5 April @ 10:00 - 12:00
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SPINAL ROTATIONS This workshop will demonstrate and enable safe and effective strategies for preparing the body for spinal rotations. Understanding the alignment is essential for safe and effective rotations, and…
This workshop will demonstrate and enable safe and effective strategies for preparing the body for spinal rotations. Understanding the alignment is essential for safe and effective rotations, and with careful and informative instruction progress will be swift.
The spine is divided into three main sections, the Cervical spine, the Thoracic spine and the Lumbar spine. Each section has its own range of movement and safe and effective spinal rotations rely on understanding how the spine works.
The Thoracic spine is the centre portion of the spine, with the Lumbar spine below, and the Cervical spine above.
The Thoracic spine is made up of 12 vertebrae, T1 – T12. These vertebrae connect with the ribs and make up part of the back portion of the Thorax (Rib cage, Thoracic cavity) This part of the spine has narrow thin intervertebral discs meaning there is less movement. The Thoracic spine is primarily designed for rotations, with very little forward and backward movement (Flexion/extension).
It’s vital to be aware that the Lumbar spine is mainly designed for flexion and extension (forward bending and back bending) and a spinal rotation should not involve the Lumbar area.
Must be considered as it can easily be de-stabilised through poorly executed spinal rotations. The Sacroiliac joint is held in place with ligaments and gravity and the ligaments can be stretched if twisted.
The natural shape of the Thoracic spine is a “C” shape. Through poor postural alignment the curve can become overly pronounced (rounded back) with one of the contraindications being poor respiration.
WHY DO SPINAL ROTATIONS?
Maintaining the correct curves in the spine has many health benefits.
Spinal rotations help keep the spine healthy by stimulating the flow of Cerebrospinal fluid. The spine houses the central nervous system. A healthy spine is integral to carrying out the daily functions. Back problems keep people off work. There are many more reasons to keep the spine fit and mobile.
This workshop will use a sequence of postures to efficiently prepare each individual student within the class to maximise their full potential. Spinal rotations taught with intelligence will involve a complex arrangement of asanas (postures) to achieve this.
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?
This workshop is for existing teachers, student teachers and yoga practitioners at all levels.
Your teacher Alex Arnold has 35 years of practice experience and is a leading teacher at Yoga Dharma.