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Monday 04/03/2023 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Monday 04/10/2023 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Monday 04/17/2023 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Monday 04/24/2023 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Monday 05/01/2023 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Monday 05/08/2023 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

$108.00 Yoga for Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common injuries/complaints. Much of our pain comes from misuse and overuse of particular muscles and poor posture. Yoga provides an opportunity to work the body differently and recreate patterns that support healthy posture and alignment.

In each class of this series, we will work on different strategies to stretch and gently strengthen the muscles of the back and improve our core stability postural habits to support good sitting and standing alignment. This means we’ll be working on foot and knee alignment, hip stability, and shoulder and head position. We will be doing some traditional asana plus exercises and sequences from other movement traditions.

This class is appropriate for students of all levels. If you’ve never done yoga, you are welcome! Students with injuries are also welcome and modifications will be provided. We will be doing work on the floor, sitting, and standing.

If you are joining us online, you will need the following props: a wall, a stable (no wheels) chair, a yoga strap (a dog leash or similar will do), 2-3 blocks, a tennis ball, a washcloth/dish towel (or sliders if you have them), and a dowel (a broom will also work).

Megan Davis

Megan's study and practice of yoga are informed by her experiences with rehabilitation, theories of traditional anatomy and Anatomy Trains®, along with the application of techniques from kinesiology and movement therapy.  Megan was one of those kids who liked to figure out how things worked, who liked to investigate the insides of things.  Marked for medical school at a very early age, she played with microscopes and ant farms at home and took advanced science classes at school, completing her first mammal dissection in grade 8.  Megan majored in biology and philosophy at university with minors in physics and chemistry.  A quarter life crisis (the details of which are not so important) changed her trajectory and she earned a degree in public health and became a women’s health educator and researcher.  Another crisis (of the existential variety) lead to an advanced bioethics degree and then a PhD in disability studies.  Somewhere between the existential crisis and the bioethics degree Megan was in a severe car accident that resulted in 14 spinal injuries.  This is when she started practicing yoga seriously.  Since then, yoga has provided her with a systemic approach for decreasing pain and increasing function.  Since becoming a yoga teacher in 2005 Megan has worked with students who have moderate to severe injuries and chronic conditions.  Her teachers come from awide range of traditions and include: Doug Keller, Jenny Otto, Donna Farhi, Matt Sanford, Judith Lasater, John Friend, Rod Stryker and Shiva Rea.  Megan believes that the benefits of yoga can be accessible to anyone who is willing to give it a try.  Her teaching style is precise, sometimes unconventional, and relies heavily on comic relief.

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