Yoga & Somatics Weekend Workshops 2018!


Sue Brantley is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor and a certified E-RYT Yoga Instructor. She has been trained in all Pilates equipment, has taken many specialized therapeutic courses in both yoga and Pilates. In addition, she is a certified Yoga for Scoliosis teacher, certified Hanna Somatics Exercise Coach, and has extensive training in myofascial release techniques.

Sue has also produced a yoga & Pilates DVD to help people manage back pain. Click here to learn more about it and to purchase.

Join Sue Brantley for somatics and yoga special focus workshops in 2018.

 

Somatics and Fascial Movement Integration: Whole Body Focus
Sunday, January 21, 2018
1- 3 p.m.

This whole body focused workshop blends somatic exercise with some faster rocking and bouncing movements to help hydrate and better organize the fascial system. I’ve long held that one of the reasons Hanna Somatics works so well is because it’s changing the fascial system, in addition to integrating our movements with our brain. Adding the concept of our fascial network—the connective tissue that connects everything to everything else—enhances the somatic experience immensely. If you have any stiffness, soreness, or pain, try this workshop!

We will do our somatic scan and some basic somatics exercises. Then, we will incorporate the rock and bounce fascial hydration techniques, changing the fascia from the inside out. From there, we’ll take one side of the body and pandiculate through it’s entirety: head, neck, shoulders, mid-back, low back, hips, knees, feet and ankles. Throughout, we’ll compare side to side, integrating our brain with these new movement patterns. We finish the practice with some gentle stability work to re-integrate the whole body.

 

NEW SERIES
Beginning Yoga: The Basics
Instructor: Sue Brantley
 
Saturday, February 10 through Saturday April 28
8:45 – 9:45 am at Pacific Northwest Pilates
 
12 week course: $170
Drop in: $16/class
By popular demand—a basic, non-threatening environment where you can learn the basics of yoga. This yoga series will be done at a gentle pace in order to learn the foundational poses of yoga – standing poses, shoulder, hip and leg openers, twists, basic backbends and forward bends. Students will learn about the principles of alignment and how to use breath to flow into and out of the poses. Instruction will include information on how to use props, avoid and/or work with injuries, and learning how to do a sun salutation by the end of the series. Relaxation and breathing techniques will be practiced. If you have never tried yoga this is the class for you—you’ll find out that you DON’T need to be able to touch your toes to do yoga!

 

Just Somatics: Hip and Lower Back Focus
Sunday, February 25, 2018
noon – 2 p.m.

Do your hips give you problems? This workshop will focus on traditional Hanna Somatics with a special emphasis on opening and freeing up the hips. Whether it’s sacroiliac joint pain, low back discomfort, pain in the hip socket, sciatica or other lower body ailments, the workshop will provide tools to manage the pain. Somatics is gentle and extremely pleasant to do and is easy to incorporate into your other movement practices. In somatics, you learn how to pandiculate and feather your movements to provide much more ease and comfort in your body. You will be amazed at how efficient and effective this work is!

 Somatics & Fascial Movement Integration: Lower Body Focus
Sunday, March 25, 2018
noon – 2 p.m.

This is a brand new, integrative workshop that will address long-held patterns, helping to unwind sticky spots for more easeful movement. We will do somatics, myofascial release techniques (using props like balls & foam rollers as self-massage tools), and fascial movement techniques (using props like bouncy balls and stretch bands to hydrate and expand tissue).

Focusing on the lower back, hips, knees, ankles and feet, we will use these unique variety of techniques to free up tightness and allow for more expansive movement. We will start with some myofascial release techniques to address common problem spots in the hips and legs. Then we will use fascial movement to help realign the fascial network and hydrate the tissues. We will finish with a nice long somatics practice focusing on releasing the low back, softening the hip creases, and integrating the feet and ankles with leg and hip movement. We finish the practice with some gentle stability work to re-integrate the whole body.

 Somatics & Fascial Movement Integration: Upper Body
Sunday, March 25, 2018
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

This is a brand new, integrative workshop that will address long-held patterns, helping to unwind sticky spots for more easeful movement. We will do somatics, myofascial release techniques (using props like balls & foam rollers as self-massage tools), and fascial movement techniques (using props like bouncy balls and stretch bands to hydrate and expand tissue).

Focusing on the back, ribcage, shoulders, arms and neck, we will use these unique variety of techniques to free up tightness and allow for more expansive movement. We will start with some myofascial release techniques to address common problem spots in the hips and legs. Then we will use fascial movement to help realign the fascial network and hydrate the tissues. We will finish with a nice long somatics practice focusing on releasing the low back, softening the hip creases, and integrating the feet and ankles with leg and hip movement. We finish the practice with some gentle stability work to re-integrate the whole body.

 

$40 advance payment for single workshop, or $45 day of event*
In March, take both workshops for $75 advance payment, or $80 day of event*

*Drop-in available, space permitting

 


To register contact Sue Brantley directly at (503) 407-9677 or suebrantley@comcast.net