Tarot and Yoga Workshop
Divination, moving meditation, introspection & a little body magic.
A unique experience of the self, through the self, to the self.
Practicing yoga and reading tarot cards are two ways that many people learn to tune in, reflect, and strengthen their connection to themselves and the world around them.
In Karina’s Yoga & Tarot workshops, participants explore the themes and lessons of the Tarot while utilizing the moving meditation of yoga, to cultivate a deeper understanding of our minds, our bodies, and our relationship with the Universe at large.
This workshop is designed to be engaging for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Expect a combination of journaling, active and restorative yoga poses, and reading tarot for yourself & other people.
You will need a tarot deck (you can buy here), a yoga mat & any props you have (a blanket or towel, a bolster or pillows, blocks or something to support you)
a journal or something to write with.
We will begin the day with a slow yoga flow, exploring the links between the major arcana and follow on on the explore the journey of tarot and the roots it has in the practice of Yoga. We will finish the day with a gentle guided meditation through the minor arcana. Working on some meditation techniques which can be used in your own home practice.
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Yoga straps, also called belts, are particularly useful for poses where you need to hold onto your feet but cannot reach them. The strap basically acts as an arm extender. For instance, in pascimottanasana, if you can’t reach your feet with your hands in the seated forward fold, you can wrap the strap around the bottom of your feet and hold onto the strap to maintain a flat back instead of slumping forward.
Straps are also great for poses where you bind your hands behind the back (marichyasana, for example). If your shoulders don’t allow enough flexibility for the bind, you can use a strap to “connect” both hands without excess strain. And with the strap’s help, you can move your hands toward each other over time to make progress toward the full bind.
You probably have something around your house that would work as a strap (like a belt or even a towel). If you want to buy an official version, you can choose Manduka, where you can find straps for €18.
Like blankets, yoga blocks are used to make you more comfortable and improve your alignment. Blocks are particularly useful for standing poses in which your hands are supposed to be on the floor.
Placing a block under your hand has the effect of “raising the floor” to meet your hand rather than forcing the hand to come to the floor while effectively compromising some other part of the pose. This can be seen in half moon pose. Many people don’t have the hamstring flexibility or core strength to hold the position with proper form.
By placing a block under the hand that’s reaching toward the floor, it’s easier to keep the chest open and torso strong. Without the block, the chest might be inclined to turn toward the floor, the supporting knee might be inclined to bend, and the torso might be inclined to “collapse.” The simple use of the block helps maintain proper alignment.
Bolsters have many uses for yoga students. You can use them in place of a stack of blankets to make seated and forward bending poses more comfortable. You can place them under your knees or your back when reclining for support and passive stretching. They are particularly handy in restorative and prenatal yoga classes. If you take this type of class, the bolsters will be provided.
The are two basic bolster shapes: round and flat (more of a rectangular shape). Flat bolsters tend to be more ergonomic; however, round bolsters can be useful when you want more support or a deeper stretch. It comes down to personal preference.
If you want a pretty bolster, check out Manduka, Hugger Mugger, Inner Space, or Chattra. The prices are in line with the marketplace ($40 to $80), and the designs are bright and beautiful.
Yoga wheels are a relatively new prop starting to gain a foothold. These wheels are roughly 12-inches in diameter and are about four-inches wide. When set upright, you can lie back on the wheel or place a foot or hand on top of the wheel to deepen your stretches and enhance flexibility, slowly rolling the wheel farther as you relax into each stretch. Wheels can also be used in more advanced practices as a way to challenge stability or to offer support during challenging poses.
While it’s unlikely that you’ll need a yoga wheel as a beginner, you may want to consider a purchase down the line. Most wheels range in price from €40 to €60. Yoga Design Lab, for instance, offers one for €48.
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