INNOVATION INCUBATOR          A Course for Experienced Teachers         Lisbon, Portugal   5 - 9 December, 2022

TRIPSICHORE SUMMER INTENSIVE        London, England           17 July  - 11 August, 2023

INNOVATION INCUBATOR A Course For Experienced Teachers

LOST IN THE YOGA WASTELAND
Say, have you met any yoga teachers lately whose love of yoga is beginning to be lost in the dreary, endless slog of teaching?

What used to be a joy is becoming buried under the all too frequent repetition of travel and teach and travel and teach (the same thing). It is certainly possible (and necessary!) to continually reinvigorate one’s teaching through one’s person practice. However, of equal importance is the improvement of one’s teaching through shared exploration of the teaching process with other teachers who are peers.

Edward Clark & Laurie Greene are holding an INNOVATION INCUBATOR 5 -9 December 2022 in Lisbon. This is a course for people who are already experienced teachers and is based on their book TEACHING CONTEMPORARY YOGA: Physical Philosophy and Critical Issues.

Each day will begin with an hour’s practice. The emphasis of the course is not on improving or re-engaging with your personal practice (though it may aid in that) but is instead about learning to teach better and enjoy it! The remainder of the day is broken into lengthy morning and afternoon sessions that examine the following topics:
 • The state of contemporary yoga – problems and prospects
 • “Asana” versus “Vinyasa”
 • Philosophy for contemporary yoga – teaching ideas that are relevant to physical practice
 • Understanding the relationship between theory, method, technique, and form
 • Aesthetics – beauty and the connoisseurs of consciousness
 • Making ritual and meaning making – the power of symbols and the “Between” space
 • Why Thinking Matters – “Radical” versus “Critical” Acceptance
 • The power of imagination – using “maya” in the service of evolution
 • Creating an authentic teaching persona
 • Merging Theory and Practice

 More information: tripsichore@msn.com

Counts for 40 CEU hours

Cost: US$800

Edward Clark and Laurie Greene are holding a five day course exploring how to teach yoga well. It will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on 5 – 9 December, 2022. Clark and Greene’s book Teaching Contemporary Yoga: Physical Philosophy and Critical Issues sets a standard for serious inquiry into how yoga is being taught in the 21st century and what its prospects are for evolution. If you still love yoga but are beginning to wonder about you love of teaching, this is a course for you.

 TRIPSICHORE SUMMER INTENSIVE 2023


17 July - 11 August, 2023   Monday through Friday 10:00 - 4:00 pm (London time)      

PLEASE NOTE: The Summer Intensive is not a teacher training programme. The decision not to give teacher trainings was not lightly made. Our reasons for this change are numerous, but, in substance, amount to our strongly held feeling that what we offer in an Intensive – where study is about how to improve one’s practice – is of far greater worth. We feel that the physically and philosophically complicated practice that the Tripsichore style offers is not something that can be mastered from a teaching perspective in the time allotted and respecting the requirements of the Yoga Alliance makes for a 500 hour teacher training. In our opinion, the work on the specifics of the practice itself are of greater importance to a prospective Tripsichore teacher. In short, people who are seeking to improve their teaching skills are better served for the hours spent in the studio, time in London, and the money invested in our course by working in-depth on their understanding of the Tripsichore practice.

 

The challenge of the Tripsichore Intensive is to understand and articulate the philosophical orthodoxies of a difficult and advanced vinyasa practice in the context of yoga as it has been practiced in the distant past as well as how it is done today. We feel that those who take up this challenge will find it rewarding for themselves as both practitioners and as teachers. It is also, perhaps, worth noting that it removes the pressure, both to ourselves and to the participants, of determining worthiness of certification. 


The course will be July 17 – August 11, 2023 and will run from 10:00 – 4:00 Mondays through Fridays. We will only be accepting 10 participants and it is on a first come first served basis.

 

The Intensive Course is for those who already have a well developed practice and it should be stressed that it is an extremely challenging course. Those who are wondering what that might entail are advised to look at the Tripsichore Yoga DVD (available at www.pranamaya.com). The Intensive Course addresses the REGULAR Practice. The Intensive Course is designed to examine the techniques of vinyasa yoga from the Tripsichore perspective. While it is intended to be a physically challenging course with attention paid to the methods used to attain difficult inversions, back bends, etc., it is equally concerned with the philosophical reasons for doing so. The subjects of pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and drishti within a vinyasa context will be considered and developed. We are endeavouring to develop yogis who wish to have both amazing physical and contemplative practices.

Tripsichore has used the physical vocabulary of yoga to make yoga theatre since 1993. To create performance pieces using yoga, Tripsichore found it necessary to articulate more clearly the premises and techniques of what is loosely termed “Vinyasa”. This has ultimately led to a consideration of how and why the transitions between asanas occur and their relative importance to asanas. The conclusion, though seemingly obvious, was that the transitions are just as important – just as interesting but in a different way – as the postures. While there has been a considerable dedication on the part of yoga over many years to understand the technique of posture, there has been limited articulation made of the technique for transitioning from posture to posture. This is not surprising as much of yoga has been informed by a leitmotif of “stillness” and this has included stillness of breath and mind as well as body.

 

 

Cost: £2,500

REQUIREMENTS

Comfortable in freestanding Headstand with leg variations

Some knowledge of pranayama

A regular yoga practice


TIMES: 10:00 – 4:00 Monday through Friday     17 July - 11 August, 2023

LOCATION: 41 Roundwood Road, London, NW10 9TP United Kingdom

PLEASE APPLY TO: tripsichore@msn.com


Some reviews for the TRIPSICHORE TECHNIQUE in its DVD set:

 “For the past 15 years {Tripsichore} has developed its own unique brand of asana…the practices are a joy to watch and, along with the workshops, a treasure trove of intriguing ideas.” Richard Rosen, Yoga Journal

 

“Thanks to this challenging and compellingly creative instructional DVD, advanced yoginis can finally skip a class or a self-practice. In the two-disc set, Edward Clark, a student of yoga since 1978 and founder of the UK-based Tripsichore performance group (www.tripsichore.com), reveals to the public for the first time the Tripsichore Yoga techniques that have dazzled onlookers for decades.”  Sara Avant Stover, FitYoga Magazine

 

“The DVD set highlighting their performance and practice aptly transfers to the small screen. Even when they are linking together spectacular poses, such as lifting from wheel in handstand to arching variations of handstand to wheel again, or in more simple movements, it is the smooth and watery transitions that create beauty.”  Felicia M. Tomasko, LA Magazine

 

“…Edward has deliberately made the practice sequences quite challenging to give people an opportunity to investigate their real potential by trying things they otherwise might never do. Challenging they are. Even the Simple series would be a bit of a reach for most intermediate yoga students, except for those who have an athleticism that combines considerable strength, flexibility, and balance. Growing in complexity from strongly intermediate to highly advanced, the sequences all start manageably with a basic sun salutation that has some distinctive Tripsichore movements, such as arm circles in extended forward bend. But in the Regular and Plus sequences, Edward and Eileen really begin to take you into some complex and difficult movements and postures. These are definitely not for beginners—and perhaps even beyond many intermediate-level Ashtanga practitioners. Tripsichore’s techniques are likely to take you beyond your current beliefs about physical, mental and energetic limitations—and perhaps to a deeper realization of the unity and flow of life.”   Tim Noworyta, Yoga Chicago