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Friday: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Know Your Psoas

During this workshop we will examine the anatomy and function of the Psoas, looking at both functional and dysfunctional movement patterns due to a healthy or constricted Psoas and learn to diagnose yourself and others.  We will discuss the energetic impacts of releasing the Psoas, including why it gets constricted in the first place, and how that relates to pain and injuries of the spine and hip.  Finally, we will look at the Psoas’ impact on yoga asana, how to decide which postures to work with, which to avoid, and how to more safely align postures if constriction exists.  Students will leave with an understanding of their anatomy and how to care for themselves as an individual in public classes. Teachers will gain greater insight into the impact this muscle has on their students, which will allow them to prevent injury much more readily.

Saturday 12:00-2:30 p.m. The Arch – Strong but Open Backbends 

Backbends can be beneficial postures when done well, but can also be injurious for the shoulders, neck, hip, and spine if done improperly or if the wrong ones are chosen for each individual student’s body.  In this workshop we will break down the anatomical efforts and biomechanics of common and complex backbends in lecture format.  Students will then be guided through a few mini sequences where the efforts of entering a backbend are learned and then deepened when appropriate for each individual student.  Participants will leave with a clear understanding of what they need to work on in backbends, if they’re appropriate for their body, and how to approach them with wisdom as they practice in the future. 

Saturday 3:30-6:00 p.m. All Things Shoulder – The confusion ends here 

The shoulder joint and shoulder girdle have been mis-taught in yoga for years.  The result of that has left students with weakened rotator cuffs, neck issues, ribcage immobility, frozen shoulder blades, and  injuries.  In this workshop we will discuss how the shoulder works and how it relates to all categories of asana.  The workshop will begin with a lecture on the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder.  Participants will then learn how the mechanics of the shoulder relate to common postures in yoga-asana classes.  Students can expect to learn how to wisely approach postures like chaturanga, downward facing dog, handstand, upward bow, forearm stand, etc, where the shoulder is often misaligned. 

Sunday 10:00-12:30 a.m. Wallstand No Longer – Handstand Unlocked 

 Whether you’re new to handstand or have been stuck at the wall doing it for years with no success, this workshop will give you the anatomical keys to unlock the door to this fun pose.  The workshop will begin with an in-depth look at the anatomical efforts and priorities of the shoulder girdle, elbow, and wrist and their impact on the spine’s alignment, which is key to achieving this pose as well as what core stabilizing muscles actually allow you to enter handstand,  and  to balance once you’re in the pose.  A physical practice will follow.  Students will learn a step-by-step system approach allowing them to make safe progress towards handstand without the wall becoming an addictive crutch.  By the end of the workshop, no matter what your experience level with handstand, you will have a way to make progress towards the pose in the future. 

Sunday 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Hips – Pigeon and WAY Beyond 

Healthy and functional hips mean much more than being able to do pigeon with ease.   Strong hips with a wise rage of motion make many of the most sought after poses possible.  The hip is also directly related to the health of the lower back making it an important joint to understand in yourself and in students.  A joint with many different movements that can be affected by many different muscles make the hip complex.  Time will be spent looking at the anatomy of the hip in lecture in a detailed by easy to understand way.  We will then look at all the different hip positions and where the limitations and weakness may occur as related to asana and where students may be over stretching rather than creating healthy mobility.  By the end students will know how to work with their hip joints in relation to some of the most common hip related postures taught in classes.  

Cost: $45 Drop In ($40 Early Bird Drop In before March 21st)

$200 for the Whole Weekend 


Workshop Refund Policy

Withdrawal/cancellation from any workshop with more than 24 hours notice will be credited or refunded at 50%. Withdrawal from an event with less than 24 hours notice (or failure to attend) will not receive any refund or credit. Please arrive on time for workshops. Arriving later than 10 minutes after scheduled time may result in loss of your enrollment. Thank you for your understanding.

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Yoga Pearl · 925 NW Davis Street · Portland OR 97209 · · 503-525-9642