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Autumn yoga weekend in Bern

Awakening the Spine

November 25-26. 09.00-14.00

250 CHF

A Holistic Journey of the Physical and Spiritual Self.
A holistic exploration of the body's architecture, from the nuanced muscles and joints to the ethereal realms of energy and spirituality. The spine, as the central protagonist, becomes a symbol of integration, embodying the harmonious fusion of anatomy and spirituality on the mat and beyond.

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"Awakening the Spine: A Holistic Journey of the Physical and Spiritual Self.

 

Physical Awakening: The Symphony of Muscles and Vertebrae

a. Intervertebral Disc Dynamics:

Explore the resilience of intervertebral discs, the shock-absorbing cushions between vertebrae. Shahid Khan's guidance sheds light on poses that promote hydration and nourishment of these discs, crucial for spinal flexibility and health.

 

b. Deep Dive into Intrinsic Muscles:

Journey into the world of intrinsic muscles—tiny yet powerful muscles that stabilize the spine with every movement. As participants engage in dynamic poses, these muscles come alive, fostering a deeper connection to the core of spinal stability.

 

c. Articular Processes and Facet Joints:

Shahid Khan emphasizes the articular processes and facet joints, facilitating the smooth articulation between vertebrae. Awareness of these intricate structures enhances the fluidity of movement, promoting a sense of grace and ease in yoga postures.

 

The Nervous System Unveiled: Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Dynamics

a. Autonomic Nervous System Harmony:

Dive into the autonomic nervous system, where the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches collaborate. Shahid Khan introduces poses that engage both branches, fostering a dynamic equilibrium between the exhilaration of movement and the tranquility of relaxation.

 

b. Vagus Nerve Activation:

Explore the vagus nerve, a major player in the parasympathetic system. Through specific poses, participants stimulate the vagus nerve, promoting a "rest and digest" response and inviting a profound sense of calm and rejuvenation.

 

Spiritual Elevation: Delving Deeper into Chakras and Kundalini

 

a. Muladhara, Svadhisthana, and Beyond:

Embark on a profound journey into the intricate network of chakras—energy centers that weave through the spine, influencing both the physical and spiritual dimensions. Shahid Khan's workshop invites participants to explore beyond the Muladhara and Svadhisthana, unlocking the potential of the entire chakra system.

 

b. Muladhara Grounding:

Begin the exploration at Muladhara, the root chakra, located at the base of the spine. Through grounding poses, Shahid Khan facilitates a connection with Muladhara, promoting a sense of stability, rootedness, and a harmonious balance with the Earth element.

 

c. Svadhisthana's Creative Flow:

Move upward to Svadhisthana, the sacral chakra, nestled in the pelvic region. Shahid Khan's guidance leads participants through poses that activate Svadhisthana, unlocking the flow of creative energy. This exploration fosters a sense of emotional balance and unleashes the reservoir of creative potential within.

 

d. Navigating Manipura's Inner Fire:

Continue the ascent to Manipura, the solar plexus chakra. Shahid Khan introduces poses that stoke the inner fire of Manipura, fostering a sense of personal power, confidence, and vitality. Participants navigate the solar plexus energy, enhancing their internal strength.

 

e. Anahata's Heart-Centered Expansion:

Rise to Anahata, the heart chakra, where Shahid Khan guides practitioners through heart-opening poses. This exploration encourages a deep connection to compassion, love, and empathy, expanding the heart's energetic field.

 

f. Vishuddha's Expressive Resonance:

Ascend to Vishuddha, the throat chakra, as the workshop unfolds. Shahid Khan introduces poses that resonate with Vishuddha's expressive energy, encouraging participants to find their authentic voice and communicate with clarity and authenticity.

 

g. Ajna's Third Eye Insight:

Shift the focus to Ajna, the third eye chakra, seated between the eyebrows. Shahid Khan's guidance leads participants through poses that invite insight and intuition. This exploration deepens the connection to inner wisdom and spiritual vision.

 

h. Sahasrara's Divine Connection:

Reach the pinnacle of the chakra system at Sahasrara, the crown chakra. Shahid Khan's workshop concludes with poses that facilitate a connection to divine consciousness. Participants experience a heightened sense of spirituality and unity with the cosmos.

 

In "Awakening the Spine," Shahid Khan masterfully navigates the chakra system, inviting participants to explore the transformative power of each energy center. The spine becomes a conduit for spiritual elevation, resonating with the harmonious interplay of chakras, creating a symphony of balance, vitality, and spiritual awakening.

 

b. Kundalini Ascent:

Embark on the journey of kundalini ascent, where energy rises from the base of the spine to the crown. Shahid Khan introduces poses that facilitate this upward flow, inviting participants to explore the transformative power of awakened spiritual energy.

 

Somatic Symphony: Integration of Fascia and Ligaments

 

a. Fascial Network Resonance:

Consider the fascial network as a connective symphony resonating through the body. Shahid Khan incorporates poses that stimulate the fascia, promoting suppleness and integrity throughout the spine.

b. Ligamentous Support:

Delve into the role of ligaments in providing stability to the spine. Shahid Khan's workshop explores poses that gently stretch and strengthen ligaments, enhancing overall spinal resilience.

 

Conclusion: A Harmonious Fusion of Anatomy and Spirituality

 

As "Awakening the Spine" draws to a close, participants carry with them a rich understanding of the spine's anatomical intricacies. Shahid Khan's approach goes beyond movement—it is a holistic exploration of the body's architecture, from the nuanced muscles and joints to the ethereal realms of energy and spirituality. The spine, as the central protagonist, becomes a symbol of integration, embodying the harmonious fusion of anatomy and spirituality on the mat and beyond.

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