Stu Girling Workshop

Ashtanga Yoga Cork is delighted to extend a warm welcome to Stu Girling of loveyogaanatomy.com who will be joining us in April, 2020 for a weekend of workshops.

Both days will start with self-practice at 7am. There will then be 2 workshops per day.  Students will have the opportunity to get tips (and tricks) to aid them in their practice.

Stuart has been teaching yoga-related anatomy for the past 7 years both on teacher training and international workshops. He has been practicing yoga for 15 years and has a BSc. Honors in Health Studies. For the last 10 years, he has been offering Therapeutic Bodywork exclusively for yoga practitioners.

The underlying philosophy that guides what he shares is that knowledge is of no value unless we can understand how to use it and actually have use for it. With this in mind, the workshops he offers focus on: what makes us individual, how we can understand our limitations and restrictions, and how we can avoid injury and create balance. Stuart endeavours to bring as much fun and practical experimentation into every workshop and emphasize the importance of getting to grips with the concepts rather than getting bogged down in the detail.

To book these workshops:

  1. Sign up on website.
  2. Book the ‘Stu Girling registration’ class (this does not guarantee you a spot).
  3. Make payment (cost is €190) and you will be added into the workshops. You will then receive an email on completion.

Regular practitioners at the shala will be prioritized.

Workshop Details

April 4, 2020 (Saturday)

8am  Self-Practice

10:30am-1:30pm  Hip Joint and Related Postures

Looks at the construction of the hip joint and how individuals may differ, the muscles around the joint, and how they will influence movements in certain directions. So many yoga postures involve a certain degree of freedom in the hips and sometimes it can be hard to determine what is stopping us reaching our desired position. Practical exploration of groups of postures under the headings of forward folding, hip rotations,
and hip ab/adductions will allow students to discover where they need to focus their attention and how to effectively work on increasing the ranges of motion. Postures commonly used for exploration include: Baddha Konasana (Butterfly), Upavishta Konasana (wide legged forward fold), Squatting, Paschimottanasana (seated forward fold), Firelog, and Virasana variations (Heroes pose). We will also consider how many postures may fall unbeknownst into the category of forward folding and explain what
will be the likely expression of restriction.

2:30pm-5:30pm  Shoulder Joint and Related Postures

Here we examine the shoulder girdle and shoulder joint and issues that influence range of motion and the potential for injury. Quite a few practitioners experience either restricted range of motion at this joint due
to postural patterns, or pain during specific movements in yoga. We will consider common restrictions and how to work on them as well as alignment cues to find more comfort and help minimise the risk of
repetitive strain issues. There will also be discussion and practical implementation of shoulder related postures such as: arm balances, down dog, chaturanga, binding, reverse prayer.

April 5, 2020 (Sunday)

8am  Self-Practice

10:30am-1:30pm  Spine, SI Joint, Backbending, and Twists

It is not uncommon for students to feel a degree of discomfort when performing backbends or when embarking on taking on some of the more challenging foot behind head postures. By understanding the
construction of the spine and the surrounding muscles it becomes evident as to the types of movements that it is designed to perform in certain areas as well as the potential mechanism of injury. We clarify the
common spinal injuries such as herniated and bulging discs as well as discuss the possible causes of SI Joint pain. The groups of postures discussed and explored practically are backbends and twists, and the
importance of the integration of movements at other major joints of hips and shoulders will be demonstrated. We will endeavour to, during the course of the workshop, allow students to determine
where their own restrictions are and how to work with them. For those students that feel they are already too mobile, we will look at how to build strength and stability.

2:30pm-5:30pm  Arm Balance Workshop

Arm balances can be fun and exciting to play with even if they are not part of your normal practice. They build strength, co-ordination, and focus but they can also put pressure on the wrists and shoulders if we are not ready for them. In this workshop, we will take an anatomical look at the skills, proficiency, and ROM we require before
exploring the technical detail of how to perform the different arm balances. There will be a large percentage of practical experimentation with the exact content being tailored to suit the general ability of the class. Instead of
handstands will be looking to include: Bakasana, Parsva Bakasana, Koundinyasana A and B, Eka Pada Koundinyasana, Eka Pada Galavasana, Astravakasana, Grasshopper, as well as a variety of lifts.

Stu with Eunice’s teacher, John Scott