Workshops with Victor Chng has become a special feature at Kate Porter Yoga. Victor returns to KPY from time to time to conduct his specialty classes and are usually focused on the Yin practice. These interactive extended sessions allow students to learn more than ‘how’ but also ‘why’ we do certain things in yoga.
Victor has been practising yoga since 2002. He began his Yin Yoga experience with Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers. He now blends Chinese Medicine, Qi-gong, Tai-ji and other ancient Chinese movement techniques into his teaching. Victor believes that Yin Yoga is the original way how ancient exercises are being done. He emphasises on breathing and Qi cultivation in his work. Victor has vast knowledge on Indian philosophies, Chinese philosophies, Eastern and Western approaches on movement techniques. He hopes to bridge ancient knowledge with modern perspective. He is also a keen follower of Tibetan Buddhism, Taoist and Indian Tantra. More on him at www.yinyogainasia.com.
Please note there is a 7-day cancellation policy for workshops. Your spot is not confirmed until payment is made.
Other workshops at Kate Porter Yoga is available here.
||9-10 November 2019
|9th November: Yin Yoga Fundamental Principles: Working with both strength and flexibility from grounding, holding and relaxing the body
One of the key principles of the universe is gravitational force. The body is constantly working with gravitational pull and against it to maintain its action in space. Understanding how this force works helps to facilitate more freedom in movements. Yin Yoga builds on this intelligence in the body to enhance efficiency and better leverage this pull to our advantage, allowing the human body to return to its organic movement. Students will go through a series of micro-movement and be given basic yin poses to enhance both strength and flexibility.
10th November: Working with Spinal Flexibility
What is the concept of a “natural spine”? How do we achieve the “natural” spine from our yoga practice? The natural spine is what many are looking for in the practice of yoga asanas and that means gaining the maximum movement potential within each asana. In this workshop, students will learn moving the spine as a whole instead of in parts. This is what the Chinese terms “opening and closing” as a single unit. The concept of Qigong will be incorporated in this session.
Suitable for everybody.
* On 9th November, 12.00-13.30, Victor will also be giving a free talk on ‘The Origins of Hatha Yoga’. All are welcome. The term ‘Hatha yoga’ has been loosely used as a label for all forms of yoga that involves movement. in contrast, ‘Raja Yoga’ or sometimes called classical yoga refers to any practice more focused on pranayama and meditation. Research has shown that Hatha Yoga comes from various teachings which includes Sankhya, Mahayana Buddhism, Tantra and austerity practices known as Tapas by yogis in the past. Yogis in India are also divided into Householders and Sanyasi (those who leave home). Therefore, the discussion we will be having is around Hatha Yoga’s origins – who first brought the practice into light and how it was practised throughout the years. We will also look at the philosophies that led to the rise of Hatha Yoga. This discussion will ultimately help us to understand deeper the way the practice is designed and what needs to be done individually to cultivate a more complete yoga practice.
||Venue:||River Valley Studio
468 River Valley Road, Singapore 248353
1 day workshop – $88
2 day workshop – $176
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||What is Yin Yoga:||Yin Yoga is inspired by ancient Chinese Yin-Yang Theory to seek balance in Life. This state of balance and harmony is known as “Dao”. Yin has many levels of understanding. In the body, it means the lower body, it also means deep and hidden aspects of the body such as joints and organs. In energy cycle, it looks at energy conservation and consolidation. In the mind, it means the highest potential yet to be known. Yin yoga begins with a physical practice focuses on the pelvis, lower back, hips, knees and feet. Opening of the joints and releases of deep tissues are some of the key highlights of the practice. Each pose is being held with certain level of softness; without physical struggle for 3 to 5 minutes. This is a carefully designed practice where each pose targets the joints surrounding the pelvis to create space. According to yogic theory from both ancient China and India, the pelvis is the central power of the body. Modern science also confirms that this centre powers each human movement. Many names have been given to this space, the Indian calls this Kanda (the space of Kundalini), Japanese calls it Hara, Chinese calls it Dan Tien, modern anatomy calls it the Core (or intrinsic muscles of the abdomen and pelvic floor).|