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At The Yoga Lab we offer opportunities for our students, and ourselves, to go deeper into the practice with juicy, fun, in depth yoga workshops and retreats.

 

Lay Down & Rest! Yoga Nidra

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Lay Down & Rest! Yoga Nidra is a transformative guided meditation practice, done lying down, that promotes healing and regeneration at all levels of your being. The US Veterans Administration has provided yoga nidra sessions to Vets to treat PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, sleep disorders and chronic pain. Yoga Nidra also empowers intentions, manifests goals, recharges the immune system, and delivers a deep sense of well-being.

Give yourself this gift of deep self-care. Clarify your intentions. Direct your innate creative power towards your life goals.

This 2 hour workshop includes a brief, gentle Radiant Health Yoga® asana practice, self-reflective writing and a simple Integrative Brain Dance to support whole brain function and optimal results. No prior yoga or meditation experience needed. Helpful handout provided. CEU Certificate of Attendance available for Oregon LMT’s and Yoga Alliance RYT’s. Bring a journal, a cherished goal, water bottle, blanket, and yoga mat.

Saturday Nov. 15th 1:30 -3:30 pm Cost: $30.00 Registration Now Open

Joanna Cashman RN, E-RYT, LMT is the director of Radiant Health Wellness, a non-profit organization offering holistic health services including Radiant Health Yoga®, Acutonics, AcuGraphing, Massage Therapy, Reconnective Healing, Conscious Dance and Integrative Brain Dance. For a menu of services visit JoannaCashman.com 

 

Shoulder Biomechanics in Vinyasa Yoga

With Aleta Adams, E-RYT, RN

Saturday, December 13th 3PM - 5PM $25 advance/$30 day of Registration Open

Designed for vinyasa practitioners who wish to bring therapeutic pointers into a regular flow. This class is great for those with chronic shoulder pain or wrist pain, those interested in injury prevention and vinyasa yoga teachers. This class is not appropriate for acute injuries, unless you want to simply observe and learn. This session will be interactive with minimal-moderate weight bearing on the hands. Come with questions about specific postures or movements and we will examine basic joint actions, shoulder rotation and biomechanics, muscular restriction and weakness of the shoulder girdle and upper back. We will move through a basic All Levels Vinyasa class, pausing to look at shoulder biomechanics and how to integrate healthy alignment. 

Urdvha Mukha Svanasana

Insight from Aleta: Injuries in yoga happen. From our experience, and clearly the experience of millions of practitioners across the world, yoga heals injury and trauma more frequently than causing it by integrating strength and flexibility and calming the vacillating waves of the mind.  Perhaps not as common as injury during high impact endeavors, yoga related injuries such as torn ligaments and tendons from over stretching, inflammation, boney compression and overuse can and do happen. As the old adage, "No pain, no gain," clearly requires a more thorough investigation into the difference been discomfort that is beneficial to growth and harmful sensation, so does the concept of “listening to your body,” to stay safe and injury free. Our bodies employ a complex variety of compensatory mechanisms with the goal of helping us avoid pain in the moment, and as my colleague Trent DeLong emphatically shared with me recently "Our bodies don't always tell us the truth." How might you compensate in your biomechanics to avoid the reality of your architecture? In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali mentions alasya, dullness or carelessness as one of the obstacles to effective practice. In this context, carelessness manifests as a lack of inspiration for further study, a lack of interest for further investigation. Preventing injury while deepening in asana practice requires careful attentiveness and a willingness to learn. Going deeper in asana is refining, investigating and moving beyond your basic understanding of what is possible.

Here are some tips to avoid injury in yoga:

-Integrate mindfulness and caring by listening to and applying alignment principles into your practice.

-Ask your teacher questions related to safe alignment.

-Take time to learn and integrate therapeutics into your regular practice.

-Choose an experienced yoga teacher who has knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy and physiology.

-Breath during your asana practice. If you are breathing, you are not only attentive to your body, but you are also ensure that you are capable of breathing and not likely to push beyond a safe capacity.  
 
Lastly, if you have an acute injury it is important to rest! Many of us neglect to take the rest we need. I did not rest a shoulder injury until I was forced to due to being 8 months pregnant! After resting for just 1-2 weeks, by shoulder pain disappeared, the inflammation decreased, and I was then able to integrate therapeutics to help heal my shoulder.