Sat, 22 June 2024
Sun, 23. June 2024
The Integrity of our Sacred Spine
with Dr Monica Gauci (Chiropractor, Yoga Therapist).
A holistic look at the structure, function and energetic effects of the common thread in all yoga asanas and techniques – our spine!
Our modern lifestyle exacerbates the ill effects of poor posture, mental and emotional stress and spiritual discontent and our spine bears the burden of these stressors. Likewise it is the influence of our spine, its central energy channel and energetic centres that enables yoga it to work its ‘magic’.
In this workshop we explore the spine as the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual axis of our body and being.
A study of the development of our spinal curves reveals the energetic system that is at the core of every yogic technique, from asana, to pranayama to meditation. Each curve bows to the cakra at that corresponding level. We explore these energy centres, how they reflect our spiritual evolution, emotions and individual expression, with a view to understand how their gentle activation is what makes the beneficial effects of yogic asana so unique.
We look at the architecture of the spine and how its structure determines our functional abilities. The anatomical section aims to educate students to respect differences both within the spine and between individuals. It is these differences that predict varying degrees of limitations and potential in different asanas.
We study the ‘stress’ points along our spine and how to reduce these stressors. Here we also look at the passive stabilisation system of ligaments as well as the active stabilisation of the spinal muscles. We examine how the role of segmental stability compliments the role of
the muscles that provide larger prime movements. We explore spinal mobilisation techniques and asanas that enhance spinal stability and health as well as practical ways to modify how we perform any asana to spare our spine that it can be healthy and last us for a long lifetime.
Additionally, you will learn a Vedic healing mantra and and a Dhārana on Suṣumna from the Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra.
Please bring two tennis balls with you and a long sock.
If you have a foam roller, please bring it along.
Thank you for your teaching, for graciously sharing your knowledge… I enjoyed the time sitting, as your student, but more than that, I found the information illuminating. Some of it validated my current thinking and experience, some challenged it, there were brilliant analogies, verbal clues and descriptions triggering visual imagery that supported my learning. Most of it was new for me and all of it potent! Feel energised as a result. I can hardly wait to have 20 days further study in Bali.
With kindness, with high regard, with love – Russelle, Australia
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Monica is a life-long yogi. She has over 40 years experience of yoga study and practice!
Any questions? Please ask us.