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Advanced Yoga for The Spine & Core

Advanced Yoga for The Spine & Core

Yoga Gives Back: Yoga & The Spine

Susan Church and Orla Crosse – 9th June 2018


Delve into the functional design of the spine and discover how it supports, stabilises and moves you. This is linked with sound medical information about nerves, discs, core, and fascia. Recognise what normal range of movement is for each area of the spine.

Learn about the consequences of mechanical spinal dysfunction with degeneration, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and nerve entrapment. Most importantly learn how to be mindful of these issues with your students.

Explore which poses strengthen, which flex. Safe forward and back bending – what is really happening with your student’s torso? Understand the fascial response to side bending and rotations. And begin to attend to all planes of movement in your yoga practice and classes for fascial hydration and balance.

Lastly create a bias towards extension exercises to balance the back, and explore class plans that go beyond sagittal plane movement by exploring interesting ways to transition into the transverse and coronal plane. Allow for new discoveries in your asana by attaining movement through your entire spine. Get to areas that you have not visited before and explore some myofascial release techniques to assist.

Getting Centred: The Core

Susan Church and Orla Crosse 10th June 2018


The words core and stability are everywhere. What does it really mean and why is it so very important for Yoga Asana practice and teaching?

In this module learn about the fascinating corset of muscles which make up the core. From multifidus out to obliques- up to serratus and of course the pelvic floor. Learn to identify, engage and most importantly teach the subtle nuance of core stability, as opposed to core rigidity.

Gain an understanding of correct breathing practices to enhance core stability and plenty of advanced asanas that are unlikely to be achieved without it.

Susan will give you a six-week progressive program to get your students aware of this very valuable component for advanced asana practice.

For any queries please contact Moya at training@the-elbowroom.com or on  01 677 9859.

About the author: Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa opened The elbowroom in February 2003. Mother to Tuilelaith and Sean, director of The elbowroom and with a crew of over 60 staff, she is a busy bee. Lisa leads a team committed to bringing health and vitality to all of her clients. Lisa currently teaches in our yoga training programs and oversees pregnancy yoga and mum & baby yoga. Lisa works hard developing healthy food choices for Yin & Tonic @ The elbowroom. She specialises paediatric and pregnancy with workshops, yoga therapy, and craniosacral therapy.

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.