Masterclass: Soft front, strong back &wild heart
An explorative journey towards back bends
7th May 2020
Yoga School Noord, Amsterdam, NL
Join Julie in a somatic journey towards back bends!
This Masterclass will take you through a sequence designed to let go of patterns, behaviour, stories and limitations when approaching our backbends. Often a source of frustration, fear or discomfort backbends can often feel “out of reach” for many people and for many reasons. So instead of focusing on the shape of bending backwards we’ll discover how we can find strength through the posterior chain or back line of the body. Open the front line to find softness and pliability, becoming open to the sensations that arise. And releasing the fears, tensions and the inner voice of doubt to hold space for our hearts to breathe. A buddhist teaching: Soft Front, Strong Back, Wild Heart is the perfect metaphor for our approach to these poses and we’ll work through the entire body with ease and an internal awareness to find a deeper connection to all.
Listening without judgement to what your body has to say, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Through repetitive sequences, Julie encourages students to find their own rhythm, fluidity and strength within a movement structure. She no longer asks people to get "into" a pose, but if stillness arises then space is given for you to pause, feel and sense. Moving on only when you are ready, moving with the body not against it.
Julie’s style of flow and curiosity, a practice for all those who are tired of showing up to merely make shapes. Join the Intelligent Rebellion and allow yourself to find a practice that feels authentic to you and your own body.
This class is open to all
About Your Teacher
Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside. With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire. Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it. The practice is always an enquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement and stillness.