Aims of the morning:
1.To illustrate how most of what we 'learn' to do in our yoga practice, despite being useful during our learning process, can become 'fixed mental impressions', which, as described in Patanjali's sutras, act as one of the 5 main stumbling blocks to discovering the direct experience of yoga. Also how a principle-based approach to physical practice holds the key to unlocking the direct experience of what Yoga does for people.
2. To offer brand new ways of guiding people's attention so that the body's responses are no longer under the regime of both unconscious and learnt habitual movement.
3. To approach a range of familiar postures (as requested by participants) using these principles as the 'structure', so that attendees receive a new and direct somatic experience of posture work from this perspective.
Aim of the afternoon: As above, but with more time to apply the principles directly to practice, and also to show how this can be used directly to resolve long-term physical complications.
Objectives: To inspire those that come to discover new avenues of exploration, and to awaken participants to the potential of Yoga principles applied to the physical as a viable and effective way of directly solving apparent complications in physical practice. Also to expose teachers to the Acquaviva methodology of 'Creating the Conditions'.
Outline plan: Morning introduction to the theme of the day and to a principle-base practice, followed by practical examples and guidance. Once established, participants will be asked for asana suggestions so that they can learn to apply the principles the their own choice of postures.
Afternoon session will begin with a Q & A, and Marc will be looking for particular physical issues to resolve for people that ask. This will be followed by a practical demonstration of application, and group participation in what they see. This cycle will repeat until approximately 30 minutes before the end, where Marc will guide an Acquaviva-style yoga nidra followed by him chanting to end the session.
Marc J Acquaviva has been passionate about yoga since his early childhood (since 1968), and from 1991 he studied and practiced exclusively with people that have worked directly with Vanda Scaravelli, such as Diane Long and Sophy Hoare, as well as with the highly respected osteopaths that have been called to further understanding of her work, such as Pete Blackaby and John Stirk. During his study years, Marc has also explored and drawn from other wellbeing practices, such as Feldenkrais and Qi Gong. He qualified as a yoga teacher in 2000 with Natural Bodies of Brighton doing Gary Carter's anatomy for yoga course, and develop his own unique take on the work after suffering from a prolapsed disc whilst training. The prolapse meant he wasn't able to walk, but he found that it was possible, through his own innate somatic sense of the body-relationships involved, to relieve the symptoms and restore function... He 'healed' the prolapse for himself within a few weeks, and has been developing and using his unique approach to help others ever since.
Marc is the author of the course content for his own Acquaviva School of Yoga and of the proprietary approach to this work (Creating the Conditions ©). He has run several CPD days for BWY and for Yoga Scotland on various subjects, as well as for Namaste International in Austin US. He also currently teaches for free online every Tuesday, as well as running small private online groups and courses for students around the world.
When you attend this course, your Yoga Scotland CPD points will be automatically accrued to your Yoga Scotland profile.