This session will begin with a talk outlining the key principles of Mindful Strength, which include topics such as adaptation, the nervous system, strength and aging, joint preparation, mobility, recovery, and stability. Kathryn will dispel myths around what core activation is, how it feels, and how a strong core truly supports us.
This is Kathryn’s signature session and overall favorite topic. Different ways to work with upper body strength with be highlighted in detail including wrist and shoulder strength and rehab, push-ups, arm balances and maybe even handstand. This workshop will guide students through a progression that can be adapted to meet the specific needs of the individual. This workshop, along with the others will begin with simple isolation, then progress to whole body movement, followed by less linear patterns and highly variable practice.
This session will begin with a 75 minute Mindful Strength flow practice. Students will get a chance to experience how strengthening movements can start to feel like a system of mindful movement. The class will be followed by a brief snack break, before diving into lower body strength and mobility. Glutes, and hamstrings will be covered, as well as ankle health, and how to support the knees, ankles and hips with strengthening movements. Balance will be a main theme in this workshop, how we can improve our balance using novel movements and building stability through dynamic movement.
In this final session Kathryn will discuss how strength, movement and mobility all fit hand-in- hand for an overall balanced approach to practice. More strengthening exercises will be given, as well as ideas on how to stretch, blend yoga with strength, and develop a method of practice that suits YOUR body. Sequencing, programming, and class structure will also be outlined, to give students an idea of how to practice Mindful Strength on their own.
Kathryn is the founder of Mindful Strength, the host of the Mindful Strength Podcast, a dynamic teacher with over a decade of experience and a creative thinker in the yoga revolution. She has been named one of the fifteen millennial teachers to watch by Yoga Journal Magazine, her online courses are enjoyed by people all over the world and she is currently writing a book on the topic of strength training with a mindful approach. Kathryn has a small studio in Williamstown Ontario, she is an avid knitter and loves learning about movement, rehab and how the human body and mind coexist. www.kathrynbruniyoung.com