Awakening Your Bones Pt. 1: The Spine

Awakening Your Bones Pt. 1: The Spine | $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 your spine?

In this vinyasa yoga and embodied anatomy workshop, we’ll explore sensing and feeling our bones to find balance, coherence, and ease in yogasana practice. Rather than imposing outside rules, we’ll explore the emergence of multidimensional alignment choices from the inside out. We’ll begin with a spinal development and anatomy lesson, learning to locate landmarks along our spines. 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 inversions and backbends 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 March 21st, 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 April 15th. This workshop is the first in a series of three parts. The following workshops will take place in April and May, on the bones of the lower limb and upper limb respectively. You can take one, or two, or take them all.

Prop recommendations: 2 blankets, 2 blocks, a strap or belt, and optional journal to record your experiences.

Teacher: Rebekah Nagy
Type of Class: Align
Class Duration: 90min