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Smart Ass, Dumb Ass: Finding and Strengthening the Gluteus Muscles

WORKSHOP with special guest Leslie Howard

Do you tightly grip your butt muscles with all of your might in yoga poses or is there a “lazy ass” you may not be aware of? The gluteal group of muscles consists of 3 muscles: Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus.

“Gluteus” is Greek for rump. How the rump works in yoga poses can affect change in the hip socket, where the sacrum sits, how the legs work, and how you experience the pose. This workshop was so well received at the Yoga Journal conference that they wrote an article inspired by it in the March 2015 issue. Leslie developed it as an extension of her work with the pelvic floor after noticing how many yogis/yoginis were not using their buttocks muscles properly.

This workshop will give you a deeper understanding of the anatomy used in standing poses and hip opening poses. As a result you will experience familiar poses in an unfamiliar way.

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About Leslie:
Leslie Howard is an Oakland-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. She leads workshops and trainings nationally and has written a book about the female pelvis, Pelvic Liberation. She is a regular presenter for the Yoga Journal conferences and a regular contributor to Yoga Journal magazine. Her own struggles with healing her hips and pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place. Her teaching is informed by over 3500 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar yoga teachers, notably Manouso Manos and Patricia Walden. She considers Ramanand Patel her most important influence and mentor. She has designed two very successful studies for UCSF on yoga to alleviate incontinence and pelvic pain. To learn more about Leslie, visit her website.

Sunday, October 13
1:00-4:00 pm

Hours: 3.0

$60 Early bird pricing through Sept 30
$75 Full price Oct 1 & after

This workshop qualifies for Yoga Alliance CEUs.

Please plan carefully: Refunds of 90% are granted up to 5 days prior to the series start; after which, no refunds are given.