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Bowspring Classes (Sridaiva Yoga)
Sridaiva offers a fresh approach to traditional yoga poses. This intuitive and empowering practice is highly therapeutic and will offer deep growth in yoga practitioners of all levels. Sridaiva emphasizes strength and power in the back body with natural curvature of the spine, creating a bow spring. It is a strengthening, opening and healing practice that will leave you feeling lighter than ever in your body and mind. The yoga studio is heated a comfortable 88 degrees.
Sridaiva is a 21st century body-mind postural method focusing on cultivating radiant health through a positive attitude expressed in an optimal bow-spring alignment.
Sridaiva is an alternative movement and postural modality, which can be applied to yoga, dance, athletics, or to any dynamic posture — sitting, standing, and walking. Students of all ages, particularly over 40, can benefit the use of the bow-spring alignment to optimize their health.
The bow-spring template describes the optimal neutral alignment for the human spine, which has a circumferential fullness in the thoracic, a deep curve in the lower back, and a uniform arch in the neck. In this undulating curved shape of the spine and torso, the entire back body is isometrically engaged into a loaded spring of connective tissue (myofascia). From the pads of the big toe all the way up to the sacrum, and from the fingertips all the way down to the sacrum, the bow-spring is loaded. Every posture and movement then becomes a dynamic expansion of the bow-spring in which the spine is actively decompressed and fully lengthened. The myofascia is concentrically toned around the core of the torso like a unified muscle suit.
Using the bow-spring alignment of Sridaiva any age can create a balanced tonus throughout the body, which creates tensile strength, precise balance, and rooted lightness while using the least amount of physical energy. Sridaiva alignment optimizes performance, offers powerful therapeutic realignment for the lower back and hips, decreases joint and bone degeneration, bolsters the immune system, recalibrates the neuro-glandular system, and empowers the spirit of the student to cultivate a positive mindset
Sridaiva offers a life practice in which students take accountability for their own health and happiness through optimal posture and informed choice.
This is a non-heated class.
What are the main challenges to expect?Although the system is designed to be easily comprehensible for any level student, Sridaiva is not easy to practice at first. Sridaiva is based on a simple template for good postural alignment, but the practice is challenging because:
1. It targets 4 key unconscious postural patterns of protection, pain-reduction, and sensory withdrawal, which lead to health imbalances. The 4 key somatic areas of the body-mind in which Sridaiva focuses on balancing and opening energetically are: the under-carriage (pelvic floor), under-belly (solar plexus), under-arms (heart), and under-chin (throat).The Sridaiva alignments recalibrate and re-pattern each of these common postural tendencies, so during the first days of practice the optimal template may be somatically experienced as strange and emotionally uncomfortable.
2. The Sridaiva method requires conscious toning of all the extensor muscles of the posterior body, including the upward mounding of the glutes, which few students can do with any consistency at first. Overall, new Sridaiva students find the most basic alignment of the optimal template challenging due to weak body-mind connection in keyareas of the back of the body (posterior chain of myofascia).
3. The key alignment instructions are very different and many times opposite than what is often taught in other schools of yoga, so it challenges the student’s mind to be open to try something avant-garde and alternative. How long does it take to learn Sridaiva?The basic principles of Sridaiva are taught in lessons and progressive classes (15 minutes lessons – 120 minute classes) over time (days, weeks, and months) in order for students to best assimilate the new alignment teachings into all activities of their lives. Due to the challenges in practice for the beginning Sridaiva student, a minimum of 10 hours of introductory classes are recommended to gain the basic orientation to the method and to become more comfortable with this alternative method of alignment.
Sridaiva becomes a life practice of body-mind alignment that can be integrated into a student’s daily activities throughout their entire lifetime for the most optimal health, the highest performance, and a bright vision of life!
SRIDAIVA YOGA: KNOW THE BOW LEVEL 1
KNOW THE BOWSPRING (Sridaiva): This practice will provide you with fundamental working knowledge of the Sridaiva Bowspring form both conceptually and physically. The bowpring is a physical form that identifies and maintains the natural “neutral” curvature of the human spine while simultaneously strengthening the generally under used musculature of the back body. The result is a lightness freedom and deep strength and length thru the entire body as you recalibrate and remold your ideas of self and the overall shape of your mind-body While this practice is geared towards basic poses that best establish and strengthen the bowspring it will be a challenge for any long time practitioner. The studio is maintained at 85 degrees during this practice.
Once you find the Bowspring alignment in your body you can flow and float. In this practice you will expand and deepen your knowledge of the bowspring within a continuous flow of poses. We will play with maintaining the Bowspring on all planes including upside down. This class will increase stamina and make you float. A working knowledge of the bowspring is required for this class. The studio is maintained at 85 degrees during this practice