Eric Shaw is a yoga scholar excited about pushing modern yoga forward and a yoga teacher interested in novel approaches to meditation, breathwork and vinyasa who maintains an active national and international teaching schedule. He is drawn to full engagement with as many aspects of the yoga project as possible – for personal transformation and the joy of learning and connecting. He delights in discovering new information on yoga and shaping it in language today’s yogis understand – through images, writing, asana teaching and public speaking. He enjoys belonging to the yoga community because, though it has faults, it seeks conscious evolution, play, and an expanded life in the body. It seeks beauty and purity and self-expression’s high possibilities. Eric spent time as a triathlete and performance artist before devoting himself full-time to yoga, and the practice continually insists that he show up in novel ways – just like competition and artistic expression did in years past. Deep roots in scholarship (through 5 formal degrees), religion (through his upbringing and professional work) and yoga practice (through 26 years of mediation and asana work) continue to inform his understanding. He feels at home with a book in his lap, divinity as his focus, and daily opportunities to move. Studying and practicing yoga continues to fulfill him in inexplicable ways.
The Whole History of Yoga in 180 minutes
Friday, March 1: 5:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Yoga’s story covers 5000 years of saints, warriors, and sage-like kings. It embraces Tantra, mantra, and God. Dancers, doctors, and bodybuilders remade it in the last 100 years, and yoga now captivates people everywhere. We’ll tour this vast landscape of concepts, characters, and events, understanding what yoga has been and what it may one day be.
Vinyasa in Many Directions
Sunday, March 3: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Vinyasa Yoga maintains largely a “straight-line” tradition, that abides by the forward-and-back movement of the Sun Salutation: Up-Dog, Down-Dog, Plank and Chaturanga.
But that is not the only way to do Vinyasa.
Flow Yoga can go in diverse directions! Base poses beyond the Sun Salutation can be starting points for making new movement patterns.
This workshop will blow your old ideas of Flow Yoga out of the water and teach creative ways to move energy in the body while using unique principles for yogic movement.