Muscle Imbalances: Using Yoga to Prevent and Heal Back Pain

with Julie Gudmestad
Saturday & Sunday | November 16th, 11:30am–5:30pm & November 17th, 10:00am–4:00pm

Muscle imbalances around the hips, pelvis and low back can cause and contribute to back pain and injuries. On the other hand, a well-balanced yoga practice can help prevent back problems and can bring relief to students who come to class seeking help with previous injuries. In this class, we will study important muscle groups in this area, including the psoas and hamstrings, abdominals and erector spinae, and hip abductors and adductors. We will look at common imbalances (strong vs. weak and tight vs. flexible) in these muscles and how they contribute to misalignments that set the stage for problems. Then we’ll practice yoga poses and sequences that correct imbalances, improve alignment, and relieve pain.

These will be active classes and therefore are not recommended for people with severe problems or significantly limited mobility. One year of yoga experience is suggested. Because the workshop will build progressively from start to finish, we strongly advise joining the workshop at the beginning.

Julie Gudmestad, PT, has devoted her professional life to integrating the the healing benefits of yoga with her medical training as a physical therapist. She has integrated decades of patient care experience with over 40 years of yoga experience into a unique teaching style. She teaches workshops throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, often focusing on the anatomy of asana or therapeutic applications of yoga. She owns a combined PT and Yoga studio in Portland, Oregon, and she has published over 45 articles and columns in publications such as Yoga Journal and Yoga International.

Workshop Cancellation Policy:
15 or more days in advance: $20 service charge | 14 to 8 days in advance: 50% charge | 7 days or less: no refund | Fees are non-transferable | Checks must be received within 7 days to hold your registration