Yoga Workshops with Charles MacInerney
Charles regularly offers workshops at conferences and for yoga studios in Texas and through out the USA and abroad. He teaches on a wide range of topics including: Breathing, Posture, Concentration, Balance, Stress Management, Peak Performance, and Visualization.
Charles is a gifted generalist, accomplished story teller and public speaker. His workshops are highly experiential, and life changing. He has been developing and refining these topics over the last 20 years.
If you or your studio are interested in hosting Charles for workshops please contact him for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nacogdoches, Texas – Yoga Workshops
with Charles MacInerney
Hosted by Morning Glory Yoga Studio
July 28-30, 2017
Friday 6 – 8:30pm
Massage Roller Clinic
We will learn how to use and play with a variety of tools to help massage muscles and fascia. These practices, when combined with yoga, can speed up the transformation of the body by breaking up adhesions and scar tissue, increasing circulation of blood and lymph and helping to hydrate the fascia of the body. They also help to open up the intercostal muscles allowing for improved breathing, and restoring flexibility to the spine. As part of this clinic we will make your own custom sized back roll and a tennis ball massager which you can continue to use as part of your home practice. The two massage tools are included in the workshop registration fee.
Saturday Morning 9-12
Dharana: The Art of Concentration
Dharana is the 6th limb of Yoga and teaches the student to bring their mind to one-pointed-attention. The ability to concentrate the mind is probably the most important skill you ever learn. As your concentration improves, so will your yoga improve. But greater concentration will also enhance your performance at work, at play, and improves communication skills and intimacy. A large part of this workshop is about learning to eliminate boredom and anxiety from your life in order to enhance performance. This workshops is a combination of lecture, discussion interspersed with fun experiential activities to deepen our understanding and appreciation for the principles discussed.
Saturday 1:30 – 4:30pm
Balance: Aligning with Gravity
Good balance improves athletic performance, promotes a sense of well being, decreases the likelihood of falling, lessons the chances of injury if we do fall, and is essential for those who wish to age gracefully. Improving balance improves concentration both the intensity and duration of attention. We will start with an overview of balance theory, then explore these ideas in our asana practice, and after a guided relaxation, we will close with a discussion of how lessons learned in physical balance can be applied to find balance in the larger arenas of life, including relationships, business, wellness and others.
Sunday 1:30 – 4:30pm
Exploring the 4 Bandhas in Asana Practice
In Sanskrit, Bandha means arrest, lock, or tighten. The 4 Bandhas involve isolating and tightening different areas of the body. I was introduced to the bandhas by my first yoga teacher when I was 11. Back then (1970’s) they were taught as stand-alone practices and practiced vigorously. More recently I discovered that the Bandhas can be engaged more delicately as a meditation target, engaged lightly to improve posture, engaged moderately to support most asana poses like chair, triangle, and downward facing dog, engaged strongly to protect the spine from injury in strong back bends, and engaged and released rhythmically to increase circulation in the pelvic floor. Women have long been informed of the importance of exercising the pelvic floor, but men can also benefit from this, especially in the health of the prostate gland. Note, bandhas should not be practiced while pregnant.
One workshop $60
Any Two workshops $105
Any Three workshops $145
All Four workshops $180
12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
February 25, 2017
Mastering Balance in Yoga and Life
12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
February 26, 2017
One Day $60/50 early-bird
Two Days $110/$90 early-bird
**early-bird pricing ends 1/31/17**
507 Pressler St #100
Austin, TX 78703
November 18-20, 2016
Hosted by Rasa Yoga
17226 Mercury @ El Camino & Medical Center Houston, TX 77058
Friday 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 1 pm & 3 – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 1 pm
Friday session ~ $27, $20 early bird
Saturday and Sunday sessions (each) ~ $58, $49 early bird
All sessions ~ $184, $148 early bird (Early bird deadline November 4)
Friday Night: Yoga Nidra ~ Yoga Nidra, sometimes called ‘yogic sleep,’ is an ancient practice that was introduced to the West by teachers like Satyananda Saraswati and Swami Rama in the 1960s. It is said that one hour of Yoga Nidra can replace 4 hours of regular sleep. Yoga Nidra is typically practiced in 8 stages. After a gentle asana practice, we begin in Shavasana with a guided relaxation. Next we repeat a pre-determined affirmation called a Sankalpa. The third step is called the rotation of consciousness which is followed by breath awareness. The fifth step is called the manifestation of opposites. Then we enter into creative visualization. To close, the sankalpa is repeated, before starting a very gradual return to normal consciousness.
Saturday Morning: Core Power in Asana ~ Very few students in Yoga understand and appreciate the power of their core. In this workshop we will develop greater awareness, control and strength in our core. Then we will use a variety of core techniques, including zipping, cinching, and mula bandha, to transform our asana practice. We will learn how to initiate movement from our core, which helps prevent joint damage like bursitis and tendonitis. We will experience how proper use of the core stabilizes our standing poses, protects our lower back in back bends, and energizes our downward facing dogs. We will also explore subtle core engagement as a meditative technique to help shift our center of consciousness from the head to the abdomen, anchoring us in our creative center.
Saturday Afternoon: Fascia: It’s All Connected ~ Fascia is the connective tissue that holds all of your muscles, bones, and organs in place, supports posture and coordinates the action of all of the muscles, joints and bones to create movement. Recognition of fascia’s true significance and complexity is just starting to spread in the yoga community. This workshop will explore the latest scientific understanding of fascia, both anatomy and physiology, and the implications for how we approach our practice of yoga. As fascia becomes dehydrated it becomes sticky, forming adhesions and, like a straight jacket, restricting our freedom of movement. It also becomes increasingly more injury prone. Drinking more water does not result in hydration of fascia. However, certain types of Yoga practice are perfectly suited to increase the overall hydration and health of the fascia. Hydrated fascia is happy fascia!
Sunday Morning: Mastering Balance in Yoga and Life ~ Good balance allows for grace and control when moving, and for relaxation when still. Good balance promotes a sense of well being, and improves self image. Improving balance strengthens the student’s ability to concentrate, and lengthens their attention span. We will start by recreating the movements that infants use to learn the balancing skills used throughout life. Next we will practice internal ‘sensing’ techniques. Then we will learn to enhance concentration, ‘lower’ our center of gravity, and bring a feeling of stillness into the balancing poses. Above all, we will learn how to enjoy balancing and equally important, learn how to enjoy falling! Finally, a series of poses will be learned, starting with the easiest balancing positions, like standing, and gradually increasing in difficulty to challenge even the most advanced student. We will close with an exploration of how lessons learned in physical balance can be applied to find balance in the larger arenas of life, including relationships, business, wellness and others.
Kerrville, Texas – Yoga Workshops
with Charles MacInerney
Fri-Sun, February 24-26, 2017
The Yoga Space
(downtown Kerrville, TX)
Schedule of Events
Meditation and Kirtan
If you are wondering what is Kirtan? Do I have to be able to sign? My all-time favorite descriptions of a kirtan concert: “It’s like singing around a campfire”, “It’s like a hootenanny with meditation.”
Aligning with Gravity
Achieving More with Less
Call 830-895-8633 or email email@example.com
Price for complete weekend:
$175 (before Jan 13th, $150)
You can sign up for individual sessions:
Price for Friday: $40 (before Jan 13th, $35)
Price for each workshop: $60 (before Jan 13th, $55)
Fascia & Yoga Therapy
with Charles MacInerney
Saturday, 1-4 pm, May 28, 2016
Sponsored by: Yoga Den Studio, San Antonio
Fascia is part of the connective tissue that holds the body together. For many years it has been dismissed and neglected and nothing more than this. Then pioneers like Ida Rolf, Judith Aston, Emilie Conrad, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen recognized fascia’s true significance and complexity. This revolution in understanding of fascia spread through the massage community and is now beginning to revolutionize the world of Yoga. A solid understanding of fascia is critical to anyone who works with the body. This workshop will explore the latest scientific understanding of fascia, both anatomy and physiology, and how to make better use of this understanding in how we diagnose and treat a host of ailments, including balance problems in the elderly, tendonitis, bursitis, and hosts of other problems.
$50 each workshop ($40 early-bird discount)
$80 for both workshops (April 23 and May 28)
Register with Yoga Den…
or contact studio to make other arrangements.
The Yoga Den
San Antonio, TX 78251
Beaumont, Texas – Yoga Workshops
With Charles MacInerney
Friday – Sunday, November 11-13 2016
Entire weekend $175 (best value)
Any 3 workshops $155
Any 2 workshops $135
One workshop $75
After 10/12 add $10 to cost.
Using Body Maps in the Brain Friday 5:30-8:30pm
In the 1930’s Wilder Penfield discovered that the brain has two maps of the body, one in the motor Cortex and one in the Sensory cortex. These two maps organize our sense of our physical self, and interact with each other to help us control our bodies. This understanding led to improved therapies for a multitude of injuries and illnesses, including phantom limb pain. 60 years later, just in the last 10 years, researchers are shocked to discover that there are not two, but probably dozens of body maps in the brain. Many conditions that we are used to thinking of arising from a physical condition, may in fact be faulty maps in the brain. If that is the case, then how we understand and treat the problems will be radically transformed when we employ this new paradigm of body maps when working with our students. The good news is that body maps in the brain have been shown to be very maleable, often remapping themselves in days, hours, or even minutes.
Lucid Yoga Saturday 9:00am-12pm
We will start with 1/2 hour warming up the body with sun-salutations and standing poses. Then we will slow the yoga down to the point that students feel the body pulling their attention deeper, ever deeper into a world of subtle sensations and pleasure. Learn how to use physical exercise and breath control to slow the mind down from beta frequencies (associated with muscle tension and worrying) down into Alpha and Theta frequencies (associated with physical relaxation, creativity, and a profound sense of well being). Learn to practice Hatha Yoga as a form of meditation and experience the amazing stillness and timeless quality of mind that comes from Lucid Yoga.
Practicing Non-Attachment in Asana & Life Saturday 1:30-4:30pm
In this workshop we see how integrating a little yoga philosophy into an asana practice can improve our practice not only spiritually, but also at a physical level too. Yoga is built on the foundation of the five Yamas or moral precepts. The secret to three of these practices, Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (chastity), and Aparigraha (non-hoarding) is the idea of non-attachment. We will first discuss these principles in theory and then express them through our physical yoga practice. In closing we will see how we can apply non-attachment to improve other areas of our lives.
Yoga & Writing Sunday 9:00am-12:00pm
(Asana Class) Hatha Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation are amazing tools for shifting consciousness. Learn how to combine yoga with creative writing to tap into deeper sources of inspiration. We begin with an Asana class to shut down internal dialogue and distance students from the momentum of their daily routines. Then we move into pranayama and meditation to still the mind and deepen our sense of self. Following a writing prompt, to set the mind in motion again, we write for 20-60 minutes and then form into small groups where anyone who wishes to read to the group will have an opportunity to do so. The reader can ask for feedback from the group, but only positive feedback.
Georgetown, Texas – Yoga Workshop
Sponsored by Moksha Yoga Studio
with Charles MacInerney
Saturday, October 10th, 2015
Hatha Flow with special emphasis on Arm Balances and Inversions
Next to lotus pose, the inversions are probably to most important asanas in classical yoga. For millennia, yogis have urged their students to practice inverted poses and for good reason. The health benefits associated with inversions are significant. However, inversions are also the most dangerous asanas in yoga. This workshop will explore why, when, and how to safely practice inversions, from the simplest exercises, like ‘legs up the wall’, to mild inversions like Downward Facing Dog and Bridge. Then we will work our way up to more challenging poses like plough, shoulder-stand, headstand and handstands for those students that are ready. For those not ready for advanced inversions we will concentrate on preparatory poses to lay a good foundation for the future. Cost to attend Inversions session is $25.
Hatha Flow with special emphasis on Moving Meditation
10:00 to 11:30 am
Meditation is the art of being fully present in the moment. Numerous studies now show the amazing benefits of this most ancient of practices, including physical health, improved cognitive abilities, and emotional wellbeing. Learn the basics of Meditation and then practice a variety of styles including: Eating Meditation; Walking Meditation; Breath Awareness; Detached Observation, Mantra, and Vipassana. No previous experience required! Cost to attend Meditation session is $25.
Single workshop $25
Both workshops $40
For information or to register contact the studio at: www.mokshayogaandpilates.com/yoga/special-events
Moksha Yoga and Pilates on the Square
501 S. Austin Avenue
Georgetown, Texas 78626
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Yoga Workshop
Sponsored by: The Yoga Spirit Academy
with Charles MacInerney
For more information or to register…
please contact Victor Parachin, 918-284-1422
Temple, Texas – Yoga Workshops
with Charles MacInerney
Details for next workshops will be posted next month.
Temple Yoga Studio
1407 S 31st Street, Suites F & G
Temple, TX 76504
Phone: (254) 935-9642
One workshop $45, both workshops $80
Register online at www.templeyoga.net, or on site at the studio.
Meditation for Concentration
May 20 & 27, 2017
Saturday afternoons, 2-4 pm
Meditation and Concentration are inextricably linked. Meditation has been shown to improve concentration, and as any meditator knows, concentration improves meditation. New research shows that in as little as 8 weeks of practice, meditation can shrink the amygdala (responsible for fear and stress) and measurably increase the thickness of the pre-frontal cortex, associated with awareness, decision making and improved concentration. Join us as we explore the interplay between concentration and meditation. Learn and practice a variety of techniques including how to sharpen your concentration while practicing any form of meditation, and meditations specifically designed to enhance concentration.
Where: The Meditation Bar
8108 Mesa Dr. Suite B103,
Austin, Tx, 78759
Cost: $85 for the 2 part series (4 hours total)
Workshops Sponsored by
The Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center
6105 Maple Street
Omaha NE, 68104
Friday Evening | 6-9 pm | $40 ala carte
Meditation for Mind, Body and Spirit – Explore a variety of meditation techniques to improve your health, concentration, will power and feel more connected to life.
Saturday Morning | 9-11 am | $20 ala carte
The Attitude in the Asana: Experience how attitude can impact performance and enjoyment of your asana practice. Learn how to take these attitude adjustments off the mat to improve your “real” life. This morning yoga class places a focus on improved strength, flexibility and balance. Learn how to stretch muscles, fascia and connective tissue in your poses.
Saturday Afternoon | 12:30-5 pm | $75 ala carte
Fascia: It’s all Connected: Fascia is connective tissue fibers that form sheets or bands beneath the skin to attach, stabilize, enclose, and separate muscles. The health of our fascia plays a crucial role in how gracefully we age. Explore the latest science on the subject and apply that knowledge to improve your personal yoga practice.
Sunday Morning | 9-11 am | $20 ala carte
Intuitive Yoga: Learn to tune in and trust your own body’s inner language. Move beyond your intellectual understanding of poses and learn to delve deeply into an intuitive sense of what your body needs from your practice. The answers lie within.
Sunday Afternoon | 12:30-4:30 pm | $60 ala carte
Body Maps & Yoga Nidra: Body mapping is a type of therapy applied to many physical conditions attributed to a “faulty map” in the brain.
Bodies, like water, take the path of least resistance. With repetitive use, our bodies do the same thing. We tend to cheat in our movements, not completely doing full range of motion, just the optimal amount of moving to get the task done.
Given enough time and repeating, the brain will take the information that the body has been giving it, and store it as truth. If the body has trained itself to do an activity with 30% energy output and range, the brain will completely believe that this is normal for this body part. Anything more, the brain theorizes, and injury will occur, so it protects the body by only allowing the movements it believes are the correct ones.
This repetitive movement “maps” for the brain exactly how the body says it needs to move, or more importantly how it believes it can move. This can cause a structural dysfunction due to lack of full range of motion over a period of time, which has “mis-mapped” the brain.
During this session you’ll gain a new understanding of how we can radically transform physical conditions by re-mapping the mind.
This workshop (and the weekend) will conclude with a session on Yoga Nidra or “Yogic Sleep” a type of lucid sleeping which is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness, with a special focus on creating an appropriate Sankalpa (affirmation).
We are charging $200 for the weekend (early bird pricing is $175 ends one month before)
- It's been several weeks since I attended your retreat in Chappell Hill and I just wanted to thank you for one of the best weekends of my life. It has impacted my life deeply. What made it so special? Besides the pleasure of seeing my daughter after several months' separation, the opportunity to grow on our spiritual path, and relaxing in such a tranquil and natural environment. Your "no pressure to participate in everything" policy was ideal for a beginner who had much to process (still am). Your calm and entertaining delivery of so much interesting information - I wish it was a week long retreat. Some of my paradigms have changed and that was very liberating. Another thing I enjoyed immensely, and which may seem like a small detail, but I loved the fact that I didn't have to decide on and execute any meals. The planning and preparation was done for me, and that was one of the biggest factors of relaxation for me. Not only did I not have to cook, but the meals were very tasty and healthy. A pleasant surprise since it was a vegetarian menu was the lack of beans.... I learned much about my daughter and about myself. Our close relationship strengthened over those few days. And I'm sure we would both love to attend your other retreats. Thank you for the work you do. ~ DanielaDaniela
- Charles, I am sending a belated note to thank you for the great time I had at the retreat. I also wish to say that when you showed us how to do alternate nostril breathing, it changed my daily headaches. Every time one hits, no matter (well, not completely) how bad it feels, a few minutes of alternate nostril breathing will give me hours of relief... All the work you put into the planning, hiring, instructing, guidance and leadership was appreciated. I had such a great time that I am hungry for more knowledge and more techniques in yoga and meditation and breathing.... I would recommend your retreats for anyone. ~ Susan K.
- I met Charles MacInerney at the 1999 Southwest Yoga Conference in Austin. I enjoyed his comments during the panel discussion and especially appreciated the opportunity to attend his Free Yoga class after the conference. He handled the overflow crowd at his studio quite smoothly and led a great program. I just returned from his December Raja Yoga Retreat at the Margaret Austin Center and have to tell you that it ranks among the best retreats that I have attended. He has a wonderful way of setting people at ease and creating an environment where participants feel safe expressing and exploring new ideas. I was able to find a deeper understanding of my own spirituality during his retreat, and am still enjoying the "high" almost a week afterwards. I found that he presented concepts in very simple terms and brought them to life with great examples from all walks of life, including his own! I have highly recommended his programs and web site to others, and look forward to connecting with him again in the future. ~ Sue Gantz, Corporate Trainer, Yoga Teacher
- My husband and I had very little experience with yoga when we decided to sign up for this retreat with Charles. I came back from it wanting every person I knew to attend as it changed me in a way I can't describe. I thought I was going to learn a little more about yoga in a peaceful nature setting and I ended up learning and thinking about so much more. From mindful eating, to concentration, to living with focus and purpose, this retreat covered so much and inspired me in so many ways. And for a shy introvert the environment was so warm, inviting and comfortable. This retreat was good for every level and I truly look forward to attending another one. ~ Kristy Estrello (and Brandon Pittman)
- I realize that I am filled with fear about how to take steps to move on with my life and take it in a different direction. Last weekend helped me to recognize that and to get on the path of facing my fear head on. It will be very difficult but I now have more confidence that I can find that third path. ~ Jerri Flatten, Texas
- Charles always speaks from his heart. And his heart is so wise, so sweet... and so funny! Charles, the place, the other participants, the ideas, the emotions, the insights, the food, the fun -- everything about the retreat was extraordinary. It has been weeks since I attended Charles MacInerney's yoga and meditation retreat, but I still feel deeply affected by it. When was the last time you were so profoundly affected by something that it changed your life? What a profound experience. Thank you, Charles. ~ Terry Masters Owner/Director of Master School