Free up your spine!
Many of us find Back bending challenging both physically and mentally. However, despite its discomforts, back bending can be one of the most therapeutic parts of a yoga practice.
In this workshop, we will take the time to open and create space in the hips and shoulders. We will also lengthen the front of the body and strengthen the back to be able to free up and support the spine in a safe way.
After we have prepared the body and mind for back bending, we will explore and experience deepening our back bends through dropping back. Towards the end of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga, we learn to move backward from a standing position to land in Urdhva Dhanurasana and come back up to a standing position. We will do this with the help of the teacher and/ or partner. It will be fun to play with it!
There are many benefits of back bending: it is uplifting and energising, realigns the spine, relieves back pain, stimulates digestive and eliminating processes, allows to open the heart chakra, helps to break through insecurity and fear, relieves stress and builds confidence as well as self esteem.
Over the years, Marilou van Hoek has developed a great passion for Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama Practice, which she both integrates in her daily life and teachings. She teaches Mysore Style, Primary Series, Ashtanga Led and Pranayama Classes, as well as Workshops at Yoga Moves and other Yoga Studios in Holland. She always teaches with a lot of love! Her classes are warm hearted, contagiously fun and rewarding, allowing to deepen and explore your practice on and off the mat.
Marilou describes herself as a lifetime yoga student. She is dedicated to her daily Practice and regularly studies with her Teacher(s)- developing her interests in Yoga Philosophy, Sanskrit Chanting and Meditation. With Gratitude to her amazing Teachers who inspire her: Katiza Satya, Paul Dallaghan, OP Tiwariji and Richard Freeman.
Marilou was born and raised in the Philippines and grew up in Holland from her early teens. She believes she has the best of both worlds, the East and West! For her, Yoga is a journey to awareness and spirituality. Yoga has not only given her the balance, stability and deep sense of Joy, Yoga has become ‘the Heart of her being’ and gives her confidence and fun in everything she does. With this experience she radiantly loves to inspire others.
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