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One day retreat: free & restore the spine • Cheltenham
Sunday 14th October • 11:30 - 17:00£70
This one day yoga retreat / workshop is meant to foster awareness of and bring mindful, gentle movements to the central and most important part of our anatomy: the spine. In the traditional yoga system, the masters believed that a supple and flexible spine translated directly to happy and healthy people. The spine is the centre of our anatomy, it literally holds us up through life and it is therefore critically important to take care of it.
“To know our spine is to know our entire body. To move our spine is to move our entire body. To release tension in the spine is to relax the entire body”.
This day long workshop is split into 2 parts with 1 hour break:
Part 1: Moving and freeing the spine
The first part is dedicated to exploring, moving, freeing and re-energising our spine with specific and safe movements and postures.
1 hour Break: Organic, vegetarian lunch with juice & vegan cake provided by studio 13.
Part 2: Restoring the spine.
The second part is about creating a real sense of well-being and calm using restorative yoga, pranayama, meditation and deep relaxation techniques.
- We will learn about the anatomy of the spine and its roles, function, and place in our skeleton and body. We will cover some common defects, the problems that the spine can be subjected to and the effects on the spine of unhealthy habits, postures and trauma.
- We will explore the diverse ways the spine can move and how it changes and affects the other parts of our body by using classical and less traditional yoga postures and movement techniques such as somatic and the Feldenkrais Method. We will learn how to unfold and free the spine safely with an open mind, creativity and playfulness.
- We will explore the nurturing and nourishing benefits of restorative yoga on the spine and the wider back. Restorative yoga will help us to turn on our bodily healing relaxation response by combining gentle yoga poses with conscious breathing, the art of letting go.
- We will navigate diverse ways to be in touch with the sensations coming from our spine by using breathing and visualisation techniques during a series of meditations and deep relaxations.
Photo by Emma Myrtle