Saturday Special – Shoulderstand Queen of Asana

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SHOULDERSTAND QUEEN OF ASANA - Technique and the Energy Body  

Sarvangasana, or shoulderstand, is known as the 'queen' or Mother of yoga asana or postures.

The whole body and its systems benefit from shoulderstand, through its impact on the glands, circulation, digestion and elimination, and its soothing of the nervous system.

The yogic texts share that inverting the body and reversing our vital energies allows yogis to enjoy the luminous nectar that accumulates at the throat centre, while the senses turn inwards (pratyahara) as part of subtle experience and being.

Regular practice of shoulderstand palpably calms the mind and emotions, and restores vitality, inner ease, confidence and our connection with joy.

In this workshop, we'll move through a sequence that prepares the body, breath and mind for this beautiful pose and a few optional variations, and brings us to savasana to close. We'll explore to what extent technique and strength are key and connect with the energy body and our inner landscape as we experience the koshas (layers of the body/mind).

Come and experience how to create length and ease in the spine and legs, openness in the shoulders, neck and upper back, lift in the chest and essential support through the upper body. This practice assists preparation for sirsasana (headstand, the 'king' of asana) and restorative versions of shoulderstand.

Discover too how the pose can be practised over decades - as we age gracefully - while taking care of the cervical spine and neck in particular.

Props are needed. Please see below. Ideal for experienced students and teachers.

Carol is available for an optional Q&A after the physical practice.

If you're unable to attend live, you're welcome to receive a recording, available for 7 days. Please request this at the time of booking.

Please note: this practice is not suitable for pregnancy, less than 3 months postpartum or serious back/neck/shoulder conditions. Shoulderstand is not practised during menstruation, with high blood pressure or eye conditions. If you have any injuries or health conditions and would like to join us, please contact Carol in advance.  

Saturday, 10am-12pm (UK). Via Zoom.

Class date:  Saturday, 24 October 2020. 

How to book:
You're welcome to book with the sliding scale offered below.

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(If you currently have limited means and would like to join, please email me.)

What to bring:
Yoga mat, belt and 4-5 blocks. Wall space. Optional: 2 yoga bricks.

Joining instructions:
Once you've booked, you'll receive a private link to join the class via Zoom. Please download the Zoom app here in advance if you don't already have it.

Just click on your link up to 5 minutes before the start time to join the class.

Looking forward to seeing you.