Healthy Knees: Aligning the Spine from the Ground Up with Susan Elena Esquivel
February 1-2, 2020
Saturday 9am-12pm & 2-5pm
We rely heavily on our hips and knees to support us through life. As a result, the muscles of the hips and the knees tend to be an area where many people experience tightness, hold tension or have pain or injury at some time in their life. This workshop will give you an understanding of the relationship between the knees and the pelvis. We will also explore the role the feet play and how the alignment of the feet and the pelvis affect the knees. The proper alignment of these joints allows for greater stability and more freedom in the spine. For all students with spinal imbalances, stiffness or injuries to knees or hips as well as those who wish to maintain the health of their joints.
Session 1: Feet and Ankles: In Iyengar yoga we always begin with the foundation. Participants will first learn how to properly align the feet and how this alignment impacts the knees and hips. We will take a closer look at the muscles, ligaments and bones of the legs while exploring flexion and extension of the knees.
Session 2: Knees and Hips: Pain or stiffness in the knees or groin stiffness and sciatica may originate in the hips. Participants will learn how to correct pelvic misalignment and how movement and slow release combine to create freedom and more stability in the knee and hip joints.
Session 3: Standing Your Ground: In this session, we will target the muscles of the hips and knees to aid in supporting the joints, leading to a greater range of motion. Students will learn how to adapt asanas for knee and hip issues. Variations will be introduced that lessen discomfort and ensure that the feet, knees and hips always work in alignment.
Susan Elena Esquivel is a Certified Iyengar Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior II Level and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). She is on the Iyengar Faculty at Down Under Yoga in Boston and is the director/owner of the Yogashala at Yoga with Susan Elena in Western Massachusetts. Her teaching is a reflection of her focused practice and studies over many years. She is known for precision while taking a playful approach with skillful sequencing to all levels of study allowing each student to go deeper into the understanding of Iyengar yoga. Susan Elena has served on the Iyengar Yoga Association of New England Board since 2015.
Susan Elena is very fortunate to have built strong mentoring relationships with some of the most highly respected senior Iyengar teachers. The four senior teachers she is deeply indebted to and influenced by are Elise Browning Miller, Peentz Dubble, Patricia Walden and Gulnaaz Dashti. Currently, she continues her weekly studies and mentorship with Certified Advanced Senior Teacher Patricia Walden as well as an ongoing apprenticeship with Elise Browning Miller to further her knowledge of scoliosis and back care. She travels to Pune, India to regularly to work with the Iyengars and Gulnaaz Dashti
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