ORGANIC YOGA COMPANY, RYS


Previous Workshops: 

April 7-9, 2017: Joy Ranch, Watertown, SD: The "One Retreat" for Women held by Lori Redlinger.  Nancy Hong presented: "Taking Care of the One & Only You: Essential Self-Care." 

 

April 3, 2017, University of South Dakota: Presentation to the Health Administration Professionals group on: "Self-Care to Prevent Professional Burn-Out".


August 2016 - January 2017: The Somatics Series: Attend this 6-session series and experience Somatics in your body and mind, and then, learn how to teach them.


September 2015, Pierre, SD; the SD Synod Fall Theological Conference,: "Yoga and Relaxation for Beginners."


January 18, 2014, Sioux Falls, SD Yoga Day:  Nancy Hong taught "Deepening Your Backbends Safely."  


Nov. 1, 2013 6:00-9:00 p.m.: "Understanding Back Extensions, Forward Folds, Downward-Facing Dogs, & the Rest of Sun Salutations According to Biomechanics & Teaching Them More Effectively"   *This workshop is eligible for contact hours toward maintaining your RYT credentials with Yoga Alliance.*What do you say when a student asks in their downward-facing dog, "Am I doing this right?"  Before I learned the 8 Principles of Movement (which are based on biomechanics, or how the body actually functions), I would look at the questioning student, and if their hands & feet were on the floor, with their hips high, well, honestly, I was often at a loss to give them any real (ie. helpful) feedback!  But after learning and using the eight principles for the last almost five years, I can see, assess and adjust yoga students in downward-facing dog and the other components of the Sun Salutation and give feedback that they can implement immediately to function better & safer as well as to go further in the pose.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              *If this sounds helpful to you, come to this three-hour workshop to learn how to apply these effective principles to the main components of the sun salutation (back extensions, forward folds, lunges, downward-facing dog and the transition to forward fold).  As you learn to apply them with these poses and movements you'll have light-bulb moments of how you can apply the 8 principles to other poses, too!

This Teachers' Workshop will also include Teaching Methodology so that you can more effectively communicate with your students by learning the teaching strategies that make for great teachers so that your students will make gains in their practice faster!

So we invite you to think of this workshop as an opportunity to refine and refresh the skills you learned in Yoga Teacher Training (TT 200 or TT 500).  And know this, you'll definitely get fresh ideas, skills and techniques in both of these areas that you'll be able to use with your students the next day!

You'll Learn:

         The 8 Principles of Movement* & How to Use them in the Teaching of Sun Salutations

         Assessment & Adjustment of Sun Salutations Using the 8 Principles 

         Essential Teaching Strategies to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Teaching

         How to Give More Helpful Feedback to Your Students

You'll Experience:

        New ways to teach the component parts of the Sun Salutation in order to enable your students to safely deepen their practice.

        New ways to communicate to your students, so they can make faster gains in their yoga practice.

        A supportive & collaborative atmosphere with fellow yoga teachers!

* The Eight Principles of Movement were created by yoga teacher & kinesiologist Susi Hately.  These effective and user-friendly principles are like a map for both the body and for the structure of a yoga class.   The 8 Principles of Movement are:

 

Sat., June 15, 2013; 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Techniques Training & Practice and Teaching Methodology: Workshop for Yoga Teachers 

In this workshop focused on "Techniques Training & Practice" and "Teaching Methodology," (the first two components of any teacher training as required by Yoga Alliance) we'll gather together collaboratively with other yoga teachers, learn some amazingly effective new techniques for teaching, seeing, assessing & adjusting yoga students in classic asanas, as well as learn the teaching strategies that make for great teachers!  Last, stay for a free yoga class where you can experience all that you learned in the workshop!  So we invite you to think of this workshop as an opportunity to refine and refresh the skills you learned in Yoga Teacher Training (TT 200 or TT 500).  And know this, you'll definitely get fresh ideas, skills and techniques in both of these areas that you'll be able to use with your students the next day!

You'll Learn: "The Map" of the 8 Principles of Movement & How to Use them in the Teaching of Classic Yoga Asanas*

                             Seeing, Assessment & Adjustment of Yoga Asanas Using the 8 Principles 

                             8 Principles & Expanding Your Use of Props in Yoga Classes; Planning & Structuring Your Yoga Classes with the 8 Principles

                             Essential Teaching Strategies to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Teaching

                             How to Give More Helpful Feedback to Your Students; Techniques to Create & Plan Your Yoga Classes 

 

April 9, 2013, Augustana College.  Instructor - Nancy Hong E-RYT 500.   A guest teacher for the class Dr. Murray Haar's class "Buddhism & Hinduism" Nancy presented an overview of the Patajali's Yoga Sutra's, the 8-Limb path of Raja yoga, a gentle asana practice, three different techniques for meditation and ended with savasana.  The students were able to take away the techniques of "belly" breathing to engage the relaxation response in their bodies as well as simple meditation practices that they could use anytime but especially as finals week approaches!


2013 Augustana College January Term in India - Instructor: Nancy Hong  Over 3 weeks Nancy Hong, E-RYT 500, experienced the vibrancy of India as she was both student of the college professors Dr. Sandra Looney & Dr. John Pennington and a yoga teacher for the group.  She experienced & witnessed the worship life of the followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam & Christianity as we visited the holy rivers, temples & shines of these faiths. We ate wonderful Indian food three times a day, heard lectures, read books, attended concerts, toured museums all while traveling the northern region of India.  This experience has given Nancy an understanding of the roots of yoga by experiencing its native land & its people.  


"Holden Village Yoga"  - June 23-30, 2012 - Instructor: Nancy Hong

Description: Organic Yoga Co. went to the mountains of Washington state to teach yoga at the retreat center, Holden Village! Nancy taught restorative yoga, meditation, yoga for ease of the hips & shoulders, as well as the infamous "boom-booms!" At the end of the week of classes, Nancy & the participants joined together as an entry in the parade! What an amazing place filled with amazingly open-hearted people (and deer and chipmunks)! Please check out www.HoldenVillage.org.  



"Teen Yoga Summer Workshop"  - June 18, 25 July 2, 9, 16, 2012 - 2 Hour Sessions - Instructor: Jacqueline Wilber

Description: This course is designed for students ages 13-18 who are at any stage of yoga practice. Students are welcomed and encouraged to come as they are, whatever that may be. Through breathing techniques, yoga poses, and meditation practices, students will learn to move mindfully and safely into any yoga class. Students of yoga often reap the benefits of stress-reduction, body awareness, self-confidence, and increased flexibility.


"Learning to Breathe Freely On & Off the Mat" - Saturday February 25, 2012 - 3 Hour Class - Instructor: Nancy Hong
Description
: You might respond, "Why such a 'basic' workshop? I already know how to breathe!"  Fair enough. Yet, even seasoned yoga practitioners can have a difficult time letting go of unhelpful breath patterns that they've learned over the years due to injury, illness, stress, fashion, random comments & societal expectations (did I mention stress?!). As a result, to show up at a yoga class, to relax & try to breathe freely can be difficult--if not impossible. 3 hour intensive on the breath will focus on the following areas: Getting Conscious of Your Unconscious Breathing Patterns, Understand the Anatomy of Your Breath, Breathing Freely--Your Essential Breath, Connecting Breath to Movement, Meditations on Your Life & Breath, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation). Cost includes snacks, handouts, & Certificate of Completion. This 3-hour workshop meets the standards for Yoga Alliance continuing education contact hours.


"Finding Ease in Your Practice & Your Life" - Saturday December 3, 2011 - 3 Hour Class - Instructor: Nancy Hong
Description: The ease workshop will include an exploration of ease in all parts of your life. Specifically, the three hour intensive will focus on ease in the following areas: Breathing, Your Body, Spine, Yoga Poses, Restorative Yoga, Meditation, Snacks, Handouts, & Certificate of Completion. This 3-hour workshop meets the standards for Yoga Alliance continuing education contact hours.
Follow-Up Comments from Nancy: All of the practitioners brought an attitude of curiosity & openness. We explored, discussed, & became more conscious of both dis-ease and ease in our bodies, minds, and spirits. the comment I'll most remember (following our exploration of taking away tension while bringing more ease into our back-bend poses), "I didn't know it could be this easy." Exactly! Just love it when someone has that "ah-hah!" moment while discovering that less is more. Happy practicing ease everyone! Peace~Nancy


 Check out a few pictures from OYC workshops: delicious snacks, fun props, & wonderful people! 

Organic Yoga Company - 2401 S. 2nd Avenue - Sioux Falls, SD 57105 - 605.366.9405 - OrganicYogaCo@yahoo.com