Practitioners of all levels and traditions are invited to Ashtanga Master Nicky Knoff’s workshops in October.
Nicky’s knowledge is distilled over 40 years of intense study and represents a bridge between Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga – intelligent, anatomical alignment combined with linking internal energetic principles.
Nicky’s teaching focuses on showing students how to look, listen and feel by honouring their ‘inner wisdom’.
Learning how to improve healing through yoga is offered by Nicky Knoff’s Yoga Therapy workshop coming to our Centre in October.
Yoga therapy works to alleviate localised symptoms as well as addressing the causal and peripheral imbalances that would otherwise allow problems to re-occur.
It recognises the body and mind are interconnected through the agency of breath and there is a direct link between mental and physical states and the condition of the breath.
Long slow, steady yoga breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which creates a feeling of peacefulness (the ‘relaxation response’), allowing for quicker healing.
Meditation techniques are used to calm the mind, remove anxiety and also to direct the attention to the injured area, for improved healing. Modified yoga postures are used to encourage healing through increased blood, nerve, lymph and prana flow.
Queensland-based Nicky Knoff is a 4th Series Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Practitioner, Certified Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Certified College of India Teacher with Bikram Choudhury, Long Term Vipassana meditator, WWII concentration camp survivor, Founder of 6 Yoga Schools (New Zealand, Australia and America).
Ayurveda tells us that ‘diseases are generated at the junctions of the seasons’, the moment when one season changes into another.
Whenever our environment (internal or external) changes, our systems must change with it, and every time we adapt poorly we expose ourselves the the possibility of disease. – Dr. Robert E. Svoboda
In Melbourne our weather is very erratic and especially in the springtime. You may be noticing differences in your practice. It is not uncommon for example, to feel unusually stiff or to experience the shadow of an old injury. Viruses thrive in the winds of change.