David Regelin is a nationally and internationally acclaimed yoga teacher. When he is not traveling around the U.S. and Europe to teach, he lives and teaches in New York City.
As a young teacher, David was at the forefront of what became a popular trend of choreographed vinyasa classes to the sound of live music. He taught at some of New York City's most successful yoga studios - most notably Laughing Lotus and Kula Yoga Project. Later, he created the "Multi-Intenso" class, a class that garnered him with a cult following - a technique based, athletic and dynamic style of yoga centered around handstands. David's reflective nature, and incessant personal investigation into the potential transformative powers that a yoga practice can give, eventually led him to a more comprehensive approach to how physical form relates to psychological and emotional states. Inclined towards the mystical and timeless, greatly influenced by intensive study with Nevine Michaan, David's practice and teaching evolved to a refined adaptation of how an asana (postural) practice can instigate profound and often therapeutic change.
Today, David is a powerful voice, an eloquent and skillful teacher who is sought after for his workshops and teacher's intensives. His unique talent for simple yet precise articulation of form and technique, echo in the bodies and minds of his students.
Friday 11:00-17:00 Pre-Festival Immersion: Use Your Words
Saturday 14:30-16:45 Salutations
Sunday 11:15-13:00 Core Strength
Sunday 14:30-16:45 Physical Origami
Pre festival Immersion: Use Your Words. Teachers can't usually get around to adjusting everybody, and even if they could, teaching a person to self adjust is a gift that keeps on giving often longer than a temporary adjustment does. By learning a simple method of explaining postures in terms of polarity and pattern through imagery and yogic GPS, aka an internal compass, you can teach people without interfering with their own intuitive sensibilities In this workshop David will break down the method of building up your students practice by examining a series of common yoga postures and illuminating them with words. Appropriate for teachers and experienced yogis.
Salutations. What makes a salutation? Perhaps these elements:
-Rhythm and fluidity: a good salutation has a beat. The body discovers intuitive and implicit movement strategies in order to match the beat that would otherwise be buried by explicit techniques and/or a stop and go approach.
-Functionality and fun:
The two are actually synergistic. When you look forward to taking an action, the body rewards you with dopamine in expectation of the event which actually improves performance. The collaboration of strength, functional flexibility, and momentum are a great functional fitness and fun times skill to acquire.
-Invigoration and inversion:
Jumping is straight up (and down) invigorating, just watch children jump for joy when they are excited about something. Aside from being good for the joints and overall bone density, jumping can uplift a depressed person, and/or whip up anyone who isn't sure if they have the energy to complete a practice. Inverting, including a down dog, possibly a handstand, has its own provocative symbolism, that of subverting the norms of everyday physical uprightness and even cultural uptightness, as well as drawing the mind and body into a singular unified action. Which is dope.
-Symmetry and balance:
"Do unto one side of the body as thou has done unto the other.." It's in the Bible, towards the back, and it's part of what makes a postural practice different than a sport. You don't just put your good foot forward, play to your strengths and neglect your weaknesses, whether it be top, bottom, front, back, or either side. A solid salutation includes the whole body through the process of polarity, pattern, and repetition.
Discover how these elements can be incorporated into a selection of classical and modern salutation styles in this fun and informative workshop.
Core strength and floor stretching. Basically what the title says, learn exercises that connect you to your core strength, and floor stretches that level you off while you lie on the floor. (The floor doesn't lie, you do).
Physical Origami. This class offers both innovative and familiar sequences of postures that highlight the various ways in which the body is designed to fit together in both common and uncommon postures. Expect a fluid physical practice accompanied by Davids signature "see for yourself" descriptions of form and technique, as well as brief pauses for demonstrations of practical self adjustments with students that demonstrate how we can adapt our bodies to the yoga postures, and the postures to our bodies.
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