Super excited to tell you that Richard Gartner is traveling to Roanoke next weekend (Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27) to present three workshops at Uttara.
I met Richard on one of his trips passing through Roanoke on his way to points South. He had Googled around to find yoga studios to stop at on his travels (sign of a dedicated yogi). Last year I attended six hours of workshops with him on a visit to Pittsburgh, and decided you guys REALLY needed to meet him.
And — hey — let me tell you – setting up workshops is . . . work. Cancelling the regular classes; figuring out what people are interested in. Lots of time and energy, both of which are precious.
When I first opened I offered a lot of workshops; I was just honored that people wanted to come to Uttara to present their work. Now? I’m picky. Realllllllly picky.
Richard reminds me a lot of my asana (asana means yoga poses) teacher, Kim Schwartz, in that he is about precision, alignment, and working at deep, DEEEEEEP levels with the physical and energetic body. Yet, there is a joy and a lightness; real openness and heart.
You do NOT have to have a super-incredible flexible-noodle practice to come to these workshops. Just be a seeker on the path.
What makes Richard super special is his way with words; his language is precise, yet accessible. He radiates kindness and dedication. He’s about adapting poses, not people.
I have studied with many teachers, and would count him among the best.
His classes in Pittsburgh were packed, and although I know you have never heard of him (yet), if you can you should try to make one of more of these workshops. Read the descriptions; his languaging is really beautiful. Come see.
Friday, October 26 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Yin Yoga Primer — Yin Yoga is revolutionary in its quiet stillness. As opposed to most styles of yoga, which deal with muscle flexibility and activity, Yin focuses on stimulating the “chi” in passive connective tissues, ligaments and cartilage. A Yin yoga practice reverses the contractile effects of aging on the shoulders, spine and hips. Richard will present Yin Yoga theory as it relates to Yoga philosophy, meditation practice and your own anatomy. He will then guide you through a quiet Yin practice that will target the lateral fascial lines of the body. We will conclude with breathing practices to assist in harvesting your awareness. Fee $35 prepaid/$40 at the door.
Saturday, October 27 9:30 to Noon
Nurturing the Organic Body — The abdomen contains your life force: it is the center of digestion, filtration, immune function and elimination. Habitual tension can result in fascial restrictions around these organs and congest the circulatory and immune system channels. For those with third chakra excess or deficiency, the core may be either too rigid or too weak to give proper support to the upper chakras.
‘Nurturing the organic body’ focuses on understanding and releasing holding patterns in the torso, wringing out organs and stimulating flow and communication in the organic body. This approach involves the wise use of arms and legs—the organs of action—to maximize release in the torso—the organs of reception. Please refrain from eating at least two hours before the session. Fee $35 prepaid/$40 at the door.
Saturday, October 27 2:00 to 4:30 pm
The Resolute Bow: Yoking Strength and Ease in the Back Body — In many cultures, the bow is regarded as a show of respect or gratitude. It is also a means to draw one’s attention inward. However, though the gesture is an act of softening, it involves stretching the strongest fascial lines in the body. Developing open hamstrings, calves and spine takes sthira (strength) and commitment.
Students will be guided through a sequence that safely and effectively improves their forward folds. Through discerning action in the legs and hips, this workshop also address sacral stability techniques. Strong leg engagement helps us find our support, physically and emotionally. The English language has idioms that express this: “To dig one’s heels in” and “land on your feet.” It’s with this firm ground we can then find ease in our system. Fee $35 prepaid/$40 at the door.