Backbends and Inversions for a Healthy Neck and Shoulders with Susan Richardson
Many people live with tightness, instability and chronic pain in the neck and shoulders. In this workshop we will explore therapeutic asanas to bring mobility, strength and proper alignment to the complicated arrangement of the cervical spine and the shoulder girdle. In particular, the action of lifting the head and moving the cervical spine into extension is an extremely important action for strengthening the base of the neck, stabilizing the shoulders and improving the alignment of the neck and head in relation to the rest of the spine.
We will begin with an essential therapeutic sequence of asanas for the neck and shoulders, and then continue with a practice focusing on intelligent back bending and inverted postures to help find ease, clarity and freedom.
Susan Richardson first started exploring yoga in 1988, and has been teaching since 1999. Within the Iyengar tradition, Susan has accumulated thousands of hours of teacher training and holds Intermediate Junior I certification with the Iyengar Association of Canada. A lover of anatomy, Susan studied for years with Jon Zahoreks Anatomy in Clay program, and brings a keen understanding of the body to her classes.
Susan’s classes and workshops embody the dynamic precision of the Iyengar style of yoga. She encourages students to connect to their understanding of their body and to explore a broad range of yoga postures in a creative way. Susan strives to integrate the most modern understandings of therapeutic alignment, breath and movement to help students feel more at home in their bodies.