Tias Little: The Spine as a Sacred Channel – Nourishing the Ecosystem of the Spine for Lifelong Back Health


Each day we must work our spine in order to keep it strong and supple. Given that there are 26 bones in the vertebral column and 48  interlocking joints, each of us must spend time mobilizing and stabilizing our spine. In this course you will learn the importance of balancing the spine and inter-vertebral spaces. You will gain an understanding of how your own spine may suffer compression, torque or rotation. Many of us suffer from spinal incongruities including lumbar compression, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis or sacroiliac imbalance.

It is a rare bird who has a perfectly aligned and balanced spine! Know that your body is only as young as your spine is healthy. In Hatha yoga, we use backbends, forward bends, twists and side bends to lengthen and align the spine. In this course you will learn the importance of maintaining health in your sacral iliac joints and low back in order to maintain the stature of your spine. Also learn the importance of lifting upward from the uppermost part of your spine at the junction of your neck and cranium. Learn how the musculature, ligaments and tendinous slips that attach directly to your spine allow your inter-vertebral discs to stay buoyant. This allows the life force (prana) to flow effortlessly through the length of the spine.

In the second part we investigate the pulsatory rhythms of the cranial-sacral connection relative to yoga practice. Tias details the importance of aligning the region of the sacrum and the large sacral nerve plexus with the region of the occiput and brainstem. You will learn the importance of harmonizing the sacrum and skull, to promote rest and rejuvenation in the body. In large part, this is due to stimulation of the Parasympathetic Nervous System.

In this course you will come to see how all restorative yoga involve continuity of the cranial-sacrum connection. The cranial sacral fluid moves in wave line patterns. You will learn how connection to the cranial-sacral system leads to a fluid presence. Tias reviews the fluid dynamics of the brain, spinal cord, longitudinal ligaments and tailbone in order to illustrate the importance of the cranial-sacral link to the subtle body and seated meditation.

This Course also Includes:

  • Yoga practice videos: Enjoy a yoga practice with Tias designed specifically for this course.
  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions – both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.
  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.

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Tias Little synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing. Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and studying with Pattabhi Jois in 1989.

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