A general workshop dealing with specifics that people brought.
Saturday morning re-treat
This Saturday re-treat was all of my regulars, so I simply spent the time working with how to liberate particular local issues that, in the end, everyone needs to pay attention to. The outcome was pivotal for many of the participants.
This one began as usual with some deep exploration of how our 'breathing earth' can lead to a deeper responsiveness from within - I then guided through some postures to take advantage of this new inner strength
On this Saturday re-treat, I was once again inviting people to find the 'breathing earth' but then expanded into how the central spaces of the body can be connected to the space above and all around you... We included the solar plexus and then in standing postures, particularly the throat...
This week we were looking at resolving whole-body complications by exploring how the ribs and the core responses within the pelvis work together. We tried it in a few things including a gentle sun salute
Today's workshop was centred around the understanding that the 'goal' in any posture is to let go into it, and that the only way that this can happen (well) is when the movements of breathing act equally as our support - for this to happen, these movements need to relate to where we are in contact with the ground...
This week we went into a depth of work that would normally be reserved for a course - finding movements that are sourced in spacious relationships between two fundamental chakras to the world around (through touch and space - a bit of an offshoot from the ongoing Enviro-somatic Intelligence series...
Develop sensitivity to the relationships between active contact and the movements of breathing, with a view to find support and space for any area of the body you might be interested in resolving... Ends as always with a guided deep relaxation.
A deep opening for the upper spine (relationships between arms wings and head to the ribs in reclining eagle) and a patterning understanding of the core responses in relationship to the use of the feet and contact with the earth)
A strong hip-opening session from reclining to bridge, to (an unusual) leg extention, followed by lunge to triangle base and posture, also thread-the-needle, a structured reclining twist on theme and a deep guided relaxation