Yoga and Neuroscience Connection in Ireland
With Kristine Kaoverii Weber, MA, C-IAYT, eRYT500, YACEP | Oct 9 – 16, 2019
Ever frustrated to find yourself in situations where you can’t explain the benefits of slow, mindful yoga with more certainty and/or scientific knowledge? You want others to understand how yoga benefits health, you know that it’s more than just an exercise routine, and that there’s research to back it up – but you’d like more help organizing the information and speaking with authority and clarity?
Many people assume slow, mindful yoga is only good for stretching and/or relaxing (and who has time for that!). But slow, mindful practice can change the brain in ways that may be even MORE important than physical fitness. What science has uncovered in the past few decades confirms what the ancient yogis have shared for thousands of years – slow, mindful practice has a huge impact on the health of your brain and nervous system.
This workshop will help you:
- Understand how yoga benefits your nervous system and through it chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, autoimmune challenges and tendencies toward addictive behavior.
- Understand how specific practices elicit structural and functional brain changes.
- Feel more confident talking about the benefits of yoga
- Transform the health of your brain and nervous system
- Become an authority on the connection between yoga and neuroscience
- Learn specific practices to foster brain changes and improve your focus, attention, creativity and happiness!
If you are convinced that slow, mindful practice is an antidote to the stressors of this modern world and the epidemic of chronic diseases, then this workshop will help you better understand the underlying mechanisms.
Explore the science underlying yoga posture practice, as well as ethical inquiry, breathing practices, and meditation. We will also discuss the positive interpersonal neurobiologic effects of practicing in community. Overview the yoga and neurobiology research and learn how this research can help you optimize your brain and guild resilience in your nervous system.
This Workshop Includes:
- 4 Workshops
- 8 Yoga Practices
All abilities are welcome. The retreat will also include. . .
This is a great opportunity not only to learn about the cutting edge science behind yoga, but also to improve your teaching skills, experience community with like-minded people, and earn 20 Yoga Alliance CEUs.
Four Morning Workshop Sessions (9:00 am to 12 pm)
Part 1 – The Neurobiology of Yoga Posture Practice: Yoga to Widen the Window of Tolerance and Build Greater Nervous System Resilience
In this workshop we will explore the brain and the autonomic nervous system and discuss how yoga opens up the nervous system’s “Window of Tolerance” and builds greater resilience. We’ll also experience specific yoga practices that help build greater resilience and improve function. The morning practice will demonstrate how to use and sequence practices to create a safe, sustainable energizing effect on the nervous system. The accompanying evening practice will demonstrate how to create a grounding effect.
Part 2 – The Neurobiology of Yoga Posture Practice: Yoga to Improve Body Awareness
In this workshop, we will look at cutting-edge neuroscientific research which suggests that slow, mindful movement is important for health and offers benefits that differ from those of fitness-oriented exercise. We will discuss the neurobiologic mechanisms of body awareness or interoception and how yoga practice can help build this skill. The morning practice will demonstrate how to use your own hands in posture practice to build interoceptive skills. The accompanying evening practice will focus on innovate cues to cultivate greater interoceptive awareness through yoga practice.
Part 3 – The Neurobiology of Yoga Posture Practice: Hemispheric Integration and Optimizing the Brain
In this workshop, we will explore specific practices to benefit hemispheric integration – the ability of the brain to communicate optimally across the fibrous midline connection called the corpus callosum. We will also look at how slow, mindful yoga practices create changes in the brain and examine the 5 Subtle®Yoga Principles of Asana Practice to Elicit Neuroplasticity. During the morning practice, we will experience specific postures to improve hemispheric integration. In the afternoon practice, we will continue to explore practices that encourage hemispheric integration and optimize brain function.
Part 4 – The Neurobiology of Yoga: Pranayama, Meditation, and Ethics
Yoga is more than posture practice and there are numerous evidence-informed neurobiologic benefits available via the wide range of breathing, meditation, and ethical inquiry practices of the yoga tradition. In this workshop we will explore the neuroscience of these other aspects of yoga and look at the researched benefits. During the morning practice, we will explore an integrated practice using ethical inquiry, asanas, interoceptive pranayama, and meditation. In the evening practice we will use the tools of yoga to look beyond the interoceptive experience toward identity, meaning and purpose.
Four Afternoon Practice Sessions (5:30-6:45)
Part 1 – The Neurobiology of Yoga Posture Practice: Using Yoga to open the Window of Tolerance and Build Greater Resilience – Using yoga practices to create a grounding effect on the nervous system.
Part 2 – The Neurobiology of Yoga Posture Practice: Yoga to Improve Body Awareness – Innovative Cueing to Cultivate Greater Interoceptive Awareness
Part 3 – The Neurobiology of Yoga Posture Practice: Hemispheric Integration and Optimizing the Brain – Yoga practices to encourage Hemispheric Integration and Optimize Brain function.
Part 4 – The Neurobiology of Yoga: Pranayama, Meditation, and Ethics – Beyond Interoception and toward a deeper sense of identity, meaning and purpose.
October 9 – 16, 2019
US $2,796 Occupancy: Sharing
US $600 supplement for Private room.
US $500 Deposit Holds Your Spot
Remaining payment due Sept 02-2019