Vital Foundation: Feet and Leg Power and Engagement
A balanced posture starts with our foundation. But it’s literally the furthest thing from our minds. Weakness or tightness in our feet can cause strain that reverberates up the body. Strong feet and stable ankles provide both support and dynamics to our system both on and off the mat.
This workshop aims to strengthen and vitalize our feet with foundational postures. We’ll explore ‘micro-asanas’ that fortify our connection to our ankles, arches and toes. Students will leave with a sense of both grounding and lift in their legs.
This workshop is all-levels. All are welcome!
Root Understanding: Pelvic Floor Vitality and Support
The first chakra, called muladhara (root support) is our primary source of stability. A healthy muladhara asserts our right to exist. The name implies its importance: With it we can support ourselves and feel supported. We also require grounding: emotionally through a solid sense of self, and physically through our legs. If the root is stable, the chakras above can be stabilized.
This therapeutic workshop is designed to decompress the organs in the lower abdomen, acknowledge and release tension around the hips, and improve the health of the pelvic floor. Students learn discerning actions in the legs, allowing the pelvic floor to “breathe”. This workshop strengthens the core fascial line, which is the body’s central support and balancing line.
We will also examine the role of mula bandha (root lock) and its wise use to provide blood and lymph flow to the uro-genital region. This flow and detoxing is a boon to those who are at risk for prostate, uterine and bladder dysfunctions, and promotes a vibrancy in these crucial organs.
Straight From the Shoulder: Skillful means to build strength and stability in the shoulder girdle and arms
This workshop explores ways to strengthen the upper body safely and develop a sense of security in the shoulders and arms. Part anatomy lesson, part practice, this workshop is a boon for yogis who have experienced rotator cuff or elbow injuries.
Richard reviews the muscular anatomy of the upper body. He then guides students through long holds and dynamic exercises. Using common poses, students gain insight into their shoulder and arm positions and develop strength. Students should be able to bear some weight on their hands, and their wrists should be free of recent injury.
Reviving your Lower Back and Hips: Practices for Pain-Free Stability and Freedom of Movement
The connective tissues in our lower back and hips play a critical role in our posture. If they are balanced, they absorb the shocks of our daily lives. Unbalanced, they can cause pain and postural holding patterns that extend through the neck and shoulders.
Students will release the lumbar spine, sacrum and hips through a combination of long holds and fascial release movements. The practice also uses gravity as a tool to decompact the bones and discs, reversing its typical compressive role.
We will discover ways to apply these techniques day-to-day to ease discomfort and maintain a consistent vibrancy in the lower back and hips. This workshop is for all levels and no previous yoga experience is required.