Sat10Mar20182:00 pmKali Yoga Studio, DC
A dynamic mix of both flowing and static postures designed to create strength and flexibility around the hips, thighs, and torso.
Tight hips keep folks from deepening their physical practice, and are often the culprit for knee and lower back pain. We get them feeling happy and mobile! You'll learn openers to do at home, sequences you can play with, and also better understand that actions required for many commonly seen yoga postures. Perfect for teachers and beginners alike.
Sat31Mar20181:00 pmMind the Mat, Del Rey VA
A backbend workshop. It's true, once you free your spine, the rest will follow. Strong backbends feel amazing, cultivate energy, and harness focus. Who doesn't want that? In order to develop freedom of movement, you first have to find the strength for support and proper end range-of-motion mobility along a variety of joint structures.Come with your own personal needs and questions-- and we'll sort things out. Combining flowing sequences and technical break downs, we'll find ways to approach backbends that suit both your style of practice and your current needs-- whether they be physical, mental, or emotional.
Invigorating, beautiful, pain-free backbends!
Fri10Aug2018Sun12Aug2018Knoxville, Maryland (near Harper's Ferry!)
Michael and Maggie are both incredibly excited to share a long weekend of Mysore, mobility, and philosophy in stunning Knoxville, Maryland. Join us for 3 days/2 nights of that Mysore magic, along with hiking, a bit of adventure, companionship and great food!
Practicing in mid-august is incredibly reminiscent of practicing in India, where the calming vibes of being free from typical routines creates an openness in the hearts and minds of practitioners world wide. We'll be practicing mysore style in smaller groups, with Maggie and Michael working the room together, insuring plenty of one-on-one and two-on-one time. This is a rare opportunity to get old-shala style mysore time with two authorized teachers. Of course, knowing us, it won't be *exactly* old-fashioned! Yay!
We're most interested in discovering and sharing what *you* are interested in learning and discovering. On the form today, please let us know what you want to explore! This can be anything from the physical to the philosophical, the ridiculous to the sublime.
The Location: Blue Mountain Retreat Center
Blue Mountain is convenient to both Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD – about 75 minutes driving time – yet after you arrive and settle in, you feel like you have been transported to the midst of a forest. The secret is the 27 acres of mostly wooded land, just a mile downhill to the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and the C & O Canal. The surrounding woods and water make for a peaceful getaway.
If the weather cooperates, you can take a hike on the nearby Appalachian Trail or go next door for a horseback ride. Inclement days? Cozy up to one of the fireplaces, or connect with Blue Mountain owner Beth Ehrhardt, a licensed massage therapist, for some relaxing body work.
The retreat center shares 27 acres of property with Ehrhardt Organic Farm, which has been selling high quality, organic berries, vegetables, herbs and flowers to restaurants, at farmer’s markets and thru their CSA since 1981. Beth prepares delicious, organic home-cooked meals, sourced from her farm as much as possible, to retreat participants. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.
Massage appointments are available on-site. Massage cost is $75/hour.
2pm-Onwards: Check In
4:30pm-6:30pm - Workshop and Discussion
6:30pm - 800pm Dinner
8pm - Family Time!
Mysore Group 1: 8am-9:30am
Mysore Group 2: 9:30am - 11:00am
Activities (3 hours) Swim, Hike, Bike, Ice Cream, Chill
8pm → Games?!
Mysore Group 1: 8am-9:30am
Mysore Group 2: 9:30am - 11:00am
Price includes two nights lodging, all meals and classes. Bedding and towels are provided.
$300 for shared room and shared bathroom. Register here.
$350 for single room and shared bathroom. Limited availability – Email us to register!
$375 for single room with private bathroom. Limited Availability -- Email us to register!
Prices go up $25 on July 15!
Tue02Oct20187:30 pmKali Yoga Studio, DC
A Four Week Course
October 2nd- October 23rd
Join Michael Joel Hall in a functional yoga anatomy course that will help you become a more knowledgable, stronger, efficient and effective yoga practitioner and teacher. According to the Interational Association of Yoga Therapists, the two main causes of injury in yoga come from “excessive student effort” and “inadequate teacher training.” By learning how to practice in a manner that is built on a solid foundation of movement science, course members will learn how to practice smarter, not harder— taking the excess out of the effort.
By understanding how joints and muscles move, you’ll be able to talk about how they work (or don’t work!) in a professionally accepted manner— making it easier to work with students, physical therapists, doctors, and other movement professionals. More importantly, you’ll be able to be specific and effective in working with the body. This is so useful for practitioners and professionals alike.
This class will not be an exercise in rote memorization— instead, you’ll learn how to see, assess, and address all kinda of bodies in a safe and effective way. We’ll cover major landmarks, joints, and articulations, weed out misconceptions and incongruences, and have a lot of fun along the way.
By the end of the four weeks course members can expect to:
- Understand the basic arrangement of bones, muscles, and joints— and how they work.
- Become more proficient in organizing a yoga posture so as to maximize it’s physical benefit— more strength, flexibility, safety and ease.
- Effectively communicate with medical and movement professionals, as well as other students of yoga.
- Develop a science-based approach to the physical aspect of yoga.
- Integrate classic hatha yoga concepts with modern movement science.
- Heighten the pleasure of their personal practice.
We’ll also begin to:
- Learn how to read bodies and assess postural patterns in many yoga poses dynamically
- Develop strategies for addressing common postural patterns and other things noticed during body reading and postural assessment
Each week, we’ll cover a different portion of the body: the spine/trunk/ the respiratory system, the upper body/shoulder girdle/arms, the lower body/pelvis/legs, and tie it all back together. The information will be presented in theoretical and contextual forms using slides, maps, and live demonstrations. We’ll get to work in a small group to try things out, bounce ideas off of one another, and develop a community of empowered, knowledgeable yoga practitioners.
Understanding anatomy is highly useful regardless of style or class type— These principals, concepts, and maps are effective for gentle, chair yoga, basic, flowing, Yin, ashtanga— frankly, this course will have you moving better and feeling better by the end. For those that are currently teaching, by understanding anatomy, it’ll be easier to spot misalignments in yoga poses, and know how to correct them in the moment in the best possible way for students of all levels.
Learning how to work with the body instead of against it will allow you to empower yourself and empower your students.
Tue13Nov2018Tue27Nov20187:30pm-9:00pmDragon's Breath Yoga (formerly Kali Yoga Studio)
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 Nov 13, 20, 27Want to learn some of the best approaches and tricks gleaned from teaching daily for more than 10 years? Then join MJH for a series on safe and effective assisting.
Modern postural yoga uses the body as a reference point for understanding the deeper dimensions of practice. An effective posture builds strength and flexibility, calms the nervous system, and works systematically with other postures to unlock certain understandings. Everyone has their own set of real and perceived limitations, and working with a good assist helps breath through from the unreal.
Over the course of this series, we'll go over the philosophical and the practical of assisting in a yoga room. Participants will learn how see bodies and construct an approach that teaches using voice, intention, and touch. A good assist can offer guidance, make corrections, and sometimes even help with adjustments that a practitioner may not be able to make on their own.
Because this will be a collaborative workshop style, participants can expect lots of hands on time both receiving and giving assists in: standing postures, backbends, hip openers, twists, and inversions.
Personal investment: $120
Fri30Nov20186:30 pmMind the Mat, Del Rey VA
Join Michael for this special Master Class Workshop; a combination of half of the Ashtanga Primary Series and half of the Second, or Intermediate Series. The Primary series is all about hips, forward folds, and developing focus. The second is known for being incredibly uplifting, filled with heart openers and back strengtheners. Put them together and what do you get? A heckuva good time. This class moves in a vinyasa flow format, approachable and modifiable for most practitioners, but at a pace that will get you sweating.
"This is my kind of happy hour." ~MJH
Sun02Dec20181:00 pmMind the Mat, Del Rey VAThe primary series of Ashtanga yoga is one of the most well-rounded and exacting practices you will come across in your yoga travels. It's incredibly effective for getting folks grounded in the deeper dimensions of practice pertaining to not only the body but the mind. This series highlights standing postures, twists, forward folds, hip openers, binds, backbends, inversions and controlled breathing. Basically, everything. Since it’s a lot to digest, we’re gonna slow it down, take things apart a little, giving practitioners a chance to figure out how best to use their bodies to hone the mind. Not familiar with the entire sequence or ashtanga yoga? You will be guided through each pose with instructions that will include modifications to allow students at most levels to practice safely. For those that are familiar, we'll seek out sneaky hidden gems, learn how to seamlessly use dynamic alignment through imagery, intelligent and functional biomechanics, as well as fresh cues to enliven your practice. Not for absolute beginners, but the pace will be suitable for most. Foundations of Flow Every flow yoga class is ripe for meditation and insight-- but sometimes, the deeper dimensions of flow get lost in the rapid pace. In this workshop, we’ll help all levels of practitioner tap into their potential to move with grace and ease. In this playful and lighthearted workshop, you will learn tools to help harness your inner strength by learning how to focus on the central axis of the body. With a key focus on the breath in conjunction with the smart use of effort and energy at the center of the body, we'll explore how to make the elusive effortless. Not only will you find the keys for one day lifting off of the ground and up into the air, you'll also get a clearer understanding of yoga practice as a meditation on the central axis. Appropriate for the advanced beginner and the more seasoned practitioner alike, expect to be guided through a variety of drills, techniques, and practice tips that will help you get the most out of your practice.$45 / members receive 15% off
Sun02Dec20183:30 pmMind the Mat, Del Rey VAEvery flow yoga class is ripe for meditation and insight-- but sometimes, the deeper dimensions of flow get lost in the rapid pace. In this workshop, we’ll help all levels of practitioner tap into their potential to move with grace and ease. In this playful and lighthearted workshop, you will learn tools to help harness your inner strength by learning how to focus on the central axis of the body. With a key focus on the breath in conjunction with the smart use of effort and energy at the center of the body, we'll explore how to make the elusive effortless. Not only will you find the keys for one day lifting off of the ground and up into the air, you'll also get a clearer understanding of yoga practice as a meditation on the central axis. Appropriate for the advanced beginner and the more seasoned practitioner alike, expect to be guided through a variety of drills, techniques, and practice tips that will help you get the most out of your practice.$35 / members receive 15% off!