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BandhaYoga Workshop with Ray Long, MD

  • Crowne Plaza 1301 Wyandotte Street Kansas City, MO, 64105 United States (map)

Author of the BandhaYoga Anatomy books, Ray Long, MD FRSCS is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of Bandha Yoga. Ray graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School with post-graduate training at Cornell University, McGill University, the University of Montreal and Florida Orthopedic Institute.  He has studied yoga for over twenty years, training extensively with BKS Iyengar and other leading yoga masters. This will be an interactive workshop, so wear yoga attire. The syllabus will include review of muscle awakening and body clairvoyance, form and function of the skeleton and of the major joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons, but also introduce techniques for yoga therapeutics.

Workshop dates: October 22-23, 2016

Friday: 7:00-9:00 pm class at KC Yoga Center - City Market for all Participants

Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00pm 

The class will begin with Qi Gong breathing, with an explanation of breathing mechanics. Then we will cover fundamentals of joint and muscle biomechanics and physiology. We will introduce specific stretching techniques, including PNF, loaded stretching and variations of static stretching. We will cover principles of safe movement as applied to asana and practical application of pose analysis. We will also cover the muscles of the core (core exercises will be included in each session).

There will be work on the biomechanics of breathing and seated meditation. We will cover muscle activation for the accessory muscles of breathing and several types of abdominal breathing. The morning session will close with pose analysis for the standing asanas, focusing on the core muscles and practical application in the psoas awakening series of poses.

Saturday: Noon - 4:00pm

The afternoon will begin with Qi Gong. This session will continue further deepening of the fundamentals of joint mechanics and physiology, with an emphasis on the pelvis and sacroiliac joint. We will also examine the shoulder joint and rotator cuff. 

We will close by pose analysis for the backbends and twists, applying this knowledge to design a class leading to Urdvha danurasana and counter poses. The various stretching techniques such as PNF will be applied to this class.

Sunday: 9:00 am - Noon

The morning will begin with Qi Gong and Pranayama. The session will review the fundamentals and include a question and answer session. Following this, we will examine the knee joint in detail. The morning will close with analysis of the hip opening poses, focusing specifically on Lotus. We will design a class that will enable practitioners to work toward Lotus and Hanumanasana (full splits) in their daily practice.

Sunday, Noon to 4:00 pm

The afternoon will begin with seated meditation. The session will cover arm balances and inversions, focusing on Bakasana, full arm balance, Sarvangasana and Sirsasana. We will cover cervical spine anatomy and biomechanics and its relationship to the core, as well as benefits, cautions and contraindications. Class will close with a series of shoulder and chest opening poses designed to lead to Sarvangasana and Sirsasana (shoulderstand and headstand).

This workshop will be held at the Crowne Plaza, downtown Kansas City on the top floor. 

Participants can obtain reduced lodging by identifying they are with the ReneeYoga group no later than Wednesday, September 21, 2016 via phone. 816-474-6664 ext. 7500.

To register for this workshop, click here

To order Dr. Long's book's for this workshop, click here.