Friday: Yoga Philosophy & Meditation Discussion + Shiva Meditation
This philosophy and meditation discussion will introduce students to yoga philosophy and meditation practices. Students will learn concepts from classical and traditional yoga philosophy and gain a better understanding of the philosophy that informs modern yoga and meditation practices. Students will also explore seated meditation postures, discuss different types of meditation, learn about concentration and meditation techniques, and the advanced meditation practice of Samadhi. This workshop culminates with a Shiva Meditation® practice.
Saturday: Shiva Power Master Class: (2-3hrs)
Setting intentions and practicing gratitude, students move through a challenging and balanced flow with an emphasis on concentration and surrendering into the fire, in order to achieve a state of balance, letting go of attachment to the ego, quieting the mind, and working towards Self-realization. This class will contain advanced variations as well as modifications for beginners and will conclude with an extended final rest and a seated meditation practice. Advanced variations will be taught for intermediate and advanced students to practice, as well as variations suitable for beginners.
Sunday: Pranayama: (3-4 hrs)
This workshop will explore different breathing preparation exercises, yogic breathing and several pranayama techniques. The workshop will begin with a philosophy discussion to help students better understand the role of pranayama in yoga and how pranayama practice fits into the bigger picture of yoga. Students will look at the anatomy of breathing and the mechanics and physiology of what is happening in the body during respiration. Students will learn the purpose and technique of positions (mudras), of the body, the hands and the eyes, used often in pranayama and meditation practices and gain a better understanding of the yogic locks (bandhas) also used in conjunction with many pranayama and meditation practices. Traditional seated pranayama practices will be explored and students will learn the purpose of each of these techniques. There will be lots of time to practice and students will complete a full seated moon, sun, holding (chandra, surya, kumbaka) pranayama practice at the end of the workshop. Pranayama practices will include: breath of fire, mind awakening breathing, victorious breathing, alternate nostril breathing, moon, sun, holding breathing, positive breathing, the cooling breath, the hissing breath and the crow's breath.
Garth is a 500hr E-RYT, Teacher Trainer, Yoga Therapist, Certified Yogaworks Teacher, Certified DharmaYoga Teacher and has led Classes, Workshops, Retreats and Teacher Trainings in Los Angeles and around the world. Garth taught for several years at the original Yogaworks in Santa Monica and at Exhale – The Center for Sacred Movement in Venice. He led the first Pure Yoga Teacher Training, in Los Angeles, at Equinox, with Ashley Turner. He has been featured in and contributed to; Yoga Journal, Men’s Health Magazine, Mantra Magazine, Yoganonymous, LA Yoga, Yoga in China and Shanghai Daily News. Garth completed teacher training at Yogaworks in Santa Monica with Annie Carpenter & James Brown, mentoring with Annie Carpenter, advanced teacher training at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York, with Sri Dharma Mittra and additional advanced teacher training at Loyola Marymount University, with Srivatsa Ramaswami. He has spent time in Mysore, India, studying Ashtanga Yoga, with the Sri K. Patthabi Jois family, practicing with Saraswati Jois. He also completed the Yoga Therapy Rx program, at Loyola Marymount University, with Dr. Larry Payne and completed Yoga Tune Up® teacher training, with Jill Miller. Garth is also the creator of the Shiva Yoga® system and the founder of the Yoga108Project. His signature Shiva Vinyasa® and Shiva Power® classes focus on setting intentions, practicing gratitude, concentration, surrender, balance, non-attachment, and quieting the mind. Garth also teaches Shiva Meditation® classes, as well as Pranayama and Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation classes, and sees students privately for Yoga Therapy sessions.