with angela clark and diana zotos
saturday, february 15
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Saturday, February 15th, Mala Yoga is holding its first ever 4-hour workshop focusing on healthy shoulders. For those of you with tricky shoulders, this might be just the thing. Joining us will be physical therapist and yoga teacher, Diana Zotos, and we’ll examine how combining yoga and physical therapy can effectively strengthen and heal shoulders.
So, how do you know if this is the workshop for you? We asked Angela a few questions about what to expect, so read on!
I’ve always been told I have super-flexy (or super tight) shoulders? Does this mean I shouldn’t be doing yoga?
Absolutely not. Yoga is an individual practice, which means it can be adapted for individual needs. Your biggest obstacle might not be your shoulders; it might be an idea about what your yoga practice *should* look like. We’ll actually go over the four key mishaps that cause and create pain in the shoulder joint, and make sure you know how to work with your shoulders
I’ve been having this nagging shoulder injury. It’s nothing too serious, but I do my strengthening exercises, back off the chaturangas, and still it persists. Why is it still bothering me?
One word: alignment. Yoga is a healing practice when we use our body to build strength, get blood into the muscles, and reset the central nervous system. Using joints to do the work of muscles, and ignoring imbalances in the body can lead to injury. All the good work in the world won’t help if you’re still misaligned.
In this workshop, we’ll work to understand placement of the shoulders in key poses and transitions in the yoga practice. We’ll take a look at how poor alignment exacerbates shoulder injuries. We’ll also put you in “healthy” alignment, so you know what it looks and feels like for you in your body.
How am I ever going to be able to do this when I get home?
No worries! We understand it’s a lot of information, so we want to be sure you get what you need. To do that we’ve created a therapeutic routine you can practice at home. We want you to be able to continue all the good work you’ll learn in class. And, you can always email us, or pull us aside after class! We’d love to hear about how you’re doing, things that have been hard for you to do, or ways your shoulder has improved!