Huma Gruaz, yoga therapist and teacher, will be hosting a working a workshop titled “Healthy Back, Strong Yoga” at Ekam Yoga at Newport beach, California, on June 1, 2019. This workshop will teach students how to strengthen their back, core and protect the lower back through proper alignment and breathing techniques. Participants will learn about general postural issues that contribute to and aggravate back issues including neck pain and gain information on how to help prevent or reverse chronic back and neck pain.
The emphasis of the workshop is on developing a stronger back through enhancing the strength and flexibility of muscles in the upper and lower back as well as supporting muscle groups (abs, quads, hamstrings), that give stability to and protect our spine. The goal is to create a “corset” like strength around your lumbar spine so whether you are sitting for a long time, walking, jogging or doing a vinyasa class, your back is protected from external stress. Participants will also deepen their knowledge of core activation in static and transitional yoga poses, which will give them the ability to lessen the pressure and stress put on our joints and spine during vinyasa yoga practice. The workshop will also offer information about breathing techniques that directly impact your back. The workshop will demonstrate how to shift our autonomic breathing practice from upper chest/neck breathing which may lead to upper back issues to deeper diaphragmatic breathing to increase the oxygenation in our lungs as well as to release the tension in the neck and upper back muscles.
The workshop will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019, between 2:00-4:00 pm at Ekam Yoga.
The cost to participate in the workshop is $35/per person.
Huma Gruaz (RYT-500, RYTx-500C) is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy Program. She has studied advanced and clinical yoga therapy under some of the leading back specialists and yoga therapists in the nation who have dedicated their lives to strengthening the back as well as improving chronic back conditions of individuals around the world.