Don’t dance around the perimeter of the person you want to be. Dive deeply and fully into it.Gabrielle Bernstein
Somatic Education - Monday's 7:30pm-8:30pm @ Moksha Yoga Guelph
May 7, 14, 28 & June 4, 11, 25. Based on the work of Thomas Hanna, this class will explore the 8 foundational movements (with variations) and how they pertain to: 1. The 3 Stress Reflexes (Green Light, Red Light & Trauma). 2. Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) When the brain loses all or some of its ability to control muscle. Through habit, it has forgotten how. SMA shows up as tight, frozen, sore muscles, shallow/poor breathing, low energy, anxiety, weak muscles from constant exertion, clumsiness/poor balance, poor mental focus, postural distortions + poor weight distribution creating secondary pain conditions. Can only be overcome by EDUCATION. 3. Pandiculation: Most effective method to prevent and corrects SMA. A way of “waking up” the sensory motor cortex. 3 parts: contraction of muscles, slow controlled release, and complete relaxation. Like what your cats and dogs do when they wake up. This practice will challenge your habits and retrain your brain by creating change at the level of the nervous system. It is like giving your brain a software update. Explore a practice to free yourself from habitual stress responses and unhealthy holding patterns of pain. What would happen if you stopped fighting your body?
Somatics & Yin - Monday's 2pm-3:15pm @ Living Yoga & Health Guelph
April 9- June 25. This class will combine Somatic Education and Yin Yoga, complimentary practices of mindfulness and attention. Somatic movement patterns are neuromuscular re-education to help you regain control of your habitually tight muscles, both preventing and correcting Sensory Motor Amnesia. These slow, controlled movements relieve pain, and increase flexibility, co-ordination, balance and performance. They will also prepare your body for passive yin poses that challenge you to find stillness and softness during longer held positions. Yin poses typically target the ligaments, joints and fascia from navel to knees and activate energy flow in the body. This focused practice is done mainly on the floor. Whether you are a desk worker, an athlete, a yogi, in chronic pain, recovering from injury or want free and easy walking, this will be a deep and rewarding practice.
Yin & Massage - Thursday's 9:30am- 10:45am @ Moksha Yoga Guelph
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. In this class you will experience a deep sense of renewal & structural rebalancing while you ‘Stretch (Yin), Unwind & Massage/Mobilize’ in a reduced heat room with gentle music and instruction to invite body, mind & nervous system to relax and regenerate. This class will incorporate the following elements:• A Pranayama or breath awareness practice• Gentle yoga for joint awareness• Yin/Myofascial Stretches targeting postural balance• Therapeutic Massage Balls• Ending with a supportive restorative savasana