workshop descriptions

This page gives an idea of typical workshops that I teach. I’m happy to customize a topic or program to suit your specific requirements. Contact me for booking or with any questions: karl@karlstraub.com

Jivamukti Yoga

karl leads a group of 43 studentsFounded by David Life and Sharon Gannon in New York, Jivamukti Yoga is famous for it’s inspirational and educational methods. In addition to beautiful flowing asana sequences, the Jivamukti Method includes explorations of scripture, music, meditation, and ahimsa (non-harming).

karl-teaches5.jpgphotos: karl leads a Jivamukti workshop with 43 students

to schedule a workshop for your group or studio contact karl@karlstraub.com

Thai Yoga Bodywork Workshop
Fun and very popular; usually sells out.  Super relaxing and therapeutic!  It’s called Nuad Boran (The Ancient Practice) in Thailand.  We call it traditional Thai Yoga Bodywork.  Whatever you call it, it feels fantastic!  Learn many healing techniques to share with your friends & loved ones. Your friends will love you for taking this class!  Live demonstrations and lots of hands-on practice.  Come on your own or bring a friend or partner!  All are welcome.  Suitable for all levels.  

 

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Thai Yoga Bodywork Workshop example schedule (flexible):

 

Saturday  10.00-12.30, part I  feet, legs, hips
Saturday  3.00 – 5.30, part II  hands, arms, back
Sunday    1.00 – 4.30, part III  shoulders, neck, face, head

For advanced studies Karl recommends his teacher Jonas Westring.

 

 

Asana Adjustments and Assists Workshop
Custom designed to suit your studio’s needs.

Example schedule:
Session I. Principals of asana assists, practical considerations, student/instructor safety issues. Specific asanas covered will include: standing poses, tree, leaning-tree, warrior II, triangle (and variations), extended side angle, straddle fwd bend, uttanasana, utkatasana, downward-facing dog, and twisting poses.

Session II. Continuation of Part I, how to safely and effectively assist students in Paschimottanasana, Janu Sirsanana, warrior I, cobra, upward-facing dog, backbends (bridge, bow, wheel), handstand, headstand, shoulder stand. Both classes will cover the full poses as well as variations to accommodate various students needs.

Tibetan Heart Yoga Workshops and Teacher Trainings

karl leads a tibetan heart yoga classTibetan Heart Yoga is a synthesis of Indian and Tibetan wisdom traditions. Karl trained under Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally and he is accredited by the Yoga Studies Institute (YSI). This Tibetan tradition works through application of both inner and outer methods. Inner methods include our thoughts, intentions, and meditation techniques like tonglen and Mahamudra. These are interwoven with outer methods including asana, pranayama, mudras, etc. These courses can enrich any style of yoga. Suitable for all levels of students.

There are 10 different Series, each with a special focus:

 

  • Series 1, The Six Paramitas (Perfections), w/tonglen meditation
  • Series 2, Mahamudra: The Great Seal, w/ emptiness meditations
  • Series 3, The Four Infinite Thoughts: Love, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity
  • Series 4, The Five Inner Winds: Prana Vayus
  • Series 5, Guru Bliss: Bhakti and Blessings
  • Series 6, Lady Niguma and the Six Elements
  • Series 7-10 TBA

 

 

A custom schedule can be arranged to provide 1) introductory workshops, and/or 2) 20-hour Teacher Trainings for each Series. The teacher training programs are suitable for those who wish to become accredited teachers of Tibetan Heart Yoga as well as anyone wishing to deepen their practice.

Yoga Philosophy various topics available including:

Lecture: Stories of Wild Yogis, the Mahasiddhas, w/refreshments!

1st Cornerstone of Master Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra
Samadhi: the Chapter on Meditation
2nd Cornerstone of Master Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra
Sadhana: the Chapter on The Way
3rd Cornerstone of Master Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra
Vibhuti: the Chapter on Practice
4th Cornerstone of Master Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra
Kaivalya: the Chapter on Total Purity
Chapter 1 of Master Swatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Asanas and Emptiness
Chapter 2 of Master Swatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Pranayama: Breath and the End of Breath

Customize an event for your specific needs, simply contact karl@karlstraub.com

Retreats, for a weekend or longer. A favorite way to get away from a tired routine, enjoy a fresh outlook, a healthy peace-inducing change. To arrange a retreat contact karl@karlstraub.com

Introduction to Overtone Chant Students will learn basic techniques of generating audible overtones in their voice. This is a group participation workshop. Most students experience learning success the first day. We will have fun and you may be surprised at what you can do with your voice! No singing background is necessary. All are welcome.

Yoga for the Executive Office and Business Professionals
Customized programs for corporate morale, motivation, health, team building, and productivity.

specific programs designed to counter the physical and psychological stresses of frequent travel, extended computer usage, and sitting at a desk.
improve morale, health, and productivity
important for those who sit at computers often
Contact karl@karlstraub.com

Programs for School and Student Groups
Want to learn more about professional educator-designed, kid-tested, proven programs and curricula in nonviolence, ethics, and yoga for schools? Email info@ahimsaschool.org or visit the website www.ahimsaschool.org to learn more.

Here’s a partial list of topics for schools:
For students in 6th grade and higher:

 

  • Stories of ancient yogis.
  • Destroying Anger, the secret peace-bomb of yogis.
  • Examples from Gandhi: Stop fights without fighting.
  • Designing Your Life.
  • Amazing true stories about dolphins.
  • Laser Focus -and other cool things about your brain.
  • Balance for Sport, Balance for Life
  • What is non-violence?
  • The virtues game–playing with ethics.
  • Impress your friends with Sanskrit! Jungle Yoga!
  • Animal Asanas for Kids!
  • Start an Ahimsa School lunch program. Introduction to the impact of our everyday food choices on our environment, economics, and ethics. Making conscious informed decisions about our food.

 

 

to schedule a workshop for your group or studio contact karl@karlstraub.com