How’s Your Back?


Back issues are one of the biggest reasons students seek out a yoga class – neck pain? lower back pain? upper back stiffness? The spine and the back are part of the core of our movement, so having a pain in any piece will drive us to looking for any solution. The beauty of yoga is that it does not just address the pain alone, but looks at our whole system of movement to improve posture, strength, and support of the back, therefore giving us overall health and wellness in the process.

Our neck movement is not just relegated to the 7 cervical vertebrae and our lower back is not just the movement of the lumbar. Our hips and shoulders, the way we use our arms and the way we carry our body all effect the myriad of joints that make up the entire spinal column. Most spines aren’t straight and the spine has curves that it should keep, so knowing how to move and be aware as we move is imperative for a strong, pain free back.

Join us for a 4-week exploration of the back, starting Monday nights at 6:30pm, November 1-22.

During these four weeks, we will move from the tailbone up to the crown of the head, practicing postures that all relate back to this important centerpiece of our body. Length, strength, and space are all needed for the health of the spine and the back, and the practice of yoga provides it all!

This series will be good for any level of student. It will be offered both in person and online as a hybrid class. You will need wall space and props for practice: 2 bricks, 3 or more blankets, a strap, a yoga chair or comparable height, and a bolster will be helpful. If you are in acute pain or need therapeutic help, this will NOT be the class for you. Please contact if you have any questions or concerns about attendance.

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Jennie Williford CIYT

Jennie Williford (CIYT Level 3) is a transplant to LaCrosse via Montana, Illinois, and originally Texas. Throughout her life moves and 5 trips to India, Jennie has acquired a well-rounded and multi-faceted approach to Iyengar Yoga since her start in 1998. Jennie loves the experimental and explorative nature of yoga in accessing deeper knowledge of the Self on every level. The practice of yoga can be intense and introspective, however as practitioners we can be light-hearted and open-minded in our discipline. Jennie is intrigued by the philosophy of yoga and hopes to share this depth of subject while teaching the physical and mental benefits that come from the practice of posture.