Abbie Galvin


Abbie Galvin - The Body as the Abode

To be well adjusted, one must consciously integrate all three floors of the body. Each floor expresses different parts of the whole, while housing unique information, functions, and efficiencies. The first floor, our lower body, substantiates us, housing our first nature, our ancestry, our stability, our grounding. The second floor, our upper body, potentiates us, housing our second nature, our capacity, our competence, our participation. The third floor, our head, liberates us, housing our vision, our imagination, our antenna, giving us the ability to see all the way around ourselves. This workshop will be spent building the body from the ground up, so as to build a good container (abode) that holds up, measures up and points up. Through structural articulation, hands on adjustments and theoretical analysis, we will begin to understand how we can use our form as a functional tool, to hold the elixir of our essence. Suitable for teachers and practitioners alike, this workshop will provide an exploration into the three floors of the body and how to consciously integrate them to best embody the whole; teaching us how to build the cathedral, to house the spirit. ...Read more
Room Lord Vishnus Couch SÜD10:00 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 17:30English

Abbie Galvin - Katonah Yoga Body Reading

Learning to read a body via asana work is one of the goals of teaching yoga. Poses are snap shots that show things in the moment. Reading a body, assessing a pose, interpreting where one is heading, is the art of seeing. Seeing patterns such as the repetition of arches in the body on every floor, or how a collar bone is turned will be reflected in the wrist. Poses show propensities of behavior and how personal habits are articulated in the practice. When we are looking at a yoga pose, we reference the ideal form of it so that we have a template, a map, a criteria to look for. Form that is not functional, that is dysfunctional, is not sustainable. Our work is to transform the personal to a formal form that functions formidably. ...Read more
Room Jan van Werth08:30 - 10:15English

Abbie Galvin - Katonah Yoga Asana Practice

Katonah Yoga Asana Practice is a fundamentally formal practice. A commingling of classical Hatha yoga poses integrated with theories of sacred geometry that serve to develop stability and dimension, Taoist philosophy to observe and conform to nature’s patterns found in the body, peppered with Pranayama and Kundalini to move breath through the body’s terrain, serving as a conduit between the body and mind to soothe the soul and build an identity. The goal of the practice is to become whole, in order to live a life of integrity and happiness. ...Read more
Room Jan van Werth16:30 - 18:15English

Abbie Galvin - Katonah Yoga Home Practice

A home practice addresses the vision and virtue of personal health, wellbeing and long life. Engaging in a home practice is a way of addressing the manner in which one personally organizes one’s self; developing a determined life, setting goals and following through. By making the choice to turn inward for a determined amount of time, in a personal space, at a particular time of day, determined by a schedule, one’s personal practice is supported by one’s personal time management. In this most organized way, we find our freedom in this prescribed confinement. This interior shift of mind into the body’s intelligence, endows the organs and their attendant glands with more efficiency. And then by virtue of this gargantuan effort, one’s physiology impinges on one’s psychology. ...Read more
Room Severinus14:00 - 15:45English

About Abbie Galvin

Abbie Galvin is the owner of The Studio, a NYC based yoga studio, teaching Katonah Yoga. She has been honing this practice for the past 25 years and has a strong student base from all around the world. Abbie's instruction is informed by her own creative process as a filmmaker and from her exploration of the therapeutic process as a psychoanalyst. She has learned over and over that truly participating in any formal process of self-exploration leads to transformation whether it be physical, psychological or intellectual. Her goal is to engage students of yoga in the dialogue between their conscious and their unconscious selves because it is through that effort that we potentiate ourselves. It is her intention as a teacher to cajole each student in that most rigorous effort to be grounded, to grow upwards, and to participate in the creation of their best self.

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