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A Balanced & Strong Core 21/01/2018

21 January 2018 @ 13:00 - 15:00

Organised by : Martin

Bringing balance into the core is more important than continually making the practise harder and harder. A strong core has so many benefits, but an unbalanced core can be counter…

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Bringing balance into the core is more important than continually making the practise harder and harder. A strong core has so many benefits, but an unbalanced core can be counter productive. Although this workshop will test our reserves of strength and stamina, it will also work on a subtle level, accessing bandhas on a physic level as well as the first gross layer. This continues the theme running through my current season of workshops, in which we access asanas from a deeper perspective.

We can improve core strength considerably by simply changing our practise. We also have to consider the shoulder girdle and its part, when working on how to lift and jump back in the ashtanga series. This workshop is for all levels, and the exercises and modifications will be unique to the individual.

We will look at the psoas and how to strengthen and stretch there. We will look at the importance of the latimus dorsai, which plays a fundamental part of lifting our own body weight from seated. We look deep into the abdominal muscles, from the rectus abdominus, through to the transverse abdominus We will learn exercises that will target these areas, which most other exercises miss.

One example of working with a much deeper awareness is a forearm plank, try adding these extra tweaks. From your usual forearm plank, pull chest towards the groin, and at the same time pull the groin towards the chest. Now push down into the forearms, while acting as though you are trying to slide the forearms out to the side. You will notice the difference in many areas, and it is a good way to access the rhomboids and serratus anterior in the shoulder girdle.

it is important to practise pushing down into the earth through the hands (hasta bandha) while we suck up the pelvic floor (mula bandha) & lift the top front of the pelvis, which draws up the trunk and contracts the belly (uddiyana bandha)

The actions that this encourages, crunching the abdomen, the sucking in of the shoulder blades while they slide away from the midline, the tilting of the pelvis, the chin tucking in and the heels pushing back will bring a whole new dimension to a basic exercise.

As I mentioned earlier, I also want to emphasis the subtle effects of working on the core. When we practise lifting from cross legged seated into a balance, it is important to practise pushing down into the earth through the hands (hasta bandha) while we suck up the pelvic floor (mula bandha) & lift the top front of the pelvis, which draws up the trunk and contracts the belly (uddiyana bandha) This makes the arm balance more about utilising our subtle body and less about our gross body.

Working in a balanced way on our core will protect our backs and shoulders. It will help us stand tall and straight, aiding good posture. It will keep us strong and vital as we grow older, and most importantly, it gives us an inner strength to enable us to face life’s challenges.

 

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