Yoga practices are unparalleled in their ability to build flexibility, balance, breath control and concentration. But these elements are only part of complete physical wellness.
To create an all-around fitness regime, yoga practices need to be paired with strength building and cardiovascular exercise. At Yoga & Strength Week you will be immersed in all these beneficial practices.
Build strength through body-weight exercises and weight lifting that will stabilize and balance the body. Improve your heart's ability to pump oxygen with cardiovascular exercises that challenge the energy and breath. And, of course, build functional flexibility, balance and breath control with yoga postures and exercises.
YOGA & FITNESS
Since the early 20th century when yoga practices became more physical and health based, bodybuilders and athletes of all sort practiced yoga as part of a well-rounded routine. Many influential yogis of the 1920s, 30s and 40s were bodybuilders, like Bishnu Charan Ghosh and KV Iyer.
Out of the values of tantra come the "forceful" practices of hathayoga. We will discuss several of the prominent texts of this era, including their mudras, asanas, pranayama techniques and philosophies.
With the modern age came a transmission of ideas between East and West, including philosophies and physical culture. As these things intermingled, yoga practices became increasingly physical and therapeutic in nature. Not to be overlooked is the influence of British colonization of India and the Indian desire for independence.
We will explore the ideas and texts that propelled us into the era of modern yoga, including the Brahmo Samaj, Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Kuvalayananda and Krishnamacharya.
WHEN & WHERE?
Yoga Studio in Madison - in the morning
Pat's Gym - in the afternoon
Lectures are led by Scott Lamps & Ida Jo. They are Yoga Acharyas (Masters of Yoga) certified the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center; Ghosh's Yoga College in Kolkata, India; Advanced Forrest Yoga; and Tony Sanchez.
They are the authors of the Ghosh Yoga Practice Manuals, the editors of Buddha Bose's lost manuscript 84 Yoga Asanas, and the editors of Gouri Shankar Mukerji's 84 Yoga Asanas.
They travel internationally teaching anatomy, history, therapeutics and workshops on yoga in the Ghosh lineage.