Yoga with Resistance Bands
February 19, 2021 - February 21, 2021
Friday, February 19, 2021 6-8 PM
Rethinking Relaxation: Science-based strategies for calming the nervous system
This workshop will teach you how to 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. Learn to use self-massage to unbind the muscles of the rib cage, upper back, shoulders, and abdomen. Somatic practices to enhance strength, control, and capacity for volume change within the various breath abodes. This workshop will conclude with a guided practice of yoga nidra to help you drop in deeply to a state of relaxed awareness and renew your sense of innate peace, steadiness, and ease.
Saturday, February 20, 2021 9-11 AM
A “new school” approach to neck and shoulders
Do you feel like your neck and shoulders are always stiff and sore no matter how much your stretch? Chronic “tightness” is often your body’s request for change. You will learn to use therapy balls to improve body awareness and soothe the stiff regions of your shoulders and neck. Load your shoulders in dynamic, multi-planar patterns of movement using resistance bands. Novel ways to engage the deep stabilizers of your neck. Be prepared to leave this workshop with a sense of ease AND strength!
Saturday, February 20, 2021 2-4 PM
Pelvic Floor, Core, and More
Does the pelvic floor confuse or intimidate you? Do you want to learn practical tools to help enhance your connection to this area? Are you ready to move beyond kegels and mula bandha? Learn about pelvic floor anatomy and physiology. Build your internal awareness of this area using therapy balls and resistance bands. Discover the pelvic floor’s connection to breathing and abdominal bracing. Practice ways to instill relaxation, fluidity, and control to our innermost core.
Sunday, February 21, 2021 9 AM – 12 PM
Expansive Strength from the Inside Out: Banded Backbends
Discover how to build a stronger backbending practice using resistance bands in a variety of multi-directional, dynamic ways. Through externally applied load, learn to refine and enhance muscle engagement and sensory feedback to the areas that need to be ‘educated’ for a spacious experience of strength in the pose. If you’ve ever had low back pain as the result of backbends, or suspected that you may be approaching these postures in a way that hasn’t adequately or progressively prepared you for the demands of them, then this workshop is for you. En route to practicing various banded backbends, this workshop highlights the journey, not the destination. All levels are welcome.
Sunday, February 21, 2021 2-4 PM
Pigeon Pose Re-Imagined: Active Hip Opening with Resistance Bands
You might have been taught that passive stretching and hip-opening postures, such as pigeon pose were the cure all for SI joint, low back, or hip pain, but have you tried strength? Learn preventative strengthening strategies for your hamstrings and hips. Exercises to improve low back and pelvic stability. Creative ways to use resistance bands to provide external load and feedback to the lower body. Discover how building strength work can leave you feeling more flexible than before, but with the strength, power, and poise to back it up!