Yoga for Back Pain with Megan Davis

Megan Davis returns for a very special 2-part workshop!

Friday April 27 6:30-7:45 pm, limited space available in part 2. $25/class (Members pay $15; email us for your discount code!).

Prenatal Students Welcome!!!!

Week 1: It is estimated that 80% of adults in the United States have suffered from some form of lower back pain. In this series we will focus on common causes of lower and upper back pain and on improving overall body alignment through a balanced yoga practice that focuses on strengthening core stability muscles and stretching muscles that back-paincan indirectly pull on the lower back. You will learn stretches and strengthening exercises to support your low back plus modifications of standard asanas that are appropriate given your injury/condition. We will address many of the common contributing factors that create weakness and instability of the low back and work on safe and effective approaches to mitigate these issues.

Sign up for just Week 1 here

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Week 2: Shoulder injuries are quite common in yoga and generally come a combination of overuse or poor alignment in weight bearing postures and bad postural habits. Since most of spend the majority of the day sitting in front of a computer, we tend to roll the shoulders forward and down, weakening many of the muscles of the upper back that we rely on when we are doing yoga. In order to reorganize the shoulders, heal injuries and prevent future injuries, we need to stretch the muscles of the shoulders and upper back first and then work on strengthening them while holding the shoulder joints in proper alignment.

Sign up for just week 2 here.

Limited space remains!

 

Megan Davis

Megan is an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance and a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Her study and practice of yoga are informed by her experiences with rehabilitation, theories of traditional anatomy and Anatomy Trains®, along with the application of techniques from kinesiology and movement therapy.

Megan was one of those kids who liked to figure out how things worked, who liked to investigate the insides of things. Marked for medical school at a very early age, she played with microscopes and ant farms at home and took advanced science classes at school, completing her first mammal dissection in grade 8. Megmegan photoan majored in biology and philosophy at university with minors in physics and chemistry. A quarter life crisis (the details of which are not so important) changed her trajectory and she earned a degree in public health and became a women’s health educator and researcher. Another crisis (of the existential variety) lead to an 4, 6 padvanced bioethics degree and then a PhD in disability studies. Somewhere between the existential crisis and the bioethics degree Megan was in a severe car accident that resulted in 14 spinal injuries. This is when she started practicing yoga seriously. Since then, yoga has provided her with a systemic approach for decreasing pain and increasing function.

Since becoming a yoga teacher in 2005 Megan has worked with students who have moderate to severe injuries and chronic conditions. Her teachers come from awide range of traditions and include: Doug Keller, Jenny Otto, Donna Farhi, Matt Sanford, Judith Lasater, John Friend, Rod Stryker and Shiva Rea. Megan believes that the benefits of yoga can be accessible to anyone who is willing to try. Her teaching style is precise, sometimes unconventional, and relies heavily on comic relief. In addition to teaching yoga, Megan is a professorial lecturer at the George Washington University in the religion and philosophy departments. Megan lives in Washington DC with her dogs, who love raw kale and snore during yoga nidra.