Toronto Workshops: Mary Richards
August 9-11, 2019
Blood and Earth: The Pelvis and it’s Elements
A foray into the structure of the pelvis, basic organ function, intricacies of female vs. male SI joints, kinesiology of the pelvic floor, and how tucking your tailbone affects your body’s harmony. We will practice active and restorative poses during this workshop, so come ready to move and rest.
The Core and More: Asana for Better Body Balance
The purpose of this workshop is to better understand what comprises “the core” and how to activate the muscles that move and support our trunk. We will also talk about how our digestion is affected by how we engage our abdominal muscles as well as how we habitually sit and stand. Find the fire in your belly!
Shoulder RX: Techniques for Flexibility and Strength
This workshop is designed to help you understand how shoulders work, how to protect them, and how to build strength and balance in the shoulder girdle. Bring your sore or injured rotator cuffs, tight trapezius and rhomboid muscles, and compromised chest muscles for some much needed “Shoulder Rx.” We will learn basic range of motion exercises to improve muscle balance and joint function as well as work through asana that require shoulder stability and mobility.
Butterflies in the belly: Asana and the Inner Body (Massage from the Inside-Out)
During our practice together, we will explore the relationship between the movements of the spine and the abdominopelvic organs. By expanding our awareness of how the actions of the respiratory and musculoskeletal systems change conditions in the inner body, we increase our capability to identify and release obstacles within us, literally and figuratively, that contribute to bodily discomfort and emotional pain. During this two day workshop, we will learn about the internal organs and how the alignment of the organs is affected by and affects the movement of the outer body.
Knee Bone’s Connected to the Thigh Bone: Lower Body Strength and Mobility
The physical poses of yoga can improve our range of motion, muscle balance and joint stability when practiced appropriately. This is a two-day intensive on the joints of the lower extremity and their relationship to one another. We will learn about anatomy, muscle activation, therapeutic exercise and alignment in asana including modifications for injury and other restrictions.
Mary offers integrative health education based on her personal yoga practice and study, which spans nearly three decades. She has taught yoga practices since 2002 and offered yoga-based therapeutics since 2007. Her teaching is informed by the master instructors who have guided her as well as perspective and understanding gained in credited coursework in anatomy, physiology, biology, kinesiology, cadaver dissection and therapeutic movement. To formalize her decades of study, Mary earned a master of science in yoga therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is registered as a certified yoga therapist with IAYT. Mary is also a certified iRest Level 1 teacher-in-training. Her scope of practice includes physical postures, breathing exercises, restorative yoga and mindfulness techniques such as meditation and heart-centered communication.
Mary primarily studies with Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT. She serves as Judith’s senior anatomy and therapeutics teaching assistant at workshops around the United States. Judith, Lizzie Lasater, and Mary launched their digital anatomical reality and movement literacy course in December 2017, www.experientialanatomy.yoga. For a taste of the course, you can check out their series on YouTube, Today’s Anatomy Question.
Schedule and Location:
All workshops are 3 hours in length.
Winchester Street Dance Theatre
80 Winchester Street, Toronto, M4X 1B2
Friday: 6-9 (Studio C)
Saturday: 2-5 & 6-9 (Studio B)
Sunday: 10-1 & 2-5 (Studio C)
$60.00 + HST per Workshop (Total: $67.80)
$270.00 + HST for all 5 Workshops (Total: $305.10)
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