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Men and Yoga. Flexibility, Stretch.

Flexibility of Hips, shoulders, back, spine. I ran the Annual Men’s Flexibility Workout/ Workshop today. Always a pleasure! I always work with the group that turns up so that it is pertinent and personalised.

Take the focus off the legs and into the whole body. What is your Spine doing?

LEFT: The ‘Before Photo’

However – there are some essentials I cover and these have held true ever since I first started with body-builders way back in Paris, France right up until today. [Today happened to be in Brisbane, Australia]. It holds true because I draw on Anatomically-based stuff, and because – often – men’s bodies have been encultured into tightness through the hips, legs and shoulders due to the sports and activities they have done when young.

The focus today was centred around the lower back and hips, and ‘lifting tall’ through the spine.  My group checked out each other’s spines as to the curves, then sat tall to feel the work needed from the core. Then we moved through forward bends and twists using the lifted spine.

Below: The After Photo – Lift the Spine!

Lift the spine - builds core strength plus flexibility!

As forward bends create tightness through the front of the hips, we put some yogic thigh stretches in, lying back – or lying back supporting the body on an elbow. Did you know that the knee should stay to the floor for protection of the knee joint, but pushing the hip forward works the thigh more?

Moving up to shoulders we actually tied the wrists together behind the back using a strap, and then worked the forward bends with strong hands, pushing from sternum, through the arm and away from the body with hands.

Little tips like working the lower body when twisting – making sure the hips move in the opposite direction to the shoulders, can create a big difference to the body’s flexibility, whether seated or standing.

We finished with some assistance from each other, in dog pose with the partner drawing back and tractioning the spine. That allowed the bloke in dog pose to lengthen and traction the spine – and to pick up the hips and pelvis alignment once again. It’s harder to wrap your head around this when upside down! Ever done that and noticed how much more it works the legs?

Great work guys! Well-earned Savasana [relaxation] at the end. And – a true bunch of gentle  men = gentlemen in the way you worked with yourselves and the guys you were giving feedback and tractioning to. GREAT Yoga today :).  

Yoga Programs available, and e-courses available if you are not based locally or can’t attend my Brisbane Yoga Studio at Milton.  Susan Wanmer  – susanwanmer@gmail.com or phone [Australia] 0410 570 441 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0410 570 441 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting .



Yoga Teaching update 2011

learn to be a yoga teacher in Brisbane, with Susan Wanmer

Yoga trainees…..

Yoga Teacher Training update 2011 in case you are wondering about my silence. I have 4 areas of professional development that I was working on last year, but the flood has wiped out my free time and free thinking. I won’t hide the fact that not the flood, but the months of uncertainty and loss of control following have had a very big effect on me.

 I have been staying true to my feminine and taking small steps as I am able. The Studio itself has been open for a few weeks now, and this week I ran my first Yoga BootCamp for the year as I finally felt strength enough physically, mentally and emotionally, to take on a group again.

 This period of time has driven me back to basics. For months, my body has ached from the lack of movement combined with stress. I could feel the muscles, fascia and everything tightening due to stress and was unable to do more to prevent it. I was able to mentally note my body adapting to the new lifestyle, but couldn’t do more physical asanas. I was able to go back to my yamas and niyamas and observe how I responded. I was able to meditate and give myself strength and stability in the face of uncertainty and chaos. I was able to do joint mobilisation and subtle movements for the spine and whole body which kept me afloat.

 Yoga Bootcamp heading into week two, I feel strong, buoyant, and able to schedule around my PD commitments interstate. I have also been reworking the Yoga Teacher Training manual, competencies, and structure ever since I’ve had the new computer.

 So there hasn’t been much apparent movement, but lots happening under the surface! Stay tuned – or send me a smessage as I am rebuilding all my records from scratch.

I have set myself the goal of having sme of the Yoga Teacher Training modules scheduled bythe new financial year 0from 1 July). Itrust you are well, and have received my email about the Tuesday and Thursday class opportunities at Milton Yoga Studio.

YOGA Simon Borg-Olivier

YOGA Simon Borg-Olivier

Anatomy and Physiology with Simon Borg-Olivier [YogaSynergy] in Brisbane this weekend 12 – 14 November and next weekend 19 – 21 November!

Attend the two Anatomy and Physiology Immersions (18 hours for each weekend – they are separate – you don’t have to attend the first to attend the second) in Brisbane.

And/ or come to any of the 5 days of workshops ‘Inside Simon’s Personal Practice’ Yoga Intensive in Byron Bay. You can do as little as a day session in Byron (3.5 hours), or combine a weekend training in Brisbane with Byron. Whatever you do – don’t miss him. His events with me in Brisbane are uniquely different from his offerings anywhere else on the planet. November 12 – 14 and 19 – 21 for Brisbane Anatomy and 15 – 19 for Byron Bay.

There are more details and map for the venue on these posts http://susanwanmer.com.au/category/simon-borg-olivier-anatomy-and-physiology-yoga-teacher-training/

Learn secrets of anatomy to build strength, stretch and stay injury-free

FLYER:   Secrets of Yoga Intensives

2010 – places available now (07) 3369 7404, 0410 570 441 or synergy@susanwanmer.com.au

Simon Borg-Olivier Anatomy and Physiology ‘what to bring’

Simon Borg-Olivier Anatomy and Physiology weekends ‘what to bring’

   Simon Borg-Olivier. Yoga. Brisbane, Byron Bay                      

Brisbane Anatomy and Physiology Immersion 

usual yoga gear and mat

if you are a note taker, bring your notebook. Simon will provide a summary of key points.

bolster/ cushion for sitting on the floor 

if you can’t bring stuff, please let us know so we can bring gear from the Yoga Studio

food for lunch and if you need snacks, bring them. Simon won’t really stop for breaks other than lunch!

lunch break will be 1.5 hours except Sunday 14th because of Yoga Aid

Socks, light covering for temperature changes – clothing you can peel off (you know, the usual)

Simon Borg-Olivier a short video

If you are wanting to get a feel for Simon and his style of teaching, watch this short video with Bianca Machliss from YogaSynergy. You will see Simon demonstrating both the beginner and some of the advanced yoga that you can experience over the next couple of weeks in Brisbane.

Book in for  Secrets of Yoga Intensives with Simon Borg-Olivier

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