Freedom, strength, letting go, opening the heart, vulnerability...
Our body’s natural response to danger is to curl in, protecting our most vulnerable part - our heart, both the physical heart and the energetic heart space. Backbends do the very opposite action, opening us up to the world. We are exposing ourselves and that takes courage - but also builds more of it!
Our spines are an incredible combination of strength and flexibility. Strong bones and large muscles give us structure and protect sensitive nerves while flexible ligaments and tendons allow the spine to move in all different planes.
With regular backbends we can help to protect this wonderful balance by increasing mobility while strengthening the supporting muscles around the skeleton.
This workshop will focus on backbending techniques designed to heal and strengthen the low back and lengthen the middle and upper back, as we open the hips, heart and the entire front side body. Class will begin with abdominal exercises and a dynamic vinyasa to prepare and unwind the body before moving into basic through advanced backbending postures.
A lifelong student, Suzie has completed the 200, 500, & 800-hour Life of a Yogi teacher trainings with Sri Dharma Mittra. In 2014 she completed another 200-hour teacher training with Jared McCann, world asana champion and creator of JMY Vinyasa. She currently teaches and assists in developing the curriculum for the Science of Self Teacher Training program. Her experience spans numerous styles and lineages and she teaches all levels of practice. Read more about Suzie