Mill Creek, Washington | Yoga in the Center | Yoga Balls, Bands, and Bliss Weekend of Workshops
October 3, 2020 @ 8:00 am - October 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Oct. 3 & 4, 2020
Pigeon Pose Re-Imagined
A more old school yoga approach to hip and low back pain was often to practice deep hip-opening postures like pigeon pose. However, many very flexible, long-time practitioners still experience SI joint pain, low back pain, and hip pain despite all this passive stretching. In this workshop, you’ll learn preventative hip-strengthening strategies and exercises that will strengthen your hamstrings, improve your low back stability, and leave your hips and SI joints feeling strong and resilient. Experience how building hip strength using resistance bands can leave you feeling more flexible than before, but with the strength, power, and poise to back it up.
Shoulder and Neck Effervescence
Do you feel like you carry your to-do list in your shoulders and neck? Or, no matter how much stretching you do, certain areas feel tight all the time? Chronic tightness is often your body’s request for change. The good news is when it comes to movement, the positive effects of change can sometimes be felt immediately, especially when we address deficits in our “movement diet” and start introducing “load nutrients” our bodies need for deep support and balance. In this workshop, you will use therapy balls to soothe stiff, under-contacted regions around your shoulders and neck. Next, we will load our shoulders in dynamic, multi-planar patterns of movement with the help of resistance bands. Walk out feeling the effervescence of having moved in ‘all the ways’ your shoulders crave and having strengthened the deep stabilizers of your neck.
Redefine Your Spine: Curves, Spirals, and Undulations
Today yoga postures are often practiced in rectangular rooms on rectangular mats. It’s easy to forget that, unlike the flat surfaces and perfectly straight lines of our external environment, we are indelibly wave-like, curvy, and spiraled. In this workshop, you’ll break free from grid-like movement and free your body of the rigidity and tension those repetitive patterns create. Get ready to explore movement in curving, spiraled, and undulating arcs. Beginning with self-massage using Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls, we’ll unwind tension along the spine. Then, with the enhanced sensory awareness of the body’s central axis of movement, we’ll explore a variety of yoga postures, interdisciplinary movements, and somatic practices that help you reclaim fluid movement from your spine to your extremities.
A Voyage into Inner Space: Self-Massage, Conscious Breathing, and Yoga Nidra for Profound Relaxation
Voyage deep into inner space, creatively engage with your breath and brain through self-massage and the external feedback of resistance bands and props. Explore the physiology of feeling through application of multimodal sensory feedback. Through various self-massage practices, we will unbind the muscles of the rib cage, upper back, shoulders, and abdomen and find freedom for the shape change required to breathe buoyantly. Partake in somatic practices to enhance strength, control, and capacity for volume change within the various breath abodes. Finally, drop in deeply to a state of relaxed awareness through a guided practice of yoga nidra. This workshop will help you shed the stresses of your day-to-day life, and renew your sense of innate peace, steadiness, and ease.