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Yoga practice is not an end in itself, or even simply a means of ‘transcendence.’ It is a tool for being in our bodies and being with ourselves. In a simple way, yoga is about our relationship to our body and mind. This workshop will be about enhancing that relationship in can-do ways. In the bigger sense, Yoga is about our relationship to the Self from whom we came — which grows through our relationship to the self we are coming to be.
Sacral Rhythm and Low Back Health
At the center of all movement lies the sacrum, the keystone of the pelvis, which regulates the curve of the spine as well as the openness and flexibility of the hips. Much of yoga has focused on the suggested actions of the tailbone — even in describing Mula Bandha — but has given little attention to the natural actions of the sacrum. This leaves the ‘tail’ wagging the ‘dog.’
In this session we’ll focus on some simple actions to be incorporated into asana practice that will strengthen the muscles supporting the actions of the sacrum, increasing the stability of the sacroiliac joint as well as the health of the low back and flexibility of the hips. Attention will be given to the causes of sacroiliac and low back pain in a way that will be useful to teachers and enlightening to students! This will be a practice-oriented asana session, introducing fundamental and simple actions for sacral health that will be explored through the weekend.
Understanding Sacroiliac, Pelvic and Low Back Pain and What to Do
This session will go more deeply into the details of understanding Sacroiliac, Pelvic and Low Back Pain, in terms of sacral stability and the rhythms of its movement in the sacroiliac joint. This will include an understanding of patterns developed during pregnancy and postpartum — and will include plenty for the guys to contemplate in their own case too!
The session will include lecture with very practical and illustrated information about pelvic and low back pain, as well as applications in practice. We’ll be doing asana, but this won’t be a sustained asana ‘workout.’
Getting ‘Unstuck’: How to Work Through Blocks in Your Practice
This asana practice will focus on typical blocks we encounter in practice, and alternative approaches to getting into the poses. The blocks or ‘stuckness’ we experience can come from hamstring and hip tightness, as well as shoulder tightness and limitations. Each approach will have a clear purpose for better range of motion and health in the joints, increasing both strength and flexibility and maximizing the benefit of the pose.
Asana is a tool for being in our bodies — rather than being an end in itself. This session will be a practice of that understanding, with lots of news you can use!
Rethinking the Shoulders
This practice session will reorient our approach to shoulder opening, thinking of the action of the rotations of the arms as beginning from the spirals of the hands and wrists. We’ll incorporate wrist health and elbow awareness into the poses that challenge our shoulders (and neck). In addition, we will cover a range of poses including variations on back bending, in which there is often the complaint of a lack of strength. Shoulder strength lies ‘in the spin!’
The session will include helpful information about the shoulder — its structure and how it works in various arm positions, and how variations in the usual shoulder actions can be helpful for mobilizing the shoulders, with some remedial stretches as well!
Pranayama and the Role of Deep Relaxation/Yoga Nidra in Yoga
We will work with progressing toward seated pranayama (with an understanding of why it is important), with an emphasis upon the features of pranayama that most contribute to our health on every level, and ability to become centered in meditation and experience its power. This will include guided practice of the most fundamental pranayamas.
From there we’ll progress to yoga Nidra, with a consideration of the role of Yoga Nidra in any yogi’s practice in light of contemporary research on sleep. Many of the deeper processes of meditative yoga having to do with reducing the power of ‘samskaras,’ undoing or rewriting emotional patterns often described in terms of ‘working on the chakras’ and so on will be more practically comprehensible when we consider how these functions are handled in sleep.
We’ll consider variations on the approach to Yoga Nidra, and will practice a fundamental form that allows us to go even deeper than seated meditation — and is a helpful aid to addressing sleep problems.
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Please understand that Yogalife with this event is hosting an internationally known yoga instructor and with that comes a commitment to host a successful event. Please no refund requests after March 8th unless there are extenuating circumstances. Please communicate if you cannot make a session as this event will sell out and we will have a waiting list. No refunds will be given for no shows.