Sat, 29 June 2024
Sun, 30 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
Thank you so much for a fantastic two weeks… your wonderful calm aurora and mind blowing wisdom and knowledge come through the screen. I have scribbled copious notes… Thank you soooo much again. Looking forward to the next workshop sometime!
Much love and gratitude
Hi dear Moni, Today’s session was grrrreat! Thank you sooo much. I’m so happy to be doing this with you 😊 you have such a lovely teaching style. I am sooo enjoying this. I keep getting new depths and insights into what you are saying and it’s giving me an increased understanding of our amazing human body. My theme this year is the spine from a physical, physiological and spiritual view and your course is helping me a lot.
Again I am thoroughly enjoying your spine unit Monica! I can’t get enough of how you explain movement and biomechanics with practical experience, examples, exercises…
Thank you so much I am just drinking it up.
Louise, WA, Australia
Monica that was SOOOO BEAUTIFUL and educational! I love how you’ve pieced all the information together! Thank you for sharing your incredible knowledge and wisdom… [it] touches me to my deepest core, what a Brilliant Gem you are… thank you thank you. I can’t wait for tomorrow, it’s the highlight of my day. Sending love…
Carmela, WA, Australia
Thank you for this beautiful workshop! I am thoroughly enjoying and appreciating the knowledge and insights that you are sharing!
Thank you so much for this entire course on the spine, it has been incredibly insightful and I am really looking forward to slowly absorbing what I have learnt and integrating it into my practice, teaching and also everyday life 🙂
A great thank you for giving the Integral Spine online. I already learned so much… I love the course. I am grateful that you shared your passion.
Oh Monica. That was one of your best yet and that’s saying something. You’re really gifted and I hope you decide to publish something some day. Thank you and looking forward to tomorrow.
Jessica, NSW, Australia
Such a soul enriching class. It’s so lovely to be with the majesty of our architecture vs the dry technical uni tomes. Looking forward to tomorrow.
Lara, VIC, Australia
I just wanted to let you know I’m really enjoying the workshop and the way you teach. I’m learning so much. Anatomy is a hard one for me but your enthusiasm is rubbing off on me. 🙂
Sheridan, WA, Australia
Registration is for the whole weekend program of two days – Saturday, June 29th 9:00 to Sunday, June 30th 16:00 – with a 90-minute lunch break each day.
For weekend workshop please click here.
Monica is a life-long yogi. She has over 40 years experience of yoga study and practice!
Any questions? Please ask us.