Slow, mindful yoga has unique health benefits that are different from those of faster-paced yoga. As a yoga teacher, you know that yoga is not just for fitness. Slower, more gentle classes are becoming more popular, but the benefits of a slower practice are not always obvious or easy to communicate to new students or those coming from more vigorous practices. In this workshop you will learn how subtle yoga practices change the brain both structurally and functionally to support greater physical and mental health and well-being.
Slow, mindful yoga facilitates interoceptive awareness and parasympathetic homeostasis in the nervous system. These are essential components in combating the ravaging effects of stress and improving chronic health problems. Since six out of ten adults in the U.S. have chronic health conditions, the potential of slow, mindful yoga in helping to shift the trajectory of poor health among various populations is tremendous.
Kristine Kaoverii Weber has spent years studying the science behind and the benefits of a slower, more mindful practice. She has seen firsthand how it has helped her exhausted, stressed out, frustrated, and tired students reduce pain, sleep better, gain greater ease of movement, increase flexibility and strength, calm the nervous system, develop a better relationship with their bodies, a stronger mind, and a deeper connection to their spirituality, use less alcohol and drugs or medication, and more.
We’ll look at the most cutting-edge neuroscientific findings about slow, mindful movement, and you’ll learn ways to better describe the benefits to your students. We will also explore specific techniques and principles of asana practice to elicit positive neuroplasticity.
A recording will be made available to all registrants for two weeks following the workshop.
Kristine Weber, MA, C-IAYT, eRYT500, is a leading world authority on the neuroscientific benefits of slow mindful yoga and an advocate for the use of these practices as an integral part of the solution to the healthcare crisis. She is leading the charge to get slow, mindful practices to people who desperately need them through her Subtle® Yoga Revolution series of online courses and trainings for yoga teachers–which have been praised by thousands all over the world. She is the director of the Subtle® Yoga Teacher Training for Behavioral Health Professionals program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Health Sciences at MAHEC and the Yoga Therapy representative on the Integrative Health Policy Consortium in Washington, D.C., where she advocates for the integration of yoga into the healthcare system. Kristine has been an avid student of yoga since 1989, teaching yoga since 1995, and training teachers since 2003. She presents workshops and trainings internationally and is frequently invited to speak about yoga at healthcare conferences and on podcasts. She is the author of Healing Self Massage and has published numerous articles. Her work has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, YogaU, Redbook, BodySense, Women's World, Natural Health, and Lifetime TV. She is currently conducting research on Subtle® Yoga for addiction recovery. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her New Zealander husband Brett, son Bhaerava, and neuroprotective cat, Jerry. Find out more at www.subtleyoga.com.