In this workshop, “How to Synch the Practice with the Aging Process”, recorded on April 2, 2023, Eyal Shifroni explores how to use props to adapt your yoga practice to the changing capabilities of the body and how to stay longer in supported asanas that open the body and keep the mind fresh and alert. Each posture is presented with three options so you can learn how to sync your practice with the aging process without over-doing nor under-doing. For Eyal, the essence of the practice doesn’t change, only the form in which it is done and you are invited to join him in this workshop as he explores these concepts with you. For this workshop, ideally you should have the following props or substitutes available: 2-3 blankets, a bolster, 1-2 belts, 2 cork or wooden blocks, and a chair. Be sure to download the accompanying handout as well.
Download the “How to Sync the Practice with the Aging Process” Handout
Led by Roni Brissette, this Guided Meditation on Letting Go complements the workshop by Eyal Shifroni. Roni’s study of Mindfulness precedes her 30 years as an Iyengar Yoga teacher. With an emphasis on mindful attention and a path of reflection, Roni invites you to explore this meditation with the spirit of “Make the experiment and see what comes.
AUDIO ONLY VERSION
Roni Brissette is an Iyengar Yoga teacher for nearly 30 years and her path to the study of Mindfulness preceded her yoga studies. Roni was in the first class of Dr. Herb Benson, author of the Relaxation Response. Her training has included courses with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach as well as work with Sharon Salzberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Pema Chodron, Joseph Goldstein and Trudy Goodman. Roni began teaching a Mindfulness course in 2014 and weaves the teaching into her Body Wisdom yoga classes. Her focus is on Vipassana meditation which is at the heart of Buddhist meditation. This practice emphasizes mindful attention, developing an immediate or “face to face” experience in all spheres of activity. Roni is thrilled to have you experience the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation as part of the Yoga and Aging series.
Learning Lab with Rahel Wasserfall
Learning Lab with Rahel Wasserfall
Sunday, April 23, with Rahel Wasserfall
In this Learning Lab based on the workshop, “How to Synch the Practice with the Aging Process”, Rahel Wasserfall, PhD, Certified Level 2 Iyengar Yoga Teacher Level (CIYT) of Artemis Yoga, leads you through a sequence initially taught by Eyal Shifroni. With interactive question and answer, Rahel offers an interpretation of Eyal’s workshop through props with supported asanas that open the body and keep the mind fresh and alert. The Learning Lab is an opportunity to review, reinforce and enhance the Yoga and Aging workshops.
Eyal Shifroni is a Senior level Iyengar Yoga teacher from Israel. He has studied and practiced yoga since 1978, and has thought, written, and taught yoga since 1985. Eyal is the author of six books on Yoga and known for his creative teaching and innovative use of props. Eyal enjoys exploring with students the connections between our mind and our body and how these can change our perspective. In 1988 Eyal first went to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India to study directly under Guruji, B.K.S. Iyengar. He still travels there often, to study with the Iyengars.
"In my view, the essence of the practice actually should not change with the aging process. The practice always remains: I apply myself (tapas), I study myself (Svadhyaya), I surrender myself (Ishvara Pranidhana).”
Live Stream Discussion
Recorded: Sunday, 4th December 2022
Yoga and Aging: Shifting Perspective kicked off with a panel conversation featuring the collective wisdom of long-time expert practitioners and moderated by Rahel Wasserfall.
Panel Guests: Karin Stephan | Patricia Walden | Peentz Dubble | Eyal Shifroni | Roni Brissette
In this workshop, you will learn how to use props to adapt our practice to the changing capabilities of the body and how to stay longer in supported asanas that open the body and keep the mind fresh and alert. For Eyal, the essence of the practice doesn’t change, only the form in which it is done.
The essence is: “I apply myself (Tapas); I study myself (Svadhyaya) and I surrender myself”.
These principles do not depend on what you can or can’t do, and they should not change with aging. However, in the aging process, our bodies do change and we lose some capabilities, which is hard to accept. If we can develop sensitivity and wisdom into our practice, we will learn to sync our practice with the aging process without over-doing nor under-doing.
Aging is not only about decline – we also refine our practice to bring more depth born from experience and wisdom.