Stay Open: Backbending with Confidence
Sunday February 2, 1:30-3:30pm
with Verred Hamenahem
Backbends build warmth and strength in the body, asking us to trust ourselves and teach us the power of vulnerability, among other things. When winter comes we often subconsciously assume the forward head, hunched over in hope to keep ourselves warm.
In this workshop we will ease into backbending and hip opening postures to engage and warm the body to help build resilience and remind us of the importance of keeping our front body open and receptive. As always, grounding is our first exploration, for as we ground we create a stable base from which to rise up and move forward.
This two hour practice will be a mix of asana (posture) and pranayama (breathing), where we incorporate pranayama into our physical practice ending with a long savasana (relaxation).
All levels are encouraged and welcome.
$35 or $60 for both backbends and twisting workshops with Verred.
About the teacher:
Verred Hamenahem: Influenced by several traditions, styles and teachers, my alignment-based classes are a decisive blend of what speaks to me and is at the forefront of my personal practice. My major influences include Katonah Yoga, Hatha, Kundalini Yoga, Yoga Nidra, meditation and my continued studies with my mentor, Elena Brower. I am honored to travel and assist at many of Elena’s retreats and workshops. In my classes I ask that we become more sensitive and specific with how we place our bodies and how we relate to ourselves. I think we are all attempting to understand ourselves a little bit better. When our architecture is sound, when we are stable we can find more space. When we strengthen to become more buoyant, light, and serene in our bodies we create more ease. I believe our privilege is to create sustainable, mindful practices to increase longevity, endurance, resilience, and agility in every part of ourselves and our life at large. Living with a sense of ease means we can bring the best version of ourselves to the forefront, which is ultimately what we all want for ourselves and for the people close to us.