Asana & Anatomy: Core Intelligence
Irene Alexander Tokar
Sat, Jun 8, 2:30-5:00pm
Core exercises are often
recommended to ease back pain and tone abdominal muscles.
But what is the core, and how is it accessed? The answer is
a lot more (and a lot more fun) than sit-ups. In fact,
excessive abdominal exercises can cause imbalance in the
core and actually lead to back pain. On the other hand, a
strong, integrated, balanced and intelligent core will help
just about everything in your body work more effectively—-
you’ll have better posture, better balance, healthier and
more flexible joints, increased lung capacity, better
coordination, more confidence, more optimism and more fun.
After all, we’re talking about your core – the center of
your being. As such, the aim is deep strength and stability,
but also a well of energy and an ability to remain fluid,
flexible and balanced when life moves in unexpected
directions. Moving from your core is about being true to
your center and being able to act in accordance with your
deepest intentions – from a very literal, physical level on
up. This workshop will teach you movements and exercises
that strengthen your core and connect directly into your
everyday movements and challenges.
We’ll start with a clear anatomical understanding of what
makes up the core and how it functions. You’ll learn to
access and isolate specific muscles, especially those that
tend to be underused. Then you’ll learn how to turn on the
core as a whole to create dynamic stability, and free up
your limbs and outer muscles for more strength, grace and
range of motion. We’ll mix detailed exercises with playful
movements, imagery, asana, balance, elements of dance and
marshal arts, and breathwork.
All are welcome. No yoga experience necessary.
$40 per class preregister/$45 at door