Upper Arms & Shoulders:
October – December 2021 Syllabus

Week 1: Unfold Into the Freedom of Your Girdle

  • Orient to the bones and joints of your shoulder girdle, and what they tell us about how our upper limb meets our torso
  • Engage the full range of your shoulder girdle, distinguishing between spinal/torso movement and movement of the girdle as well as link and coordinate between them
  • Connect with the freedom of being Self-supported, in an introduction on the sound vibration of Niralambaya (our sanskrit syllable for the 4 weeks)
  • Explore your “folded up wing”, tracing the pathway of weight as it travels through your scapula

Objective: Come to know your girdle’s potential for space and reach.

Materials released: Sunday, October 24th

Yoga class: Friday, October 29th @ 12:30pm

Week 2: Tether Into Your Self-Woven Fabric

  • Access the musculature articulation of your shoulder, bringing all sides into a coordinated mobility and strength
  • Investigate the ‘V’ of your shoulder girdle and its energetic expansion and connection into your front and back body via their kinetic chains (sheaths or fabric)
  • Balance the relationship between your front and back body through a continued exploration of the front and back of your scapula
  • Invite your breath into the possibility of circumferential expansion in your upper torso and ribs

Objective: Reinvigorate your shoulder’s relationship with your torso.

Materials released: Sunday, October 31st

Workshop: Friday, November 5th @ 12:30pm

Week 3: Reinforce Through Inner Repose

  • Increase awareness and agency to the medial border of your scapula to engage evenly towards your spine
  • Connect your upper limb to its depth by locating the heart focal point, no matter the shape and forces present within the pose
  • Train your musculature to work with the presence of your breath, to acknowledge the dynamic presence your shoulder is meeting and engaging with
  • Clarify the muscles that connect to and travel down from your head, and their role for maintaining stability and space between your head and your upper limb

Objective: Learn the implications and the potentials for your scapula to organize from your head to your hips.

Materials released: Sunday, November 7th

Q&A discussion: Friday, November 12th @ 12:30pm

Week 4: Create From Your Heart’s Abundance

  • Exercise and challenge your shoulder girdle by bringing all that we’ve explore into full body patterns and recruitment
  • Realize your shoulder girdle as a pivotal initiator and organizer for your posture, alignment, movement and expression
  • Fully enact your shoulder girdle as a significant contributor to the well being of your body on a physical and subtle level
  • Commit to the health of your shoulder girdle through regular assessment, full range activation and active listening

Objective: Through integration and extension, come to know the expansive power of your shoulder girdle.

Materials released: Sunday, November 14th

Yoga class: Friday, November 19th @ 2:30pm (14:30)

Week 5: Pivot Towards Your Inner Light

  • Familiarize yourself with your shoulder joint, its bones, grooves, particularities, and what they tell us about how our upper limb meets our torso
  • Engage the muscles of your “rotator cuff,” learn how we pivot within the shoulder joint to find its deepest congruence
  • Connect with your vital essence of illumination, in an introduction on the sound vibration of Tejase (our sanskrit syllable for the 4 weeks)
  • Explore the full range of your shoulder, distinguishing between shoulder joint and shoulder girdle movement as well as coordinating between them

Objective: Offer your shoulders the potential of a greater compatibility and resonance.

Materials released: Sunday, November 21st

Yoga class: Friday, November 26th @ 12:30pm

Week 6: Mobilize Your Shoulder’s Strength

  • Investigate the ligaments of your shoulder joint, how they provide necessary boundaries to the musculature of your shoulder
  • Access the musculature articulation of your shoulder joint, bringing all sides into a coordinated mobility and strength
  • Balance the relationship between your arm’s flexors and extensors, between biceps and triceps, bringing an even tone to the two sides of your upper arm
  • Understand the action of retraction of your upper arm bone, the deepening of your humerus in its socket, to distinguish from the retraction of your shoulder blade

Objective: Coordinate the efforts of your shoulders to utilize their dynamic potency.

Materials released: Sunday, November 28th

Personal Development: Friday, December 3rd @ 12:30pm

Week 7: Reach for Deep Shoulder Stability

  • Increase awareness and agency of your shoulder by organizing locally and then engaging more fully
  • Connect to the depth of your shoulder and armpit, no matter the shape and forces present within the pose
  • Revisit the muscles that connect your upper limb to your torso and to your other limbs, to recruit their support most efficiently and dynamically
  • Call in the energy that supports you and reflects the brilliance of your own inner presence

Objective: Gain sturdiness and suppleness throughout your full range.

Materials released: Sunday, December 5th

Q&A Discussion: Friday, December 10th @ 12:30pm

Week 8: Realize Your Transformative Power

  • Exercise and challenge your shoulders by bringing all that we’ve explore into full body patterns and recruitment
  • Realize your shoulders as a pivotal initiator and organizer for your posture, alignment, movement and expression
  • Fully enact your shoulders as a significant contributor to the well being of your body on a physical and subtle level
  • Commit to the health of your shoulders through regular assessment, full range activation and active listening

Objective: Through integration and extension, come to know the expansive power of your shoulders.

Materials released: Sunday, December 12th

Yoga class: Friday, December 17th @ 2:30pm (14:30)

Contacts:

Tech support: Julia.pearring@gmail.com

Weekly Q+A questions with subject line BoA Q&A: Julia.pearring@gmail.com 

Anything else course-related: Julia.pearring@gmail.com 😊

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