Stress, incorrect posture, poor vision and not knowing how to relax can all contribute to neck and shoulder tension. This class will focus on creating more freedom, flexibility, fluidity as well as malleability to the upper back, shoulders and neck.
At this class, you can expect to;
- Assimilate and learn about how the relationship between of the neck/ shoulders/ spine and hips, can also influence tightness and misalignments around the neck and shoulders.
- Learn how to consciously let go of tension and relax the muscles that contribute to headaches, slumped posture and rigid shoulders
- Explore gentle, safe Satya Somatic Movements that help to realign and relieve discomfort, tightness and pain that can develop due to habits, repetitive work, stress or injury.
- Ease, strained or inflexible back muscles that can often be the contributor of a stiff, painful neck
- Release and lengthen tight muscles to create more comfort and space around the upper back/shoulders and neck
Satya Somatic Yoga
Somatic yoga is a deeply healing and profound practice. This unique yoga master-class will shift your awareness and habitual patterns of being – mentally, physically and at a more subtle body level.
By introducing new somatic organic movements to our body, we can offer a different quality of communication and attention toward the deeper layers of our subtle body by navigating, refining and building new neural pathways to the brain.
Somatic yoga requires a great deal of mental focus, you will be encouraged to be sensitive and listen inwardly. By practicing malleable, active movements you will allow for the release of chronic muscular contraction and habitual conditioning of the body; therefore, the body starts to relearn natural, more efficient movement patterns. One of the aims of this practice is to increase the flow of neurological current and to encourage greater wakefulness to the bones, muscles, tissues and organs. The more extensive the flow of information within the sensory-motor system, the greater the range of motion in the body. Instead of using one’s will to achieve a release or an opening, this work teases out, releases and encourages openings without force. These passive movements are designed to undermine the will and facilitate movements outside of our conscious control. This in turn activates and supports the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing the body to heal, self-regulate and attune with blood, lymph and its natural biorhythms. At this session you will experience both the power and grace of gentle fluid meditative movements. We will explore the sheaths of connective tissue, muscle and bone in order to bring about greater wakefulness, luminosity as well as release patterns of resistance in order to create more space within.
BENEFITS OF SOMATIC YOGA
- Release and reverses neuromuscular pain – chronic and acute
- Improved posture
- Long term pain relief from numerous common conditions including neck, shoulder, back and hip pain
- Improve posture, flexibility, coordination and balance
- Improve mobility, stability and strength
- Increased mindfulness and self-awareness
- Ease of breathing
- Relaxation, stress relief and improved sleep
- Increased awareness of your stress triggers and the means to relieve stress
- Improve physical fitness and athletic ability
- Create a new freedom of movement
- Lifelong skills that teach you how to regain voluntary control of habitually tight muscles
- A safe, easy and common-sense alternative to drugs and surgery
Yin Yoga is calm and meditative, you will hold seated postures for long periods of time in order to increase flexibility and encourage a feeling of release and letting go. Focus on the breath is key to getting deeper into postures and the benefits that come with this.
One of the biggest yin challenges is to find the perfect balance between the physical and the mental. Our mind can often be a poor judge of the body’s abilities. It can be either pushy and inattentive to the body’s signals, or it can retreat in fear and interpret any strong physical sensation as a threat. If we apply too little stress to our tissues, they atrophy, however, if we apply too much stress, tissues degenerate.
Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. They are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. Improved qi flow is hypothesised to improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being.