Many of us develop an antaogonisim with our bodies. In our younger years it’s because we feel that we don’t have the most desirable features. As we age we feel betrayed by the body for getting older, and illness and pain almost always result in negative feelings about the body. In this practice we will move through some gentle yet powerful somatic informers to help us settle fully into supported poses. We will also make use of an sweet mantra throughout; “I am here for my body/my body is here for me”. You are going to feel amazing after this practice and I hope you emerge with a new sense of friendship with your incredible body.
Often we have an intractible, parasitic tension that causes pain. This tension is the bodies’ way of protecting an area. Sometime, relieving the tension can relieve the pain. Most of the time a stretch won’t do it. Instead we will have to teach the tissues to let go. This is a class about learning to let go, with techniques for doing just that.
My primary work is with individuals who suffer from chronic pain. Yoga has a wealth of benefits for these people. One of the things that I notice is that when you’ve had pain for a long time, you tend to think about pain rather than feeling it. Research has found this too so don’t take my word for it.