Alignment Friday: Demystifying Alignment
2-5pm Demystifying Alignment—For yoga teachers and yogis of all levels, this workshop will expand your understanding of yoga asana, functional anatomy, kinesiology and sequencing strategies with a dynamic mix of theory and experiential practice. For yogis of all levels, this session will increase your knowledge and you will gain new tools and skills to implement into your yoga practice (and teaching). Every pose is a combination of stability and ease (sthira / sukha), but all to often we get bogged down with contradictory alignment cues and actions that leave us overwhelmed and confused, both physically and mentally. Through lecture, prop work, and experiential learning, Noah will offer a powerful and logical, step-by-step process for understanding and practicing asana alignment in this compelling workshop.
6-8:30pm Slow Cook Your Core — Got core strength? This class will strengthen your deep core stabilizers as well as your more global core muscles as we circumambulate 360 degrees around your torso and pelvis with inner thigh strengtheners, outer hip stabilizers, back strengthening poses and culminating arm balances. Your core will be slow cooked and your shoulders will get some bonus strengthening too! All levels; come ready to work hard and have fun.
Vinyasa Saturday: Demystifying Vinyasa
10-1 Demystifying Vinyasa—For yoga teachers and vinyasa yogis of all levels, this workshop will expand your understanding of vinyasa yoga, functional movement, breath based practices, and sequencing strategies. We dive deeply into all things vinyasa with a mix of theory, discussion and experiential practice. You will acquire knowledge and many relevant and practical tools and techniques to implement into your practice (and teaching). We will explore organizing principles of vinyasa practice and how to best accomplish these: pacing, rhythm, breath, bandhas, drishti, choreography, alignment and vinyasa sequencing considerations.
2-4:30 Liquid Strength—This vinyasa flow workshop will heat you up just to the point of liquefaction as it challenges your stamina and teaches you strategies to thrive both on and off the mat. Beginning with opening poses and pranayama, we will progress into sun salutations, linked standing pose flows, build core and shoulder strength in basic arm balances, turn in with forward folds and round it all out with some basic backbends. This all levels workshop is not about fancy trick poses, but rather maintaining focus and alignment within the fluidity of movement and the rhythm of your breath through all poses and transitions.
Philosophy Sunday: Demystifying Philosophy
9-12pm Conscious Use of Myth and Metaphor— Yoga facilitates the theatre of mind, body and heart, giving us the opportunity to explore the analytic and creative sides of our brains. In this workshop we will navigate and study yoga philosophy, mythology and practical educational theory with a focus on applying this to yoga practice and sequencing strategies. We will dive into the rigor of philosophical thought in the Bhagavad Gita (and elsewhere) and find practical ways for you to bring some of these larger concepts to your practice and teaching, as well as off the mat and into your life. The yoga tradition offers a wide and deep ocean of wisdom, filled with rigorous philosophical traditions, rich mythic narrative and symbolic iconography. We will explore these teachings in both their historical context, as well as how we, as modern yogis, may derive meaning from these ancient wisdom traditions. If you wish to dive into this ocean of wisdom and engage the teachings while practicing on the mat, these classes are for you. Our exploration will be entirely secular in nature; no belief required.
1-3:30pm On the Field of Dharma—The opening setting and context for the Bhagavadgita inspires this full-spectrum asana workshop. We will explore the possible meanings of dharma and what it may mean to lay claim to the field of dharma and to “stand in yoga,” yogastahah [BhG 2.48]. In the Bhagavad Gita, the otherwise indomitable warrior Arjuna finds himself faced with a paralyzing choice, and at last learns he must converse with wisdom greater than his own conscience in order to move forward. We enter this ancient tale to find out about our lives today, here and now, in all that is relevant and present.
The Mazé Method workshops are held all over the world. These programs are for dedicated students who want to explore postures in a meaningful, refined, methodical way and learn practical strategies for building strength, flexibility and focus. We provide the attention you need to help you achieve your personal goals in your physical practice. Morning asana sessions tend to be upbeat, with an emphasis on standing postures, backbends, arm balances and vinyasa flow. We turn inward as the sun wanes to forward bends, inversions and restorative postures. At lunch or break times you explore the city and all of its diversity of food and culture. Because of the progressive nature of longer practice sessions with specific focal points, attendance at all sessions is suggested. In special cases, partial attendance may be possible. You will leave with a deeper, more expansive practice, and know how best to grow in the context of your own limits and boundaries.
All 3 days: $440 CAD +GST before Dec 1st
After Dec 1st $500 CAD +GST
Single Day: $180 CAD +GST before Dec 1st
After Dec 1st $200 CAD +GST
Asana Session: $55 CAD +GST before Dec 1st
After Dec 1st $65 CAD +GST
3 Sessions: $140 CAD +GST before Dec 1st
After Dec 1st $160 CAD +GST
- 1 year of yoga practice recommended
- No prior teaching experience required
- Stiffness and injuries OK
- Willingness to participate in a group process
- Ability to give and receive feedback skillfully
- Dedication, motivation and self directed studentship
“I would definitely recommend this program, and I already have. It was top notch in quality and quantity of material, as well as in support and openness and communication. Noah’s unique experience has produced an unparalleled leader, facilitator, and guide. Lessons learned in our training modules have extended far beyond the scope of yoga into life and relating to others in a more effective manner. I received SO MUCH, This training goes above and beyond for any student wanting to deepen their skills, gain confidence, and reach a new level of mastery in yoga.”
“Noah is inspiring and exhibits an unparalleled mastery of teaching. For some time now, I have been contemplating the notion, “be impeccable with your word.” I tried to think of people who embody this and would often come up empty until I met Noah. Noah is careful with his words, exhibits accuracy, accountability, and thoughtful articulation. These are important qualities in an effective leader. When Noah speaks, people listen – and they take it to heart. Along with that, he also embodies creativity, playfulness, humor, sensitivity, and ardor. All of these qualities make for a very well-rounded, inspiring leader and I feel honored to have received guidance and to have learned such a great deal, not just about yoga, but about life.”