Moving from the Organs with Judith Hanson Lasater
We often focus on practicing our poses from the spine, arms and legs. But the ancient teachings of yoga also discussed and placed great importance on opening and quieting the organs of the body, including the heart, kidneys and liver. These organs are found in what yogic texts call the “kunda” or vessel that holds these organs.
During this special training, we will focus on specific poses that create a healthy balance for the organs in the chest and abdomen, as well as explore the theories of how and why these poses work. We will study backbends, inversions, forward bends and twists and explore specific therapeutic applications that will be immediately applicable to ourselves and to our students.
We will begin each day with a focused intention and then move into practicing active poses. In the afternoon, we will focus on a quiet practice – Restorative yoga, meditation and pranayama. Throughout the training, we will focus our awareness on stabilizing and balancing from the inside, so we can internally experience our practice in a new way. Teachers will gain insights on how to share and teach these concepts to their students, and students will gain profound insights into in their own bodies.
Dates: October 30, 31, November 1, 2 (four days – 18 hours)
Wed/Th/Fr: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 – 12:30, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Unity Church of Vancouver (Oak Street & 41st Ave)
Price: $575 + GST = $603.75
A $125 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot.
Payment: Cheque or electronic bank transfer accepted. To arrange, please contact christina(at)soulspringwellness.ca Also, PayPal invoicing is possible with an additional 3% service fee to cover paypal charges.
Contact and to register: christina(at)soulspringwellness.ca
Accommodations for out-of-towners: A special rate has been negotiated with the Holiday Inn at West Broadway & Ash (1 block from the skytrain)
Single/double occupancy $89.00.
The room block is reserved under SoulSpring Wellness and is valid until September 29, 2013. After that, regular room rates will apply. To make a reservation, please call 604-707-1939, email@example.com
If these rates are too pricey for your budget, check out www.airbnb.com. Local residents post rooms that can be rented for the duration of your visit.
Directions to the venue via skytrain: Get on the Cambie line and get off at Oakridge Mall. Once on street level, walk west for approximately 10 minutes until you arrive at the corner of Oak & 41st. The Unity Church is half a block south on Oak street (on the east side of Oak).
Non-refundable deposit: $125.
The remainder is refundable as follows:
anytime up until 7 days prior to the training – 100% refund
between 3 – 7 days prior to the training – 50% refund
with less than 48 hours prior to the training – no refund
About Judith Hanson Lasater
Judith Hanson Lasater has taught yoga since 1971. She holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist. She is president of the California Yoga Teachers Association, and serves on the advisory boards of Yoga Journal and Healing Lifestyles and Spas. Her yoga training includes study with B. K. S. Iyengar in India and the United States. She teaches yoga classes and trains yoga teachers in kinesiology, yoga therapeutics, and the Yoga Sutra in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also gives workshops throughout the United States, and has taught in Australia, Bolivia, Canada, England, France, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, and Russia.
She writes extensively on the therapeutic aspects of yoga. She is the author of:
- What We Say Matters (2009)
- YogaBody (2008)
- A Year of Living Your Yoga (2006)
- Yoga Abs (2005)
- Yoga for Pregnancy (2004)
- 30 Essential Yoga Poses (2003)
- Living Your Yoga (2000)
- Relax and Renew (1995)
These books are published by Rodmell Press.
Currently, Judith is consulting on four studies being conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These studies focus on the use of restorative yoga to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women, to reduce metabolic syndrome, to reduce anxiety during drug rehabilitation, and for women in treatment for breast cancer.
Judith Hanson Lasater lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.