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Date(s) - Tuesday, January, 25, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Instructor(s): Leslie Howard

From the Ground Up, with Leslie Howard

A series of three workshops to help aid and support achy feet, cranky knees and tight psoas.

January 11 | January 25 | February 8

5:30p-7:30p (EST) | ONLINE | $100 for series | $40 per session

 

JANUARY 11

The Agony of “DE-Feet”: Yoga for Cranky Feet

Leonardo da Vinci stated that “the human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” Yet each day we take this masterpiece and stuff it into a shoe and forget about them until there is a problem. Feet get tight, toes start to gravitate into claws and then we wonder why our hips are tight. Releasing the feet can make your legs and hips more fluid and learning to stand on your feet more efficiently helps to support the pelvic floor and spine. Join Leslie in this fun and informative workshop. You will leave with ways to strengthen and release the feet and have a new appreciation for these two masterpieces.

 

JANUARY 25

The Bees Knees:  Yoga for Cranky Knees

Bees have a femur and a tibia but no knee joint.  This must be the reason that this saying means “height of excellence”.   Those of us that struggle with knee pain know that the knee joint can be less than excellent. The poor knee, a prisoner of the hip and ankle.   If you suffer with knee pain the stats show that you are not alone: One in five men and one in four women experience knee pain daily, and women are up to eight times more likely to suffer knee injuries than men. 

The key to avoiding knee problems is keeping the whole body aligned. That’s where yoga comes in.  Come join Leslie in this alignment based therapeutic approach to different types of knee pain.  

 

FEBRUARY 8

Psoas, SO happy: Yoga for the Hip Flexors

The psoas (pronounced so-as) is the all star in a group of muscles called the hip flexors. Together they contract to lift the thigh towards the torso. The hip flexors become short, tight and just generally unhappy if you spend most of your life sitting, or if you repeatedly work them in the abs class from hell or the spin class from heaven.

A tight psoas can cause posture problems and affect your ability to take a deep breath.  If the psoas is tight when you stand up, it pulls the lumbar spine forward and down toward the femur, overarching the low back, which can cause compression in the vertebra. Or, a weak and overstretched psoas can contribute to the pelvis pushing forward of the torso and when accompanied by tight hamstrings that pull down on the sitting bones, what results is an upright sacrum (instead of its usual gentle forward tilt), and a flat lumbar spine. How we approach the psoas in our yoga practice can help keep it healthy, strong, and flexible, or, conversely, can perpetuate harmful imbalances. 

 

This workshop is open to all levels of practitioners.  Come experience this important muscle, how to release it and how to strengthen it in balance. Additionally, Leslie wants to acknowledge that due to societal inequalities the healing practices of yoga have been less accessible to black communities. She is offering two scholarship spots in this workshop to the first two Black yoga teachers that would like to take them. Please contact registrar@willowstreetyoga.com for more information.

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