Join us for this wonderfully empowering Saturday morning yoga class!
When: June 25, 2022
Time: 9:00 am -10:30 am (Eastern Time Zone)
Psoas and Lower Back Health
The sanskrit word sankalpa means resolution or intention. The intention for this class is to become aware of and resolve structural imbalances at the lower core, so that we feel stable, secure, and grounded in your inner strength and power.
The psoas muscles attach to the sides of the five (5) lumbar vertebrae as well as the twelfth thoracic vertebra and span the length of the inner groin where they attach at the inner femur (thigh) bone. The psoas muscles are the only lower core muscles that directly attach to the lower legs, span the inner pelvis, and finally attach to the vertebra of the lower spinal column. These muscles are “hidden” in the unconscious and not easy to feel. Thus, our yoga practice will isolate these muscles and bring them into our conscious.
Our goal is that when you awaken the psoas muscles, so you feel more stable and connected to your core – your place of inner power and strength.
Also, if you experience lower back pain it may be due to weakened psoas muscles or even weakened gluteus muscles. So, our yoga practice will also target strengthening and relaxing the psoas muscles and glutes (buttock muscles), so that you experience pain relief in your lower back.
Pranayama: Alternate nostril breathing.
Asanas: Standing poses to awaken the psoas, Twists to release the psoas, Supported Inversions and Forward Folds to lengthen the psoas, and Domes to create expanse in the psoas muscles.
Restoratives: Relax in your favorite restorative pose. Suggested Restoratives include Setu Bandha Sarvangasana and Savasana.
Healing Injury? For those who have a history of injury or trauma and notice that the effects of the minor/major injuries are beginning to interfere with your everyday lives, please note that all of the yoga classes are naturally healing.
Each yoga class is designed to help release stored pain, anxiety, stress, or tension you may be experiencing so that vital, healing energy – prana – can move freely through the entire body. When vital energy is flowing freely (not obstructed), you experience positive emotions, revitalized energy, mental clarity, lightness, pain relief, and an overall sense of well-being.
ALL ARE WELCOME
Whether you have attended any of my yoga classes in the past or not, you are welcome to attend any or all of these classes.
Beginner – with at least 6 months of yoga experience
One yoga mat, necessary
One or two yoga blocks, necessary
Two firm bolsters or two firm blankets, if you have
One yoga belt, if you have
Two or three sandbags, if you have
Dharma wheel, if you have one
I have known Kari for a number of years. She is unequaled in her dedication to using yoga as a vehicle to understand her place in the world and make an impact in the lives of those she encounters. She has a deep knowledge of the workings of the human body – derived from her personal practice and her many years of teaching. She approaches each individual as a unique person and treats all with respect. Besides that, she has a great sense of humor and an assured yet gentle manner."
I had the distinct pleasure of studying yoga and taking classes with Roger and Kari in Madison for around four years. I learned volumes! As another student put it, their method of teaching is like the “philosopher’s stone” applied to yoga. Classes were both insightful and delightful on account of Kari’s whimsical sense of humor. The vibe was intense and focused yet without taking anything too seriously. We had fun while devoting ourselves to precise alignment. I highly recommend their Iyengar-style technique and Kari‘s personal teaching style!"
Kari Tomashik is a true and kind teacher of Eischens Yoga. She has taken Roger Eischen’s groundbreaking work much further. Kari is both a very clear communicator who can help the uninitiated and experienced practitioner to learn about their body/mind/spirit, and an experimenter who keeps her ego out of the way of her focus on the learner.
I met Kari on my travels in Pai, (Thailand). I was so lucky to have the chance to practice with her on my morning sessions. Kari showed me with a few words and gentle adjustments the way to open my heart. But more valuable to integrate & strengthen that open heart. Kari is an authentic,natural born teacher who shares her experience from deep down in her beautiful heart! Everlasting gratitude."