Yoga for Back Health – The Role of the Core Muscles, Breath and Bandhas in Spinal Stability


In this course yoga therapist and physical therapist Marlysa Sullivan will look at the anatomy of the core and spine and the relationship to the breath and the bandhas in the cultivation of optimal core strength and spine health. We will explore common musculoskeletal imbalances that contribute to spine pain and how to use asana to alleviate these imbalances. Discussion of the breath will include an understanding of the mechanics of breath as well as how the breath contributes to both stability and relaxation of the body. Pranayama and asana techniques to work with the diaphragm and breath will be discussed. We will explore the yogic concept of the bandhas, the corresponding muscles, and the appropriate use of strengthening and release in these areas of the body through specific pranayama and asana.

What You Will Learn

  • The anatomy of the core muscles stabilizing the spine including common muscular imbalances that contribute to injury and how to use yoga postures to help these injuries
  • The anatomy and mechanics of breathing including the relationship between the diaphragm, spinal stability, relaxation and the bandhas.
  • Common diagnoses and issues of the low back and neck and how to understand them through their relationship to muscular imbalances, breathing imbalances and improper use of the bandhas.
  • How to work with the breath and bandhas in a way to promote a balance between stability and ease in yoga postures.
  • Various asana and pranayama techniques will be discussed to help work with the breath, common muscular imbalances, and the bandhas to promote health of the spine.

This Course Also Includes:

  • Yoga Practice Video: Enjoy a yoga video that Marlysa will create specifically for this course.
  • Recordings of Both Webinar Sessions: Yours to keep. It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get the recordings of both webinar sessions (both MP3 and MP4), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.
  • Transcripts of Both 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 sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.

Related courses

Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT 500 is an Assistant Professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) where she teaches in the integrative science and yoga therapy departments. Marlysa has developed many courses.

$127/ Lifetime Access

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