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Open chest: Open heart Workshop

Open chest: Open heart, Recipe for wellbeing, Using ropes and chairs with Rahel Wasserfall, PhD and CIYT

  Huron Village
Date:  Sunday, May
Time:  12:30pm - 2:30pm
Fee:  $40

Registration required.

Workshop Description

The heart center is the center of our emotions. In this workshop we will use ropes and chairs to learn basic actions necessary to open our upper chest. Learning to open the chest counters gravity and helps us go through life stages with a healthy and supple spine. Methodically we will explore areas of our upper chest (front and back), armpit chest, side chest and shoulder blades. We will learn how to use asana (postures) to create space for our breath. Through a well-crafted sequence, we will learn the basic and subtle actions necessary to keep the spine healthy. By learning the actions and the principles, we will begin to assess and learn to observe our different needs. Opening of our physical body affects our emotional states and this workshop will also use breath work and poetry to create an experience of well being.

Space is limited so that each student is able to use ropes and chairs to access deeply different part of the upper chest. This workshop is suited for all curious about the Iyengar method and how its use of the different props such (chairs, ropes, and belts and blankets) allow us to deepen our asana practice and keep us healthy.

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Or e-mail info@majesticyogastudio.com, call 617.876.6116, or mail in the workshop registration form.


12:30-3:30pmRahel Wasserfall

Yoga is a life-long healing practice and a state of mind. By immersing ourselves in the sensations of the body we can distill our experience to the present, rising above the stuckness in our bodies and flickering in our heads.
Itís not about flexibility. Youíll learn to develop attention, disconnect from doubt, and better understand your natural state of being. You'll learn to participate with each posture, surrendering to whatís available to your body. This discipline allow me to see the ways of least resistance and walk my path more decisively.
I simply adore the yoga practice, in the geekiest way. After extensive study at South Boston Yoga, I participated in their 500-hour teacher training in 2009. I heard the calling profoundly and took the leap, leaving my career in architecture to wait tables and practice. Today, yoga has moved from flirtation to love affair. I've been teaching and giving bodywork full-time for 6 years! The way I move changes so much year to year and the influence of Richard Freeman and my recent 500 hour with Barbara Benagh have settled me down and held me up. I spend my time addressing the 'special needs,' the experience, the human, rather than the show and prefer not to play music. The ability to focus on what's going on inside is just too good!
Nothing makes me more enthusiastic than sharing my experience. I believe that no one style of yoga holds the key to understanding ourselves. My deepest gratitude goes out to the teachers who have influenced me most, opening the doors of my heart: David & Todd of South Boston Yoga, Cat Kabira, Richard Freeman and Barbara Benagh.


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