Giving Gold – YOGA VIDA

Giving Gold

An exploration of public speaking, finding your authentic voice 
and the tools to weave a spiritual theme accessibly 
into every element of a yoga class. 
Heather Lilleston

September 18th-20th, 2020

If there is one thing that can go really bad in a yoga class, it’s the spiritual teaching. 
If there is one thing that can be the most special thing about a yoga class, it’s the spiritual teaching.

During this weekend we will explore the art of public speaking. How we can draw out of our personal life experience something universal, and then - in both an inviting and humorous way - offer it to our audience as a golden nugget.  We will look at the tools necessary to communicate to a wide audience with clarity, precision and gentleness, welcoming all minds into a conversation exploring tangible yet elevated material. Every one of us has had revelations about life - no matter how mundane or exhilarating our lives have been.  We all have something to offer. It's a muscle we build. 

Topics Include:
>> Short Teachings - 3 to 5 minute gold nuggets to inspire when you have limited time
>> Weaving the Theme: Linking your golden nugget throughout class and relating it to the sequence, alignment cues & playlist (in terms of yoga).
>> Verbs & vocabulary good for expanding your use of languaging to keep the authenticity and attention of the audience
>> Tools to explain tough concepts
>> The do’s and don’t's of telling stories about yourself: how it is useful & how it can be unnecessary
>> Deciphering your point into ONE sentence
>> Power of repetition & simplicity
>> Relating what we do on the mat (or any other context in which you are giving a talk) to outside the classroom - and why is this relevant to talk about?
>> Talking to the most pessimistic person in the room
>> Current Affairs/Politics in yoga? - out or in?
>> Sussing out your own personal take on something ancient, poetic, & probably not to be tampered with
>> Encouraging curiosity and inquisitiveness vs. telling people what something is, what truth is or isn’t
>> Using specific tools to take your audience on your journey to a revelation that is relatable, graspable and universal

Open to anyone interested in refining their public speaking skills, their teaching skills (not necessarily yoga, though this will be the form through which we discuss many of the tools) as well as their general sincere communication skills. (For YA certified yoga teachers, this counts as 20 hours towards YA continuing education.)
How to Give a Ted Talk by Chris Anderson
An Offering of Leaves by Ruth Lauer-Manenti

Friday, September 18, 2020: 6:30pm-9:00pm
Saturday, September 19, 2020 & Sunday, September 20, 2020: 9:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm-6:30pm

Noho: 666 Broadway @ Bond St, 3rd Floor

Payment Deadline: Sunday, September 13, 2020

Early Bird Deadline: Sunday, August 23, 2020
*For the Early Bird Rate, full payment must be made by the Early Bird Deadline.

No refunds within 31 days before the program begins, and refunds requested more than 31 days before the program begins lose $150 processing fee only.