Snowflake Principle of Yoga

The Snowflake Principle of Yoga:  A series of weekend immersions for yoga teachers and dedicated students

You have probably heard the saying that no two snowflakes are exactly alike even though they look similar to the naked eye and are comprised of the same basic elements.  The same is true of our bodies.  While we all have the same bones, muscles and joints; the shape of those bones, the flexibility and strength of the muscles are different for each of us.  That means each of us is our own unique puzzle, with different movement possibilities.   It is important to understand what keeps you or your students from doing a particular movement or posture, in order to practice safely and therapeutically.

Whether you are a yoga teacher looking for a deeper understanding in order to be a more effective teacher, or a student wanting to expand your knowledge beyond what you get in regular group classes, you will walk away from this weekend with insights and tools that will change how you teach and how you practice yoga.

Pre-registration is required.  Contact pam@justpracticeyoga.com for details, or call 314-401-6752.  RYTs receive 10 hours continuing education credits for each weekend, applicable towards Yoga Alliance continuing education requirements.

Cancellations within two weeks prior to each weekend will receive a full refund.  There is no refund given for cancellations with less than 14 days unless we can fill your space.

Weekend #1:  The Spine

Thanks to everyone who attended this weekend!  We had an amazing time learning about the importance of the spine in yoga.

January 26 – 28, 2018 at Casa Bagus

Friday 5:30 to 8:30, Saturday 1 to 5, Sunday 1 to 4

Cost is $170

Classes will include asana practice as well as discussion of the following topics.

  • Anatomy and developmental stages of the spine
  • Discussion and assessment of spinal movements
  • Spinal orientation to gravity – sequencing and practice
  • The breath and the spine
  • Tips for keeping the spine safe in yoga, including modifications and use of props
  • Yoga philosophy and how it informs what and how we practice

Weekend #2:  The Hips, Knees and Ankles

March 2 to 4, 2018

Friday 5:30 to 8:30, Saturday 1 to 5, Sunday 1 to 4

Cost is $170

Classes will include asana practice as well as discussion of the following topics.

  • Anatomy of the hip, knee and ankle joints
  • Discussion and assessment of the movements available in these joints
  • Sequencing suggestions for group classes and home practice
  • Tips for keeping these joints safe in yoga, including modifications and use of props
  • Yoga philosophy and how it informs what and how we practice



Weekend #3:  The Shoulders, Elbows and Wrists

April 13 to 15, 2018

Friday 5:30 to 8:30, Saturday 1 to 5, Sunday 1 to 4

Cost is $170

Classes will include asana practice as well as discussion of the following topics.

  • Anatomy of the shoulder, elbow and wrist joints
  • Discussion and assessment of the movements available in these joints
  • Sequencing suggestions for group classes and home practice
  • Tips for keeping these joints safe in yoga, including modifications and use of props
  • Yoga philosophy and how it informs what and how we practice



6 comments on “Snowflake Principle of Yoga
  1. Martha says:

    Really enjoyed the information in this class. In usual Pam style, the information was clear, enlightening and so relevant to teaching, personal practice and personal health. Thanks Pam. You’re a Master!

  2. Bill Harrison says:

    The Spine weekend immersion class was an excellent experience, made even better than the agenda by the quality of participants who attended. Great information and methodology for Yoga teachers, and if you have a home practice you are also a Yoga teacher (I am my own Guru!)

  3. Lisa Huxley says:

    Not a trained instructor, I was a little concerned before the Spine Weekend that I might be getting in over my head. Never fear. Pam, like all good teachers, and, in the way she usually does in her yoga classes, met each of us where we were and moved us ahead. The weekend was filled with many “Aha!” moments as we worked through a variety of poses designed to help us identify how the spine — and the pelvis — move, and how they effect and are effected by breathing and movement. As I write this, I am now conscious of maintaining a neutral spine, with my shoulder blades down my back, and my chin slightly tucked and back. All in all, an extremely worthwhile and helpful event.

  4. Pete Pagano says:

    This class highlighted spinal anatomy and its biomechanics at play on and off the mat. It gave me a new appreciation of my own body and what it actually does for me regardless of my contortion du jour.
    Observing and adjusting class participants provided a practical demonstration of the broad variance in the expression of a posture due to body type and flexibility. This immersion stressed how to keep postures safe and underscored the concept that the same posture may provide a range of experiences for class participants depending on their unique anatomies.
    Pam’s passion for the practice of yoga oozes into her clear, concise and enthusiastic delivery of this information. Thank you, Pam!

  5. Mariana P. Campbell says:

    I loved all three sessions over the Spine weekend. The time just flew by. The discussions were interesting. The Asanas (physical practice) was amazing. I loved getting a complete overhaul on my Down Dog. Also loved all the opportunities to do hands on adjustments on each other.
    I am really looking forward to attending the next two weekends in March and April.

  6. Pam,
    you have a magnetic quality that maintains a student’s attention, makes one want more. I love having you as a teacher–you are the best and most conscientious yoga instructor I have ever seen. So, thank you

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