WITH GOPI OM
Looking to learn more about Śīrṣāsana, the headstand pose? Join this workshop and take time to explore how to approach this posture, including variations, props, assists, and more. Headstanding is more than just a party trick. This posture has the ability to improve concentration, create strength, and increase will-power and self-confidence. There are benefits to body, mind and beyond that can be accessed by inverting, which will be discussed. Depending on your goals, this workshop can help in making headstanding more accessible, stable, or comfortable, or add variety to a regular headstand practice, if you have one. This workshop will work to break down the barriers that keep this pose a mystery for many of us! We will approach this pose from a variety of angles, so get ready to spend some time upside down. Some experience with headstand is requested, but the ability to do the pose without a prop or assist is not necessary to attend. Gopi is a long time student of master Yogi, Sri Dharma Mittra, who is especially well known for his no-handed headstand, which has been pictured in outlets worldwide, including Vanity Fair magazine. She has learned and studied with the best and is eager to share these teachings with you.
In conjunction with Nature Yoga teacher training. Space is limited, register early!
$25 in advance/ $30 day of
Staff & unlimited member discount: $20 in advance/ $25 day of
Gopi Om (Nicole Sopko) first discovered yoga by chance and was instantly intrigued. She attended her first teacher training with the sole intention of learning more about the practice, but discovered the teachings of yoga to be so transformational that she couldn't keep them to herself and began teaching in 2005. Shortly after, her practice grew immensely due to the discovery and subsequent influence of her beloved Guru, Sri Dharma Mittra, who gave her the name Gopi.
Gopi has completed the advanced level (500 hour & 800 hour) Life of a Yogi teacher trainings at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York with Sri Dharma. She feels blessed to have received and to carry on his teachings. She strives to live every moment as an offering to the divine and to pass on the teachings of yoga as they have been generously shared with her. She is a vegan of nearly 20 years who knows that veganism was her first yogic practice in embracing compassion for all beings. A believer in the power of yoga as a lifestyle, Gopi feels that a playful yoga practice enables a person to approach the more mundane aspects of life with a lighter heart and a more accepting attitude. Her yogic journey has played a big role in her life and she feels lucky to have the opportunity to share that journey with others.
Gopi is the owner of Nature Sanctuary in Chicago, IL. Additionally, she works alongside her life partner, Dan, in the operation of his natural foods company, Upton's Naturals, and vegan cafe, Upton's Breakroom.
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