Saturday 28th May 2022 | 10am – 12pm (GMT)
Discover how a healthy nervous system can help rehabilitate and prevent injuries
An essential workshop for yoga teachers and practitioners of yoga who want to discover the power of yoga in supporting the nervous system to help rehab and prevent injuries.
Join Sylvia Garcia and Ava Katics for an exploration of the nervous system through a mixture of discussion and movement practice. We will also delve into neurodynamics, anatomy, neuro-yoga and injury support and prevention.
What is neurodynamics?
Neurodynamics is the study of nerve movement through its surrounding tissues and interface (think bone, muscles, ligament, fascia). Healthy nerves should be able to slide, resist compression and adapt to different loads and pressures, and yoga poses generally tend to help mobilise and stretch the nerves to reduce irritation and improve range of motion.
Neural yoga can:
- Increase blood flow
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve conduction of the nerve
- Reduce pain
- Keep the nervous system in a healthy state
Nerves require an uninterrupted blood flow to move freely and for the effective conduction of impulses. Sometimes tension around a tissue is enough to restrict movement, cause inflammation, block normal conduction and possibly lead to pain. By selecting specific yoga poses we can direct mobility to specific parts of the nerves which may be blocked.
Mobilisation of the nerve is a gentle process and unlike stretches to muscle, fascia or ligaments there is no physical perception of the stretch, however there will be a release of endorphins and encephalins (the body’s natural opiates) promoting the feel good factor!
This workshop will look at how to maintain a healthy nervous system in both the rehabilitation and prevention of injuries. With a few tweaks yoga can be a comprehensive component of any well being preventative or rehabilitation practice. We will also explore the rhythm/cadence of a yoga practice as that is essential when aiming to influence neural tissues.
You can expect:
- An exploration of the anatomy of the nervous system and the route of the main nerves
- To look at the effect of yoga poses on localised tension points
- To learn how to incorporate all this into a yoga practice
This workshop is ideal for teachers wanting to expand their knowledge, or any yoga practitioner interested in deepening their practice and exploring how to prevent or rehabilitate injuries safely within their yoga practice.
Sylvia Garcia is a yoga and Pilates teacher. She began practicing ashtanga yoga and has taken a huge amount from this practise which she passes on to her students with care, compassion and humour. She has practised many other styles over the years including dharma yoga, jivamukti, vinyasa flow, yoga nidra, yin and acro yoga as well as circus based handstands and acrobatics. As well as being a teacher, she remains a student of yoga learning from many different teachers and practitioners and maintaining a daily self practise.
Ava Katics is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist; BSc (Hons), MSc, HPCP, CSP, Dip AP Sport; an AACP registered acupuncturist;
and a Clinical Pilates practitioner. Ava is a specialist in movement analysis with a comprehensive understanding of body mechanisms, Ava is able to identify and analyse specific problems, provide effective treatment and create bespoke programmes for rehabilitation and further injury prevention. Ava believes that whatever style of yoga you follow a good understanding of biomechanics and functional anatomy can be used in all yoga practices to prevent injuries and promote a long and healthy practice.
Can’t make it live?
We will be offering a on-demand playback of the workshop for 14 days afterwards, so you don’t have to miss out!
£20 for subscribers
£25 for non-subscribers
Terms & Conditions
The live online workshops are for your education and your enjoyment only. You are participating in the live classes at your own risk. You are encouraged to to take breaks when needed and/or when in doubt, don’t do sequences that you are even a little concerned about. If you have any health condition, please seek medical advice before taking any form of exercise. If you have any concerns, please let us know before the workshop starts.
If you feel unwell in any way or if you experience any discomfort during class, please stop the class and consult your health practitioner immediately. Remember that yoga is mostly a journey off the mat and into life, and it is a journey about taking responsibility for our own actions and cultivating self-knowledge. Only choose exercises which will nurture and support you, and please take responsibility for yourself and your current abilities during your practice. Remember that each day is different, and even if yesterday you were able to perform a movement, that is no indicator that the same exercise is possible today. Please move within your comfortable limits and if you’re in any doubt whatsoever, please seek medical advice.
We are not medical practitioners and we do not seek to offer medical advice. Please consult your healthcare practitioner before starting any new exercise. This is particularly important if you have any limiting condition or are, pregnant, nursing, regularly taking medications, or have any existing medical conditions. We do not accept any liability whatsoever for any injury or damage, either during or after this retreat. Your participation in this retreat is entirely voluntary and at your own risk, and you agree to abide by the T&Cs of Movement for Modern Life.
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