Mary Wixted is an Iyengar teacher at Artemis Yoga. This Saturday, April 7 at 1:00pm, she is beginning a new four-week series for Healthy Neck and Shoulders. While all four classes are recommended for maximum results, attending any of the classes would be worthwhile! Learn more about Mary and the series below!
1. What can students expect from this series?
They can expect to do poses that will stretch their arms and shoulders, while at the same time aligning the bones, in a way that will give them a new sense of stability, openness, strength and integration of the upper body. We will be practicing two sequences designed by a senior Iyengar teacher in the midwest who is one of the most knowledgeable therapeutic teachers we have in our method in the United States. For the first two classes, we’ll explore the first sequence of about 12 poses. The next two classes we will take on the second sequence which will be slightly more challenging for the shoulders and arms. This practice will help students understand how to more safely work their arms and shoulders in yoga class. For me, when I do these sequences, I notice that my shoulders, neck, and arms feel more stable and strong in my regular practice.
2. How will the postures from the Healthy Neck and Shoulders series differ from the postures in a Flow, Iyengar, or Restorative class?
As in regular class, these are asanas and as such they not only affect the body, they affect the mind. These sequences can help a student discover what areas of the neck, shoulders, and arms are tight or painful. For instance, sometimes your hands can be tight which will affect your neck, wrists can be tight, or some part of the arm is tight or misaligned which is causing neck pain. How are they different? They are different in the way they are sequenced. Some of these postures, or asanas will be familiar to many so what differs is how poses are sequenced and taught in a […]