Upper Body Integration: Functional Alignment in Asana

Sunday January 26th 12-3 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Upper Body Integration: Functional Alignment in Asana

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 Vinyasa or flow-based styles of yoga, some postures are held for only a handful of breaths. This can invite uncertainty around the specific actions required, thereby not creating the necessary strength and awareness to embody the pose. This can cascade into a “Simon Says” approach to practice; going through the motions and diligently following cues that may not make sense for our unique anatomical structures.  

This workshop will take a close look at poses that require stability and mobility of the upper body, including Downward Facing Dog, Chaturanga, Plank, and commonly-practiced transitions that place load on the arms and shoulders. This will be an opportunity to personalize your practice, as poses and transitions are explored based on their functionality, and not what they look like. You will find the “right" angle for YOUR unique body to attain the physiological and energetic benefits and reduce the risk of injury, ensuring new discoveries and longevity in your practice. This offering is suitable for all levels, including beginners and teachers of yoga. Continuing education credit with Yoga Alliance is available. 

COST: $40, $35 for Bending Bodhi Recurring 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.