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Cologne – Our Sacred Spine with Monica Gauci

22nd – 23rd August 2020

Cologne – Our Sacred Spine with Monica Gauci

Course Details

Saturday, 22.08.2020 |11.00 – 18.30 Uhr
Sunday, 23.08.2020 |11.00 – 17.30 Uhr
Ginger Up Ashtanga Yoga & Zen
Seyengasse 3a im Hinterhaus
50678 Köln, Germany

Course Overview

Cologne – Our Sacred Spine with Monica Gauci
with Dr Monica Gauci (Chiropractor, Yoga Therapist).

Saturday 22nd August 2020
11:00 –  18:30

Sunday 23rd August 2020
11:00 –  17:30

A holistic look at the structure, function and energetic effects of the common thread in all yoga asana styles and techniques – our spine! 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 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. 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 the different movement types of asana. We study the ‘stress’ points of 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 intrinsic and extrinsic spinal muscles. We examine how their 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.

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 and 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 yoga so unique.

“It was an absolute pleasure to host Monica Gauci for an excellent workshop ‘Your Spine, Yoga and You’.  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!”

Angelika Knoerzer, Director, North Sydney Yoga


August 22, 2020
August 23, 2020
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Ginger Up Ashtanga Yoga & Zen
Seyengasse 3a im Hinterhaus
Köln, Cologne 50678 Germany
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0221 16 86 33 90


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.
– Katharina. Vienna, Austria


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