Join us for this uplifting Sunday morning yoga class!
When: May 7, 2023
Time: 9:00 am -10:30 am (Eastern Time Zone)
Aligning Yourself on Mother Earth: Standing in Balance
“Balance in the body begins with the feet for the basic work of the foot and ankle is to offer a reliable base by which the upper body can relate….” (Structural Alignment, (1973), Ida Rolf).
This class focuses on the activation and alignment of the feet, arches, and ankles to improve balance in your feet, assist you in lifting collapsed arches, and improve your ankle joint alignment and mobility.
Anatomically, each foot has 26 bones and 3 arches; the lateral, medial, and transverse arch. A competent foot is lively and active and integrates the actions of these three (3) arches, accepting the weight of the body while creating lift and balance in the feet.
“To carry the weight of the body, the foots arches must be stabilized by very strong muscles. These muscles are far too large to be contained in the foot itself. They are located in the lower leg (the calf muscles); their force travels to the arches along strong tendons.” (Structural Integration, (1973), Ida Rolf).
Additionally, the ankle and knee joints require alignment of foot, shin, and leg bones, so there is space in the joint to create freedom of movement at these joints. When misalignment occurs in the bones of the feet, shins, and legs, joint restriction and tightness can occur impeding circulation and freedom of movement when walking, running, or even biking.
This class is designed to align the feet, arches, and ankles. We will practice micro-movements to activate and align the feet, arches, and ankles. Yoga blocks and belts will help us to engage lateral and medial muscles in the legs. The use of sandbags provide us with extra resistance training.
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 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."
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."
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 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!"