Ron Reid has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and teaching since 1988. He is Co-owner and Director of the Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Ron has studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath both in India and North America and was one of the first Canadian teachers to be authorized by Pattabhi Jois. Along with his studies with his Pranayama teacher Sri Sudhir Tiwari, Ron has also completed an Advanced Pranayama training with Sri O.P. Tiwari from the Kaivalyadhama Institute in Pune, India.
In addition to regular classes at Downward Dog, he conducts workshops and teacher trainings in Canada, the U.S., Europe, the U.K. and Asia, and is becoming a familiar face at various conferences around the world.
Ron is one of Canada’s top teachers, approaching teaching in an inspired, informed and non-dogmatic way. He places the needs of the students ahead of the demands of the practice. While continuing to teach and practice the ashtanga vinyasa system as a foundation, he endeavors to blend tradition with innovation, and to balance precision with grace. Students will find his refined approach to practice both challenging and rewarding.
Ron is also an accomplished musician and composer and performs with his partner Marla Meenakshi Joy under their group name “Swaha.”
Saturday 11:15am-1PM Pillars of Strength
Saturday 2:30-4:15PM Pranayama
Sunday 11:15am-1PM Surya/Chandra Yoga
Sunday 2:30-4:15PM Panel Talk: What is Modern Yoga?
Pillars of Strength. By understanding the structure of the hand, the arm and the shoulder girdle, we can learn to support the weight of our bodies in various poses and develop an economy of movement and an efficiency of energy.
Highlighting poses such as bakasana and tittibhasana, as well as tripod
headstand as preparation for second series headstand.
Pranayama: Linking Breath and Mind. Pranayama is an ancient practice in yoga that allows us to access our energy bodies through various breathing techniques. Pranayama is the vital link between the body, the mind, the emotions, and the metaphysical or spiritual realm.It is an essential tool to restore vitality and create greater spiritual awareness. In this workshop we will explore how pranayama can guide our “inner voyage” towards Self- discovery.
Surya/Chandra Yoga. This class helps to balance the energies in the Surya and Chandra nadir (Solar and Lunar subtle nerve channels), creating a unified flow of energy and consciousness. By immersing ourselves in moment to moment
awareness, we can allow our energies to rise and fall with the ebb and
flow of heating and cooling vinyasa. Our journey moves from: Stamina
building standing poses to strengthen the physical, Hip opening poses to
allow the stagnant emotions to release, and Restorative/Yin poses to
create a deep un-winding and un-minding to the psyche.
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