ZEN Conference 2019
The Mindfulness Conference of the Middle-East!
January 25th through February 2nd, 2019
 
 
Purposeful Teaching Course: Alignment-based Hatha Yoga
By Parveen Nair

Sarvatra to Ekagraha (From Scattered to Purposeful) ​

 

This course is designed to explore purposeful sequencing of asanas; from Standing asanas to complex asanas with the assistance of Yoga props. The purpose is to show how Yoga props help us get into poses safely and to discover unreachable areas in the body progressively.

 

The Master classes will also show us how to meaningfully build up an asana class, with proper progressive sequencing according to function of the Body.

In this course, we will learn the following:

  • How to break down asanas into their basic elements

  • How to use props to gradually prepare the body for specific asanas

  • How to create a logical and anatomically-sound Yoga sequence

  • How to select counter-poses to relieve any built-up stress in the body

Awakening to Spirituality:
Exploring The Mandukya Upanishad
By Parveen Nair

The Mandukya Upanishad is a non-dualistic text from the Indian Vedic system of teachings.

 

The text discusses the most essential awakening to spirituality. The ever existing consciousness which pervades all states of awakeness, dreaming and deep sleep.

 

All of the 3 states above are illumined by the ever-existing consciousness which has always been there from time immemorial.

 

This text shows how the Vedic spirituality is based on our very existence. The text also discusses the universal mantra OM , and its function on the journey toward enlightenment.

Each lecture concludes with an enlightening guided-meditation.

 
Heart & Soul of Yoga: Exploring the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
By Karim Strougo

Have you ever wondered what Yoga was all about? Why it has such a profound impact on the lives of those who practice it?

 

In his Yoga Sutras, the Sage Patanjali detailed a very elaborate philosophy that can be used as a road-map to true happiness...

 

In this course, Karim will cover the following topics:

  • The heart & soul of Yoga

  • How our mind stops us from being happy

  • Vrttis: The fluctuations of the mind

  • Kleshas: The 5 obstacles of the mind

  • How Yoga can help us remove these obstacles and stop the fluctuations of the mind so that we can find our bliss

Whether you are a Yoga instructor looking to deepen your understanding of Yoga philosophy or simply someone trying to understand this mystery we call life, this course will give you what you are looking for.

 
YogaTone™ Workshop By Karim Strougo

Learn how to create a highly dynamic class that combines a continuous vinyasa flow of Yoga Asanas, with Yoga-inspired toning and body-sculpting exercises.

 

Use simple tools like dumbbells, rubber-bands and Pilates rings to transform your yoga-teaching experience into a body-sculpting one as well.

In this workshop you will learn the following:

  • How to create flows that maintain a fat-burning heart-rate

  • How to target all major muscles of the body

  • Free-weights and their relationship with gravity

  • Sequencing your YogaTone™ Asanas into a continuous flow

  • Combining body-sculpting exercises with Yoga Asanas

  • YogaTone™ recovery and cool-down.

 
YogaDance™ Workshop By Karim Strougo

Learn how to create an invigorating class that offers a continuous flow of Yoga asanas, combined with contemporary dance moves and choreographed in a fluid, rhythmic and highly dynamic sequence.

 

Discover creative ways to weave contemporary dance into your Yoga flow to create magical and uplifting sequences that will make your students feel like professional dancers!

This workshop will cover the following:

  • Music "Blocking"

  • Creating a fluid YogaDance™ sequence

  • Layering and transitioning your YogaDance™ sequence

  • The breath connection

  • Weaving Mudras into your YogaDance™ choreography

  • YogaDance™ class structure & design

  • YogaDance™ recovery and cool-down.

 
Neo Yin Yoga Teacher Training
By Deep Kumar

Yin yoga is a meditative way of using the body, mind and breath.

According to Hatha Yoga texts "Ha" means Sun or Yang; "Tha" means Moon or Yin. Yin yoga represents the "Tha" Moon side of a very old and ancient system.

Yin yoga works very intelligently on Yin tissues of the body without forcing. It is also often used in Chinese martial arts.

Through many good masters of this time, Yin Yoga is coming back into daily life. Our modern lifestyle is full of stress and tension; even the yoga styles which are developed in this modern time are totally yang. they work very forcefully on the body and the mind. Yin yoga is perfect for balancing the body and countering the effects of other, more vigorous practices.

In this course, we will learn:

1. What is Yin Yoga?

2. Neo Yin yoga postures with the Philosophy of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and Lao Tzu (Tao Teh Ching)

3. Seven chakras and their healing effect

4. Creating balance between Yin and Yang postures

5. Adjustments and using props

6. Meditation and Yin Yoga

7. Understanding the concept of yoga healing referred to in the "Hatha Yoga Pradipika" by Swami Swatmarama

8. What is Kundalini and how to awaken it?

9.Yogic psychology and how it helps overcome 80% of psychological problems.

 
Pranayama: Expanding the Life Force
By Seba Khanna

A three-hour intensive workshop in the practice of pranayama, which literally translates into “extension or expansion of life-force”.

 

In this workshop, we will learn and practice a range of traditional breathing techniques. These techniques are balancing in the way that they cleanse the system, steady the body and mind and ultimately open us to bring us in contact with our inner selves.

 

Despite the countless benefits of pranayama on the vital functions of the body, the highest work of this practice is to begin to cross the bridge from the physical to the subtle aspects of our existence. 

This workshop is suitable for Yoga practitioners and instructors wishing to acquaint themselves with a variety of traditional pranayamas and practice them first-hand with a skilled and knowledgeable teacher.

 
AcroYoga: Move, Connect and Play !
By Nicolas Gallois & Julia Alexan

Are you ready for some pure fun??
 

The practice of AcroYoga has built an international community of active teachers and practitioners over the world… among them, Niko (FR) and Julia (US) are thrilled to bring the practice all the way to Egypt!

 

The experience of taking flight instantly dissolves fears. AcroYoga elevates the connection between you and others through movement, connection, and play:

Move: Get up, get out and say bye to your comfort zone and hello to the best time ever.

Connect: The flyer, the base, the spotter… we are all in this together!

Play: If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right.

During the first part of the workshop we will playfully learn basic notions of AcroYoga, building trust and confidence through games, then we will learn some basic Acro poses and finally work toward a "Washing-Machine" combination of AcroYoga poses. We finish by cooling down through therapeutic poses and some Thai Yoga massage moves.

Expect doing things you never thought possible, supporting others in a super playful way and leaving the class with a huge smile, so... put down your phones and lift up your friends! 

Outfit advice for AcroYoga: no jewellery, no nylon shorts or wind pants, no gum or candy, hairband to tie long hair! We'll practice barefoot.

 
Crystal Beings: Working with crystals for spiritual growth
By Ahmed Osman

Crystals have a wonderful natural energy of their own. They are easy to work with for self-healing and self-development...

This workshop will teach us about :

  • Crystals and stones in ancient Egypt

  • "Digging visualisation" and key core-belief-healing

  • Ranges of consciousness and brain waves

  • The chakras and their functions

  • The seven planes of existence and how to access them psychically

  • Selecting crystals (Understanding the different effects of shapes and colours)

  • Charging and cleansing crystals 

  • Crystal placement and crystal grinds

  • How to use a pendulum?

  • Psychic self-defence using crystals

  • Practical crystal treatments for common ailments 

 
Restorative Yoga & Pranayama Master Classes
By Parveen Nair

Restorative Yoga offers the body a chance to rest deeply and revitalise; discovering a need to simply slow down and tune into the body, breath and mind. This practice will introduce the different layers of being from the gross aspect to the subtle-most aspects of being. The entire practice is supported by yoga props to keep the body safe and stable, giving us the opportunity to move into the dimensions of the breath.

From the restorative postures we move into the breath-work. In this course we will discover the Yogic breath-work called Prana Vikshana, Brahmari and Shanmukhi mudra. These 3 methods of breathing are the doorways to the seat of meditation. The technique restrains the mind fully, to then move into a higher realm of self reflection.

Prana Vikshana : Is A Technique of simple observation over the natural flow of breath without making any other modifications on the breath pattern.

Brahmari : A Technique mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika by the Sages is also known as the Humming-bee breath-work. This method stimulates the Vagus nerve which then influences the para-sympathetic system of the body; slowing down the mind so that we can take rest or even see things clearer.

Shanmukhi Mudra : A hand gesture which seals the senses from getting drawn toward the objects of the world . This practice amplifies the sound of the breath within the body and is also combined with the Brahmari breath-work.

 
Fluid Yoga™ Master Classes
By Karim Strougo

Fluid Yoga™ is a holistic yoga practice that focuses on Oneness, Union, Love and Connectivity.
 

These invigorating classes offer you continuous vinyasa flows of Yoga Asanas, choreographed in fluid, rhythmic and highly dynamic sequences.


Each class culminates in a themed guided-meditation stemming from ancient Yoga philosophy.

 
YogaDance™ Master Class
By Karim Strougo

This invigorating class offers you a continuous flow of Yoga asanas, combined with contemporary dance moves and choreographed in a fluid, rhythmic and highly dynamic sequence.

 

Music that will grab your soul and moves that will allow the life-energy to flow through your body with abundance.

 

A class designed to create a well synchronized “Pas-de-Deux” between your body and your soul !

 
YogaTone™ Master Class
By Karim Strougo

A highly dynamic class that combines a continuous vinyasa flow of Yoga Asanas, with Yoga-inspired toning and body-sculpting exercises.

 

“One Breath, One Move” being the motto of this class, it elevates the heart rate into the fat-burning zone, while incorporating body-sculpting techniques that will give you the body of your dreams !

 

Use simple tools like dumbbells, rubber-bands and Pilates rings to transform your yoga experience into a body-sculpting one as well.

 
Neo Yin Yoga Master Classes
By Deep Kumar

According to Hatha Yoga "Ha" means Sun or Yang; "Tha" means Moon or Yin. Yin yoga represents the "Tha" Moon side of a very old and ancient system.

Yin yoga works very intelligently on Yin tissues of the body without forcing. It is also often used in Chinese martial arts.

Through many good masters of this time Yin Yoga is coming back into daily life. Our modern lifestyle is full of stress and tension; even the yoga styles which are developed in this modern time are totally yang. they work very forcefully on the body and the mind. Yin yoga is perfect for balancing the body and countering the effects of other, more vigorous practices.

 
Classic Pilates: the PEAK Method Master Class
By Aya Soliman

Learn how Joseph Pilates, the founder of the Pilates method, used to train his students.

The PEAK Pilates method is committed to a classical approach to teaching, which is fitness-based, systematic & integrated, dedicated to maintaining the original integrity of Joseph Pilates’ work.

Encounter Pilates in its original form. Take a look at its exercises, order & transitions.

This master class is addressing the intermediate level, with its essential exercise sequence, as well as some add-ins.

 
Contemporary Pilates Master Class
By Aya Soliman

Joseph Pilates’ students never stop working on his method, discovering more possibilities every day.

More exercises, different sequences come on hand, as long as we stay honest to the Pilates principles:

Concentration, centering, control, breathing & precision.

This master class is addressing the intermediate level, giving an overview of various contemporary Pilates exercises and addressing many modern Pilates schools.

 
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