14 Aug Anatomy 4 Yoga with Cora Wen
- Full Weekend Workshop
April 6, 2018 - April 8, 2018
7:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Full workshop includes all weekend events: Master Class, Know Your Knees, Happy Healthy Hamstrings, The Mysterious Sacro Iliac, and Shoulder Safety in Inversions.
- Master Class: Shoulder Safety in Salutations
April 6, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- Keeping our joints strong and supple makes our bodies more tolerant of the stresses of daily living. The shoulders and hips are the hubs of movement to move in yoga asana, and keeping these hubs free is critical to joint and bone health. Our shoulders hold the upper torso upright, and can often be the source of many ailments, including headaches, back, neck and shoulder pain. Whether from injury, slouching at a desk, or too many chatturangas, our shoulders “bear the weight” of our posture in mind, body and spirit. Learn how to keep shoulders strong and safe, and the difference between the male and female anatomy and how that plays in all the poses including standing poses, forward and backbends, inversions and arm balances. Keeping shoulders supple is necessary for almost every yoga pose, and helps to maintain structural balance around the neck and upper back. As gravity and life pulls us forward, the muscles on the chest and shoulders shorten. These forces cause disc degeneration, head and neck pain, rotator cuff impingement and other problems. Nerves in neck and shoulder connect to our brain as sensory nerves from the heart, so taking care of neck and shoulders improves circulatory function and general health. Learn to free this Hub of movement!
- Know Your Knees
April 7, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Your knee is a complex joint with many components, making it vulnerable to injuries. Many daily activities apply huge pressure onto the knee joint, which is why injuries are so common. As much as we would like to avoid them, injuries can happen on the slopes, field, pitch, court, or mat. We will take a closer look at the knee and how it is affected by the standing and seated poses of most yoga classes. Dysfunction in the knee can worsen because of instability and body misalignment. Learning how to practice with both personal alignment and general anatomical understanding is critical to a long-term yoga practice. Cora will share ways to use yoga props to practice safely, avoid knee injury, and promote longevity in your knee joints. In this anatomy driven workshop you will: - Learn general anatomy of the knee - Practice standing and seated poses with knee recovery and rehabilitation - Learn ways to work with yoga props to practice safely - Discuss proper care for knee injuries and how to protect the joint in class
- Healthy Happy Hamstrings
April 7, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:55 pm
- The hamstrings are a group of three muscles located in the back of the thigh. They run from the pelvis down to the knee, and help bend the knee and extend the hip. The hamstrings are at high risk for muscle injuries because they cover both the knee and hip joints. If your hamstrings are weak and tight, they're vulnerable to strain. Daily activities don’t stretch them, and tight hamstrings can cause all kinds of problems, such as lower back pain, neck pain and muscle cramps, as well as limited range of motion in hips and knees. The hamstring muscles are connected to the bones at the bottom of the lower pelvis, so if they are overly tight, it can cause stress on lower back and cause pain. If you engage in sports or high-speed activities, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends a daily routine to keep hamstrings strong and flexible. Many asanas involve extension of the hamstring and spine, and perhaps forward folds teach this best. According to B.K.S. Iyengar, the many benefits of forward folds include slowing down the heartbeat; toning the liver, spleen, and kidneys; and rejuvenating the spinal nerves. When you fold forward, you stretch the entire sheath of muscles and connective tissue in the back body. In this class we will work with forward extensions and learn how to keep the hamstrings happy as we help lengthen the muscles to reduce back pain.
- Function of the Sacro Iliac Junction
April 8, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Most people don't know where their sacroiliac joint is, yet more and more feel because it hurts! Sacroiliac dysfunction can be caused by muscle imbalances, it can be caused or exacerbated by misaligned yoga poses. Standing poses and backbending can lead to sacroiliac dysfunction if practiced without awareness of alignment and anatomy. In this class, we combine the study of anatomy with movement and we examine commonly misaligned poses. Learn the function of muscles and biomechanics of this mysterious joint as you explore your own anatomy in movement. Refine your own movements in yoga asana, and learn how body alignment can heal this joint, and how to avoid pain. In this anatomy driven workshop you will: - Practice alignment and anatomy of standing and seated poses that cause pain in SI - Learn how your own movements can heal or harm the SI Joint - Learn the function of muscles and the nerves around the SI Joint - Refine awareness of body biomechanics in yoga asanas
- Shoulder Safety in Inversions
April 8, 2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Whether from a specific injury, hours spent slouching at a desk, or too many chatturangas, our shoulders “bear the weight” of our posture in mind, body and spirit. As life pulls us forward and gravity exerts its downward force, the muscles of the chest and shoulders naturally shorten and tighten. The shoulders hold the upper torso upright, so if they are misaligned, they can be the root cause of ailments including headaches, backaches, neck and shoulder pain. Keeping the shoulders supple is necessary for almost every yoga pose - especially inversions - as they help maintain the structural balance around the neck and upper back. When the shoulders are too tight to support inversions, particularly headstands and shoulderstands, they create misalignments that make the pose unsteady and unstable, and could damage the neck. In this session, we learn to approach the practice with breath and intelligence, rather than fighting to push open or build muscle and create injury. We prepare the shoulders, chest, hip flexors and legs for handstands, shoulderstands, headstands and forearm balances by learning poses and sequences that allow you to feel supported and stable. When the body learns to move intelligently, it enhances overall control and enables smooth, confident transition into an inversion.
This workshop is required for all RYT-200 candidates studying with Yoga Bloom/Lotus Blooming Yoga. Current Teachers earn 14 Yoga Alliance CEUs for attending all sessions.
FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS: Tea and water will be provided for all workshop events. Attendee will be responsible for providing their own meals. A handful of restaurants are available within walking distance and several restaurants a few minutes away.
About Cora Wen
Cora Wen has taught yoga since 1994 and apprenticed with America’s most respected teachers. She blends the safety of Iyengar alignment with a flowing practice. Cora is certified at the highest level with Yoga Alliance ERYT500 and certified in therapeutic yoga with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists). She consistently helps her students find freedom from injuries and chronic ailments. At once infectious and calming, she consistently earns accolades from peers, mentors and students.
“I am filled with inspiration for the simple joy she radiates.” —Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD & physical therapist, Author of Living Your Yoga, Relax and Renew & 30 Essential Yoga Poses.
“I have not met a more enthusiastic yoga practitioner in all my years – her love and excitement for sharing yoga is infectious.” – Rodney Yee
Venue: Lotus Blooming Yoga
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