Biography/Workshop Booking

You can contact Colin through http://www.bodhitreeyoga.com for booking private or corporate classes, workshops, and speaking events.

Want to read his biography first? He has two of them:

Here is the serious one:

Colin Hall is director of Bodhi Tree Yoga in Regina, Saskatchewan. Introduced to the study of mysticism in the late nineties, he started teaching yoga classes in 2001 and has been teaching full time ever since. With his background in Religious Studies, Colin studies and teaches a fully integrated approach to yoga that incorporates biomechanics, psychology, philosophy, and story telling. His classes are hilarious, challenging explorations into the depths of the body and mind. In addition to public classes, teacher trainings, and workshops, Colin lectures at the University of Regina for the departments of Kinesiology, Sociology, and Religious Studies.

Here is the fun one:

My elementary school had regular assemblies in the gym. Our principle was a man named Mr. Sandness. Kind of a old school principle with thick black glasses and very 1980s looking suits. For some reason he would let me perform from time to time. I would write and perform my own Weird Al style songs. It was absolutely bananas. Made no sense and was probably more confusing than entertaining for my classmates.

My introduction to yoga came from a variety show named Bizarre that featured comedian John Byner. The show was filled with tacky, sexist sketch comedy. One of the characters played by Byner was a yoga teacher. He sat on a platform so that only his torso was visible above the surface. He had fake legs made from clothe that he will fling about and wrap behind his head.

At my first ever yoga class we had to introduce ourselves in a big circle. Person after beautiful, shining person would walk to the centre of the circle and gloriously perform their favourite pose while announcing their names. It was corny but kind of fun. When my turn came I realized that I had not yet learned a single pose. I had studied yoga philosophy with an amazing Korean Quaker at the University of Regina, but I had never even seen yoga on YouTube video (this was 4-5 years before YouTube existed). I walked with pride to the centre of the circle and flexed like Arnold Schwarzenegger while hollering “Colllllllllllliiiiiiiiinnnnnn!!!”

Twenty years later I know WAY more poses. But I am still out here flexing.

 

Here are some of the workshops being offered right now:

Parasympathetic Flow:

The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for the relaxation response, which induces digestion, healing and basic physical maintenance that keeps us healthy. We are all familiar with the fast-paced, workout style of vinyasa yoga that makes you sweat, but what about a flowing class designed to relax and restore instead? This is a fresh take on vinyasa yoga that will leave you feeling peaceful and revitalized.

The Storyteller Series:

Like sitting around a fire or singing with friends, storytelling is an essential human experience. This workshop starts with a short asana practice and is followed by a lively, entertaining – and sometimes unorthodox – re-telling of classics in Indian literature and mythology. I am always adding new stories to the series, but here are some of the options:

The Mahabharata (2 hours): The Mahabharata is not only a sacred text, it is also a compelling and insightful piece of mythology. The story takes place in an ancient Indian kingdom and pits two sets of brothers against one another in an epic civil war on the fields of Kurukshetra. Join Arjun, Draupadi, Bhishma and Krishna in a deep and dramatic tale that has been inspiring and enlightening millions of people for over 2000 years.

Virabhadra (2 hours)

Virabhadra is an angry, angry incarnation of the erotic/ascetic deity, Shiva. Many people are familiar with Shiva’s wife, Parvati. But not many realize this was his second marriage. Shiva’s first marriage, to Sati, did not end well. How bad? Shiva cut off his father-in-law’s head and replaced it with the head of a goat. Yeah. This story has a more active and dynamic asana component.

The Ramayana (2 hours)

Another classic in Indian mythology, the story of Rama, Sita and Hanuman is a breathtaking adventure across ancient India. The Ramayana has a little bit of everything. Romance, heartbreak, epic battles, terrifying villains and noble heroes keep this story moving at a relaxing but fun pace.

On Your Own Two Feet: A Standing Asana Intensive (3hrs)

If you don’t stand up for something, you’ll fall for anything. How we stand is about more than postural mechanics. It reveals something about how we feel about ourselves and our world. Standing postures align our intentions with our bodies as we move into positions of power, endurance, balance, and grace.

Challenging our ability to stand strong by moving into difficult and sometimes precarious positions re-affirms our commitment to remaining grounded as we extend ourselves into space.

No yoga experience is required, however students should expect a challenging and fast-paced class.

Walking with Patanjali (6-12hrs)

There is significant evidence that the yoga tradition associated with the Yoga Sutras has, like the dinosaurs, been extinct for many years. To study the yoga sutras is to examine the bones of yoga as it walked the earth 2000 years ago. This workshop is the Jurassic Park of yoga, taking students into the world of Patanjali and re-creating the practice suggested by this classic yoga text.

The class begins with a brief outline of the some of the historical and cultural context of the Yoga Sutras and then explores the mythology surrounding Patanjali. Selected sutras from the four chapters of the sutras walk students through the fundamentals of Patanjalian Yoga. Walking with Patanjali can be presented with or without the inclusion of the eight limbs of yoga (ashtanga) and instruction on chanting the invocation to Patanjali.

Your Subtle Body of Work (6hrs)

The subtle body is one of the five koshas, or sheaths, that together provide a covering for the self. The koshas can be imagined like a Matryoshka doll, with one sitting inside the other. The inward journey of yoga moves from the outside in. From the physical body to the more subtle aspects of the self, the yogi is an inner space explorer.

This workshop is an experiential exploration of the kosha model. Rather than reading a powerpoint and making notes, students will have subjective, personal encounters with the five layers of the self.

Close Your Eyes and Watch them Spin (6hrs)

Normally the thought of a chakra workshop makes me roll my eyes a little bit. Chakra workshops have a reputation for being sentimental, new age, self-help sessions. This is one is a little bit different.

Using music, movement, pop culture, meditation, journaling and irreverent humour, this workshop weaves together wisdom gleaned from centuries old hatha yoga manuals with my own observations about our subtle anatomy. Nadis, Chakras, and Granthis are seen from the perspective of Snoop Dogg, Darth Vader, and Zena the Warrior Princess. Prepare to be entertained, enlightened (enlightentainment?) and anything but bored.

No crystals, dolphins, or pan flutes were harmed in the making of this workshop.

Bhagavad Gita for the 21st Century Yogi (6-12hrs)

The Gita is one of the most beloved sacred texts in the world. Its lyrical beauty, philosophical genius, and religious inspiration have captivated the minds of millions for more than two millennia. This workshop attempts to uncover the meaning and relevance of this ancient text for contemporary practitioners of hatha yoga.

Students will be introduced to all the key concepts of the Gita, with special emphasis on the thee margas (paths) of yoga (bhakti, karma, and jnana). This is a key to unlocking what has been called “off the mat” yoga practices that are a part of ones’ lifestyle.

Lecture, reflection on selected verses, meditation, and group discussions based on questions for contemplation will keep students engaged, informed, and eager to seek out ways in which this 2500 year-old text might be applied to the life of a 21st Century yogi.

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