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).
Sometimes people stop their practice completely due to injuries. It is easy to get attached to an idea of the perfect text-book practice, and to think if you are unable to do the perfect practice you should not practice at all. I want to encourage people that with approval from their doctor they can often keep their practice going.
I broke my arm and wrist a few years ago. You may think I would have had to stop my yoga – all the arm work with the sun salutes – how can you keep practicing? But I found I could still do a great deal – it was, after all, only one wrist and elbow that were broken, not the whole body.