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WORKSHOP: Posterior Chain Awakening (Alexandria, VA)

November 2, 2019 @ 3:30 am - 5:30 pm EDT

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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)

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.


Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga (Del Ray, Alexandria, VA)
2214 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301 United States
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