Gabriel Halpern

November 15-17, 2013

Gabriel was trained at the Iyengar Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and Pune, India. Gabriel has practiced since 1970 and gives workshops nationally. He is the founder and director of the Yoga Circle in Chicago, IL since 1985. Owing to the direct influence of BKS Iyengar and 4 decades of continuous study Gabriel’s teaching is all that is yoga: zeal in practice, science, art form, lifestyle, and mystical mentoring.

Friday, November 15th

Body Sighting II: Connective Tissue, 1:30-4:30 PM (teachers/ serious students): Once basic knowledge of skeletal and muscular awareness has been learned and practiced, another layer of anatomical depth can be revealed by studying fascia (connective tissue). Our goal will be: to empower teachers to help their students deal with their aches and pains.  Our method will be to study how the fascia works in asanas. Demonstration in theory and application will show how connective tissues wraps around muscles and bones and covers areas both adjacent to, as well as remote from, the site of any injury or discomfort. Using one or two of the fascial lines in the body, today’s class will revolutionize the way you perceive and act therapeutically.

The Gospel of Deep Relaxation, 6-8 PM (public): The range of restorative poses is enormous. No matter what your body type, age, or condition, you can find a few poses that are easy to do, feel so good, and are good for you too! Breathing exercises that show how to work with anxiety, fatigue, and emotional imbalances will be taught. If you want to leave with peace of mind, this class is for you.

Saturday, November 16th

Pranayama Immersion: The Fourth Limb of Yoga, 8:30-10:30 AM (public): After some mastery in poses confer a flexible body, calm nerves, and mental steadiness, the stage is set for another level of depth unfolding. Yoga is the best antidote for being burnt, being out-of-sync, or fluctuating back and forth between being anxious or depressed.  Supine breath awareness techniques, as well and digital pranayama basics will be covered.

Neck and Shoulders, 11 AM-2 PM (public): Feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world?  Many people carry stress in the neck and the shoulders, resulting in headaches, respiratory problems, and restricted movement in the head, arms and chest.  Ways to release, strengthen, and align these areas will be explored. Pick any asana that gives you trouble and Gabriel will show you how to modify the pose to make it feel better.

Hips and Knees, 4-7 PM (public): Yoga challenges you to find out why you are so tight in different areas of your body.  This is an invitation to explore the impact on how stiff you are and your general state of well being.  This is especially true of your hips and knees.  This deeply affects the ease with which you stand, sit, walk, sleep, think and feel. The mechanics of hip and knee rotation, flexion, and extension will first be taught as the explanation of anatomical facts and then through the actions of yoga poses.

Sunday, November 17th

Sharpening The Edge: Taking Your Practice to the Next Level, 8:30-11:30 AM (teachers/serious students): Continued practice of hatha yoga promises a body of all health, will of steel, mind of clarity, heart full of love and compassion, and a life dedicated to the common welfare. Sign me up! Topics covered today will be how to play the edge, how to sequence to increase the cumulative effect of asana, and how to hold poses for considerable lengths of time. Special attention will be given to head stand and shoulder stand, the king and queen of asanas. Immersion in asana practice leads to depth in living one’s yoga in daily life.

Back Care Basics, 1-4 PM (public): Back pain sufferers take heart!  Come and find relief and discover new options for your home practice.  Whether you have general backache, stiffness, or soreness in your upper spine, scoliosis, SI joint dysfunction, or sciatica, this workshop will teach you how to relax.  Yoga poses traction the spine.  Once the spine elongates and decompresses, ease of motion is restored, as is free and easy breathing. You’ll go home knowing how to set up simple poses that alleviate discomfort and get a new lease on life.


Pricing and Registration


                                   Early                           Normal                            Late

                                   (before Oct. 31)                    (Nov. 1-7)                  (After Nov.8)


One class (3 hr.)                              50                                  55                                 60


Two classes (3 hr.)                         45                                  50                                 55


Pranayama/Restorative (2 hr.)         30                                  35                                 40


Full Workshop                                  285                                320                               355


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