Yoga For Low Back Care

Thriveability. Sat, June 28th. Yoga is supposed to be good for your back, right? Only if you’re practicing with healthy alignment. In this workshop we’ll move through a sequence of “low back candy” poses that provide release and relief, and we’ll address common mis-alignments that can aggravate this injury-prone area. We will also go over ways you can modify your practice in your regular classes if you’re already experiencing low back pain. You’ll leave with the tools you need to sustain your yoga practice for many years to come.

Yoga with Therapy Ball Massage: Hips, Thighs, and Feet

Sat August 2nd, 1:30-3:30pm at Yoga Mayu. Doing the activities that we love–be it running, cycling, or even playing video games–can do a number on our hips, thighs, and feet. When our foundation is out of balance, the effects can be felt all the way up into the low back, shoulders, and neck. In this workshop, we’ll use therapy ball massage and yoga poses to knead and stretch the soreness out of tired feet, to lengthen tight thigh muscles, and to unlock stuck hips. Therapy ball massage sets up the muscles to slide smoothly and stretch evenly. We will do strength-oriented poses to target typically weak hip, leg, and got muscles to bring these areas back into balance. Once the body is primed, we will stretch and extend the muscles to release any remaining tension. Cost $30 / Early Bird: $25.

Partner Yoga Therapeutics

Sat, Sept 20, 2-4pm at Thriveability. Calling all couples, friends, and family members! Come unwind and connect in this feel-good. You and your partner will experience the power of your innate gifts of compassion and healing touch as we share a fun, accessible sequence of partner poses and assisted stretching. After an active sequence, you and your partner will trade off offering and receiving delicious Thai Massage. Cost: $20.

Yoga with Therapy Ball Massage: Lower Back, Upper Back, and Neck

Sat, Oct 11th, 2-4pm at Thriveability.
Does no amount of stretching release the tension from your lower and upper back? Maybe that’s because you need to be doing more than stretching. This workshop enacts a three-part approach to unlock stiff and stuck muscles. Often, tight back muscles are too weak to support movement, so harden to protect the body. To bring circulation, pliability, and function back into these muscles, we will move through poses to actively contract and then lengthen them. We will use therapy ball massage to break apart “cobwebs” that prevent muscle fibers from sliding smoothly. Not only will we stretch the primed-and-ready back muscles, we’ll also stretch the hip and shoulder muscles that affect the spine. You’ll leave feeling mobilized, refreshed, and with the knowledge to continue maintaining a supple, healthy back.

About Barbie: Barbie has over five years experience teaching yoga. She promotes joy and presence in her classes by making them challenging but achievable; entertaining but uncomplicated; and accessible (not too much Sanskrit!) without losing touch with tradition. Her academic background is complemented by the spiritual nature of her yoga teacher trainings, making her uniquely qualified to host yoga classes that promote harmony of the body, mind, and spirit. More about Barbie >>

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