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Yoga Alignment for Healing and Injury Prevention

with Tomoko Horikawa

In this workshop, we will discuss and explore the importance of proper alignment in our personal practice and in teaching. First, build awareness from the ground up by examining the alignment of the feet. Next, learn how to safely navigate the shoulders, the most commonly injured joint.

Saturday, April 1, 2-4pm

Part 1: "Happy & Bright Feet."
We probably pay little attention to our feet unless they feel tired or get injured. But Ayurveda and Chinese medicine believe that our feet reflect our health conditions and also speak to our habitual posture. Just being aware of how to put weight on our feet can change the posture and energize the feet as well as the whole body. In Asana practice, if we activate the muscles of the feet not only the standing poses, but also for inversion and arm balancing, it helps to strengthen the muscles of the legs. We will discuss the anatomy of the feet, Ayurveda's and Chinese medicine's point of view - Marma (vital spots in the body) and Tsubo (the accupoints) of the foot, proper alignment of the feet, and how to apply for asana practice.

Part 2: "Save the Shoulders."
The shoulder is one of the loosest joints of the body. It gives our arms a wide range of motion to reach our hands in various directions. But these motions can create injury from improper alignment. We will discuss the anatomy of shoulder, how shoulder injuries occur during yoga practice, proper alignment of the shoulder, and how to apply for asana practice.

This workshop is in conjunction with Nature Yoga Teacher Training. Space is limited, Register today!

Tomoko Horikawa was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. As a young girl she studied various forms of movement. She had performed at several musical dance theater in Japan. She has danced with Fly-by-Night Aerial dance company in NY and with Aloft Aerial dance company in Chicago. She completed the 200 hour Anusara teacher training from 2002-2003 in NY with Anusara certified teachers Jim Bernaert, Ruthie Bernaert, Jackie Prete and Ellen Saltonstall. She is now an Anusara inspired teacher. Tomoko is also certified in Makkoho (Japanese stretching exercise) and practitioner in Shiatsu (Japanese acupressure massage). She has also taught therapeutic healing with dance and yoga for the deaf in Japan for 12 years.

**Refund policy- In order to retain class credit, please cancel within 24 hours of workshop by emailing No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations made the day of the workshop or for no shows.