I am delighted to offer this workshop as an introduction to the restorative properties of backbends. Here under expert guidance, you will learn to work progressively with props to develop strength and perception of the back of the body to go toward deep relaxation.
The props provide stability and support for the more mobile parts of the body (the lumbar and lower ribs) so you begin to explore the greater possibility of movement and length in the upper back and front of the hips.
The feet have lines of connectivity from the inner heel to the big toe. Turning out from the hip to protect the knee and strengthen the ankle.Holding from the muscle of the outer hip and buttock as opposed to the groin and quadricep
Working the legs asymmetrically to find balance in the pelvis and sacrum
Backbends and Twists
Lines of connectivity from the shoulder to the wrist. Integrating the lower ribs and lumbar to find more extension from the sternum to the throat. Lengthening the trapezius and inner shoulder by relaxing and centering the eyeballs
Lines of connectivity from the buttock bones (ischial tuberosities) to the heel bones. Unlocking the knee to move the thigh bone back faster than the knee or calf. Spreading the back of the body and the back of the waist to integrate the lower abdomen.
Lines of connectivity in the face to ‘see; the back of the body in inversions
Reversing the flow of awareness but holding from the strength of the outer body in headstand, handstand, and forearm balance.
This four-week course is an ideal foundation for slowing down. Utilising longer holds, props, and explicitly detailed instruction as opportunities to study lines of connections within the postures to awaken the body’s intelligence as opposed to forcing it into a pre-conceived idea of a shape.
Yoga begins as a study of a subject and an art form, but it has the potential; to be so much more if we remain curious and open. The postures are containers, not solutions, but there are opportunities to study ourselves, our tendencies, patterns, beliefs, and fixed ideas within them. If we want to bring about lasting change and transformation, we need to see clearly what is in front of us and behind us.
Each posture, from the most simple to the most advanced, can bring about a state of deep relaxation if we can integrate the body, mind, and breathing; this is where the notion of practice comes into play. Connecting, seeing, sensing, assessing the conditions on one’s own to understand what should be done, beyond considerations of comfort, pain/pleasure, or impulse.