Yoga For Scoliosis Support & Community Practice – THIS SUNDAY at The Yoga Solution

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Inviting our yoga community with scoliosis to come together in practice and support Sunday November 18th from 1-3:30pm at The Yoga Solution located at 5290 Elvas Ave in Sacramento.

 

This 2.5-hour classes for yoga practitioners (you must have previous yoga experience for this class) is designed to support those who want to deepen their awareness and understanding of their own unique body, and refine the practice to meet specific needs related to scoliosis.

We’ll explore a variety of yoga postures and breath awareness that will support greater alignment and physical ease in the body with scoliosis. Practitioners will also learn modifications to commonly practiced yoga poses that can limit rather than intensify the conditions of scoliosis. 

Please register in advance for the practice on Sunday November 18th at kcwagaman@gmail.com or call 916-534-2721.

Cost $25 per class.  Sunday November 18th from 1-3:30pm.

 

 

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Centered Workshop – personal refections

I wanted to share some from a personal place –  with the intention of encouraging your consideration of an upcoming workshop I’m very excited to share – “Centered” with Bella and I.  And truthfully, to share my thoughts about these things, and simply have your consideration of my perspective and experience – is a privilege, and also feels exciting.

My personal body mind practice has for many years focused on exploring and experiencing a concept of my own dynamic center, as physical place in my being, as well as a spiritual metaphor.

With adolescent onset scoliosis, and unsuccessful bracing through my teen years, I set out in young adulthood on an alternative path to western medicine’s answer of spinal fusion for my mal-formed spine. I kept asking questions about my own possibilities for greater ease, strength, fluidity, and alignment in this body I have.  How?  Who? Where? What?  And yes, why? Questions are part of questing.

I found fields of mindfulness and/or self-awareness through various practices and perspectives, and continue to learn so much more about curiosity, kindness, and compassion. Especially as I’ve beheld my shadow; the dark, crooked and twisted aspects of my being – all of the ways I am fully human.

It is inevitably painful to see ourselves more clearly, to keep looking, and to hold the truth of us, requires a genuine acceptance (which happens as we practice it all the more). And it’s most certainly a lifelong journey, much more than any arriving.

Self-awareness is what’s happening right now, seeing ourselves again and again and again, when we pause, when we pull away from the periphery, breathe, and connect with who in us is witnessing all of the other happenings that are happening throughout our being and around us.  Observations can be simple, or unfolding in multi-layers of our being.

The paradoxical theory of change is the premise that people change by becoming more fully themselves – not by trying to make themselves be something or someone they are not: ‘Change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not’ (Beisser, 1970).

We can connect with center as a physical place in our body to physically align ourselves from.  It’s also a place to compassionately witness ourselves and our humanness as a deep inward experience that ushers transformative change.

My friend and colleague Bella, who travels these paths along with me, for her own unique, and also similar motivations (scoliosis too) is an incredible teacher and healer.  Our planning sessions for this workshop have been deeply nourishing for the both of us.  We both bring a great deal of passion for this subject to the table, and we’re excited to share it with our community.   You might think a workshop from 10-4pm is far too long for yoga, but this experience is so much more than yoga asana.  We’ll enjoy deep release with rollers and balls, subtle core/center exploration, discussion and conversation, breath awareness, asana, and art.  Our intention is for everyone to come away feeling more deeply connected to self, hydrated, nourished, and encouraged.  When we work with our center and our deepest muscular tissue, it produces results as these, and so much more.  Let me know if you’ve any questions or concerns, and thanks for taking some time to read and consider center, and our practice Saturday April 21st.  We’ve a few spots left.

For more details and to sign up go here: http://bodyjoy.net/event/centered-me-and-my-psoas/

If I Were

whirling-dervish

There are lots of ways to dance and
to spin, sometimes it just starts my
feet first then my entire body, I am
spinning no one can see it but it is
happening. I am so glad to be alive,
I am so glad to be loving and loved.
Even if I were close to the finish,
even if I were at my final breath, I
would be here to take a stand, bereft
of such astonishments, but for them.

If I were a Sufi for sure I would be
one of the spinning kind.

Mary Oliver

Centered ~ Me and my Psoas ~ A day-long workshop for asymmetries, imbalances, & scoliosis APRIL 21st 10-5pm

centered psoas

Psoas is not merely a muscle but a primal messenger deep within the core of our being. This potent tissue is guardian of the Hara, or “seat of enlightenment”, expressing our integrity on many levels. When we attune to this dynamic energy center, psoas becomes a readily available source of inner power.

Together we’ll explore this mysterious body tissue and its influence on many aspects of our lives. A healthy, supple and dynamic psoas supports a full body responsiveness and brings us into greater balance and alignment. It has an intimate relationship to our personal imbalances, asymmetries and scoliosis.

Join Bella & Kim for a practice of deep release, breath and inner body awareness, core stability, asana and artistic expression all revolving around and coming from our vibrant and alive center.

$135 early bird $110 until April 4. For more information or to sign up go to http://www.bodyjoy.net/event/centered-me-and-my-psoas/

Bella Dreizler is a physical therapist who loves guiding and journeying with patients thru the many ups and downs that accompany healing. She draws on four plus decades of clinical practice and plenty of personal physical challenges over the years. She also facilitates 5Rhythms & yoga, bringing body wisdom infused with heart and soul wherever it is needed.

Kim Wagaman loves yoga and has experienced immense healing in her own body with scoliosis because of it. She’s a 500-hr registered yoga teacher specializing in scoliosis for over a decade. Kim also provides group relational play therapy in the neuro-diverse community. A lover of the natural world, she’s outside as often as possible.

YFS Support & Community Practice Today – Sunday Jan 28th 1-3:30pm

snow-covered-winter-oak-tree

Inviting those in yoga community with scoliosis to come together in practice and support at EPIC Revolution located at 650 Howe Ave Building 500 Suite 530 in Sacramento.

 
These 2.5-hour classes for yoga practitioners with scoliosis are designed to support those who want to deepen their awareness and understanding of their bodies and refine the practice to meet their specific and unique needs.

We’ll explore a variety of yoga postures and breath awareness that will support greater alignment and more physical ease in the body with scoliosis. Practitioners will also learn modifications to commonly practiced yoga poses that can limit rather than intensify the conditions of scoliosis. 

Sign up for the Sunday practice in January NOW at kcwagaman@gmail.com

Cost $25 per class.  Sunday January 28th from 1-3:30pm.

 

 

Soul & The Old Woman

soulful sufi
Soul And The Old Woman ~ Rumi

What is the soul? Consciousness. The more awareness, the 
deeper the soul, and when 

such essence overflows, you feel a sacredness around. It’s 
so simple to tell one who 

puts on a robe and pretends to be a dervish from the real 
thing. We know the taste 

of pure water. Words can sound like a poem but not have 
any juice, no flavor to 

relish. How long do you look at pictures on a bathhouse 
wall? Soul is what draws 

you away from those pictures to talk with the old woman 
who sits outside by the door 

in the sun. She’s half blind, but she has what soul loves 
to flow into. She’s kind; she weeps. 

She makes quick personal decisions, and laughs so easily.


— Mathnawi: VI: 148-50
Version by Coleman Barks

YFS Support & Community Practice – SUNDAY OCT 29th 1-4pm at EPIC!

sideways over bolster kw

Inviting our yoga community with scoliosis to come together this coming Sunday October 29th from 1-4pm in practice and support at EPIC Revolution located at 650 Howe Ave. Building 500 Suite 530 in Sacramento.

These 3-hour classes for yoga practitioners with scoliosis are designed to support those who want to deepen their awareness and understanding of their bodies and refine the practice to meet their specific and unique needs.

We’ll explore a variety of yoga postures and breath awareness that will support greater alignment and more physical ease in the body with scoliosis. Practitioners will also learn modifications to commonly practiced yoga poses that can limit rather than intensify the conditions of scoliosis.

The theme of this months practice is yielding into Autumn. We’ll look at our experience of this season through the lens of nature.  Together we’ll explore creating a sense of presence, inner spaciousness, and ease through breath awareness, release work, standing poses, and restoratives.

Sign up for the practice at kcwagaman@gmail.com or call 916-534-2721.

Drop in’s are also welcome.

Some previous yoga experience requested.

Cost $25 per class. Sundays from 1-4pm.

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