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Teacher Training with John Schumacher: Practicing and Teaching Back Bends


  • SERENDIPITY 102 Hull Drive Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 USA (map)

In ordinary day to day life we stand, sit, and recline; we bend forward and turn, but few of us arch backwards. People sit in chairs and cars and look down at their devices, and over time, the chest muscles shorten, the spine rounds, and the ribcage contracts. Our entire body is affected by this. Breathing is restricted, organs are com- pressed, and our blood flow diminishes. Psychologically we become downcast.

Back Bending Poses are a powerful remedy for this dilemma. Among the most challenging, stimulating, and striking of asanas, Back Bends attenuate and reverse the conditions described above. They energize the body, liberate the spine, and uplift the mind.

Over the weekend, you will learn the fundamental actions of Back Bends and sequences for introducing Back Bends to beginners. From there, we will explore a variety of Back-bending asanas, building up to the practice and teaching of Urdhva Dhanurasana and Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana.

Morning sessions will focus on practicing and teaching Back Bends. We will practice teach in the afternoon ses- sions to help you refine your skills as a teacher. Optional early morning practices are open to all.

Prerequisite: A regular daily yoga practice, at least 2 years of continuous yoga practice, some teaching experience, and steadiness in basic asanas, especially standing poses and inversions.

Class Schedule:
Friday, October 25
9:00am-12:00pm – Fundamentals of Back Bending 3:30-6:00pm – Practice Teaching
Saturday, October 26
9:00am-12:00pm – Introducing Back Bends for Beginners 3:30-6:00pm – Practice Teaching
Sunday, October 27
9:00am-12:00pm – Moving Beyond the Basics
12:00-2:00pm - Brunch

John Schumacher is the founder and director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, Washington’s premier yoga studio. He has practiced yoga for more than 40 years and has taught in the Washington area since 1973. John studied in India with B.K.S. Iyengar for 33 years, and is a certified advanced Iyengar Yoga teacher, one of only 13 teachers in the U.S. to hold that level of certification. John also spent many years studying with internationally acclaimed teacher Dona Holleman.

Phone Number: (301) 656-8992
Email Address: annick@unitywoods.com