Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Melbourne
28th – 29th January 2023
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. The workshop concludes with a Spinal Focus asana class and a Cakra Meditation to revise and help students integrate the material taught within the
Please bring two tennis balls with you and a long sock.
If you have a foam roller, please bring it along.
This week will enable you to practice many of the spine-sparing techniques and correctives that Monica will share in her weekend workshop ‘The Integrity of Our Sacred Spine’ (link).
Monica’s guidance, assists and adjustments are informed by her professional training as a Chiropractor, her work as a Yoga Therapist and her 40+ years of personal yoga practice.
Her focus is on anatomically and biomechanically sound, safe adjustments.
Her passion is to use touch as the powerful communication and healing tool that it can be when used with consent, intelligence and a profound sense of listening to each individual student.
Monica will have two assistants, Lara Tumak and Kat Sall, to ensure that every student receives adequate attention. Both Lara and Kat have been personally trained by Monica.
Memory of at least the sequence comprising sun salutations and standing poses is helpful in these classes.
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.