Living Movement Workshop with Ian Elliott, RYT
April 25, 2018
About this event:
How do you navigate the world around you?
I’ve been practicing yoga for nearly fifteen years, and teaching for the past six. At some point along the way I realized that while there was some benefit to many of the aesthetically pleasing shapes (asana) we can form with our bodies, they weren’t always reflective of what’s useful or needed to move through life. There was strength and stability and mindfulness that I was more than happy to have gained, but the typically rigorously structured classes I attended and taught – largely comprised of linear, angular postures – began to feel limiting.
Wanting to get out of this dis-comfort zone, I began to study movement. All manner of movement. Developmental movement patterns – pieces of which are often missing from our adult movement vocabulary. Easeful ranges of motion – that we often override due to habit or conditioning. Biomechanics of the spine, pelvis, shoulders, knees and feet. Gait mechanics. Rolling, turning, pushing, pulling, squatting, hanging, crawling, bouncing, leaping…
This workshop reflects that exploration, inviting you to make your own inquiry into the question, “How do you navigate the world around you?” Examining and reevaluating movement patterns in a safe and accessible manner, provides you the opportunity to redefine not only how you relate to the world around you, but also your fundamental relationship with yourself.
Together, we’ll play with various ways of moving through space, looking into how to invite greater ease and efficiency into living, everyday movement. Alongside will be discussion of simple anatomy and biomechanics, assisted by visual aids, with ample time for questions. The 2-hour workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities. Long pants, a tee or long-sleeve shirt, and socked or bare feet are recommended for practice.
In good health,
Ian Elliott is a living example of the benefits of mindful yoga and movement study. In his 15 years of practice, he has explored various postural, breathing and meditative techniques on a path of personal recovery from both physical and emotional trauma. Realizing the limitations inherent in traditional yoga asana, Ian has bolstered his knowledge in this field with ongoing studies in dance and movement (via Axis Syllabus workshops and intensives), anatomy and biomechanics, pain science, and trauma-informed instruction. He has been teaching dedicatedly since 2012, and currently shares his understanding via both group and private classes in his west-end neighbourhood. His kind, caring and patient approach has found broad appeal with students across a variety of ages and abilities.