Saturday 6 June 12.45–16.30: "Yoga Therapy for Low Back and ISJ Issues"
Low back pain is the #1 musculoskeletal complaint across all humanity. Whether due to chronic siting in chairs, poor posture, or injury, yoga can help. In this workshop, we will first look at the anatomy of low back and ISJ pain. Then we will explore several yoga asanas that can help heal low back problems. We will focus on strengthening and easing tension in the specific muscles that are most involved in the movement and pressure that causes pain in the low back and ISJ.
Saturday 6 June 17.00–19.00 or 19.30: "Master Class: Healthy Spine, Open Heart"
This master class will begin with a 15-minute talk on the spine, giving focused attention to the common problem of poor spinal posture and how it affects breathing, feeling, and living. We will then explore an integrated set of asana, pranayama and meditation techniques for cultivating a healthy spine and open heart, offering different options to beginning to advanced students throughout.
Sunday 7 June 10.15–12.00: "Yoga Therapy for Insomnia"
Sleep problems affect the entirely of our lives, from mood and cognitive function to our immune system, motor skills and susceptibility to dementia. This workshop explores the nature of sleep, different types of sleep disorders, and how to use specific asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques for better sleep.
Sunday 7 June 13.30–17.30: "Teaching and Practicing Pranayama as a Progressively Deeper Practice"
The joy, “buzz,” and overall beneficial effects we find in doing yoga postural practices are tremendously magnified in doing pranayama. In doing asanas we ideally have a practice of gradual progression, cultivating stability and ease as we explore the world of beginning to advanced forms. It is the same with pranayama: gradual progression (vinyasa krama) allows us to safely and sustainably develop the capacity to most fully cultivate and integrate the powerful effects of the breath.
In this workshop, we will begin with a 30-miniute talk on the nature of respiration, problems in breathing, and step-by-step practices for developing and sustaining a pranayama practice. In doing the pranayamas, we will give close attention to teaching them to students with varying levels of experience and conditioning. Specific techniques include vrtti (sama and visama), viloma, kumbhaka (antara and bahya), kapalabhati, and nadi shodhona (with several variations).
Sunday 7 June 15.30–17:30: "Master Class: Going Deeper Than Yoga Nidra"
This class begins with a 15-minute talk on the nature of the mind and how the practice of yoga nidra can be a powerful tool in cultivating a calmer and clearer mind. We will then have a guided practice that is designed to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and thereby allow an easier transition to sleep states. Yoga nidra is one element of this practice, allowing us to experience greater clarity in being awake and greater ease in our sleep.
Please visit the Space Yoga website for details and registration.
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