Join Susan Elena for a fun filled weekend in NYC. She will make her annual trip to the wonderful Samamkaya Back Care Collective in NYC.
February 24 – 25, 2024
Spinal Rejuvenation for a Positive Mind State
Registration Opens Soon!
“So, spine is one dimension of you, which determines which direction you go. How your spine is functioning; how the energies in your spine are functioning right now determines almost everything about where you go.” ~ Sadhguru
Yoga is a form of mind-body centering that involves a combination of muscular activity and an internally directed awareness of the self, the breath, and energy. We heavily rely on our spine to support us through life. From a physical point of view the spinal column is an important channel for all the bodily stimuli that are transferred via the nerves to the brain. It is part of our central nervous system along with the brain. But also on a spiritual level, the spine is the sour
ce of all our energy. The spine is the axis for the human body, which acts as a connecting link between Earth and Heaven. A properly aligned spine promotes emotional stability. Often, the muscles of the spine, neck, shoulders, hips and the knees tend to be an areas where many people experience tightness, hold tension or have pain or injury at some time in their life. This workshop will give you an understanding of how spinal alignment and the breath can relieve tension and create a positive mind state. For all students with spinal imbalances, stiffness or injuries to knees, shoulders or hips as well as those who wish to maintain the health of their joints and release stress and anxiety.
Session 1: Earth Element: In Iyengar yoga we always begin with the foundation, Muladhara or Root Chakra. Gravity will draw feet into the floor, giving us the anchor that we need to live in the world. Yet it is counteracted by our tendency to expand and grow upward toward the sun. As BKS Iyengar states, “in Tadasana we stand with our feet firmly on the earth and our head in heaven.” Participants will first learn how to properly
align the feet and lower body. We will take a closer look at the muscles, ligaments and bones of the legs while exploring flexion and extension of the knees. We will explore how this alignment is aided by using the breath and quieting the mind.
Session 2: Water Element: The Water element is associated with the 2nd chakra, Svadhisthana, located between the belly button and pubic bone. This element governs fluidity, purification, nourishment, and controls the movement of energy, fluids and the physical body. As the gravity passes through our body from the head to the knees and the feet, the sacrum acts as a pivotal center for the flow of energy in opposite directions. In yoga, the sacrum is considered a sacred bone, because it literally connects the lower half of our body to the upper half. It is seen as a place of transformation, where the union of upper and lower, of the divine and the human occurs. Pain or stiffness in the knees or groin stiffness and sciatica may originate in the hips. Participants will learn how to correct pelvic misalignment and how movement and safe releasing twists combine to create freedom and more stability.
Session 3: Air Element: The Air element is associated with the Anahata or fourth chakra, located at the center of the heart. The Air element is gentle, uplifting, nurturing, healing, freeing and balancing. Yoga is self-empowering; the student is their own healer. Yoga engages the student in the healing process; by playing an active role in their journey toward health. Healing comes from within, instead of from an outside source. When the individual has a positive mind-state healing happens more quickly and is longer lasting. Whereas if the mind-state is negative, healing may be delayed. In this session, focusing on the upper body, we will explore how movement supported backbends and restorative postures allow us to release layers of tension in the body and mind helping us to move out of physical and mental pain patterns creating physical freedom and a positive mind-state.
For details and to sign up visit: www.samamkayabackcare.com