Spineful Yoga

BKS Iyengar in Ustrasana . Notice the short sharp arch at the base of his spine, and the spinal column extending in a straight line. From this basic alignment, the relaxation of the pose follows. In modern posture, the hinge at the natural arch is gone, and instead it moves to the mid and upper back. The result is tension rather than relaxation.

BKS Iyengar in Ustrasana . Notice the short sharp arch at the base of his spine, and the spinal column extending in a straight line. From this basic alignment, the relaxation of the pose follows. In modern posture, the hinge at the natural arch is gone, and instead it moves to the mid and upper back. The result is tension rather than relaxation.

In Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar demonstrates the poses in natural posture, a.k.a Spinefulness. The essential difference? He has a short, sharp arch, low in his back, where his last lumbar vertabra meets his sacrum. Then his spine extends in a straight line towards his head.

Modern bodies, shaped by modern posture, no longer hinge at the natural arch. Instead, as in the Ustrasana on the right, the hinge is much higher, in the thoracic spine. Unfortunately, there’s no anatomical hinge there, only a disc that’s gaping at the front and squeezed at the back.

Spineful Yoga is an asana practice based on alignment with gravity. We look at the whole body in space, and start with the optimal alignment of the pelvis and spine.

Spineful yoga starts on the mat but continues 24 hours a day as we take Spineful alignment into our daily lives.

Like Spinefulness itself, Spineful yoga is an awareness practice that allow us to maintain a connection with our physical body in every moment. To learn more about the specifics, go to: What is Spineful Yoga and Why Do We Need It?

There are now two Spineful Yoga classes available each week: Sundays, 10 am to noon, and Mondays, 5:30 to 7 pm. The Monday class is more suitable for beginners.

Sundays, 10 am to noon, mixed levels

Spring Session: April 28 to June 16, six classes, $150, includes GST. Drop-in $27. | No class May 19 and June 9.

Mondays, 5:30 to 7 pm, mixed levels/gentle

Spring Session: April 29 to June 17, seven classes, $160, includes GST. Drop-in $25. . No class May 20 |

Payment by cash, cheque, e-transfer or credit card.

To register email Eve at evej@shaw.ca