Back Bending Towards Bliss with Rich Logan
BACK BENDING TOWARDS BLISS
About the Workshop:
Back bends help us open the front body as the perfect counter pose to a life that can sometimes silence our hearts to the back row. Most of us guard our hearts as we amble through the day to day. Our rib cages collapse as we commute in our cars or sit in front of our computer screens. Suffice it to say our heads drop forward, our low backs round, the breathing mechanism shuts down, our glandular systems work ineffectively, the postural equivalent of depression. Our spine fixates in a compromised manner restricting movement in all directions, at all joints.
Back bending gives us the chance to meet life full on. It allows for expansive breath in the ribcage. When done appropriately energy levels increase, blood flow increases in the endocrine system, the spinal cord gets a massage, the internal organs stretch allowing for better blood and lymphatic flow when the back bend is released.
In this workshop we will discuss some of the anatomical implications of and then we will explore safe back bending, learning to bring the bend out of the low back and into the thoracic spine. We'll do both supported work with props, safe partner work, and invigorating solo flights in a variety of poses.
So come get blissed with a unique blend of mindful vinyasa, and static poses.
Sunday, October 10th
Investment - $49
Two workshops with Rich (Back Bends & Inversions/Oct 3rd 1-4pm) - $80
(CEU hours available per request)
Pre-registration required through link below or call 708-262-9539
Rich Logan has traveled the world studying and teaching massage therapy and Yoga. He has been on faculty at the Chicago School of Massage therapy and The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. As well he has taught in the Indian based Teacher Training group Rishikul in their Nepal program. He teaches yoga anatomy for several teacher trainings in Chicagoland as well as workshops in the surrounding area. Rich has also been a guest speaker on Western massage techniques at the Auyurvedic College in Mysore, India. He has also taught adjustment and anatomy oriented yoga courses for yoga teachers in Hamburg, Germany. He has presented at Wanderlust Chicago, teaching well over a thousand students in Grant Park. He was also a featured yoga presenter at Bhakti fest Midwest in Madison. He also has been performing with Kirtan groups in Chicago since 2002 as a guitarist and fronts his own group with a revolving band of world-class musicians called Akoustikirtan. A serious student of Yoga since 1998, teaching since 2001 and a meditation practitioner since 1978, Rich incorporates his knowledge of anatomy and physiology with a unique understanding of spirituality in the modern world. Rich has studied at the prestigious Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Madras, India with TKV Desikachar among others presiding, The Atma Vikasa in Mysore with Yogacharya V. Venkatesha and wife Acharye Hema, The Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Center near Dharamsala with Sharat Arora. Rich's significant teachers have been, Kim Shwartz, Tias Little, Aadil Palkhivala, Gabriel Halpern and Anna Forrest. Rich has also assisted Tias Little in workshops as well as his Esalen retreat in 08. He continues to study at the Yoga Circle under the tutelage of the enigmatic and brilliant Gabriel Halpern in the Iyengar tradition. Rich has an eclectic teaching style focusing on the seeming basics to allow for a deeper practice by sitting in some poses for extended periods and moving through other postures smoothly with deliberation attention on placing ourselves in the pose as opposed to habitual patterns and gravity running the show. A mindful practice is focused on, bringing us to the edge of ‘experience’ to ‘witness’ the moment unfold and realize it is us who is the unfolding.