Move Your Practice Forward: Make the Leap from Fundamentals to Intermediate + Beyond with Jason Crandell

Move Your Practice Forward: Make the Leap from Fundamentals to Intermediate + Beyond with Jason Crandell

Whether you’ve been practicing for a few months or many years, these workshops will help you break through the fundamentals and develop an intermediate and beyond practice. Internationally respected for his straightforward and accessible teaching, Jason’s method will improve your arm balances, inversions, backbends, transitions, and more by breaking these postures down into progressive steps that everyone can do.

These weekend workshops will advance your practice by addressing the most common challenges that students face in every posture group—and teaching you how to move into the next phase of your practice. These workshops are equally valuable for teachers who want to learn how to help their students continue to make progress in their practice.

The Space Between: Creative Transitions
Friday, October 9th, 6–9
Vinyasa yoga is rooted in dynamic, transitional movements that incorporate posture and breath. This workshop will freshen up your practice by exploring creative sun salutations, standing pose transitions, and arm-balance combinations. Once you’ve refined the fundamental transitions in sun salutations—including how to jump back and jump forward with greater levity and skill—you’ll make the following progress:

– Develop new, creative transitions in your salutations that strengthen your spine and shoulders.

– Learn standing pose and standing balance combinations that build confidence and advance your practice.

– Begin incorporating arm-balances and inversions into your salutations and standing posture combinations. Newer students will learn all of the necessary steps.

– Deepen you backbends, twists, and forward bends by focusing on the transitions into these postures.

– Start combining basic arm-balancing postures.

Air Time: Handstand + Forearm Balance + Headstand Variations
Saturday, October 10th, 1–4p

Learning handstand, forearm balance, and headstand takes time—even more when you want to bring these postures into the middle of the room and include variations. Once you’ve warmed up and refined the basics, you’ll make the following progress:

– Learn to transition more confidently and gracefully into handstand, forearm balance, and headstand. You’ll go up with one leg, two legs, and lay the foundation for “pressing” into these poses.

– Work on “timed” versions of these postures to develop greater strength, focus, and orientation while upside down.

– Just in case things get ugly, you’ll learn how to safely fall out of these poses without hurting yourself or impaling your neighbor.

– Explore a classic progression of headstand variations that will compliment your handstands + forearm balance practice.

Still stuck or scared? You’ll build strength and confidence for these postures with a step-by-step approach that you can do on your own at the wall!

The Best Arm Balances You’ve Ever Done
Saturday, October 10th, 5–8p

Many students struggle with arm balances because they simply haven’t learned the necessary techniques. Breaking these postures down into logical, progressive steps that everyone can do is the key to making progress in these poses. Once you’ve warmed up with core-strengthening postures, hip-opening, and a bit of vinyasa flow, you’ll make the following progress:

– Learn how to practice the entire crow/crane family, including one-legged and twisting variations. Lay the foundations for jumping into these postures from down dog and transitioning into them from handstand. You don’t have to be able to do this right away, but it’s time to take a step in this direction.

– Learn the entire side-plank family, including how to transition directly from these postures into standing poses.

– Develop the steps for twisting arm balances like astavakrasana and eka pada koundinyasana.

– Learn how to prepare your hips for grasshopper, tittibhasana, and visvamitrasana.

– Begin combining multiple arm-balances.

Think you’re not ready for these? Don’t worry, there are reasonable options for everything we do.

Demystifying Lotus + Splits
Sunday, October 11th, 1–4p

This workshops is for everyone that finds lotus and splits elusive but wants to make progress in these key postures. You’ll unwind tension in your hamstrings, outer-hips, quadriceps, and hip-flexors in a wide range of postures. You’ll explore the fundamentals of hip-opening before making the following progress:

– Learn the most common causes of restriction in your hips and how to work more effectively with these joints.

– Learn the secret to keeping your knees safely aligned in lotus.

– Deepen your standing split variations and standing lotus pose variations.

– Explore several different seated split variations and seated ½ lotus variations.

– Experiment with inverted split and lotus postures.

Think your not flexible enough? There’s no pressure and it’s not a contest. This is just an opportunity to experiment and explore.

Prior to this weekend, Jason also teaches Return to Your Center: A Three Day Teacher Renewal from 10/7–10/9.

Date, Time and Location

Fri, Oct 9, 6–9p: The Space Between: Creative Transitions
Sat, Oct 10, 1–4p: Air Time: Handstand + Forearm Balance + Headstand Variations
Sat, Oct 10, 5–8p: The Best Arm Balances You’ve Ever Done
Sun, Oct 11, 1–4p: Demystifying Lotus + Splits
all sessions in Silver Spring

Registration Options

REGISTER Full weekend: $340 (early bird: $300 by Sept 1);
Single sessions: $90 ea