Exploring the Core Course with Becky Farbstein
September 15, 2019
- - Sunday, September 15th
- - Sunday, September 22nd
- - Sunday, September 29th
- Time: 3:30PM - 5:00PM
- Cost: £75.00
- Member's Cost: £67.50
This 3 week series of workshops led by Becky Farbstein builds core awareness and helps yogis better understand the function of this region beyond “six-pack abs". The muscles that surround and support our spine form our anatomical core, provide structural support for all the shapes we ask our bodies to make in yoga asana practice. Each session in this series starts with a brief discussion of one aspect of anatomy that enables a certain type of asana-based movement, followed by an intelligent asana sequence to illustrate the key actions of that workshop.
Session 1: Backbends
Backbends: either you love ‘em, or you hate ‘em. In this session, we will explore the full circumference of the core (it’s not just your abs!). You’ll learn muscles need to engage to support you in deep backbends and you’ll finally understand why some people backbend more easily than others. Key postures we will practice in this session include upward facing dog (urdha mukha svanasana), bow (dhanurasana), upward facing bow or “full wheel” (urdhva dhanurasana), and king pigeon (eka pada raja kapotasana).
Session 2: Forward Folds
In most vinyasa yoga classes, you do more forward folds than any other type of pose, so it’s important to understand what’s happening in your body. We often associate our ability to deeply forward fold with the length of our hamstrings, but this session dives deeper to consider how core engagement in forward folds allows yogis to practice arm balances such as crow (bakasana) and arm-pressure pose (bhujapidasana). We will also discuss the psycho-spiritual benefits of forward folding and consider how these relate to foundational principles of yoga philosophy.
Session 3: Twists
Let’s get one thing straight: twisting your spine does not detox your body. However, rotating and twisting the body does have many benefits that we will explore in this session. Our asana practice in this session will highlight the difference between “passive” and “active” twists, and we will workshop side crow (parsva bakasana) in detail.