Backbends Workshop

Join us to deepen your understanding of your own body-being, lift your mood, free your breath, strengthen your heart and expand your heart chakra , open the chest, create some spaces between those compressed vertebrae (great to alleviate back pains!), bring the blood-flow to your internal organs, stretch those hip-flexors and experience more energy, grace and vitality!

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Backbends are invigorating and strengthening.
Backbends stimulate the proper functioning of the digestive system, help preserve the health of the vertebrae and spinal disks, and open the body to deep diaphragmatic breathing.

It’s no wonder that backbends are an important part of any yoga posture practice.

They stretch the hip flexors and help open up the shoulders and chest, an area where lots of us hold tension. They build strength and power in the legs, arms and back muscles.

By increasing mobility and awareness of the spine backbends improve posture and can help to alleviate some kinds of back and neck pain.

Our body’s natural response to danger is to curl in, protecting our most vulnerable part – our heart, both the physical heart and the energetic heart space. Backbends do the very opposite action opening us up to the world. We are exposing ourselves and that takes courage – but also builds more of it!

Overcoming our fears on the mat can give us courage off the mat too, allowing us to open more fully in our lives – to our emotions, experiences and in our relationships.

Strong backbends can sometimes release stored emotions: frustration, fear, anger, sadness as well as joy and love, so it’s not unusual to feel some of this again as it works through your body. Once released of these emotions, we feel clear, energized and expansive.

When backbends feel good, they feel very, very good. They leave you feeling energized, expansive, even joyful. They’re invigorating, uplifting, and heart-opening.
But when they feel bad, they feel quite bad – compressed, crunchy lower back, sacral pain, neck strain.

We will explore in detail the relationship between our shoulders, sternum, back of the ribcage, sacrum, belly, inner thighs and tailbone.
We will also play with the ways to lengthen our neck in backbends, so that there is no strain and no potential injury to the back of the neck.

We will be learning how to sensitize to and activate at will both our TFL and our glutes, so that they may work synergistically.
(TFL – tensor fasciae latae – one of the muscles of the thigh)

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There are 33 asana to try on for a size!

A detailed illustrated list of all positions is available after the workshop too – all the relevant cues to remind you of what to pay attention to.
(And a bonus of Traditional Sun Salutation vinyasa!!)

Doors open 8:45 am.
See you there!!