Watch Your Back - a Healthy Approach to Teaching Spinal Alignment

Part 2 of 4 in the 'Mindful Teaching Series' with Jane and Louise, the purpose of the workshop is to help students understand and teach healthy spinal alignment.

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The approach in this workshop will be to help students become aware of how they hold and move their bodies habitually. They will then build on this using simple, asana sequences that retrain the mind and body to find healthy function and alignment, on and off the yoga mat. The day will involve therapeutic mobilisation and stabilisation practices. There will also be teaching about the function of the spine, how it works, common problems and how mindful yoga can help.

Topics that will be covered in this workshop:

• Yoga therapy – focus on function
• The Spine – major muscles
• Asana Practice for stabilisation
• The need for mobilisation and Integrated Movement
• Asana Practice – Mobilisation

What you can expect to benefit from coming to the training:

• Understand neutral alignment, flexion and extension of the spine
• Learn how to apply this understanding functionally in asana
• Learn how the breath supports both alignment and function of the spine
• Learn how to work with breath and body to develop spinal stability
• Learn how to work with breath and body to develop appropriate mobility

Question and answers will be integrated throughout the day.

The Mindful Teaching Series is a set of four 1 day workshops that will cover various topics to improve yoga teaching skills.

15th September 2018 – Essential Breath – Breathing Into Physical and Mental Alignment

15th December 2018 – Watch your Back – A Healthy Approach to Teaching Spinal Alignment

2nd March 2019 – Confident Teaching – Supporting Your Students’ Progression

1st June 2019 – Yogic Heritage – Re-integrating Asana Into Philosophical Context

Book all four workshops together and save £20!

What our students say

The course was beautifully designed and taught. I have gone away with so much more to give in my personal practice and to my students. Lucy Crane on Prana in Action: How to Teach an Integrated Breath-led Practice, August 2018

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