Presenters - Urban Yoga Oslo


Emma Henry

 

Emma Henry

Emma Henry was introduced to yoga in the mid 90s. Her background in dance and martial arts is evident in her dynamic, innovative and playful choreography and understanding of anatomy and the subtle body.

Emma’s yogic path has led her to Mysore from practicing Astanga with Pattabhi Jois and to advanced certification in the Jivamukti method with Sharon Gannon and David Life.

Her continuing education is shared with all of her students through her love of yogic texts and her amazing chanting. All of her classes include an inspiring sound track and a lot of laughter. Her goal is to create a space for practitioners to feel inspired, nurtured and uplifted.

She has hosted yoga workshops and retreats around the world with many happy yogis returning for more year after year.

Emma teaches the Jivamukti Teacher 300 hour Training Programs.

Instagram: @emmajiva

 


Urban Yoga Oslo

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Friday

12:30 : Turn your world upside down: Inversions (Central Park)

For some people, developing an safe and confident inversion practice can seem intimidating and scary, however they have a whole host of benefits including being energising, improving balance and targeting the parasympathetic nervous system. In this playshop you will learn how to develop a safe and confident inversion practice, learning all the necessary tools to turn your world upside down with a cool calm yogi head.

 

Saturday

08:30 : Asana Lab and Yoga Assists (Central Park)

This is an interactive asana problem-solving laboratory, based on the needs and wants of the attendees, exploring practical ways to achieve more flexibility, balance, safety and freedom with yoga assists and in-depth look at asana.

This workshop is for both teachers and practitioners who would like to deepen their understanding of asana, focusing on the basic techniques of applying safe and practical hands-on assists as well as verbal and energetic assistance. Through partner work and the exploration of asana we learn how to assist and support others while improving our own practice in the process.

 

14:00 : Bhakti to the future (Frogner)

A backbending masterclass

Anahata Chakra is where we cultivate feelings of compassion towards others. It’s also where we hold feelings towards those who have hurt us, whom we continue to carry in our hearts until we are ready to forgive them. The practice of devotional backbends opens up the heart chakra and helps to release those emotions and heal feelings of hurt from our past so we can move into the future with grace understanding and unconditional love.

On a physical level backbends stimulate the central nervous system, boost immune system, realign and increase mobility in the spinal column, open the hips, strengthen and stretch the legs. Other benefits include increasing the flow of blood, massaging the vital organs and glands as well as loosening the joints. They also boost energy levels and relieve tensions stored in the muscles.

 

Sunday

11:45 : Spinal Tap (Central Park)

Twisting and rotating the spine requires great flexibility.

Parivritta - The sanskrit term that refers to rotation in an asana, literally means to move around the central axis.

The word sukham or joyful in sanskrit can also be translated as good axel hole.

Which suggest we need a strong centre in which to rotate and twist from so that everything is spinning from a good, steady and easeful place.

Besides restoring your spine’s natural range of motion, the parivritta action opens the nadis (energy channels), deeply cleanses the organs and stimulates circulation bringing rejuvenation, clarity and balance into the body and the manipura chakra, the fire element or the fire in the belly, helping to untwist the ego and mind.

When you are in need of re-energizing, twists are perfect to fan the flames of your inner fire and restore vitality helping to lift energy upwards and onwards.

Enjoy this intense twisting class looking at deepening the body’s twisting motion and delving into an understanding of the chakra system.

 

15:30 : Hip Romancing (Central Park)

The activities and stresses of our daily lives can often lead to tightness and discomfort in our hips. Releasing this tension is crucial for our overall health.

In this deep hip opening workshop, you will learn to step out of the unconscious need to jam your body somewhere and find instead a sensible, sensitive and compassionate approach to the hips and leg rotation.

With a mindful approach to the area of swadhisthana chakra, we can release stress and negative emotional memories, which may be stored in the hips on an energetic level.