Workshop: 'Asana Essentials – Core, Hips & Shoulders'

mit Neil Barker Fr, 15. – So, 17.Juli 2016
Stehst du in der Yoga – Practice an?   Hast du Probleme mit Halblotus, Lotus, den Marichyasana Übungen, Kurmasana (Schildkröte) und ähnlichen Asanas? Die Ursachen sind immer wieder die drei „main problem areas“: unbewegliche Hüften, unbewegliche Schultern und schwache Rumpfmuskulatur inkl. schwachen unteren Rücken.

Neil bringt dir in diesen Workshop mit umfassendsten Wissen und viel Spass die Lösung zu all diesen Problemen und lässt dich deine Asana Practice neu erleben.

Workshop Content

After almost 20 years of teaching Hatha Yoga Asanas, Neil has identified three major, common problem areas in practice; a weak core, which includes the lower back, tight hips, weak and tight shoulders. This workshop will address all 3 key areas for a safe and effective asana practice. Neil uses the latest 3D software to present the anatomy and then skilfully integrates the theory into practice.

About Neil Barker

Neil Barker began his spiritual enquiry at an early age, influenced by Martial Arts philosophy and practice. His Shotokan Karate master, Enoeda Sensei, recommended him to also practice softer styles, especially that of Taijiquan (Tai Chi). After earning Black Belts in Karate and Jui-Jitsu, Neil gave up the pursuit of competitive fighting in favour of self-mastery and internal enquiry. Neil-Barker-Yoga-Workshop1Under the guidance of his Taiji and Qigong master, he realised the roots of internal energy cultivation, had been heavily influenced by ancient Indian Yoga. After 14 years of Martial Arts practice he set off in pursuit of Yoga. It was in 2004 that Neil met his Guru and spiritual mentor, Sri Om Prakesh Tiwari. Through Tiwariji’s guidance he has undertaken a deeper study of the entire Hatha yoga tradition and its related texts. Tiwariji has given his blessing to teach this scientific approach to pranayama in the tradition of Kaivalyadhama and Swami Kuvalayanandaji. Additionally, in 2006 he received ‘Authorisation’ to teach the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga method from Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath. He is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT500 accredited teacher. Neil is a gifted teacher, known for his creative and lively presentations, and a unique ability to make even the most difficult concepts immediately understandable, especially in the fields of Applied Anatomy & Physiology, Dynamic Principles of Alignment and Yoga Philosophy. His passion for these topic shines through in his delivery of these sometimes daunting and intimidating topics. Neil-Barker-Yoga-Workshop2He brings to his teachings a wealth of experience from a multifaceted background including various martial arts, sports injuries prevention and treatment, as well as various natural therapies, various schools of massage technique, joint setting and spinal manipulation. As a qualified Acupuncturist, well studied in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he integrates a deeper understanding of subtle energetic anatomy into his teachings. Neil spent 6 years as the right hand of Paul Dallaghan at Centered Yoga Institute and Yoga Thailand, as the Director of Education & Training, for Asia most successful teachers training program. He has also spent 3 years in Hong Kong with Pure Yoga, as a Senior Yoga Teacher running a very successful Mysore program, and 3 years in Taiwan as Country Managing Teacher. After 14 years of Martial Arts and 18 years of Yoga studies, he has since synthesized the accumulated knowledge into a personalized system of White Crane Yoga.

Dates, Time and Content of the Workshop

Friday 15th July 2016
19:30 – 21:00 Demystifying Bandha’s, Awakening an Intelligent Core – Presentation This presentation will
be a review of abdominal and lower back Anatomy. We will attempt to demystify the concept of Mula
and Uddiyana Bandha, and explore how all movements of the Hips and Shoulders must pass through
and be integrated by an active intelligent core.
Saturday 16th July 2016
10:30 – 12:00 Awakening the Core – Practice; This 90-minute practice session will focus on key movements for the Core and Lower Back.
13:30 – 15:00 Anatomical Review of the Hips – Presentation; This presentation will review the important anatomy of the hips and pelvis using the latest 3D software images.
15:30 – 17:00 Happy Hips – Practice; This 90-minute practice session will focus on opening the six directions of the Hip Joint.
17:00 – 17:30 Q&A
Sunday 17th July 2016
09:00 – 10:30 Anatomy Review of the Shoulder Girdle – Presentation; This presentation will review the important anatomy of the shoulder girdle using the latest 3D software images.
12:00 – 14:00 Core & Shoulder Integration – Practice; This practical session will explore integrating the core with the shoulders in fundamental arm balances from Headstand to Forearm Balance, to handstand skills.
14:30 – 15:30 Q & A

Subject to alterations. Minor changes to the schedule are possible. Any changes of the time table will be published here.

short video about Neil Barker’s workshop at Yogazentrum Pureyoga in 2009:


Neil-Barker-Yoga-Workshop3This workshop is appropriate for all interested students at all levels of practice, from the experienced beginner to advanced practitioner as well as for yoga teachers. A  workshop on Core, Hips and Shoulders, “the three main problem areas”  for everyone regardless of style of practice. For students that “only” practice and who like to understand how they can build up and improve the most important elements (shoulder, hips, core strenght) for their personal yoga practice, as also for yoga teachers (to be), who want to build up a real and deeper understanding how they can encourage their students solving their major problems in practice. This workshop is recognized by the Yoga Alliance as „Continuing Education“ (11 h)

Veranstaltungsort, Kosten und verbindliche Anmeldung



Yogazentrum Pureyoga, Einwanggasse 12/1, 1140 Wien


Petra Rinnerberger

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