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Asana Workshop Series with Michelle Patino


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This special workshop series I've created is intended to take yogis and teachers deeper into our most popular and necessary poses. Four classes in total, we explore the many facets of each pose in kind,each Sunday in May. None of these classes is a pre-requisite to another, though it is recommended that you already have a yoga practice if you desire to attend weeks two and three.

Week One (5/6) - Posture 101 - Understanding Mountain Pose: We will learn to use the feet as the foundation to align the pelvis, elongate the spine, relax the bulging trapezius muscles down away from the neck, and activate the lazy back muscles necessary to keep us upright. Anatomy and physiology will also be discussed. This class will be safe for most levels. All poses will be standing or seated in a metal folding chair.

Week Two (5/13) - Looking Back while Staying Present: Safe Movement in Camel, Locust, Bridge, and Other Backbends . Back bends can be intimidating because they require one to deeply open the front body to find what’s hiding beneath the surface. Many props will be used as we seek out the difference between back-bending and front-stretching. Deliberate, safe work in these poses will increase core strength, as well as ease racing minds as we draw our attention to a part of our body we rarely see. You will need to have an established yoga practice, to whatever extent, to take on this class. Please contact the instructor if you are unsure.

Week Three (5/20) - Down Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana?: Customizing the Pose For Your Body. No matter what you call it, this posture is arguably the most popular and most necessary to understand for a complete body dynamic stretch. We will use many props to help the body find a deeper, safer relationship with the Downward Dog. All levels are welcome; it is recommended that you already have this pose in your practice in any variation. Please contact the instructor if you are unsure.

Week Four (5/27) - Total Body Relaxation: Get Into Savasana. Savasana certainly seems like nap time after the hard work of an asana class, but it's really meant to be a state of conscious relaxation with intent to help the yogi to meditate. Learn how to be more comfortable and find stillness in this pose, and train the mind to find a relaxed state conducive to healing and wellness. Pranayama (mindful breathing) and auditory relaxation techniques will also be discussed and practiced. All students need the ability to get down on the ground and, eventually, back up again. Please contact the instructor if you are unsure.

Only $20 in advance, $25 day of event, $80 for all four weeks. Students who pre-register for all 4 classes by May 6 receive a FREE YOGA STRAP! Ask instructor for details.

Book via MINDBODY app or by calling the venue at 209-575-3770.