Yama Yoga Marseille
27th – 28th May 2022
Friday 27 & Saturday 28 May 2022
Schedule (for Friday and Saturday):
The Structure, Function & Energetics Of Our Sacred Spine
with Dr Monica Gauci (Chiropractor, Yoga Therapist).
In this workshop we take a holistic overview of the structure, function and energetic effects of the common thread in all yoga asana styles and techniques – our spine!
Our spine is the central axis of our being, both energetically and physically. It has an ingenious architecture that effects our ability to perform āsana and the health of our whole being. Our modern lifestyle exacerbates the ill effects of poor posture, mental 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 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 chakra at that corresponding level. We explore these energy centres, how they reflect our evolution, emotions and expression, with a view to understand how their gentle activation is what makes the beneficial effects of yogic āsana so unique.
We look at the architecture of the spine and how its structure determines our functional abilities. Here we also look at the passive stabilisation system of ligaments as well as the active stabilisation of the intrinsic and extrinsic spinal muscles. We examine how their role of segmental stability compliments the role of the muscles that provide larger prime movements.
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 āsana. We also explore the emotional anatomy of individual muscles, how our posture reflects our feelings and beliefs and how to use posture to change how we feel.
We study the ‘stress’ points of our spine and how to apply therapy to reduce these stressors. We explore spinal mobilisation techniques and āsana that enhance spinal mobility, strength 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, agile and comfortable life.
“It was an absolute pleasure to host Monica for an excellent workshop ‘Our Sacred Spine’. Every aspect of the workshop was well organized and delivered. Monica managed to keep what could have been a dry and purely anatomical topic, engaging, relevant, interesting, and insightful. She has a vast knowledge of the subject matter, and at the same time applied the spiritual context relating to the anatomy of our spine. The theory was regularly broken up with practical applications that allowed a much fuller understanding of all that was being taught.
Here is someone who has the ability to playfully bring together a thorough anatomical understanding of Yoga postures, Yoga physiology, and Yoga philosophy; all delivered with great skill, instilling in all of us a beautifully holistic understanding of our spine. A very engaging and fascinating experience, highly recommended!
I am already looking forward to Monica’s next workshop.”
Angelika Knoerzer, Director of North Sydney Yoga, Australia
Dear Monica, Now I am able to answer the questions related to “therapy” I receive through my blog. Thank YOU. I had almost zero knowledge of anatomy and therapy before our training, and they were not my interest (at all… almost). It is very different now:). I hope for another chance to learn from you. Thank you❤.
Rory, South Korea
Monica is a life-long yogi. She has over 40 years experience of yoga study and practice!
Your teachings were an anchor and catalyst in guiding me … and allowing me to settle confidently and deeply in a place I feel like I had been wanting to go for a long time.
Any questions? Please ask us.