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From Head to Toe: A 6-week Series Exploring Anatomy with Abby Dobbs

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Monday 10/18/2021 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Monday 10/25/2021 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Monday 11/1/2021 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Monday 11/8/2021 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Monday 11/15/2021 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Monday 11/22/2021 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

$108.00 6 week workshop series

Pricing: $108 non-members/$96 members

Tuesdays, 6-7:15pm

Join Abby for this special series where she'll weave together knowledge from over a decade of working with bodies as a massage therapist and yoga teacher to offer information that's practical, accessible, and applicable. Each workshop will begin with functional anatomy - we'll discuss how the joints are meant to naturally move, compensatory patterns, over-achieving muscles, and other important issues. Then, we'll move through a therapeutic yoga practice focused on creating strength and intelligence in the area of focus. You'll learn how to frame your understanding of anatomy in a way that is individualized to your body, and how to use your musculature to support safe strengthening and opening in your yoga practice.

Week 1:The Feet & Legs
Everything begins in the feet, especially in movement practices like yoga. In this workshop, learn how to support the legs and the rest of your body in standing, balancing, and seated asanas. You'll move your legs through their full range of motion and experience standing strongly in your power through a mindful yoga practice.

Week 2: The Pelvis
The pelvis is often considered a gateway into the torso and spine. The combination of joints between the thigh bone, pelvic bones, and sacrum is responsible for our ability to walk comfortably on our two feet. Learn about the functionality of the pelvis and how it's supporting muscles play an enormous role in our day-to-day lives, including supporting our knees and lower back.
Week 3: The Spine
The spine is the central axis of all movement in yoga, as well as the most powerful channel for our life force energy. Learn how to create spaciousness and integrity in the spine through yoga postures, guided meditation, and breathing techniques. You'll be guided on how to sense and feel the physical and energetic spine, and how to safely use the spine as a point of reference for many different asanas and movements in yoga. 
Week 4: The Shoulders, Arms, & Wrists
In yoga, we are asked to place our whole body weight onto the wrist and shoulder joints in common asanas like downward dog and chaturanga, as well as in inversions and arm balances. In this workshop, discover what causes the day-to-day long-term aches and pains in the shoulders, elbows, and wrists, and how we can use yoga to help alleviate these common issues. Learn to create stability and spaciousness in the shoulders, arms, and wrists. 

Week 5: The Core & Flank
When we hear "core," often the first thing that comes to mind is the abdominals. In this workshop, we're going to expand our awareness of the core to include the muscles in the belly, back, and side body. Learn how to access different areas of your true core through twisting, sidebending, and front and back body strengthening. We'll explore asana, pranayama, and kriya. 

Week 6: The Neck, Head, & Jaw
The neck, head, and jaw are the places where so much of our tension and stress get held. These areas are not only with small and delicate bones, fascia, and muscles, they also hold some very important organs like the brain, eyes, and inner ear. In this workshop, learn how to approach your yoga practice in a way that will encourage softening and ease in the upper realms of the physical body.

Abby Dobbs

Abby is a Santa Fe-based yoga teacher, bodyworker, and energyworker, who weaves together over a decade of experience to bring a holistic view of physical anatomy, energetics, and movement to her classes, workshops, and one-on-one sessions. Over the years, Abby has completed foundational and advanced yoga teacher trainings with Forrest Yoga, YogaWorks, Rocket Yoga, and Yin Yoga, as well as bodywork trainings in Massage Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, and Myofascial Release.

Abby's unique approach to teaching yoga builds the student’s awareness and physical strength through a combination of mindfulness, intentional breathing, and movement. Each class is intelligently designed to help students learn about their body and what feels most aligned for their individual practice. Students are guided into the present moment, and to connect to a deep sense of inner peace and grounding. Off the mat, Abby offers spiritual mentorship, reads fantasy novels, cooks lots of vegan food, and snuggles her two cats Billy and Nugget. Learn more here:

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