With Terry Brown
- This class is for teachers and students of Yoga that wish to deepen their practices and studies of Yoga in new areas for personal growth and transformation.
- November 30— Goal Pose: Matsyangasana (The Mermaid Pose) – This is the twisting pose that can just go on forever! It’s considered one of the safest and most effective twisting postures in yoga. Its benefits include improved digestion, decreased internal tension, decreased back pain, and improved breathing from the release of tension around the diaphragm. This is going to be fun! 6 months of asana practice.
December 7—More Practices for the Back and Spine – In this class, we will review and learn practices that help the back and spine stay healthy and strong. The practices taught will be a great addition to students that take the Healthy Back and Spine class prior to the Continuing Studies class. Also recommended for students seeking more practice alternatives to help with back issues. All levels.
December 14—Which Way is Up? Alternatives to Inversions – Many styles of yoga consider inversions very important. They give the body a break from the effects of gravity and give the upper body a chance to be flushed with blood. Although we may understand the benefits of Headstand and Shoulderstand, that doesn’t mean everyone can practice them. Postural challenges, neck injuries, shoulder injuries, and musculature tightness or weakness can interfere with safe practices. This class will explore fun, alternative practices to be upside down. At Least 6 Weeks of Beginner Yoga
December 21—Releasing the Tension in the Diaphragm – Day to day stress causes a natural response for the breathing muscle known as the diaphragm to tighten. Repeated stress without relief can cause it to become chronically tight, which reduces oxygen to the blood and improves the health of our internal organs. Using asana and pranayama, this practice sequence helps us understand how to release tension in the diaphragm, improve our overall health, and help us to feel more energized. At least 6 months of yoga practice suggested.
December 28— When the QL (Quadratus Lumborum) Gets Stuck – The quadratus lumborum contributes to the stabilization and movement of the spine and the pelvis. Overuse and strain of the quadratus lumborum are one of the major causes for chronic pain in the lower back. One typical cause is the habit of sitting at the desk using a reclined seat, which releases the intrinsic back muscles and weakens them in the long term. The weak back muscles must now be compensated by the quadratus lumborum. This class will present many ways to release these chronically tight muscles. All Levels.