Thursdays May 5 - May 26. 2022 from 5:30 - 7:30pm @RA University
This workshop will introduce you to the wisdom of yoga practice, designed to awaken a deeper awareness of self through analyzing Spiritual Laws of Yoga along with Yamas and Niyamas
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This workshop will introduce you to the wisdom of yoga practice, designed to awaken a deeper awareness of self through analyzing Spiritual Laws of Yoga along with Yamas and Niyamas*, which are the ethical guides to living harmoniously with ourselves and others. This workshop is for all level students and teachers looking to deepen their practice on and off the mat through bringing the gifts of yoga philosophy to our daily yoga practice and life.
A regular yoga practice will improve our overall physical wellness through enhanced strength, flexibility and balance. Yoga also improves our oxygenation, coordination and cognitive ability through enhancing our focus. If the practice of yoga provided only these physical benefits, it would fully justify its place in our lived but yoga, at its core, its something much more. As Deepak Chopra puts it “Yoga is a science of balanced living, a path for realizing human potential. In these tumultuous times, yoga provides an anchor to a quieter domain of life, enabling people living in a modern technological world to stay connected to their natural humanity. Yoga offers the promise of remaining centered in the midst of turbulence.” We need centering more than ever in these changing times and yoga philosophy offers powerful tools for us to achieve a homeostatic state where we feel empowered and deeply connected to our true self, becoming more immune to the shifts happening around us.
Yoga means union – union of the body, mind and spirit designed to ultimately reduce human suffering, creating a pathway for enlightenment where we access the deep potentiality and joy we are born with. According to yoga philosophy, we can achieve a higher level of functioning by being able to withdraw ourselves from situations, shifting into a quiet witness mode, and observing our patterns that deviate us from what brings us happiness in life. For example, when we are practicing on our mats, when does the ego show its head as we are going into a certain pose? How does this pattern duplicate itself in our relationships or work? What is its impact on the choices we make in our life?
Learn tools that will guide you on how to bring thousands of years of wisdom of yoga to your daily life to live with a deeper awakening each day.
About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days The effects of yoga in preventing or eliminating low back pain are well documented. According to research conducted by National Institute of Health in 2017, the results suggest yoga may be useful as a treatment option for people with chronic low back pain.
"Healthy Back, Strong Core" Yoga workshop will take place at Ekam Yoga at Newport beach, California, on June 1, 2019. This workshop will teach students how to strengthen their back, core and protect the lower back through proper alignment and breathing techniques. Participants will learn about general postural issues that contribute to and aggravate back issues including neck pain and gain information on how to help prevent or reverse chronic back or neck pain.
The emphasis of the workshop is on developing a stronger back through enhancing the strength and flexibility of muscles in the upper and lower back as well as supporting muscle groups (abs, quads, hamstrings), that give stability to and protect our spine. The goal is to create a “corset” like strength around your lumbar spine so whether you are sitting for a long time, walking, jogging or doing a vinyasa class, your back is protected from external stress.
Participants will also deepen their knowledge of core activation in static and transitional yoga poses, which will give them the ability to lessen the pressure and stress put on our joints and spine during vinyasa yoga practice. The workshop will also offer information about breathing techniques that directly impact our back. We will work on shifting our autonomic breathing practice from upper chest/neck breathing which may lead to upper back issues to deeper diaphragmatic breathing to increase the oxygenation in our lungs as well as to release the tension in neck and upper back muscles.
Huma Gruaz (RYT-500, RYTx-500C) is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy Program. She has studied advanced and clinical yoga therapy under some of the leading back specialists and yoga therapists in the nation who have dedicated their life to strengthening the back as well as improving chronic back conditions of individuals around the world. You can sign up for the workshop through Ekam Yoga's website:
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