Yoga for the Core: Understanding the Anatomy of Your Center

About This Event

This isn’t a typical core workshop—you won’t work out to exhaust your center.  You will learn practices that strengthen your core, but more than that, you will develop an awareness of your physical center. Awareness is the key to developing core stability, the perfect balance between strength and mobility. This workshop is suitable for Yoga therapists, teachers, and devoted practitioners.

A major muscle impacting this process is the psoas muscle. Among the most common problems caused by dysfunction of the psoas muscle are lower back and hip pain, though many other areas of the body can also experience pain.

Join Padmasri to learn how a stable core and functional psoas muscle can enhance joint integrity, muscle tone, breathing, and healthy organ functioning.

In this workshop, you will:

Understand the role of the psoas muscle in core awareness and stability

Learn to release and soften your psoas muscles

Learn Yoga asanas for improved core stability

Discover the connections between the core and breathing

Explore sitting habits and seated asanas for improved meditation experiences

Learning to develop core awareness and improve core stability can be nourishing, freeing, and will directly affect the quality of your life.

One of the most important core muscles is the iliopsoas. Because of prolonged sitting and other habits, this muscle ends up restricted. A healthy psoas is the first step toward a steady and comfortable Yoga practice. In this workshop, you will explore the psoas, working with core awareness through the practice of Yoga asanas. By working with your center, you can develop the ability to consciously respond to life situations rather than react to them. You can refine your capacity to be alert, responsive, and open-hearted.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 13 contact hours. You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.

Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email (contact info blocked)

Integral Yoga 300-hour: 13 hours towards RYT 500 designation

Testimonials

Leticia is extremely knowledgeable and her presentation was very clear. She really took the time to make sure we understood each point as she progressed through the program. — Elizabeth Fox

Excellent course—full explanations, in detail, with illustrations and take-home worksheets; we were also able to practice many positions to incorporate what we were learning. — Theresa Gilman

I can’t believe how much I learned in just one weekend. This workshop truly transformed my practice and my teaching. Padmasri is a masterful teacher! She offered a perfect blend of theory and experiential practice. — Zac Parker

This seminar arrived in my life when I most needed it; with “chronic” back pain, I needed a way forward. This class was perfect, thank you for offering this class! Padmasri is the best teacher I have ever experienced! Thanks, Padmasri! — David Rapp

Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Accommodations

The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

Dormitory
The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Tenting
Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.

Amenities

  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Lacto-vegetarian
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe

Directions

Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions.

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