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Immerse your mind, body and spirit for a weekend of Japanese yoga.
A yoga teacher’s only experience where you will find the therapy of Spring Yoga with an in-depth study of how to work with the Wood Element and yoga postures, asanas, breathing and movement that expresses energy of the Liver and Gallbladder meridians.
Welcome – Orientation discussion to ensure you get the most out of a Japanese Yoga Retreat with intention and goal setting
Evening Spring Yoga Session that will help to set your intentions for the weekend with yoga designed to unlock your mind and refocus on new ways to look at your teaching. If you have never done Japanese or Meridian yoga then you may be surprised on how well it will help you teach foundational, body-balance yoga using our ability to adapt through proprioception.
You will receive a copy of this classes before the session so you can make notes to make a valuable addition to your existing teaching resources.
Light Macrobiotic Vegetarian Supper The food we eat can influence how we feel, move and plan for the future. All the food over the weekend will help support the liver and gallbladder meridians, ensuring that you get the most out of the expansive energy of Spring.
Japanese Meridian Meditation Learn something new, or brush up on some Japanese meridian meditation techniques that will help improve your mindset and add something a little different into your spring classes.
Greet the Day with Japanese Chakra Chanting
To make the most of our Spring energy we wake up with the sun and then get out there with our toes in the grass and enjoy the break-out feeling going Winter to Spring.
We will start off with some Japanese Meridian Stretches, then a breath-controlled yoga-jog before you wake up your biggest organ with a skin scrub ready for a river swim/dunk and/or shower!
Spring Morning Japanese Yoga Master Class where you will experience yoga asanas like never before. Focus into the Liver and Gallbladder meridian to clear out anger and deep established tension that will help you clear away the baggage that has been holding you back. It is amazing how easy it is to solve problems when you are thinking with the energy of Spring.
Wholefood Medicines that will help you tap into the energy of Spring, clear out stagnation in the liver and work to keep your joints, tendons and ligaments healthy, happy and balanced.
Macrobiotic Vegetarian Breakfast All your meals this weekend has been selected to detoxify the liver without making you feel like you are missing out. Ideas flow more freely with a clear, happy liver. The Wood element of Spring helps us balance our input and output. Do you take in enough to balance what you give out?
Interactive Tutorial – What is the Liver Meridian
This session will discuss how and why we use the Masanunga (Japanese – yes it’s different to TCM) Liver meridian in yoga and includes how to use acupressure of the main meridian points in your yoga teaching. You will also learn how to teach the Remedial Yoga Therapy (RYT) liver asanas to best increase flexibility by reducing joint immobility.
Down Time set for a walk, wiggle your toes in the dirt, lay out in the sun or run through a Spring rain shower.
Macrobiotic Vegetarian Lunch Supporting the joints of your body with food that allows you to make the most out of the energy in Spring foods. We will also have a shop open with macrobiotic foods that you can get at wholesale prices to share with your family, friends and yoga clients.
Liver Meridian Adjustment & Master Class A this session we will be deconstructing the prime liver moves and discussing how we use this process to improve practical focusing techniques and your teaching goals and session outcomes.
Our main focus will be on alignment in the main liver meridian postures including Triangle pose (Trikonasana), Eagle pose (Garudasana), Archer pose (Akarna Dhanurasana), Full Lord of the fishes (Matsyendrasana). Advanced bound twists; and the Japanese Liver meridian asana.
Rest up & Relax Before the end of the day we encourage a reflective time to give you time to take advantage of our self-pamper station for a foot or hand scrub or take yourself off under a tree with a good book to keep you company or sit and watch the world go by and be thankful you are not taking part for an hour or two.
Macrobiotic Vegetarian Dinner You don’t need to starve yourself to detox. Enjoy a meal of organic wholefoods that will satisfy your hunger and your body requirements for stress-free detoxing.
Oriental Therapies & Healing We will be encouraging you to give and receive cupping, moxibustion and gua sha. As the Liver is responsible for moving the blood and the meridian itself about the free flow of energy in the mind, body and spirit, we use cupping and gua sha to remove stagnation and improve blood circulation.
Japanese Meridian Meditation Self-Focusing techniques that include focus into the Liver and Gallbladder meridians or complete your day curled up near the fire.
Greet the Day with Japanese Chakra Chanting
You will be looking forward to this now that your realise how wonderful you felt yesterday. Wake you and your body up again with Japanese Meridian Stretches then another lap of the grounds with breath-controlled yoga-jog (be surprised how much easier it is today). Then invigorate your skin again with a scrub and rid yourself of any toxins with a quick dip in the water.
Spring Morning Japanese Yoga Master Class where we will solidify the information that you have learnt in the previous morning session with some strong Japanese meridian yoga and some content you may not have tried before.
Wholefood Medicines to help your body continue to expel toxins and help clear your eye sight and mind of clutter.
Macrobiotic Vegetarian Breakfast We know that you will be hungry and enjoy a great breakfast to balance your input / output. Feel the changes that your body has already made.
Interactive Tutorial – What is the Gall Bladder Meridian
This session will discuss how and why we use the Masanunga (Japanese – yes it’s different to TCM) Gall Bladder meridian in yoga and includes how to use acupressure of the main meridian points in your yoga teaching. You will also learn how to teach the Remedial Yoga Therapy (RYT) gall bladder therapy movements and postures for healthy joints.
Dynamic breathing and meditation session – walk and meditate. How good is that?
Macrobiotic Vegetarian Lunch It’s not the last supper but it will be your last meal on retreat. Don’t rush it and enjoy another great spring meal together.
Gallbladder Meridian Adjustment & Master Class
In this session we will be deconstructing the prime gallbladder moves and discussing how we use this process to improve practical focusing techniques and your teaching goals and session outcomes.
Our main focus will be on alignment in the main liver meridian postures including Japanese gallbladder meridian asanas, Gallbladder spirit adjustment movements and partner work and RYT adjustment moves for:
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