Backbends: a Key Part of our Practice in Difficult Times

Students sometimes bring to yoga classes a resistant attitude to practising backbends. With this online course, yoga teachers Lizzie Lasater and Judith Hanson Lasater hope to help you to dissolve any reluctance to practising backbends. And if you already enjoy them, they want to help you enjoy them even more!

Judith & Lizzie Lasater

Course Description

Occasionally we say that “someone bent over backward to help”, implying that it was difficult to do this, and thus we greatly appreciate this help. Perhaps this attitude of “difficulty” associated with back bending is extrapolated to other parts of our lives.

In fact, students sometimes bring to yoga classes a resistant attitude to practising backbends. Sadly, this reticence can also act as a disincentive to practise backbends at home on their own. In this online course, yoga teachers Lizzie Lasater and Judith Hanson Lasater hope to help you to dissolve any reluctance to practising backbends. And if you already enjoy them, they want to help you enjoy them even more!

Course Structure

The course takes place live on-line over two sessions.

Part 1: Active backbends will be the focus in the first session. We will begin with a focus on the anatomy of the vertebral column in order to understand what our structure tells us about movement in backbends. Then Lizzie, led by Judith, will practise and demonstrate some active backbends in a series that builds slowly, posture by posture.

Part 2: Restorative backbends will be the focus in the second session. Why and how are restorative backbends the same as, yet in some ways different from, active backbends? What sequence should you use when practising restorative backbends at home? Do you need to practise ‘counterposes' after backbends, and if so, which ones? Lizzie will also practise and demonstrate in this part. The last part of this session will be a long savasana, led by Judith, for you to join in at home .

What Will I Learn?

You will study the anatomy of the vertebral column, some philosophy, and key techniques and teaching skills. Above all, this course will have a focus on practising these important postures.

Who is the Course for?

Open to all dedicated yoga practitioners.

Judith and Lizzie Lasater

Replay

The course will be recorded and replay access offered to all students for 21 days after the event.

Certification

Upon completion of this course, you will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Attendance.

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