Saturday, April 23, 2016
The hands are an integral component of our physical interaction with our environment. As such, a great deal of our identity is developed--and our relationships expressed--through touch, grip, release, reach, pressure, and movement. In this asana practice and workshop we will explore
- the hand-core connection
- how to feel the linkage between the arms and the trunk, both mechanically and energetically
- how to then create highly supportive poses and transitions, especially the oft bypassed chataranga-to-upward dog-to-downward dog sequence
- what to look for, as a teacher, in the neck and shoulder and hip area
We will deconstruct plank, cobra, downward dog, upward dog, and other hand-balancing poses, and rework the connections from breath to spine, shoulder, neck and arm so the neck feels free and the shoulders supportive in the poses.
These hand-ground interactions will be safe and suitable for those working with wrist injuries or shoulder concerns.
New teachers and teacher trainees who attend will
- practice feeling gross [physical] body movement to stoke subtle body awareness [“lines of energy”]
- help improve their intuitive and adjustment skills as a teacher
- study the organism-environment interaction to improve the quality of their interactions with others.
When attending, please be prepared to be hands-ready, phone-free. If you typically use wrist supports or props for your hands, you may have them with you.
Saturday April 23, 2016
Yoga Now Chicago; 742 N. LaSalle Ste. 201
call: 312 280 9642time: 100-330pm; 330-4pm Q&A
Transit: short walk to both brown line and red line
Parking in lot behind building, entrance on Chicago Ave., validated: $10
[street parking expires after 2 hours]
Gwen Mihaljevich, a Chicago based practitioner, works primarily in the healing arts and yogic traditions and has for 13 years under the auspice of Ana Forrest. With an academic foundation in music performance and therapy, her interests include deep study in addiction and recovery, behavioral development, nutrition, sports psychology, epigenetics, zazen, jiu jitsu, and integral leadership.