Neal Ghoshal has been practicing yoga for over twenty years and teaching since 2003. He sees yoga as a guide to restoring our place and understanding of who we are and how we can live peacefully, happily and completely fulfilled.
Neal’s teaching focuses on exploring and refining natural movement and alignment principles – learning to embody these principles in a way that takes our Yoga practice into our everyday lives.
“My aim in teaching is to create a safe and inviting space in which to learn and discover Yoga as a balance between effort and effortlessness, structural alignment and organic fluidity, mindfulness and spontaneity. I am interesting in growing students’ skill in sensing and feeling their way in their movement, so that they learn to fully trust in and be confident of their own perception, and make wise and independent choices in their practice and their lives.”
Neal has taught on teacher training programs in New Zealand and Australia, has been senior faculty on Donna Farhi’s Advanced Teacher Training Program, and is a founder member of the Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training program, based out of Auckland.
Title (Session 1) - Sensing Our Way To Dynamic Alignment
In this session, we explore how we may find our own individual alignment as we move through our practice. But what do we mean by alignment?
Alignment speaks to relationship. Our practice may be like a discussion, cultivating a healthy conversation between the various aspects of our body, breath and mind. in this movement practice, we will take our easy time, moving with sensitivity, to feel our way towards a clearer, more harmonius relationship with ourselves and our environment, and how we may explore our relationship to ground gravity and space.
We will let go of “holding” a posture, and instead practice Yoga as a process, as self-enquiry, where each movement is like an open question.
- Create a discussion on what we may mean by "alignment" and why it may be an important aspect of Yoga practice.
- Learn to FEEL your relationship to the ground, to gravity and space.
- Learn how to use the ground and the rebound force coming up from the ground, to SENSE our way to a clearer alignment.
- Discover clear pathways of force through the structure of your body.
- Explore the positioning of the body so that we may feel when the key centres of the body are in a clearer, more harmonious relationship.
- Feeling how we can stand and sit with greater alignment, ease and sustainability.
Title (Session 2) - Connecting The Centre Of The Body
In this session, we look at alignment from the point of view of the centre of the body. We learn to find centre, to connect to centre, to move from the centre, and to connect the centre of the body to the periphery of the body - the limbs.
We will harness the support of the fluid body (embodied Yoga flow!), our breath and developmental movement to create a clear and harmonious relationship to our centre.
- Learn to harness the support and, and to embody, our fluid body in our movement.
- Learn to initiate movement from the centre of the body and to connect the centre to the periphery.
- Explore connectivity from the centre of the body out to the limbs - which points us towards a clarity of alignment.
- Learn to align to our centre, to moving from centre, to be centred, to rest in centre.
Title (Session 3) - A Pedagogic Model For Teaching Yoga
Drawing on the ground-breaking work of renown teacher Donna Farhi, this presentation discusses a modern, pedagogic model for teaching Yoga.
As Yoga teachers we create and hold a space in which students can learn Yoga to the best of their ability. How may we create a safe space for learning? How do we create an optimal learning environment? Can we be conscious of the very process of our teaching? As well as the what, how and why of what we teach, we can ask, "who is teaching?".
By opening a discussion on a pedagogic model for teaching Yoga we may continue to encourage safe, healthy, educational Yoga here in New Zealand Aotearoa.
In this interactive presentation I will facilitate a discussion on what could be included as part of a pedagogic model for teaching Yoga.
- Learn what a safe teaching space means.
- Learn what an educational space means.
- How might these principles contribute to our own personal teaching style?
- How might a pedagogic model for teaching Yoga affect the language we use in teaching?
- How might a pedagogic model be part of a wider discussion on ethics and teaching Yoga.