Mindful Strength Workshop with Kathryn Bruni Young

Mound Street Yoga Center, Madison, Wisconsin

33 reviews
Oct 13 - 14, 2018
Group size: 1 - 39
Mindful Strength Workshop with Kathryn Bruni Young
Mound Street Yoga Center, Madison, Wisconsin

33 reviews

Oct 13 - 14, 2018
Group size: 1 - 39

About this trip



This session will begin with a talk outlining the key principles of Mindful Strength, which include topics such as adaptation, the nervous system, strength and aging, joint preparation, mobility, recovery, and stability. Kathryn will dispel myths around what core activation is, how it feels, and how a strong core truly supports us.


This is Kathryn’s signature session and overall favorite topic. Different ways to work with upper body strength with be highlighted in detail including wrist and shoulder strength and rehab, push-ups, arm balances and maybe even handstand. This workshop will guide students through a progression that can be adapted to meet the specific needs of the individual. This workshop, along with the others will begin with simple isolation, then progress to whole body movement, followed by less linear patterns and highly variable practice.


This session will begin with a 75 minute Mindful Strength flow practice. Students will get a chance to experience how strengthening movements can start to feel like a system of mindful movement. The class will be followed by a brief snack break, before diving into lower body strength and mobility. Glutes, and hamstrings will be covered, as well as ankle health, and how to support the knees, ankles and hips with strengthening movements. Balance will be a main theme in this workshop, how we can improve our balance using novel movements and building stability through dynamic movement.


In this final session Kathryn will discuss how strength, movement and mobility all fit hand-in- hand for an overall balanced approach to practice. More strengthening exercises will be given, as well as ideas on how to stretch, blend yoga with strength, and develop a method of practice that suits YOUR body. Sequencing, programming, and class structure will also be outlined, to give students an idea of how to practice Mindful Strength on their own.


Kathryn is the founder of Mindful Strength, the host of the Mindful Strength Podcast, a dynamic teacher with over a decade of experience and a creative thinker in the yoga revolution. She has been named one of the fifteen millennial teachers to watch by Yoga Journal Magazine, her online courses are enjoyed by people all over the world and she is currently writing a book on the topic of strength training with a mindful approach. Kathryn has a small studio in Williamstown Ontario, she is an avid knitter and loves learning about movement, rehab and how the human body and mind coexist. www.kathrynbruniyoung.com




  • 10:30-12:30pm| Intro to Core Principles
  • 12:30-2:00pm | Lunch (not provided)
  • 2:00-5:00 pm | Upper Body Strength & Movement


  • 9:00-12:00pm| Lower Body Strength & Balance
  • 12:00-1:30pm | Lunch (not provided)
  • 1:30-4:00 pm | Mindful Strength Method & Mobility

Travel & Arrival

  • Please plan to arrive at The Mound Street Yoga Center, 1342 Mound St, Madison, Wisconsin, between 10-10:20 am.
  • There is street parking.
  • There is no lodging provided, if you are coming from out of town and need lodging recommendations please contact me.

Your Organizer

Andrea Russell
33 reviews
I’m an Ayurvedic health counselor, yoga and meditation teacher, and neurovascular therapist living in Madison, Wisconsin. I have been in private practice and teaching since 2000. My classes and retreats integrate Ayurvedic wisdom, meditation and a mindful approach to asana that brings attention to anatomy, optimal alignment, strength, breath, and inner awareness. This practice cultivates abounding health in body and mind while inspiring you to live a more grounded and compassionate life. I offer a variety of trainings, workshops, and retreats, both locally and abroad. I have a deep love for travel, local food, and spending time with my pitbull Lucy. I look forward to working together. Gratefully, Andrea P.S. Head over to http://andrearussell.com/about/ to get my full story!


The resort was fabulous , the people wonderful and the area of Costa Rica beautiful . Andrea as our instructor was amazing and we learned and had new experiences every day . I would say the experience was something very special.
What an amazing retreat! From the moment I registered to the moment I returned to the airport a week later, every detail for our comfort and ease was taken into account. Many thanks to Karen for her vision for AHKí and seeing it through with such exquisite attention! Andrea Russell is a supremely gifted yoga and meditation teacher. Her instruction of Alignment Yoga and meditation provided rich insights into my body, mind and spirit as did her daily dharma talks on Ayurveda with experiential treats each evening. As for AHKí, such sublime comforts! The yoga shala offers spectacular views of the surrounding jungle, ocean, tropical birds, occasional gifts of friendly Howler monkey families passing through in nearby trees. Time around the pool observing birds and chatting with new friends was a daily delight. Hanging out in the hammock-chairs up in the shala for sunsets each evening imprinted indelible memories of beauty. Food was delicious and photo-worthy; our rooms were spacious and beautiful; the beds & pillows were wonderfully comfortable. (OMG, the open-air showers were incredible!) While there was an option to go into town each afternoon, I chose to luxuriate at AHKí on most days as it is truly a special sanctuary; however, I joined the group one afternoon for an enjoyable kayaking outing. One afternoon, I opted for a fantastic massage there at AHKí; Karen provides a menu of available masseuses with various specialties. The entire week deeply nourished and restored me on every level. I will most certainly return on another retreat with Andrea Russell at AHKí! Blessings to all! Julia
The entire trip was fantastic. Andrea is a well spring of yogic and ayurvedic knowledge, the location is beautiful with monkeys and birds, delicious food, the beaches, the chocolate, swimming in the infinity pool while the sun , the yoga, meditation, the list goes on an on. I spent the entire drive back to the airport trying to savor all of the memories, almost too many to recall. Honestly, words cannot really do this retreat justice. Life changing and inspiring. If you are reading this to figure out whether or not to commit to going, the only answer is yes. I'm now trying to figure out how to live my life like I am always on this retreat. Thank you Andrea!
Andrea is really good at what she does. She is deeply knowledgeable about the topic, has wonderful energy and is funny to boot. The Christine Center is the perfect, welcoming respite. I really enjoyed my massage and the food is delish. The accommodations are pretty rustic so if you are looking for fancy this is not the place. A lovely experience.
I enjoyed this retreat very much. Andrea sets a grounded and steady pace and gradually walks participants into deep calm. The classes were an interesting and effective part of the process, and there was also permission to miss a class if one felt the need to be by oneself. The space at the Christine Center is so lovely and the atmosphere so peaceful, it perfectly supports the retreat. And the food is delicious and healthful.
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