Heart Opening Postures & Backbends


This class is taught by:

Kristen Albert

Kristen moved to Greenville in 2011 from Austin, TX, where she was blessed to live in a city with an abundance of amazing yoga. She found yoga in 2004 to compliment her marathon training. Because of her gymnastics background, she was immediately drawn to Vinyasa Flow due to its creative rhythmic element that included strength, balance, and total body awareness. Her practice began very physical, although she was always interested in diving deeper into herself and her spiritual knowledge. She finds great joy in the truth that yoga is never mastered, never mechanical or habitual, and it continuously provides opportunity to experience deeper and more profound moments.
Yoga has transformed Kristen’s life positively on so many levels. Her personal practice and teaching style have evolved and changed with her though the years to include whatever makes her feel most alive and authentic in body, mind, and heart. Most recently, yoga helped her immensely with two pregnancies, natural childbirth, and all the profound and magical changes that motherhood has brought to her life. Being a new parent has humbled her, opened her heart to allow more vulnerability and compassion, and stoked a fire within her.
She is very grateful and honored to share her passion for yoga and life with others.
Her classes are challenging and creative, yet also reflective and replenishing, with emphasis on alignment and breath. Her style draws from a variety of different lineages and mentors. Her intent is to cultivate freedom, fun, strength, and loving kindness while holding space for each student to discover their own inner teacher and their own authentic expression of yoga. Kristen is certified through Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 200, RYT 500 level. Outside of yoga, her joys are traveling, spending time outdoors, photography, dancing, music, and cherished time with family and friends.
Symbolically, Spring is a time to bloom. The earth reawakens from winter and explodes with new life. Backbends are a beautiful way to feel more alive! Physically, backbends strengthen the spine, open the
chest for improved breathing, strengthen and release tension in the shoulders and neck, help with postural misalignment, and stretch your abdominal muscles and internal organs. Physiologically backbends stimulate the central nervous system and energize the whole body.
Energetically, they tap into the expansive energy of the heart and can create a sense of lightness and vitality. However, with these emotionally charged postures, vulnerability, fear, anxiety, and a desire for avoidance often surface. Work through this with patience and loving
kindness. When done with the proper alignment, elongation, and intention, backbends can be very empowering and uplifting.
 
Join Kristen for a 2-hour exploration of heart opening and back bending postures. She will guide you through a mindful flow, while preparing the body for a variety of backbends. Kristen will discuss the key principles of backbends as well as demonstrate a variety of different
variations and modifications of each posture to accommodate all levels. She will explore the balance between effort and surrender, going only to
the depth that allows for elongation, breath, and compassion. This workshop will include basic heart opening postures that we do often in a flow class and work towards more advanced heart opening postures, such as variations on wheel pose and inversions. All levels
welcome.
 
Cost is $30.  Bring a mat, towel and water.