Nourishing the Spine for Life Long Back Health

Join master teacher Tias Little in exploring practices for working the spine to keep it strong and supple. Learn that your body is only as young as your spine is healthy: in this course you will learn the importance of maintaining health in your sacroiliac joints and lower back in order to maintain the stature of your spine. Tias will also discuss the importance of lifting upward from the uppermost part of your spine at the junction of your neck and cranium. Learn how the musculature, ligaments and tendinous slips that attach directly to your spine allow your intervertebral discs to stay buoyant. This allows the life force (prana) to flow effortlessly through the length of the spine.

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Workshop Description

Each day we must work our spine in order to keep it strong and supple. Given that there are 26 bones in the vertebral column and 48 interlocking joints, each of us must take time to mobilize and stabilize our spine. In this course you will learn the importance of balancing the spine and intervertebral spaces. You will gain an understanding of how your own spine may suffer compression, torque or rotation. Many of us suffer from spinal incongruities including lumbar compression, spondylolisthesis, spinal curvature and sacral-iliac imbalance. It is a rare bird who has a perfectly aligned and balanced spine!

March 24: The Lower Back

Know that your body is only as young as your lower spine is healthy. In this class we practice release work on the floor (SATYA) and in yoga postures, do twists, side-bends, backbends and forward bends to lengthen and align the lumbar. In this immersion we review the critical nerves, musculature, ligaments and inter-vertebral discs within the low back and sacrum. Plus, we activate the most critical acupressure points and marma points with the use of a small physioball or tennis ball. You will learn six essential movements to maintain health in your low back for longevity in your spine.

March 31: The Neck

The cervical spine is vulnerable to distress given its proximity to the head and distance from the floor. This can lead to a real pain in the neck! In this class we practice essential neck releases while on the floor (SATYA) and do yoga postures to generate stretch and flow through the soft tissues of the cervical spine. We activate the most critical acupressure points and marma points with the use of a small physioball or tennis ball. In the era of Zoom, come prepared to do specific movements to relax tension from the eyes. We take particular care to balance C1 and C2 and to achieve proper alignment and balance of the cranium. It is key to have your head on straight!

Hours

Nourishing the Spine for Life Long Back Health counts for 5 hours available for Continuing Education hours through Yoga Alliance

This workshop can be applied towards required hours for the Prajna Yoga 300/500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, and is part of the Prajna Yoga Therapy Track

Replay

The workshops are recorded and 21 day access to replay is included.

Certification

Upon completion of this workshop, you will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion.

This course counts toward the Prajna Yoga 300/500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, and is part of the Prajna Yoga Therapy Track

Meet the Teacher

Tias Little synthesises more than 30 years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhism, anatomy, bodywork, and trauma healing in his dynamic, original style of teaching. Tias began studying the work of B. K. S. Iyengar in 1984 and in 1989 resided in Mysore, India, where he studied Ashtanga vinyasa yoga under the tutelage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. A licensed massage therapist, Tias has in-depth training in craniosacral therapy. His practice and teaching is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshé Feldenkrais, and Thomas Hanna. Tias earned a master’s degree in Eastern philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe in 1998.

He is the founder of the Prajna Yoga school. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, Surya. In 2010, Tias created SATYA, Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement, a therapeutic movement system. He also offers a wide array of online classes through Glo, YogaU, Yoga Journal, Embodied Philosophy, and Shambhala and teaches internationally. The author of three books: The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and Yoga of the Subtle Body, his fourth book, The Path is the Practice: Lessons and Reflections on the Transformative Power of Yoga, was released in June 2020.

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