TOP-DOWN YOGA WORKSHOPS WITH LORIN KIELY
Do you want to produce a workshop or conference and bring Lorin in for teaching and sessions work? Do you have an interested group of chiropractors, energy workers, or interested people?
Bring TOP-DOWN YOGA into you life and community! Enhance an already exisiting practice in your field of human care, or establish a new livelihood that is both fulfilling and viable. Create new opportunities by participating in a week-long training. The journey begins with a weekend intensive. Monday through Thursday there will be evening sessions.
During the days, each participant will receive a 11/2 hour private training session. The process culminates withan event open to the public in which we collectively present new approaches to embodied well-being and radiant social engagement.
AVAILABLE PROGRAMS & MODULES
Weekend, 4 sessions:
Sat AM: a vivid description of the processes for decontracting the deep muscles of the neck... 5 head positions, each with (the same) 5 body postures.
Sat PM: oceanic ocean breathing
Sun AM: criss-crossing T-D Y with Zapchen somatics
Sun PM: subtle adjustments of cranial and facial fascia and bones
Mon - Thurs: during the day each participant to receive a private session
Mon - Thurs evenings;
Mon and Tues: learning how to facilitate others
Wed: open exploration - theory and practice
Thurs: practice each sequence in silence. then Q&A to clarify confusuion
Friday: evening public event
DESCRIPTION of the training
The weekend intensive will have four formal sessions, each lasting 31/2 hours. Afterwards, we will share dinner and discuss our personal experience of the work.
Saturday morning we will explore the processes for de-contracting and relaxing the deep muscles of the neck. There are 8 sub-occipital muscles at the base of the skull. Four of them connect the base of the skill to the first vertabrae. Two of them connect the skull to the second cervical vertabrae. The other two connect the first cervical vertabrae to the second one.
The sub-occipital muscles may well be the Infamous “Knot of Brhama”, because their optimal functioning IS critical to natural resting in samadhi.
Stress may be derived from pressure on the cranial nerves when the connective tissue, associated with the sub-occipitals, wraps around some nerves as they exit the skull. This local pressure restricts blood flow to the nerve itself, causing Dysfunction. It could also be the case that the rotation of the first vertebra reduces blood flow to certain areas of the brain and brainstem. There are several structural methods of approach for returning the first vertebra to a better position and thereby relieving chronic stress.
One such method is working with special movements of the head. There are five head positions, each can be performed in six different body positions. Any one of the head and body positions can provide the results.
The variey of options allows for varying situations. These positions are easy to learn and perform, and can be practiced by everyone while sitting in a chair, standing, kneeling on all fours in three differnt positions or lying down. Holding the positions of the head and body for short periods of time de-contracts the deep muscles of the neck thus repositioning the first vertebra in relation to the base of the skull. This can relieve pressure on the vagal nerve, which, in turn, can restore proper function of the autonomic nervous system.
A second method is working with movements of the eyes. There is a neuroanatomical link called the occipital-optical reflex, between the 8 sub-occipital muscles at the base of the skull and the 12 eye muscles.
With physiological and psychological trauma a fixation can occur in the occipital-optical reflex system locking the trauma into the mind/body complex. Simple ways of moving and holding the eyes and head in specific positions at the same time releases the fixation releases the fixation unlocking the holding patterns.
This method can be performed with the method described above, in any yoga asana or assume the positon one was in when a traumatic experience
Saturday afternoon is dedicated to “re-learning” embryonic ocean breathing. Embryonic Ocean Breathing is another method for releasing the sub-occipital muscles functionally. It entails a subtle adaptation in spinal movement while breathing. It re-enacts the way we breathed in the essentially fluid environment of embryonic development.
Emily Conrad Daoud, founder of Continuum Movement views the body as a process rather than a bounded form. The breath is the source of all movement, creating wave motions in the body and indulatory movements in the spine.
“Polymerization” is a term which describes the process by which molecules combine to produce more complex products of higher molecular weight, through the elimination of water. Such is the case in the creation of organic matter. Thus, through “condensation” polymeriztion develops into macromolecular formations leading to the manifestation of the body-mind phenomena.
IF YOU LIVE IN THE CYCLE OF STRESS, YOU EMBODY THAT CYCLE PHYSICALLY. THE CYCLE MUST BE BROKEN SO THE BODY CAN RESTRUCTURE IN A HEALTHIER WAY. TRAUMA LOCKS ITSELF IN THE BODY, BUT YOU CAN UNLOCK IT.
Dr. Jim Oshaman, author of several books on Energy medicine, adamantly states that “we can create new molecular parts.” We are only as solid as we “think” we are!
The normal way that we breathe engages the limbs, orienting the body to mobilize. This brings the sympathetic system into play. This is not judged as good or bad. It simply the way we are, or become. The adaptive movement does not engage the limbs or the sympathetic system. It has a radical regenerative affect on the overall functioning of the organism.
Attending to the simple motor behaviors aligning spinal-field awareness and the head with the gravitational axis, and making space for the natural undulations, changes the form and function of the aligned molecular arrays making up the enhances the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid, thus awakening innate ancient ‘body’ wisdom inhering in the body.
Paying close attention to the subtle undulations and process of aligning with the gravitational axis, spinal-field awareness becomes an optical axis, which "sees", regulates, organismic intelligence.
As conscious awareness circulates in fluid systems of the body the affect on the autonomic nervous system is immediately calming. The 'body' abides as a felt sense, an oceanic presence resonating with noiseless intercommunication that governs the organism as-a-whole.