Awakening Your Bones Pt. 3: Arms & Shoulder Girdle | $45
“Alignment comes from the bones, movement comes from the muscles.” - Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
Much of the language used to describe our bodies in fitness, yoga, and physical therapy is muscle-centric, and this directly informs our movement possibilities. Without an awareness of our bones, our muscles can overcompensate, grow taxed, and inhibit healthy movement choices which would otherwise naturally arise. So what does it feel like to embody your bones? To support them in knowing themselves, and to move from their mind? What does it feel like to embody the pathways from your hands to your shoulder girdle and back again?
In this vinyasa yoga and embodied anatomy workshop, we’ll explore sensing and feeling our bones to find balance, coherence, and ease in yogāsana practice. Rather than imposing outside rules, we’ll explore the emergence of multidimensional alignment choices from the inside out. We’ll begin with a bone development and anatomy lesson, learning to locate landmarks from our hands to our shoulder girdles. Then we’ll explore, integrate, and embody new ways of shape-making in vinyasa practice, as we search for and find clear pathways of weight moving through our bones.
All levels are welcome. Some intermediate poses including arm balances will be explored, but are not required in order to participate, and modifications and alternatives will be offered. Whether you’re new to yoga, an experienced student, or a teacher, this workshop will offer you new pathways into a more balanced practice.
This two-hour workshop will take place live on zoom on May 16th, 10am-12pm PST / 1-3pm EST. I’ll send you the meeting link through the Connective Platform when you register. To attend live you must register 30 minutes before start time, at which point registration will be closed. You can also purchase and view the replay any time through June 15th. This workshop is the third in a series of three parts, but you need not have taken the first two to attend this one.
You may purchase the replay of the second workshop, on the pelvis and legs, here:
Prop recommendations: 2 blankets, 2 blocks, a strap or belt, and optional journal to record your experiences.