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FREE bi-monthly webinars hosted by Urban Yogis, created to offer a platform for open-minded discussion, exploration and inquiry. We’re breaking out of classroom-setting discussions about yoga to expand into thought-provoking communications that we hope you will be a part of. We’d like to engage you in a platform for intelligent exchange through topics that are not typically consumable in a regular class or workshop environment.


MAY: EXPRESSION

1.0 Technique vs. Expression: Finding the Sweet Spot in Your Practice

Upcoming Webinar: Sunday May 24, 4pm – 5pm; Replay Monday May 25, 4am – 5am (4pm EST)

Create your own yoga masterpiece. Our world values success based on what we can see on the outside; on material wealth, on how clever or talented someone is, on external beauty. Yoga has not been spared from this superficial collection of things, and we see this through a fierce appetite for deeper backbends, complex variations in twists, and more demand for classes on inversions. While there is nothing fundamentally wrong with collecting a repertoire of technique, what is often missing is a corresponding focus on the “yoga” itself; on self-realization, self-expression, present-centered focus and connection both within and without. Julie takes you on a thought-provoking discussion of technique and expression and presents a view that without the spiritual side of the practice, we are simply musicians who have learnt how to play an instrument, who have perhaps mastered the musical scales, but will never take part in the real masterpiece. Technique and expression are two sides to creating your own yoga masterpiece (30-minute Webinar followed by 30-minute Q&A on IG live).


JUNE: RESILIENCE

1.0 Building Reservoirs of Resilience

Upcoming Webinar: June 7th, 4pm – 5pm; Replay Monday June 8, 4am – 5am (4pm EST)

What if there was already a  powerful tool for regulating your actions, thoughts, and emotions in times of stress? What if it was already in your possession or that it was innate for all of us?  In this webinar, explore the intelligence of the body, how it regulates and how the breath is our ultimate resource for developing resilience to daily stress. Kathy will be sharing how simple strategies or tiny tweaks in your life can lead to big changes and build resilience to weather through life’s ups and downs.

2.0 Regulating your Nervous System

Upcoming Webinar: June 21st, 4pm – 5pm; Replay Monday June 22, 4am – 5am (4pm EST)

In this webinar you will get to learn about our autonomic nervous system and its branches, and more importantly why it’s the most effective tool in the management of stress and challenges. This webinar will also look at Polyvagal Theory and how it informs us of the adaptive function of these shifts in autonomic state and helps us understand the emergent emotional feelings, behaviours, and personal narratives that accompany these physiological changes. We often thing that stress is bad but in actuality it is essential to survival. On top of that it’s also a key part of many positive feelings we experience such as excitement. Stress can also improve mental and physical performance and even boost immune systems. Unfortunately,  too much chronic and uncontrollable stress can have negative consequences for both physical and mental health. Kathy will guide you through an informative webinar that touches on the neuroscience of stress and learn the know hows of your nervous system so that you can better self-regulate and reduce the onset of problematic symptoms.


JULY: CREATIVITY

1.0 Creativity, Adaptation and Innovation: How it Applies to your Life, Work or Business in Times of Change

Upcoming Webinar: Sunday July 5th, 4pm – 5pm; Replay Monday July 6th , 4am – 5am (4pm EST)

Creativity is the ability to turn imaginative ideas into reality. It allows us to move beyond traditional ways of being and to step into new possibilities of thinking, seeing and acting. When we apply that to our lives in times of change, creativity is an essential survival skill that allows us to evolve and to remain relevant. It allows us to move forward either from difficult situations and environments that we have overcome or that no longer serve us.

As we come out of lockdown, we are finding ourselves in realities that are quite different from the ones we left behind. Some people have lost their jobs, some have had to leave their country of residence very suddenly, and for businesses like ours, it seems like everything you have worked for and put in place comes into question. Now, more than ever, our survival depends on our ability to tap into our creative consciousness to re-create a life, a purpose, a vision that works within this new reality.

In this webinar, we will explore different models of creativity, discuss habits and qualities that foster creativity, and help you to tap into out-of-the-box thinking that may very well open you up to a whole world of possibilities (30-minute Webinar followed by 30-minute Q&A on IG live).

2.0 Key Lessons from Covid for Yoga Businesses

Upcoming Webinar: Sunday July 26th, 4pm – 5pm; Replay Monday July 27th , 4am – 5am (4pm EST)

The toll that Covid has taken on the economy is massive. From job losses to business closures across all industries, most of us are having to re-evaluate how we do things. A close look at how events unfolded in the global yoga industry clearly reveals our desperate fight for survival. At the start of Covid, the yoga world eagerly offered the one beneficial thing it had to the rest of humanity, our practice of self-care, with teachers throwing free online classes out to anyone and everyone as a lifeline. Quickly, it became clear that we too need a lifeline. And so it began, that reactionary human instinct to try whatever we had to do to stay afloat. We watched from the corner of our eyes what everyone else was doing. Some, we applauded, some we tried ourselves, some we let be. This webinar is a sharing of some of the major lessons we learned during this time of Covid that we offer as advice, inspiration, and solidarity to anyone out there who has chosen Yoga as a trade. We hope to hear your voices as well in the IG Live Q&A following the webinar viewing (30-minute Webinar followed by 30-minute Q&A on IG live).


AUGUST: BALANCE

1.0 Make Your Practice Smarter Than Your Habits – A Conversation with Gernot Huber

Upcoming Webinar: ONE WEEK VIEWER ACCESS from Sunday August 16, 10am to Saturday August 22, 10am.

An eye-opening conversation with Gernot Huber, whose approach to yoga is all about taking the middle path. Too much striving leads to a reinforcement of our stress patterns . Too little effort is also suboptimal because it does not allow us to learn how to disrupt those stress patterns.

Gernot’s teachings are informed by sound knowledge in anatomy and biomechanics and how they affect our mental patterns. In this webinar interview with Gernot, we discuss habitual patterns of movement that most people might identify with, and look further into how they sneakily make their way into our yoga practice. We move and express ourselves subconsciously in repetitive patterns. Why we like to engage certain muscles and not others; why we reach for certain goals; why we hit mental and physical plateaus. Our habits are persistent, but we don’t have to be slaves to them. Our yoga and movement practices don’t have to succumb to automation. Find out what it means to make your practice smarter than your habits in this engaging discussion with Gernot. We will be launching Gernot’s Academy course, Yoga Anatomy Toolkit this month. Tune in to this interview to get a glimpse into some of the insights that you’ll gain by taking this course.

Gernot holds a bachelor’s degree in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. He brings a perfect balance of science and philosophy to his unique approach to yoga.   (30-minute Webinar).

 

2.0 Finding Balance in Your Yoga Practice

Upcoming Webinar: ONE WEEK VIEWER ACCESS from Sunday August 30, 10 am to Saturday September 5th, 10 am.

Here is another conversation with Gernot Huber that takes us deeper into some of his philosophies about balance, breath and breaking bad habits in our yoga practice! We will look at some very common poses that are often featured in Sun Salutations and learn how to find more space and  savour the breath as you move in and out of them in your practice. We touch on some key biomechanical principles, movement and stress patterns, breaking down some verbal cues to help us refine our practice to find more balance between the challenge and ease in order to have longevity and efficiency in the way we move. This webinar is a window into Gernot’s teachings. For a more comprehensive learning experience, packed with lectures, tutorials, practical exercises and sequences, check out Yoga Anatomy Toolkit.

 

SEPTEMBER: POSITIVITY

1.0 Body Positive Power with Erica & Gayle

Upcoming Webinar: ONE WEEK VIEWER ACCESS from Sunday September 13, 10 am to Saturday September 19, 10 am

As this month is all about POSITIVITY, we have decided to use this opportunity to explore body positivity and body image narratives in the yoga industry. This conversation around the body in yoga is often pigeon-holed into discussions about very specific poses, modifications and how-to tutorial formats. What gets left out is usually how society views our bodies, the cultural hierarchy of “worthy”, “valid” or “healthy” bodies that are created or maintained, and explorations of your own body image that have shaped this system. In this webinar, we will be having a chat with two body-positive advocates and yoga teachers, Erica Tenggara and Gayle Nerva. Get to know them, their philosophy on body kindness and health. Receive tools to dismantle negative and even toxic body narratives. We’ll also be exploring the complicated relationship between challenge, focus on improvement while embracing who we are right now! A casual 30 min panel interview to invite more diversity, inclusivity and body-confidence in yourself and the yoga industry as a whole.

2.0  Yoga for Every Body: Where Yoga Fell Short of Being an Inclusive Practice

Upcoming Webinar: ONE WEEK VIEWER ACCESS from Sunday September 27, 10 am to Saturday October 3, 10 am

A panel discussion highlighting the conversation from the perspective of a student, a teacher, and a yoga studio owner around the lack of representation for every body in the yoga space. How have we left people behind, what’s already being done to create a safe and welcoming space for all, and what can we do better.

OCTOBER: EVOLVE

1.0 Evolution and Self-Healing

Upcoming Webinar: ONE WEEK VIEWER ACCESS from Sunday October 8, 10 am to Saturday October 24, 10 am.

October’s focus theme is EVOLVE. This month, we look into our own personal evolution through various layers and lenses. This particular webinar is about our embryological beginnings and our evolution of our bodies, mind and in particular, our nervous system. Learn all about how we came to be and how we’ve adapted over the years, and ultimately how this all testifies to our resilience and ability to self-heal in this lifetime. If you’re curious about your evolutionary beginnings, particularly as an embryo, where healing comes from, how to combat stress more effectively or even know how to manage your overall health and wellbeing – this webinar will be for you! 

2.0 Evolution of Yoga and how to empower your practice

Upcoming Webinar: ONE WEEK VIEWER ACCESS from Sunday October 24, 10 am to Saturday 31, 10 am.

This webinar will look at the evolution of yoga, it’s historical roots and developments over the years and how it has inspired the various traditions we’ve come to know today. Understanding the history and evolution will allows to not only appreciate this ancient practice but see just how much of an influence our modern culture and Western philosophy have on the practice of Yoga. We will take a closer look at the understandings and misunderstandings, hopes and concerns to our interpretation of this tradition, ultimately how myriad influences come together to create something new. Perhaps this sharing will also serve to change our perspective on our own practice, inviting us to really consider what we’re doing when we practice yoga, what its meaning is for us. Like the practice itself, this knowledge can reveal to us both our conditioning and our true identity.