Workshop for Neck, Shoulders and Upper Back with Lynda Gill
This class is for All Levels!
This class will include some physical therapy, yoga therapy and modification of yoga poses that will help rehabilitate neck and shoulder problems.
The upper back is the foundation for the neck and shoulder girdles, so the alignment of the upper back (the thoracic spine) is critical to the healthy functioning of the neck, shoulders and arms. In this workshop you will practice poses that:
Increase flexibility in your upper back
Balance the musculature of the shoulders, particularly the rotator cuff
Relieve strain in the neck and shoulders
Healthy shoulders have mobility as well as stability, which means that
your practice must include poses to strengthen as well as stretch these
areas of the body. Regular practice of poses that provide a balance of
strength as well as flexibility is an effective way to prevent and relieve
a variety of chronic conditions of the neck, shoulders, elbows and wrists.
Developing strength and flexibility in the arms, shoulders and upper back also prepares the body for the classic inverted poses, Sirsasana (Headstand) and Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand), Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand) and Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm balance)..
As a counterpoint to the more active poses and therapeutic variations,
supported chest-opening poses will also be included. These passive, supported
poses allow the body to relax so that tight, overworked muscles can release
and let go of tension.
Workshop for Hips and Knees with Lynda Gill
Join us for an afternoon of poses that will bring circulation, warmth and ease of movement to your legs and hips.
Taking the hip joint through its full range of motion brings balance and stability to the pelvis and relieves a variety of chronic conditions in the knees and hips. In this class you will learn which poses to practice and how to use props effectively to reduce and in some cases eliminate the pain and discomfort of arthritic or injured knees.
Practicing seated poses gives us time to pay more attention to subtle actions and penetrate into deeper layers of the body and mind. Seated poses enable us to sit quietly for a period of time while maintaining alignment of the spine, a prerequisite for the practice of seated pranayama (regulation of the breath) and dhyana (meditation).
"The practice of asana should be nourishing and illuminative."
Introductory Backbend Workshopwith Lynda Gill
Revitalize your spine!
Experience the exhilaration of backbending poses as you develop flexibility in the shoulders, pelvis and spine. In this class you will learn the proper actions of the arms and legs for safely performing backbending poses. Supported poses will also be included to create freedom in the spine, particularly the upper back and neck, and to bring awareness to the position of the shoulder blades.
Backbending actions expand the chest fully and enhance the functioning of the heart and lungs. Backbends improve one's posture, which is essential for proper breathing.
Backbends are the best antidote to a rounded (kyphotic) upper back.
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