Join Sam at One Down Dog for another fun, fabulous and eye opening workshop! These three days will focus on experiential anatomy, fascia in asana and how to bring a new knowledge of alignment into practice for your body. Yoga is not a one size or type fits all. We can learn to cultivate kindness towards self by allowing the body to fully arrive to meet the asana, not to push the concept of the asana, onto the body/mind.
Sam’s yoga classes are taught with an emphasis of yoga for EVERYbody, trauma informed and non-violent communication through practice.
Therapeutic Wisdom of Anatomy and Fascia in Yoga
In this weekend training, Samantha Akers will use both “experiential” and “experimental” wisdoms to bring attention to our myofascial and anatomical bodies, in yoga asana. She likes the word “experimental” because all bodies experience in different ways. In her trainings, students are encouraged to play with and experiment with what feels good and right in each moment of practice. Sam has a fun and accessible way of teaching on anatomy, biomechanics and the myofascial trains the body, as taught by Tom Myers. “Tom’s discovery of the fascial trains in the body help us to connect to our movements, sensations and to literally connect the dots of our bodies' map. I utilize the trains as a way to help us connect more deeply with all parts of our body, hearts, breath and spirit.”
Friday October 11th
Anatomy of Breathing: Exploring the connection between how we breathe and it’s affects on Depression, Anxiety, Back Pain and Pelvic Pain.
There will be lecture on the anatomy of the diaphragms as well as practice and exploration through asana, fluid breathing practices and meditation. There will be one on one and partner work throughout the weekend.
When our breath is restricted and improper in it’s flow, through the diaphragms of the body, all types of internal confusion can occur. Improper breathing is linked to many health conditions, nervous system dysfunction as well as pelvic pain and back pain. In this evening workshop, you will explore your own breathing methods, begin to shift them where needed and work with specific asana and breathing practices to bring the body back into balance. Breathing is literally the most important things we can do! Yet, because the body breathes without our needing to make that happen, the possibilities for fullness and friendliness of the breath are often ignored. There is a loving and friendly quality to be found in breathing in and breathing out. Class will close with a brief mindfulness meditation on the breath.
Saturday October 12th
9:30-12:30 and 1:30-5pm
Exploring the foundations of the Feet, Knees, Pelvis and Sacrum
The morning session will include lecture on the Superficial Back Line, Superfical Front line and Lateral Lines of fascia. We will also delve into the anatomy the feet, which affects the structure of the entire body. This is usually under addressed in yoga practices. You will learn the mechanics of your own feet and if you are a teacher, how to give adjustments for the feet, ankles and knees. We will grow a new and more spacious awareness of anatomy by including the myofascial trains. Bringing the trains into our experience helps to weave our interconnectedness together, instead of separate us into parts. We begin to see how one small thing affects another, to begin to develop the eyes to see this and how we can allow this knowledge to inform our personal practices as well as how we teach.
In our afternoon session, we will look at the pelvis, the psoas and the “sacred” sacrum. There can be confusion as to how to safely work with the pelvis is asana and with more and more students arriving with back and sacral pain, well worth exploring. There is a special relationship between the movements of the sacrum and the cervical spine. When one area is not going with the flow, the other area also follows suit. Many student with sacral pain or SI joint disfunction also have something occurring in the cervical spine as well. However, this is rarely addressed, especially in our yoga practices. Students will learn therapeutic, passive exercises that lengthen the upper and lower fibers of the psoas as well as ways in which to explore safety and rehabilitation of the sacrum through active and therapeutic practices. We will explore how active asana should and can be inviting the psoas, sacrum and spine, into wise alignment and balance. What should students practice or not practice and why? This question will be addressed throughout the weekend. Your “yoga eyes” will open in a whole new way.
Pelvic pain will also be breifly addressed through work with the psoas and breath.
Sunday October 13th
9:30-12:30 and 1:30-5pm
Exploring the Myofasical Lines of the Upper Body: How the conditions of the chest, shoulders and cervical spine inform our safety and stability in arm balances
The morning session will include lecture and experiential practice of the fascial Arm Lines and how tightness and misalignment here affect the health of the shoulder girdle and should inform our arm balances. Most of our students are not in a place to safely practice many arm balances. Working to open these areas first, and then slowly strengthen them, are a must for a wise and aligned practice. We will develop our eyes to see how to spot students that need support, props or adjustments in arm balances and why.
In our afternoon session, we will continue this topic, of how to strengthen and align the arms and shoulders (body parts we are meant to hang from and not bear weight on) and bring the safety of the cervical spine into the conversation. We will also explore how to rehab injuries of the shoulder girdle with the latest scientific information on kinesiology and what it takes to rehab fascia, tendons and ligaments. There will be ball rolling for myofascial release, an important piece of keeping the body healthy, happy and aligned.
The “experimentation” in this super fun weekend, comes in the form of looking at each body as an individual, also completely perfect. There is the general learning of anatomy and fascia that is needed, but above and beyond this, the teachings can be to really see ourselves and our students, experiment with what is needed, not offering more of the same. This time together is an opportunity to begin to bring a deeper balance to the whole system, body, breath, heart and mind as well as shake up the paradigms about how we view asana.
Full Weekend Price: $400/$375 before 8/2.
This is being offered as a full weekend only, as all parts build on themselves.
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