Find Your Flow: Functional Alignment in Asana

Saturday April 20th 1-4 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       We can be drawn to yoga postures for their beauty or cool factor, and in turn, those postures can become benchmarks in     determining success or proficiency in our practice. However, we may come to realize that we are unable to achieve the     aesthetics of certain poses, or embody traditional alignment cues, no matter how dedicated we are.                                                                                                 

In commonly practiced Vinyasa or flow-based styles of yoga, the poses and transitions are linked to create a dynamic rhythm, requiring repetitive movements to travel from one end of the mat to the other. This graceful form of practice is inherently meditative, as it connects movement with breath, and a deeper connection to the subtle body. The manner in which it’s taught or practiced can sometimes cause overwhelm with a pace that’s too quick, or uncertainty as to how to properly execute the poses within the sequence.

This workshop will be an opportunity to personalize your practice, as poses and transitions are explored based on their functionality, and not what they look like, or how quickly they’re performed. Here, you will find YOUR flow, and learn the intricacies of the commonly linked postures in Vinyasa yoga (sun salutations, downward facing dog, chaturanga, upward facing dog, etc.), and how those poses and transitions translate within your own, unique body to attain the physiological and energetic benefits and reduce the risk of injury. We will examine a variety of approaches, modifications, and subtle adjustments to this keystone sequence, ensuring new discoveries and longevity in your practice. This workshop is suitable for all levels, including beginners and teachers of yoga.                                                                                                                                      Cost:  $40 or $35 Recurring Bending Bodhi Members 

Terry Cockburn has been teaching yoga since 2006, and opened the doors to Freeport Yoga Company in Freeport, Maine in December of 2011. A marathon runner, mother to two boys (and one yellow dog), business owner, and outdoor adventure-seeker, she balances an active, yang lifestyle with time on the meditation cushion and a contemplative Yin Yoga practice. She has been published in Runner’s World and Trail Runner magazines on the subject of Yin Yoga for runners, and is a trainer in the Summers School of Yin Yoga, having worked extensively with Josh Summers for over a decade.