Your core is extraordinary. Allowing for unparalleled strength and stability for the very human task of walking upright, carrying things, hugging and looking one another in the eye. But your core also allows for an incredible amount of mobility for a huge variety of movements and expressions. Your core is integral to your breathing and even your emotions. It’s always bothered me that something so smart has been diminished in our culture. We see it as strong or skinny or we hate it. We abuse it with the ubiquitous crunch or sit up and hope it shapes up! This class is all about honoring the core for the intelligence it
This is a sublime practice that is equal parts restorative Yin and meditation. We will take some absolutely delicious poses as we meditate on, of all things, the hand. Your nervous system dedicates a great deal of resources to your hand. By relaxing the hand, you can relax and self regulate your brain, your mind, your body. You won’t believe how fast this hour goes by, and how incredible you feel after.
Homage to Your Spine
Your spine is the most exquisite structure. Capable of incredible mobility and unparalleled stability, it’s been evolving for millions of years and has within it the intelligence of eons. Yet, if you listen to popular culture and even some Yoga wisdom, the spine is very delicate. It is in need of protection and only truly stable in a few select positions.
Getting to Know Your Back: Part 2
Many who have back pain believe that their spine is unstable. There is a distinct feeling of instability and vulnerability in the back that is reinforced by confusing or misleading messages coming from popular culture and even medical professionals. Current research shows however not that people with back pain are not unstable, but too stiff! In this short practice we will gently explore that stiffness and seek to restore subtilty and differentiation to the movements of the back, especially the spine and ribs.
Activate the Core and Hips
Guess what? Your core is super smart. I mean, it holds you up, keeps you steady and balanced, allows for breathing and all sorts of positions. It’s brilliant! I truly believe that core “strength” is overrated.