Dylan Werner Teacher Training and MasterclassApril 20, 2017
From Friday 7th - Sunday 9th July, Matt Giordano will be joining us from the US for a whole weekend of workshops.
Drawing on influences from across the a multitude of yoga and martial arts styles, Matt has become renowned for teaching his own stye of yoga with an emphasis on understanding your body and using this wisdom to help you to take your practice to the next level. We caught up with Matt to find out a litle bit more about this unique approach to yoga, and what exactly you can expect from his workshops...
Could you tell us a little bit more about the style of yoga that you teach?
After many years of studying Anusara, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Yoga Tune Up I distilled down a practice that I feel incorporates the best of everything I have learned. I call the style Chromatic Yoga. In Chromatic Yoga we focus on the body rather than the poses. The difference is subtle but powerful. Instead of thinking bout a Correct or incorrect alignment for any given yoga posture, we focus on potential movement and stability of our muscles and bones/joints. In any given practice you might explore multiple possibilities for any given posture. The beauty of this is that you gain a masterful understanding of your body, and as a result you can apply this knowledge and wisdom to ANY yoga posture. The mystery of why one posture is more challenging than another disappears and the possibility of what each student is capable of expands greatly.
How does your experience of martial arts, acro yoga and thai yoga massage inform your teaching?
Martial arts trained me to focus my mind at a young age. Focus is one of the most powerful tools we have, and yet so many people struggle with it. After martial arts I fell out of practice for quite some time and my focus drifted throughout Highschool and college. When I came to yoga I was immediately reminded of the power I hold when simply direct my mind with my intention. Thai massage helped me slow down in so many ways/ I tend toward ambition, which is a great treat but it can fall out of balance and become impatience. Thai Massage teaches to stay centered and focused on the energy of softness and release. AcroYoga opened my mind to the importance of touch, communication and building trust. Touch is so important as a yoga teacher, it can change people's lives when the intention is rooted in service. Verbal communication is something I struggled with for most of my life. AcroYoga is an amazing platform to work on communication skills. You have the safe space to explore with people who want the best for you. It's the first step to taking your yoga practice off your mat and into the real world. Trust was something I never really gave much attention to. I thought you either trusted or didn't trust, or were trusted or not. I didn't realise it was something you can build. For me AcroYoga helped me to understand the responsibility of trust and what it means to relationships on all levels including teacher/student
We see a lot of inversions and arm balances on instagram but what is their real importance in a yoga practice?
The popularity of arm balances and inversions is no mystery. The reason it's such a craze on the internet is because they appear to be impossible on many levels. Most people look at them and think "I could never do that". When one accomplishes the impossible there is a major sense of empowerment. You can't help but want to celebrate, and share your success. In addition to self empowerment, they offer a platform to explore the awareness of your body while shifting our relationship to gravity. Build proprioception (knowing where your body is in space) which helps as we age. The obvious benefits are you become stronger in your upper body and core.
What exactly can students expect from your weekend of workshops?
Technique. Every student no matter the level of practice will learn about their body in a way that will directly impact their capabilities in the yoga practice. Beginners will feel empowered and safe. Intermediate/advanced practitioners will learn exactly what they need in order to take their practice to the next level. Everyone will gain tools to carry into their daily practice, and everyone will have a really fun time doing so. These workshops are focused and fun!
If there are any new yogis who want to come to your workshops, what advice would you give them and can they still get involved in ’The Four Secrets of Handstands’?
It is important to know that the biggest challenge any of us will ever face is deciding to do something that we want to do. The best advice I can give is to simply sign up and come with an open mind. The workshops are set up to help eAch student find success including brand new students. After 10 years of teaching handstand to ALL levels I know that it's a pose that both scares and excites people. It's a pose of extremes on an emotional level. The 4 Secrets of Handstand will reveal the techniques that Every human struggles with regardless of how many year or days we have been attempting handstand. I will personally make sure everyone feels safe, empowered, and ready for handstand. All you need is the willingness to try, nothing more. There are no expectations, only solutions.
Matt's schedule for the weekend is as follows...
Friday, July 7th 2-5pm
HIPS: ROCK ‘EM AND UNLOCK ‘EM
Saturday, July 8th 1.30-4.30pm
THE FOUR SECRETS OF HANDSTAND
Sunday, July 9th 1.30-4.30pm
THERAPEUTICALLY ADVANCE YOUR PRACTICE
£45 for single workshop
£120 for full weekend!