Saoirse Yoga & Watsu® with Simon Loughlin & Elisa Muñoz Blanco
20 – 21 November 2021. Madrid, Spain
Introduction to Saoirse Yoga
20 and 21 November, Estudio Yogaes, Madrid
Learn a holistic form of Yoga to enhance the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and naturally open yourself to deep meditation.
Teacher: Simon Loughlin of Asturias Yoga
Introduction to Watsu®
November 20, Fundación Instituto San José, Madrid
Explore the basis of aquatic therapy. Develop your therapeutic offerings for another through cultivating awareness of your body and breath. Once developed, offer healing to another by supporting them as they float in warm water.
Teacher: Elisa Muñoz Blanco from Watsupath™ Training Institute
9 – 10:30: Guided session of Saoirse Yoga
10:30 – 11:30 Breakfast break
11:30 – 12:15: Yoga Nidra to open the subconscious
12:15 – 13:30: Workshop – how to develop your personal practice – techniques to develop backbending stretchings and balance on the hands
13:30 – 15:30: Lunch break and arriving to Fundación Instituto San José
15:30 -16:00: Guided meditation. Mindfulness & Metta Bhavana
16:00 – 16:45 Unwinding & Freeing the body: Solo, partners and group dynamics
17:00 – 19:00: Watsu® guided sequence to explore the therapeutic relationship, and the qualities of listening and presence while holding Another in your arms
9:00 – 10:30: Saoirse Yoga session
10:30 – 12:00: Breakfast break
12:00 – 13:00: Yoga Nidra
13:00 – 14:00 Talk: Bringing the subconscious to the conscious – the purpose of Yoga and Meditation.
Saoirse Yoga (pronounced SEER-SHA) is an integrated sequence that involves elements of various Yoga styles including Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin, Pranayama and Meditation, combining the most efficient techniques from each in one practice.
In Asturias Yoga, during month long retreats, we teach Ashtanga, Pranayama, Meditation, and support exercises separately, which typically takes up most of the day! In Saoirse Yoga all these practices are included in a sequence that typically takes less than one and a half hours to perform.
The Sequence has 8 Phases:
- Awakening Prana: Prana is the Sanskrit name for our vital energy in its primordial form. We begin the practice with some Pranayama, Yogic breathing methods for harnessing and directing prana within oneself
- Connecting to the Forces: Human Beings stand upright. Gravity draws us towards the Earth and yet we stand erect by means of posture and an upward moving force. We begin our practice using simple postures held for a long period to finely tune into these forces. (the asanas that follow later are a dance between the two). We will also connect to the energy of the heart centre (Anahatta Chakra), the energetic centre of our being and seat of non-intellectual wisdom
- Building the Inner Fire: Here we use core exercises to strongly activate the internal fire and Bandhas (internal energy locks). These exercises enable us to access this inner fire as we perform the following postures and practices.
- Finding the Flow: This phase is a short selection from the Ashtanga Primary Sequence performed in synchronization with deep flowing breath (Ujjai). This phase builds stability and concentration.
- Back Bending: Here we work the spine via a backbending warmup followed by a sequence of ever deeper back-bending postures (the sequence depending on each individual’s capacity). This phase has the effect of facing our fears and potentially releasing blocked emotions, hence facilitating more energy flow.
- Inversion: In this phase we perform a long and challenging sequence of inversions. The effect of this phase is to further deepen balance, hone concentration, and to sublime energy (ie: to bring energy into the subtle realms of consciousness).
- Letting Go: Here we do nothing! After the building intensity of the preceding phases, we simply lie down, close our eyes and feel. Following the stimulation of the previous phases, this phase is an opportunity to tap into the sub-conscious mind, allow it to merge with the conscious.
- Meditation: All the previous phases are different aspects of preparation for meditation, here we reap the benefits of concentration and inner awareness. This phase is a minimum of 10 minutes but may continue for as long as you wish.
Saoirse Yoga: Origen and Significance
Saoirse is a Gaelic word meaning freedom, the ultimate goal of any true Yoga practice. The practice grew out of Simon’s goals to focus on certain challenging aspects of Ashtanga and to include the most inspiring and effective elements of the practices he has studied and practiced extensively over the last 20 years (Vipassana meditation, Trika Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Pranayama).
If you already practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, you will find Saoirse Yoga a powerful support. If your interest is in accessing deeper meditation, you may find this practice opens unexpected doorways.
Watsu® is a form of aquatic bodywork characterized by one-on-one sessions in which a Practitioner gently cradles, moves, stretches, and massages Receiver in warm water, with nose and mouth above water surface; for relaxation, recreation, personal growth, and therapy; originally developed by Harold Dull at Harbin Hot Springs.
Harold Dull began developing Watsu® in California from 1980, after studying Zen-Shiatsu art in Japan with one of the best-known teachers of this traditional oriental technique, Master Shitsuto Masunaga. Zen Shiatsu is performed using the weight originated by THE HARA, the Center itself, to make pressures and stretches of the meridians (energy channels) described in traditional Chinese medicine, thus favoring the psychophysical well-being of the person.
Today, with the contribution of countless people, in different centers, hospitals, therapeutic pools and thermal stations around the world, Watsu® has become what many consider the deepest evolution of physical therapy in our time.
Neuroscience has progressed tremendously in the last decades in clarifying how we sense and interact with the external world. On the sensory side, this line of research, sometimes referred to as “exteroception”, encompasses (according to most definitions) the primary sensory systems of vision, audition, olfaction, taste, and somatosensation. Less in known about the interoceptive system–the nervous system’s ability to represent our own internal world.
This Watsu® workshop aims to explore the bases that enable us to work and investigate in water through Watsu® therapy, focusing not so much on the purely technical aspects that are covered in a standard course, but in the experiential, interoceptive and purely integrative field.
Watsupath™ Training Institute and Elisa muñoz Blanco are owners of Watsu® brand in Spain. WatsuPath – CST in Water™ is a registered trademark of Elisa Muñoz Blanco.
My fascination with yoga began in 2001 upon completing a solo bicycle journey from my native Ireland to India. On arriving in India for reasons I couldn’t fully fathom, I found myself deeply drawn to people following the Yogic traditions. It appeared to me that they, through gentler means, had come to a similar understanding of the world as I had after seven arduous months of pedaling in solitude. I returned two years later to explore that curiosity, then spent a year alone in a mountain cabin in Northern Spain practicing intensely, determined to come to my own understanding what I had been taught. I have returned nearly every year since to deepen my understanding and practice.
After exploring various styles and traditions, I found Ashtanga to be what I was most inspired to practice and teach, initially due to its obvious benefits for adventure sport activities (such as rock climbing and surfing) and subsequently due to understanding it as a path to meditation. I now understand Yoga as a practice which trains us to bring full awareness into everything we do.
In recent years I have been developing Saoirse Yoga, a new Yoga practice drawn from the Ashtanga, Tantra and Vipassana traditions, fusing the most effective tools in one fluid practice. My goal as a teacher is to bring you to a fully conscious awareness of your Being, to show you that nothing else is required in order to fulfil your potential.
Elisa Muñoz Blanco
Physioterapist N. 3059. Associate Professor at Physiotherapy degree in Universidad San Pablo-CEU. CEU Universities. MSc in Pediatrics. Professor at Expert in Aquatic Therapy of Rey Juan Carlos University, and at masters degree in Pediatrics in Universidad San Pablo-CEU. CEU Universities. Expert in Osteopathy, Craniomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release®, Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Traditional Thai Massage.
WatsuPath™ Training Institute Founder and Director. CranioSacral Therapy in Water™ concept´s Creator and Instructor. Certified Watsu® 2 Instructor and Clinical Watsu® 3- Free Flow Instructor-in-Training by Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association. Certified Ai Chi® Instructor by Aquadynamics Institute_Japan. Vipassana meditator, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practitioner and instructor, freediver and curious constant seeker.
“I was born in ’79 into a family in which generations of Navy officers followed, on the one hand, and rural doctors on the other… sea and mountains!
The fourth of five siblings, I arrived after an unborn baby, with exceptional sensitivity, charisma, and vulnerability. All these and other gifts marked what I share today.
I have lived in many places, explored numerous paths, learned from the greatest Masters, touched many bodies, minds, hearts and souls, descended into the dark depths and climbed great mountains.
I have nurtured the Ego to release it and live in Existence, to Be Now with You.
Thank you for the Gift of Sharing.”
Commencing on Saturday 2oth of November 2021 at 9:00h and closing on Sunday 21st of November 2021 at 14:00h.
Registration fee is 135,00 Euros.
The registration fee includes learning materials and the assistance during class hours, all tuition fees (23€/person per 2 mornings at the shala, 25€/person per 1 afternoon at the pool) and drive from the shala to the pool.
It does not include travel expenses, food and lodging costs.
This workshop is limited to 12 people. Registrations will be accepted on a first come – first served basis. The registrations will be valid only upon completion of the Registration Form and online deposit.
If, after registering to the class, the student needs to cancel their registration, these rules and conditions will be applied:
- Cancellation is permitted only if requested in writing by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 4 full weeks prior to beginning of the class.
- Cancellation requested via email 2 full weeks or more before the beginning of the class students will receive back their full deposit less a 50,00 Euros administration fee.
- Cancellations requested via email less than 2 full weeks before the class start date, will lose any refund of the deposit.
COVID – 19 (SARS)
– In the event that the authorities of our country restrict the training activities to such an extent that the course has to be cancelled, the course fee will be fully refunded.
– In case you are positive for the virus COVID – 19 (SARS) within ten working days or less prior to the start of the course, please notify us, as well as if your entry into the country is denied for this reason. In this case, 50% of course fee will be refunded.
In case the minimum number of students is not achieved the organization has the faculty to postpone or cancel the course. In case of cancellation, you will be refunded the full deposit with no further compensation. In case of postponement the deposit will be refunded to the students who request it.
c/ Juan Álvarez de Mendizábal 65
Unidad de Agua de Fundación Instituto San José
C/ Pinar de San José, 98
If the weather cast accompanies us and allows us, we would love to be able to share a meal together in the park … closer to the date we can decide together!
The cafeteria at Fundación Instituto San José offers us the option of menu with the entire group (between 8,60 Euros/ day). Please let us know, as we need to confirm in advance.
The dining room booked for the group is equipped with microwave, so you can bring your own lunch if desired.
If you bring your own car, you have a long-stay SER car park next to the Temple of Debod, near the Shala:
We will be facilitating transport between the Yogaes and the FISJ at lunchtime on Saturday 20th with the car of some of the participants. If you want to help by providing some space in your vehicle, please get in touch with us to let us know.
We are responsible of the logistics of the class, and always happy to help you. It is your responsibility to find your tickets, accommodation and transport.
HOW TO GET THERE:
M-40 exit 30, Cuatro Vientos
M-45, towards N-V, M40 _exit 30
M-30, towards N-V, Cuatro Vientos exit
From Aluche (connection with metro line 5 and nearby C5s): 483 and 487 towards La Fortuna.
From Plaza elíptica (connection with line 6 and 11 of metro): 486 towards La Fortuna.
Line 5 (light green) towards Casa de Campo. Get off at Aluche (link with bus).
Line 11 (dark green) towards La Peseta. Get off at La Peseta and walk 15 Min.
TRAIN: RENFE has regular services to Madrid.
By suburban train: line C-5 (yellow), to Móstoles – El Soto. Get off at Aluche (link with bus).
PLANE: Airport of Madrid – Barajas
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Watsupath™ Training Institute
Cellular: +34. 667.437.941