David Moore assisted by Rossella Buono will be running a six day workshop on yoga and the Alexander Technique in Berlin. It will be of particular interest to yoga teachers, Alexander Technique teachers and experienced practitioners in those disciplines.
David is the director of the School for F.M Alexander Studies in Melbourne which has been running a three year full time training course for Alexander teachers since 1998. He has been developing and teaching the application of the Alexander Technique to yoga practice for over 30 years. Besides his Melbourne practice he teaches workshops and retreats throughout Australia and internationally.
David undertook extensive yoga and meditation practice and training prior to becoming a teacher of the Alexander Technique. This included over two years of insight meditation in Thai meditation monasteries, two years of training at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandaram with TKV Desikatchar and his teachers and a teacher training course in Iyengar Yoga.
What will be covered in this workshop
These six days will give us the opportunity to explore the basics of posture movement and breathing and give participants the skills to develop a personalised approach to their yoga practice based on their own unique characteristics and needs.
Alexander yoga encompasses a whole way of mindful living.
The practice does not end on the yoga mat, but involves the development of our awareness to how we are living and moving in all aspects of our lives. Besides examining and refining yoga poses we will be looking at everyday activities as simple as walking, standing and sitting.
Coordination and posture from an Alexander Technique perspective
Modifying yoga poses
Breathing and pranayama
Deepening observation skills
Freeing the energy flow through the body
Identifying and overcoming habits
Doing and non-doing
Developing an individualised practice
Wednesday 18th July
12.30 - 3.00pm Introductory Group
3.30 - 4.30pm Private lessons for 4 participants
Thursday 19th July
2.00 - 4.00 pm Group
4.00 - 4.30 pm - Break
4.30 - 6.30 pm Group
6.30 - 8.00 pm Private lessons for 6 participants
Friday 20th July
8 - 10 Private lessons for 8 participants
10 - 12 Group
12 - 12.30 pm Break
1 2,30- 3 .00 pm Group
Saturday 21st July
9 - 10 Private lessons for 4 participants
10 - 12 Group
12 - 1 Lunch
1 - 3 Group
3 - 5 Private lessons for 8 participants
Sunday 22nd July
8 -9 Private lessons for 4 participants
9 - 12 Group
12 - 1 Lunch
1 - 3 Group
Monday 23rd July
8 - 9 Private lessons for 4 participants
8 am- 12 pm Group
12 - 1 Break
1 - 3 Final Group
Cost: €450 (€400 early-bird if paid before 19 May)
Recommended prior reading for the course.
Smart Yoga by David Moore. This is available in Kindle as well as in the printed edition.
Alexander F.M - Use of the Self
Body Learning by Michael Gelb
Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life
David will also be offering private lessons on Wednesday 25th.
Cost €70 for a one- hour lesson
Testimonial by Pinelopi - our host at English Yoga Berlin
"I have now been working as a yoga teacher for almost ten years and I have had the pleasure to work with many differently bodied people, including lots of people in chronic pain. I have seen the wonders that yoga has done in gently “untying” the emotional, physical and mental knots that people's lives, habits, choices and luck have created. I am and will be forever grateful to yoga's incredible transformative power. And yet, sometimes in my teachings, I would feel stuck in giving the right advice to students with certain deeply ingrained physical habits of coordination. My yoga teacher training did not prepare me for that level of analysis.
Last July, I had the pleasure to host David Moore and Rossella Buono, in a six hour workshop at our studio in English Yoga Berlin. They brought the Alexander Technique into yoga and into my life. They provided me with the “missing link” I was needing in order to take my yoga teaching to the next level. I understood that certain students were getting stuck in yoga poses because they were losing sight of the overall process of coordination. The “missing link” was in understanding and coordinating the basic posture from which all other poses rise.... or in other words, understanding what “sit up straight” really means.
In a merely six hour workshop, I learned so much as a yoga teacher! I was so inspired by this workshop that I immediately starting applying my new knowledge to my every day yoga classes, getting a lot of positive feedback from students. Since then, I have been working on getting David and Rossella back to teach Berlin yoga teachers more about how these two practices can work together. I am delighted that in July 2018, the learning adventure will continue with a six day workshop doing just that!"
Venue address, website and telephone numbers
Görlitzer str. 39
Yoga Berlin studio is located at Görlitzer Str 39, Kreuzberg. All regular weekly classes are held in the Gemeinschaftsraum (the exKinder Kino, or KiKi). Press the button for ´YOGA´ at the front door, then follow the signs through to the last courtyard, up the stairs and find us on the first floor, by the painted trees.