Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability, preventing many people from engaging in work as well as other everyday activities*. Recent studies in people with mild to moderate chronic low back pain suggest that a carefully adapted set of yoga postures may help reduce pain and improve the ability to walk and move. In this workshop we will explore various issues of the back and the effects that different movement patterns have on those issues. We will work through a deliberate, step by step approach to moving in and out of the postures which can be transferred to your movement in everyday life. Modifications will be given to each student based on their needs. This workshop is suitable for those new to alignment-based yoga, and those with all types of back issues including herniations, scoliosis and general pain and postural problems. This class is also suitable for those without back issues who may want to gain a better understanding of more conscious, healthy movement. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early to settle in and discuss your back concerns.
Cristina is a dedicated Iyengar yoga practitioner with a passion for helping her students achieve equanimity and ease in their body through yoga. Her teaching is thorough and purposeful, guiding students through a safe and systematic succession of poses (asana). Through her clear demonstrations of the postures, students develop an understanding of correct body alignment. Props such as blankets, blocks and belts are used as an aid to deepen learning and adjust postures to individual needs. Cristina is focused yet lighthearted, allowing students to feel comfortable and find purpose working on their own practice. Her teaching focuses on form which in turn directs awareness to the body. She believes that in working towards alignment in the body we develop equanimity in the mind and in life. Cristina is a graduate of the BKS Iyengar Yogamala Teacher Training Program where she trained with senior teacher Patricia Walden in Boston, MA and is completing her Yoga for Backcare and Scoliosis certification with Alison West in NYC. To learn more please visit www.CristinaRoy.com
*Hoy D, March L, Brooks P, et al The global burden of low back pain: estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Published Online First: 24 March 2014.