Spineful Yoga

a spineful yoga contrast. BKS Iyengar in Ustrasana and a modern version
BKS Iyengar in Ustrasana is an example of yoga in natural posture. 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.

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 gravity-based 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 slower paced and more suitable for beginners.

Sundays, 10 am to noon, mixed levels:

Fall Session: September 15 to November 24, nine classes, $225, includes GST. Drop-in $30. | No class October 13 and November 17.

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

Fall Session: September 16 to November 25, 10 classes, $220 includes GST. Drop-in $25. No class October 14.

Payment by cash, cheque, e-transfer or credit card. (Email me to request a credit card invoice.)  To register email me at evej@shaw.ca