I love teaching public classes but relish the opportunity to dive deeper into this vast subject of yoga, meditation and movement in longer form workshops and series. Known for the ease, accessibility, and creativity I bring to my teaching workshops are a prefect opportunity for me to develop content suited to taking your practice or your teaching to the next level.
Consider inviting me to your studio or check out the UPCOMING WORKSHOPS I’ll be holding here in the Bay Area.
See examples of workshops offered in the past below
Mechanics of Flow
Explore Your Structure. Enhance Your Practice. Find Your Flow.
Join Melissa McLaughlin for a four part series that will dive deep into the structure that supports our asana practice. In this series you’ll cultivate greater awareness of the mechanics of your physical body so you can move through your yoga practice with greater stability, sustainability, and ease.
Class 1: Balance the Pelvis: Just how much do we need to stretch our hips? In this workshop we’ll take an uncommon approach to hips focusing on cultivating strength and stability in and around the pelvis. We’ll experiment with pelvic alignment and muscular support in standing poses, twists, and on backbends.
Class 2: Explore the Core: Go beyond the 6-Pack Muscles to explore the deepest parts of your core! When we’re able to stabilize and support the whole trunk movement becomes more fluid and graceful. In this workshop, we’ll relate bandhas to anatomy then move slow and steady through a Vinyasa sequence designed to activate all the regions of your trunk. Eventually ending up to experiment with preparation for and play in arm balances.
Class 3: Stabilize the Shoulders: The shoulders do a lot of work in our Vinyasa practice. Much of the work is a repetitive “pushing” action which overtime can lead to imbalance and injury in the region. In this workshop, we’ll experiment with balancing actions through the entire shoulder girdle and relate shoulders to the muscles in the upper and mid-back. We’ll touch on healthy shoulder alignment in the poses that make-up Surya Namaskar A and play more with arm balances in the Plank Family. We’ll also spend a good deal of time prepping shoulders for and playing with inversions.
Class 4: Ride the Breath:The true gift of Vinyasa yoga comes when we allow the yogic breath to guide our practice. In the last workshop in our series, we’ll get out of our heads and step into our breath, exploring ways to support our practice from the inside out. We will put together all the elements of our previous workshops with fewer alignment cues. With the strong foundation of our previous workshops and breath as our teacher, the flow will feel skillful, graceful, and meditative. We will begin and end this extended practice with pranayama (breathing technics) and seated meditation. This workshop will reveal the wisdom of slow, aligned, breath paced movement, the true essence of Vinyasa yoga.
Ancient Philosophy for the Modern Yogi
Navigate dense texts with a relatable and accessible teacher.
-The Upanishads & The Bhagavad Gita
-The Yoga Sutras
-The Radiance Sutras
-Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Evolution of Yoga Asana
-From East to West: Yoga's Move across the Oceans
-Relationship of the Upanishads & the Bhagavad Gita to Modern Philosophical Movements including Transcendentalism & Existentialism
Yoga is for everyone! Always wanted to try yoga but been too intimidated to start? Yoga 101 is a series for the beginner or anyone interested in strengthening the foundations of their yoga practice.
Class !: The Basics: From yogic breathing to Downward Facing Dog, we’ll explore the roots of yoga and a few of it’s most popular poses
Class 2: Standing Poses: Don’t know a Warrior I from a Warrior II, that’s ok! This class will explore the foundations of yoga’s standing poses
Class 3: Hips and Twists: Open your hips, spine, and other chronic tight spots
Class 4: The Basics of Flow: We’ll put the poses we’ve learned together and introduce sun salutations. Then we'll flow through a full length class guided by breath.
Strength & Mobility
Deepen your understanding of your physical structure while you enjoy a fitness experience that incorporates TRX, Resistance bands, and Tune-Up Balls. Expect an engaging strength building circuit along with functional mobility exercises. Fitness enthusiasts & Yoga practitioners alike will benefit. Yoga Practitioners, what you learn can help balance out some of the actions of your asana (yoga postures) practice making it more stable and sustainable over the long haul!
Inversions Deconstructed is designed to help you feel more confident working upside down. Whether you’re already comfortable practicing these poses or you tend to shy away and not know where to begin, you’ll get tools to continue to work with increased skill, power, and ease when playing with these beneficial poses in any setting.
No inversion experience is required! Melissa will break down alignment techniques and give options to steer you toward finding the base of support that works best for your unique structure. The workshop will end in restorative inversions to soothe the central nervous system.
Yoga for Healing
It's imporant to know how to workout, get strong, and push hard. There's a place for structure and discipline in our yoga practices but yoga excels at nurturing. Restorative yoga trains us to take care os ourselves to stay soft, open and gentle. Learn practices to deeply soothe the nervous system in this workshop for healing.
Pranayama, Mantra, & Meditation
While often under taught in public yoga class, the practices of pranayama, mantra, and meditation are some of yoga's oldest and most valuable tools. Melissa McLaughlin is deeply passionate about the benefits of Vedic chanting, Pranayama, and Meditaion. She offers stand alone workshops in each or in addition to any of the aforementioned workshops.
FOR YOGA TEACHERS:
-Meaningful Cueing & Mindful Assists
-Anatomy Beyond Asana
-Sequence with Purpose
-Curriculum Design & Implementation