Myofasciae, Prana, + the Bandhas: Merging Anatomy and Spirit with Jeff Shoaf, ERYT500 – October 2017
Releasing the biological fabric through asana, pranayama, and the bandhas
*300 Hour Kunga Yoga Essentials Track Required Training
The objectives of this 20- hour module will be to:
- explore the anatomy, physiology, and function of connective tissue( fascia) as a way of understanding how its health is integral to the function of our other “life” systems, including, but not limited to, our physical, emotional, energetic, and “communicative” self.
- apply this knowledge experientially in our own yoga practice using asana, kriyas, pranayams, and bandhas to sense the pervasive nature of this flexible armor that creates the shape we’ve come to know, while continuing to sculpt who we are to become.
- provide for us as teachers, therapists, and bodyworkers new ways of body-reading; coming to better understand and support our work with both students and clients.
“You see….., I believe in shapes. I believe everything good has a shape. Shapes are the way in which we know who we are and where we are in our universe. Show me the shapes and forms a person gives to her or his life, and I will tell you whether she/he is a master or victim of that life”.
(paraphrased from Gail Goodwin’s “Glass People”.)
In the introduction to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, under the sub-heading titled The real purpose of hatha yoga, there is the following reminder:
“Just to improve the physical health ( of a patient) is not enough. The mental health must also improve, the nature must change, the personality must change, the psychological and the psychic framework also has to change. You should not merely feel freedom from disease, but freedom from bondage and from the vagaries of the mind. Now, the time has come when teachers in every part of the world must understand and transmit the true nature of hatha yoga”.
Our bodies, minds, and spirits all represent form. As the Pradipika reminds us; these are not separate entities, but one form. All ‘systems’ must then, for optimal health, be communicating synchronistically, consistently, to function properly. As American Architect Louis Sullivan stated: form follows function, but to flip it around, function will inevitably, necessarily, be a byproduct of form as well…
Our myofascial network is our stand- alone matrix of channels and pathways in which all other of the body’s systems are suspended in, and rely upon,, a full representation of a micro-universe; the materials most anatomists have until recently discarded and/or ignored in dissection labs. One thing we need to remember first and foremost about fascia is that “It’s Alive”!
About Jeffrey Shoaf E-RYT 500, LMBT
Jeff has been an avid practitioner of yoga since his first class at Main Street Yoga in Illinois in August of 2002. His certifications come from the Pranakriya School of Healing Arts (RYT 200) and the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies (E-RYT 500). His teachers and mentors are Yoganand Michael Carroll, Jacci Reynolds, Marlysa Sullivan and also includes extensive early influence from the work of Gary Kraftsow and Eric Schiffman.
Jeffrey is also a licensed massage therapist, practicing integrative bodywork with a focus on myofascial release. He is an avid student of Tom Myers, Robert Schleip and Art Riggs, pioneers of the work and teachings of Structural Integration with Dr. Ida Rolf. He works with clients and students individually, integrating bodywork and yoga therapy techniques to improve and unite the body/mind connection. He teaches yoga around theUS, and practices massage, bodywork, and yoga therapy in Charlotte, NC.
To learn more, visit his website at: http://.jbshoaf113.wix.com/jeffreyshoaf
Date & Time
Friday, October 20
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, October 21
8:30am – 6:30pm
Sunday, October 22
8:30am – 5:30pm
$400.00 after September 20
$350.00 before September 20
*$25 Materials fee payable to program director on the day of the training*
Can’t Make the full weekend? Single sessions are available!
If you are a military spouse, you may qualify for the MyCAA program. The MyCAA program is a career development and employment assistance program offered by the military for military personnel and their spouses. MyCAA provides a maximum educational benefit of $4,000.
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- 20 of CEU Hours toward 300 YA or CEUs
- $15 Additional CEU certificate due at time of registration
- Participation in full workshop required to receive 500YA credit.
- This certification counts as one required module/counts as elective hours towards 300Hr registry in the Wilmington Yoga Center program
10 days prior to the workshop cancellation is permitted for account credit only minus a $25 administrative fee. 10 days and closer to the start date of the workshop the total tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.*
*Different 300hr Teacher Training Track policies apply, see your 300hr Workbook + Training Enrollment forms for more information*