Stand Up Straight!

urdhva-hastasana-groupIn her article, “Better Posture 101” published in Yoga Journal, Julie Gudmestad says,

Your mom was right: You’ll look better and feel great if you stop slouching and stand up straight.
Yoga can help you do just that—in a way that honors your spine’s natural curves.”

Julie Gudmestad, P.T., has been active in Portland, Oregon, as a yoga teacher and licensed physical therapist for over 30 years.  She has integrated Western medical knowledge with yoga training into a unique teaching style, and has taught many workshops throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.  She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and is the former author of the Yoga Journal column, “Anatomy of a Yogi.”  We are privileged to host her again this weekend, March 22nd & 23rd, for a weekend workshop focusing on anatomy awareness in asana of the hips, pelvis & low back.

Julie believes “by emphasizing proper form and alignment, students can reverse the effects of gravity while relieving the tensions of everyday life.”  In the article mentioned above, she goes on to say, ” Modern life conspires against good posture. We spend our days sitting at desks, staring at computer screens. When we travel, we do it in cars or—worse—airplanes. We lounge around in overstuffed chairs designed more for looks than for lumbar support. And we pay people to mow our lawns, tend our gardens, and remove our trash so we can spend more time working or driving or sitting. Nonsedentary cultures—with a few exceptions—don’t have the same epidemic of back and neck problems that we do. Picture a woman gracefully balancing a large basket of food on her head. To carry such a heavy weight, she must have a perfectly aligned spine and strong posture-support muscles. You don’t get that kind of alignment and strength from sitting around and watching the tube. You can, however, get it from a regular yoga practice.”

We invite you to learn more about this very important topic with Julie this weekend.  Attend the entire workshop or individual sessions.  Register online at Julie Gudmestad Workshop. Last year was a sell-out! We recommend early registration to confirm your space.

Saturday, March 22nd @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm  &  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 23rd @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm  &  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Total Workshop = $200

Individual Morning Session = $65
Individual Afternoon Session = $45