Back Bend Workshop
Sunday December 16, 2018
Village Green Yoga, Issaquah, WA
Welcome to the Holidays,
The Holiday Season is upon us. Up here in the Pacific Northwest, the rains have set in, coloring the skies grey and generally making things cold and damp. Daylight hours are still waning, and many of us wake-up in the dark and don’t get back home till the sun has set.
To balance this, we light candles, make/eat cookies, decorate our homes with lights, and host/attend numerous celebrations bringing the light of friendship and family into our homes and hearts.
But sometimes that is just plain hard. Maybe we are tired, worn-out, over-stimulated, already feeling the effects of the darker days, or we are dealing with difficult personal stuff; but whatever the reason, the “Season of Joy” might be our “Season of Challenge”. And this is where yoga can once again support us. In order to connect with others, we need to be able to open our hearts and connect with ourselves. Backbends do just that, through physical forms we touch down into emotional spaces.
Yoga is full of backbends. Some are super dramatic, like urdhva dhanurasana (full wheel), ekapada rajakopatanasana 4 (full pigeon), others are more subtle, like Warrior I or cow pose. Regardless of the depth of the pose, backbends are incredibly nourishing. Not only do they bring healing to the spine, but also they re-engergize the body as we open up the spaces around the heart. They help us to breath more deeply, and with greater ease, allowing us to more fully oxygenate all the organs in the body. At a deeper level, backbends ask us to expose our hearts, open to vulnerability, and explore the edges of our fragility. And in doing so, we find the spaces within, from which we can draw the strength to love more deeply and give more freely, and not just to other, but also to ourselves.
In order to derive the greatest benefit from backbends, it is essential to know how to do them safely.
This workshop will help you to understand the dynamics of the backward bending poses enabling you to make the best choices for your body about which poses will nourish and heal, and which poses could problematic or hazardous. We will look at some anatomy, appropriate warm-ups, sequencing and counterposes, so you will always be able to practice backbends safely on your own, whenever and wherever you may want/need them
Join me for an afternoon that is certain to inspire and nourish.
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Shalom & Namaste