I’m embarking on the final day of this Pain Care workshop with Tianne and Neil at Semperviva Yoga. It has been so wonderful to be a student again. I have found so much strength in this subtle practice and look forward to sharing what I’ve learned with my students. Thank you Tianne and Neil!!
The following 3 posts are re-posts of a lower back care series I originally published in 2011. These re-posts are for reference for the 50 yogis who attended my low back care workshop today at Semperviva yoga, and also for anyone out there in the blogosphere who is experiencing lower back pain. Much health and healing to you all! Namaste. J
Most of us, at some point, will experience some form of lower back pain. Whether it is from sitting on a plane for too long, from gardening or from something more serious, like a disc injury, it is one of the most common complaints I hear from my students.
For years, I have had my own struggles with low back pain. Over a year ago, I was told that I would need back surgery, a diagnosis I took very seriously. As a dancer and yoga instructor, I rely on my body every single day. But who doesn’t? What injuries often teach us is that we take our bodies for granted and it’s time to change our ways.
Continue reading “Back to Life: Yoga for Low Back Care (Part 1, The Psoas Connection)”
As we discussed in part one of this series, the majority of those who suffer from lower back pain do so because of muscular imbalances that we can correct with some simple exercises. Last week we discussed the psoas muscle and it’s connection to a healthy and balanced low back. This week, it’s all about the hamstrings.
The hamstrings are a group of three muscles (biceps femoris, semitendonosus and semimembranosus) that are located on the back of the thigh. Their origin is along the sit bones (ishial tuberosity) and they insert down into the bones of the lower legs (tibia and fibula).
Continue reading “Back to Life: Yoga for Low Back Care (Part 2, Hamstrings)”
Previously we discussed the role of the hamstrings and the psoas muscles in regard to a painful low back. If tight, both muscle groups have the ability to pull on the lumbar (lower) spine, creating pain and even injury*. This week we will discuss the core’s role in stabilizing the lower spine, specifically transverse abdominis (or TVA).
Transverse abdominis is the deepest layer of abdominal muscles, wrapping around the torso from front to back and from the rib cage to the pelvis. It acts as a corset supporting and stabilizing the low back. We use transverse abdominus without even knowing it when we “suck in” our stomachs to fit into a tight pair of jeans.
Continue reading “Back To Life: Yoga for Low Back Pain (Part 3: Transverse Abdominis)”
Here is a re-post of a blog entry I wrote a long while back. A nice follow up to the Hip Opening workshop I taught today at Semperviva Yoga. Special thanks to all the yogis who attended! Thank you for your energy and spirit. Enjoy! J
As a yoga instructor, one of the top requests from my students is for hip openers, and for good reason! The hips are a complex joint comprised of many powerful muscles that either connect to or cross by the hip joint. (Iliopsoas, the gluteal muscles, hamstrings and the adductors or inner thigh, to name a few.) Along with muscles, there are ligaments and tendons, nerves, blood vessels and bursae to contend with. No wonder so many of us crave that release of the hips that yoga brings.
Along with the physical aspects of the hip joint is also the energetic power this joint has. The hips are the emotional center for many of us. They act as the junk drawer of the body; the place where we store any emotions or thoughts we don’t quite know what to do with. As we clear the hip joint with postures such as pigeon pose, we will often feel an energetic shift in the body afterwards. Something has been released; the feeling is undeniable. The feelings may be those of elation and deep relaxation, but you might also experience some strong emotional reactions as well. Not uncommon as we sort through that junk drawer, you never know what you might find in there!
Continue reading “Finding Your Bliss Hips: A Heavenly Hip Opening Sequence”
The first free workshop for back care went so well, we have decided to offer another free workshop this month for hips! Join me one week today, Saturday August 24 from 1:30-3:30pm at Semperviva Yoga (Kits Beach location) for a wonderful hip opening practice. ($25 for non-members) Hope to see you there!
Heavenly Hips: A Hip Opening Workshop with Jacci Collins
The hips are a complex joint comprised of many powerful muscles that either connect to or cross by the hip joint. (Iliopsoas, glutes, hamstrings and adductors, to name a few.) Along with muscles, there are ligaments and tendons, nerves, blood vessels and bursae to contend with. It is no wonder we crave release in this area. The hips are also the house for a very powerful energy system, the second chakra. They are the emotional center for many of us, acting as the junk drawer of the body. By clearing the hip joint with our yoga practice we have the opportunity to transform physically and mentally allowing the natural healing powers of the body to activate, creating freedom in the pelvis and an increased sense of overall well being. In this workshop we will briefly discuss the anatomy of the hips as well as their energetic qualities. We will also explore the hips experientially with a hip opening practice that will leave you feeling open, aware and at ease.
“The untold story of how the ancient male practice of yoga has been revolutionized by a dynamic generation of female teachers and students. Yogawoman reveals how yoga has utterly transformed the lives of thousands of over-stimulated, overscheduled, and multitasking modern women, and how they in turn have “feminised” yoga itself.”
I was walking past the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver yesterday and noticed that the documentary Yogawoman is running there starting March 30, 2013. So looking forward to this. Hope to see you there!