Pain-Free Yoga: The Biomechanics of Mindful Movement


October 21, 2017 1-6 PM


Samdhana Karana Yoga

739 St. Helens Ave

Tacoma, WA 98402


$148 regular price

$128 before October 13th

Some people practice yoga for the sweat, the challenge and the opportunity to test their physical limitations. Others do it for tranquility and peace of mind: to take back control of their breath and body from a stressful world.

Whatever your objective, don’t allow pain to prevent you from pursuing it.

There are simple solutions to the common aches and pains you experience: from wrist and shoulder pain in chaturanga, to lingering low back pain the day after a class of intensive back bends. Each of these things—along with many other aches and apprehensions—can be eliminated through the integration of a few simple rules of biomechanics.

ln this 5-hour workshop, learn how to:

  • Increase range in the hips, knees and ankles—without painful stretching
  • Eliminate pain in the wrist, elbow and shoulder during planks and inversions
  • Reduce neck tension and hold the head high with ease
  • Improve balance and coordination in any pose

This is an active workshop plus lecture; participants should come prepared to move, sweat and take notes.

Open to attendees of all experience levels.


1) Side dominance behaviours

Discover that the left and right sides of the body can, and should, move differently. Learn to assess your own laterality “type” and what that means for making your practice more effective and less stressful.

2) Static Weight

Learn elements for proper weight distribution and how different distribution patterns change patterns of motion. Discover you can sweat without moving a muscle.

3) Launch/Load

Understand the human gait cycle, and how it forms the framework for every move you make. Learn to work within the internal relationships described by the gait cycle for greater movement efficiency in every transition.

4) Torque and Shoulder Strength

The shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body; you will discover how to generate stability from this mobility. You’ll also challenge your definition of “upper-body strength.”

5) Fall Drills

Learning how to fall safely is a powerful way to alter neuromuscular patterns. Learn multiple drills, their applications and expected outcomes.

6) Breath

An extension of core work, learn drills and cool-downs that demonstrate the power of breath to maintain—or interrupt—the kinetic chain.

7) Q&A