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Jason Crandell

Saturday, December 5 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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An event every day that begins at 8:30 am, repeating until Sunday December 6, 2020

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Practice Yoga Church
414 West Johanna
Austin, TX 78704, US

Return To Your Center: A 3 Day Teacher Renewal
Wednesday 12/2 – Friday 12/4

If you’re a yoga teacher, your practice is no longer yours and yours alone. Your practice has mostly likely got tied up with your identity as a teacher and the challenges of making a living. Ironically, you might practice less consistently and intensely than you did before you taught. And, when you do make it onto your mat it can be hard for you to find the steadiness of mind that you once achieved because you’re thinking about your sequences and what postures you’re going to teach your students this week. I’ve taught for 20 years and I don’t know a single teacher that hasn’t gone through the same challenges. I’ve been there myself, more than once. That’s why I created this program.

This 3-day teacher’s program will return you to your centre and reconnect you to your practice. Think about this program as part retreat, part training, in the company of your peers.

In the mornings, you will be a student again and savor a strong, complete 3-hr vinyasa practice. No notes, no analysis—just practice. It’s time to make your practice a sanctuary again and remember why you fell in love with yoga in the first place. You’ll work at your physical edge, refine your technique and inspire your practice.

In the afternoons, you will refine key components of your teaching that will distinguish yourself. You’ll also create practical strategies to manage the logistical challenges of earning a living as a teacher. In the afternoons, you will focus on:

Day 1: You will hone your sequencing. You’ll learn how to bring greater focus, consistency and purpose to your classes. You’ll learn the absolute essentials for creating consistent, compelling classes that reflect your values and help your students make progress. You’ll also learn how to structure an entire month of classes and build sequences for workshops. You’ll receive sample sequences for every posture group and two ‘master’ templates that teach you how Jason creates all of his classes.

Day 2: You will fine-tune your manual adjustments. You won’t learn any fancy new tricks, like how to use 7 belts, 4 partners and the tip of your nose to manipulate down dog. But, you will make sure that you’re giving excellent, supportive adjustments that make your students feel safe, secure and knowledgeable in their postures. You’ll learn the most effective, successful ways of adjusting key backbends, forward bends and inversions.

Day 3: You will refine your verbal cues. Concise, accurate, accessible verbal cuing is the key to being an effective teacher. In this session, you will learn to trust simple, clear language that everyone can understand. You’ll replace common teaching jargon, cliché’s, and filler-words with accessible teaching cues that will resonate with your students. You’ll make sure that your language is inspired, consistent and accurate for every posture category. And, you’ll receive advice on how much talking is too much and how much talking is insufficient.

(Typical) Schedule:
• 0900-1200: Return to your centre: a practice for teachers
• 1330-1415: Strategy discussion: How to make a better living as a yoga teacher
• 1430-1700: Technical refinement + renewed inspiration for teachers


Balancing Strength and Flexibility
Friday 12/4

Saturday 12/5

Sunday 12/6

Over 20 years ago I stopped playing sports, said good riddance to the gym, and rolled out my yoga mat for what would become a long romance with vinyasa yoga. Since I couldn’t touch my toes, let alone do a backbend to save my life, my singular physical focus was to create more flexibility. I was strong, but I had no range of motion. Since the grass is always greener—and I didn’t truly understand that strength and flexibility are not mutually exclusive—I focused too heavily on flexibility. Then, like so many yoga practitioners, the over-stretch issues starting showing up: sacro-iliac instability, sacro-lumbar strain, hamstring insertion pain, shoulder pain with deep flexion, and more. Oh, yeah, then I turned 40 and I realized I couldn’t take strength and conditioning for granted any longer.

For the last few years, my practice has circled back to creating functional strength and stability in my body—without compromising my flexibility. I’ve learned that strengthening my body doesn’t decrease my range of motion when it’s done right. I’ve revised nearly every element of my vinyasa yoga sequencing to create muscular balance throughout my body—especially the regions that are excessively vulnerable in vinyasa yoga including the hamstrings, external rotators, sacro-iliac region, and shoulders. I’ve learned from my mistakes and I’ve

It might seem obvious that we need to balance strength and flexibility in vinyasa yoga. But the reality is that we don’t. Not even close. These 3 workshops are the culmination of many years spent revising elements of vinyasa yoga in order to create a more balanced and sustainable practice.

Shoulders, Neck and Upper Back Flow
This dynamic flow will create balanced strength and flexibility in your shoulders, neck and upper-back. You’ll learn how subtle changes to your vinyasa practice can produce lasting, positive changes in your shoulders. In addition to enjoying a satisfyingly strong flow practice, you’ll learn the following takeaways:

-How to strengthen your scapular muscles to improve your posture—and your chaturanga.
-How to create balanced strength and flexibility in your entire shoulder girdle, minimizing the chance of pain and discomfort in your shoulders.
-How to use your shoulders correctly in all postures where the arms reach overhead, such as Handstand, Forearm Balance, and Upward-Facing Bow.
-How to save your wrists from the long-term stress of vinyasa yoga yoga.
-How to relieve chronic discomfort in the shoulders, neck and upper back.

Strength + Stability for Your Core & Spine
Your core is much more than your abdominals. And, your abdominals are much more than those muscles that you dare to look at in the mirror. This dynamic vinyasa practice will create balanced, sustainable strength in all of the muscles that comprise your core and spine. In addition to enjoying a satisfying, strong flow practice, you’ll learn the following takeaways:

-How to strengthen all of the your abdominal muscles—not just the ones that fail to look back at you in the mirror.
-How to strengthen your spinal muscles to create lasting comfort in your back and greater safety in your yoga practice.
-Why the rotational muscles of your core are integral to functional strength and how to use them in your practice.
-How to connect the strength of your core to the power of your hips and legs.
-How core strength supports all of your postures, including backbends, twists and arm balances.

Balanced Strength + Flexibility for your Hamstrings & Hips
Practicing yoga is an exceptional way to create flexibility and comfort in your hamstrings and outer hips. Unfortunately, it’s easy to overstretch them. When we lose strength and stability in these muscle groups, we become much more prone to injury. This is exacerbated in vinyasa yoga sequences which often over-emphasize lengthening these muscles without doing enough postures that strengthen them. This dynamic vinyasa practice will create balanced strength and flexibility in your hamstrings and hips. In addition to enjoying a satisfying, strong flow practice, you’ll learn the following takeaways:

-How to include hamstring and hip strengthening postures in your vinyasa practice to achieve more muscular balance.
-How strengthening your hamstrings and hips minimizes common vinyasa injuries.
-How to use your Glutes in backbends and standing poses—once and for all!
-How to create strength without losing flexibility.

Arm Balances and Inversions
Everyone reading this right now has heard a yoga teacher say, “Okay, if Bakasana is part of your practice, do it.” You’ve also heard a yoga teacher say, “If handstand is available to you, go ahead and kick up.” But, where are the details? Where are the techniques? Where are the stepping stones. This workshop will focus on key arm balances and inversions that are often included, but rarely taught in vinyasa classes. In this workshop we will break down the following with drills, discussion, and practice:

-The 2 most effective ways to transition into handstand.

-How to bail on handstand without ensuring that you or your neighbors will be going straight to the emergency room.
-The 3 essential keys to balancing in handstand.
-How to do Bakasana (CraneCrow), Parsva Bakasana (Side CraneCrow) and several arm balances that are derivatives.
-How to do Headstand and Shoulderstand in a Vinyasa Class without compromising your neck.


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Saturday, December 5
8:30 am - 4:30 pm


414 Johanna St W
414 Johanna St W
Austin, TX 78704 United States


Practice Yoga Austin