A series of 3 workshops starting next weekend
STANDING STRONG – SAT 7th JULY, 2 – 4.30pm
PRESS DOWN, LIFT UP – SUN 8th JULY, 2 – 4.30pm
BACKBENDS – SAT 21st JULY, 2 – 4.30pm
In this series of workshops we will explore the importance of foundation to create length, space, and ease of movement in every posture. Just as a tree with strong roots grows healthy and tall, by cultivating our roots our asana practice will flourish.
Postures revolve around pairs of opposites (grounding/ lengthening, strength/softness, drawing back/reaching forward). Striking the perfect balance between the two, by understanding our roots and by staying connected to our centre, allows us to find freedom and grace in every posture. We will see that these techniques are the key to success in more challenging postures including inversions, arm balances, jump throughs and backbends, and will lead to steadiness and ease within the entire primary series.
In part one of the series, the focus will be the feet and legs. The standing sequence comes at the beginning of the ashtanga sequence and allows us to get to grips with our feet and strengthen our legs. Proper use of our legs and feet impacts the way we hold ourselves, improves posture, facilitates connection to the bandhas and begins the hip opening process.
This workshop will also be an in depth exploration of the standing sequence, which when approached and done correctly will inform and transform your whole practice.
PRESS DOWN, LIFT UP!
In part two of this series the focus will be on the seated sequence – how do we find and train our foundation once our feet are no longer on the floor? We will see how we need to continue working the legs and bandhas to facilitate seated forward bends.
This workshop will be also be an exploration of the jump throughs and jump backs – how we need to train our hands to keep pushing down, and to understand the connection of strength between the hands, shoulder girdle, back and bandhas in order to lift up and glide through!
Suitable for anyone with some experience of the primary series
In this, the third in the foundation series, the focus will be Backbends.
Backbending done properly improves heart function, flushes the internal organs, stretches the entire front of body, strengthens the spine and boosts your mood.. yes, backbends make you happy!
Yet a flexible spine alone is not enough to achieve a fully balanced backbend …again we need to establish and train strong roots to access length and mobility in hard to reach areas of the body. This work will build essential strength and support for those with a bendy back and will open up and stretch stuck areas for those who are not so flexible.
This is a workshop to give participants a deeper understanding of the benefits and mechanics of back bending so they can incorporate this knowledge into their daily asana practice, and pave the way for freedom and success in postures like urdhva dhanurasana and more!!
Price for each workshop: £25
Price for all 3 workshops: £65