The Spine as an Organ of Breath.
Our spine is a spectacular piece of engineering. With 33 interlocking bones, 24 moving vertebrae and 139 synovial joints, it has an amazing capacity to respond and react to our every movement. In yoga our spine is at the heart of our practice – it’s a constant element in each pose, providing, as one of the central nadis – both the channel for our breath and the anatomical focus as our midline. It is both the physical and psychological centre of ourselves.
During this practical workshop we’ll learn more about:
- the anatomy of the spine
- its role as housing and protector of the central nervous system
- how the spine responds to movement
- the delicate articulations which occur during each breath
Finally, we’ll explore the central question: does the spine respond to the movement of the breath? Or is the flow of the breath initiated by the movement of the spine?
Join Catherine for a day of subtle yet deep and absorbing practice, in which we increase our awareness and understanding of breath and spine, and how together they form the heart of our yoga practice.
Catherine Annis is well known for her imaginative and practical approach to yoga. Originally a professional dancer, she discovered yoga as a teenager, and has been practicing for more than 35 years. Having explored Sivananda, Iyengar, Ashtanga and various forms of Hatha yoga, she eventually gravitated to the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.
Catherine’s practice and teaching focuses on deepening physical awareness and alignment to reveal the natural freedom of the body, particularly the spine. She is an attentive and thoughtful teacher, and highly skilled at adapting poses to accommodate all levels and types of students, so that everyone leaves class feeling that they have made a fresh discovery about their yoga practice. She is a member of the Triyoga teacher training faculty and teaches weekly classes in London. She also leads retreats at various locations in India and Europe, and created the first Scaravelli inspired immersion course, which is held annually, and is regularly invited to teach workshops throughout the UK, and internationally. For more information and to keep in touch with Catherine, visit her website: www.RelaxAndRelease.co.uk
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