take a toll. The course includes pre-ride exercises and breathing techniques, a short ride, post-ride practices, the latest tips on staying hydrated, and lab time for athletes to work on their particular injuries or challenges. No previous experience in yoga or cycling is required. Participants are responsible for bringing their own cycling gear and ride is weather dependent. Bikes will be held in a secured area during workshop.
This workshop is equally suited for runners.
“I really enjoy your programs. I’m a survivor of a traumatic spine injury with 8 spinal fusions under my belt so far and was told that I would never ride again. I have proved them wrong. I’m doing 500 miles a week, tough miles and I think your programs help me greatly.”
Douglas McFarland — professional cyclists
“I train exclusively for long distance endurance events and found significant benefits from the Pre Ride and Post ride techniques in the Wheel of Yoga workshop. It’s easy to learn, did not over strain my body, and helped me recover from long days of running, cycling and swimming. This DVD and workshop is a must for endurance athletes. I highly recommend adding it to your training program.”
Wayne Kurtz , Endurance Racing Pro & Founder of Race Twitch USA
“David Moreno has created a visually engaging practice with clear, understandable instructions for the cyclist, at any level of experience with yoga. I strongly endorse his insightful use of dynamic movements to prepare you for a long ride. These sequences are a masterful improvisation on classic yoga for the modern cyclist.”
Dr Baxter Bell Yoga Journal contributor/Yoga Instructor/Cyclist
“David Moreno has developed the art of pacing and economy of postural movements so that rhythm and grace pervade the practice. Not coincidentally, this is also the essence of effective cycling – if one is well prepared physically, an overarching aim of Wheel of Yoga for Cyclists…Engaging, simple, yet broad in scope…an affirmation that our practice transcends the mat.”
Julie Deife, Yoga Chicago
Read David’s Common Ground article:
“Minor Adjustments & Fine Tuning: Yoga for Cyclists”
Since yoga’s inception, yoga has been passed down from man to man – father to son, grandfather to grandson, brother to brother. Historically, men often studied yoga in the company of other men frequently learning from, and practicing with, members of their own family. Yet, in today’s world of commercial yoga where men remain a minority, few have experienced the benefits of men in community with other men, and few know much about this particular history of yoga.
This unique retreat includes daily healthcare practices, kriyas, asana, and sadhanas relative to men, plus an inspirational multi media presentation on the overview of men and yoga. If you’re a man who is hooked on yoga – this workshop is designed for you – no matter what your level of practice, what style of yoga you study, nor your sexual orientation.
“The world needs this workshop! Men need this beautiful gathering and connection to our self, one another, and to our forefathers. Women do this instinctively, Western men need to be shown how and why. David does this with grace and insight…”
Geoffrey Gordon, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, USA
In the yogic view, abdominal conditioning and strength are encouraged for their aid in digestion, assimilation, and elimination on all levels of being and for the way this area, once toned, supports proper meditation positions. Many of the exercises found in Pilates have their origin in yoga asana. However, for the most part muscle groups go unacknowledged in yogic text and schools because the principle focus is energetic awareness and self-realization.
Both yoga and Ayurveda are life sciences that attempt to align practitioners more fully with nature, so that, we can live more harmoniously with ourselves, and our environment. This interactive course introduces the founding principles of Ayurveda including its daily practices, “dosha” awareness, overview of the five elements, the importance of “agni” and how these principles directly relate to all our choices in life; relationships, work, eating, meditation, and asana… Asana sequences for the varies “doshas” and participatory games and exercises for better understanding our “dosha” are all part of this playfully informative lecture and practice course. (5-6 hours or divided into two days of 3 hrs each.)
“I absolutely loved the Ayurveda session with David… I’m totally inspired. I’ve been interested in the principles of Ayurveda for the past five years after studying with Dr. Joshi but David brought it all to life and made sense of what is a pretty complicated subject…”
Nicola Eastwood, Jersey Isle, UK
Last Sunday of each month: 9am – 11am followed by breakfast from 11:15am – 12:15pm
This unique series of classes will bring together the leading teachers and facilitators who lead yoga just for men classes, workshops, retreats, and conferences. Each confluence will be created and co facilitated by a team who will guide our community through asana, pranayama, meditation, and kirtan. This structure will not only reflect the origins how yoga was traditionally taught among men — often from father to son, or brother to brother – but, will also enable us to build our own men’s yoga community in a collective or intentional fashion (kula.) A social breakfast will be an option after each class.
As a senior yoga instructor, I have worked within the men’s yoga community leading workshops and retreats for the past 15 years – including a weekly Men & Yoga class once held at Yoga Flow Castro. I hold the space and basic structure for each class for continuity. You can see a TV interview with me on the subject of men and yoga on Yogi Views by following this link:
This class is donation based and is open to all levels. Monthly updates on this website will list the instructor participating for each gathering. You can also join the Men’s Kula:Yoga for Guys on Facebook.
Revolving Faculty: Baxter Bell, Ken Breniman, Scott Blossom, Sean Feit, Pete Guinosso, Darren Main, David Moreno, James Ryder, Antonio Sausys, Eric Shaw, Mark Schillinger, David Schlussel, Dominick Weginsin, and more.
Partner yoga is a natural response when one’s own yogic practice has matured. It is both fun and informative, challenging and intimate. The workshop includes asana, pranayama, meditation, and mantra practices done in pairs. It is taught in a Vinayasa style, moving sequentially from standing to seated postures, from back bends to inversions. Participants should be somewhat familiar and competent with these types of poses. Partners Yoga is a fun and effective way to approach traditional yoga practices, while developing greater intimacy with yourself and others.
Partners Yoga can be deeply beneficial for couples, but it is not required that you come with your significant other.At the same time many of these poses and sequences require a certain amount of intimacy, so come with someone you feel physically comfortable with or an openness to explore.Certain poses may require instructor to mix and match partners according to height and weight. This workshop is especially beneficial for intermediate level students.
“The world is like the impression left by the telling of a story.” Yogavâsistha 2.3.11
Myths attempt to describe the indescribable yet intuitively known mysteries of life. They are signposts for cosmological forces given shape, color, texture, and sound by culture. As such, myths exist outside of time and space, reappearing over and over again in a variety of shapes, forms, and names. Understanding – through yogic embodiment – the myths associated with various asanas can transform these asanas from the mundane into something cosmological.
This workshop includes a multimedia presentation, lecture, and the chance to practice many intermediate and advanced asanas.