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Posterior Chain Awakening (Baltimore, MD)

July 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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Posterior Chain Awakening AKA Glutes of Glory

a firey yoga workshop

For too long, yogis have “softened” their backsides. “Softening the glutes” overrides natural muscular engagement, has created an epidemic of weak gluteal muscles in yoga practitioners, and contributed to hip pain and impingement.

Clinicians describe “posterior chain weakness” as overdominance of the quadriceps muscles and hip flexors, with poor strength in the gluteal muscles and hamstrings and sometimes the back. However, weakened glutes may even lead to back pain since the smaller muscle fibers alongside your spine must work so much harder to keep you upright.

Unfortunately most modern yoga asana threatens to reinforce exactly these patterns with its excessive quad and hip flexor strengthening.

Our task is to awaken all dormant glutes – medius, minimus and maximus. Once awakened, we will learn to engage them on the mat, and in our lives off the mat, using a series of drills, re-interpretation of asana and functional movement.

In the process, we’ll aim to discern between:

Natural movement that doesn’t fit into the clean, geometric cues sometimes inherent to the study of asana
and –

Poor movement habits (from too much sitting!) that benefit from precision cues (and DO need over-riding)

Your teacher, Ariele, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a long time yoga teacher, and an advocate for depth and quality in yoga practice and instruction.

This workshop is open to all levels.

Registered Yoga Teachers who complete this workshop are eligible for 2 hours of Yoga Alliance-approved CEU contact hours.


$35 single workshop; $65 for both of Ariele’s workshops on 7/21

Pre-registration is encouraged. BYV Class Passes, Monthly Memberships or 30 Day New Student Specials cannot be used for this workshop. Signing up for a friend? Let us help! Email

Dr. Ariele Foster (E-RYT 500) is a doctor of physical therapy, interdisciplinary yoga teacher and founder of She runs an online yoga anatomy mentorship for yoga teachers and dedicated students and is the creator of the Yoga Journal online, 6-week course “Fascia Release for Yoga”. Ariele has a passion for creative, intelligent yoga instruction and for making yoga anatomy accessible.

Her interdisciplinary teaching is grounded in both the compassionate approach of Kripalu Yoga and her deep understanding of musculoskeletal well-being from working with thousands of patients. Ariele has led yoga classes, workshops, and retreats since 2001, and has completed yoga teacher trainings in Kripalu, Anusara, Therapeutics, and Hatha Yoga.

Ariele was profiled in Peace Quarters “17 Yoga Trainers and Experts You Must Watch Today”, and has been a presenter for Wanderlust 108, Floyd Yoga Jam and other festivals.

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