Five-day Spinefulness Immersion and Teacher Training with Jean Couch
Jul
11
to Jul 17

Five-day Spinefulness Immersion and Teacher Training with Jean Couch

Jean and Melissa in search of Theres’a natural arch

Jean and Melissa in search of Theres’a natural arch

Monday to Friday - 9:00am to 12:00pm | Break | 1:30 to 3:30pm |

This profound and transformational workshop will teach you the most efficient and relaxed way to live in a human body. And if you are interested in teaching, it qualifies for credit in the Spinefulness Teacher Training program.

In 30 hours over five days, in a small group, with a master teacher, you will:

• Deepen your practice

• Learn work not covered in the Foundations course, including detailed work with feet and Spineful breathing.

• Begin or accelerate your shift toward strength, flexibility, relaxation and a joyfully embodied life.

This workshop is wrapped around a weekend Foundations Intensive. Those who are interested in teaching are welcome to gain assisting credits in the weekend workshop.

Cost: for the five-day workshop, $1365, including GST. To attend and assist in the weekend workshop, add $210, including GST.

Early Bird Registration: Save $200 with your non-refundable deposit of $400 before June 11, 2019. (Early bird price is $1155.) Remaining balance is due by July 2,, 2019..

For more information and to register, email Eve at evej@shaw.ca

This workshop qualifies for credit in the Spinefulness Teacher Certification Program, based in Palo Alto, CA. A one-time payment of $200 US is required to log Teacher Training hours.

Payment by cash, cheque, e-transfer or credit card.

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Jean Couch started teaching Spinefulness (then called Balance) in 1992. She has worked closely with Noelle Perez, the pioneer researcher whose ground-breaking observations of cultures with pain-free posture are the basis of this work.

Taking a workshop with Jean is like learning relaxation from the source.

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Spinefulness Weekend Workshop with Jean Couch: Pain Relief, Lightness and Transformation
Jul
13
to Jul 14

Spinefulness Weekend Workshop with Jean Couch: Pain Relief, Lightness and Transformation

Paloma, who now teaches Spinefulness. She is 13 years older in the photo on the right.

Paloma, who now teaches Spinefulness. She is 13 years older in the photo on the right.

Experience the transformative power of Spinefulness in a two-day workshop with Jean Couch, the leading Spinefulness teacher in North America.

Jean Couch started teaching Spinefulness (then called Balance) in 1992. She has worked closely with Noelle Perez, the pioneer researcher whose ground-breaking observations of cultures with pain-free posture are the basis of this work: a revolutionary understanding of posture that teaches us the most efficient and relaxed way to live in a human body.

Taking a workshop with Jean is like learning relaxation from the source.

Foundations Weekend: Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14:

• Reduce back, neck, shoulder, joint, and foot pain.

• Optimize artistic and athletic performance.

• Reduce stress, tension, and headaches.

• Have fabulous posture

This is the most important physical class you will ever take. Learn to sit, stand, bend, walk, sit in your car, lift and carry, and lie on your side and back without pain. You will become aware of what you are doing that is causing you pain, and at the end of the seminar you will know what to do to feel better. The course is a huge eye-opener.

Hours: Saturday July 13, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Sunday July 14, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Cost: $420 including GST. $262.50 if you have taken a previous Spinefulness Weekend Intensive or series. Payment by cash, cheque, e-transfer or credit card.

For more information and to register, email Eve at evej@shaw.ca

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Four-week Spinefulness Series with Eve Johnson
Apr
25
to May 16

Four-week Spinefulness Series with Eve Johnson

The ease of a body on the gravitational line.

The ease of a body on the gravitational line.

Human bodies are physical structures, as vulnerable to the force of gravity as any brick building. When we stand like the safari guide in Botswana, above, with our pelvis in the centre, and the weight on our heels, our posture is upright and effortless.

When we stand in modern posture, like the gallery visitor below, with our pelvis forward of the line of gravity, we set off a chain of adjustments to keep from falling over. The upper body moves back and rounds, then we compensate for the backward motion by taking our head forward.

The contemporary slouch, out of the line of gravity.

The contemporary slouch, out of the line of gravity.

The way we stand is not our fault.

Posture is cultural, and our culture surrounds us with images of super models, movie stars and even mannequins in modern, pelvis-forward posture.

Too bad this posture also creates back and joint pain, and spines that become more misshapen as we age.

What if it didn't have to be this way? What if we could learn to sit – and stand, walk, bend and sleep – in such harmony with gravity that our muscles would relax, our spines would straighten, our digestion and breathing would improve, and we'd be able to wave goodbye to back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee and foot pain?

That’s the promise of Spinefulness.

Based on careful study of populations that don’t suffer back pain from daily activities, Spinefulness teaches us to put our bones into line with gravity. When bones bear the weight, muscles relax. The results can be magical.

In this five-week series you’ll learn to feel balance in your body. You'll know when you're out of balance, and know how to correct. We'll cover basic guidelines for standing, walking, bending, sitting back in a chair and sitting forward in a chair, as you would for working at a desk.

Week after week, the experience of being settled into a balanced seated position, as well as the repetition of the guidelines will begin to turn these new postural ideas into habits.

• See images that will remake your idea of good posture and your understanding of your own body.

• Receive individual assessment of your spine and learn how to bring it into a healthy position.

• Work in a small, friendly group.

Note: to take this series you must have attended an Introductory session. There are two currently scheduled: Sunday, April 7, 2:30 to 4 pm and Thursday, April 18, 6 to 76:30 pm. Email Eve at evej@shaw.ca to register. Cost is $25.

Four Thursdays, April 25 to May 16, 6 to 8 pm.

$295  + GST = $309.75. 

Returning students who have already taken a Spinefulness weekend or series, $250 + GST = $262.50.

To register, email Eve at evej@shaw.ca

Eve Johnson is a certified Spinefulness teacher and a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. She has been teaching at Yoga on 7th since 2002.

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Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Spinefulness with Eve Johnson

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We’ve all seen sitting postures like the woman in the Paris cafe above – and most of us have sat that way. It's our cultural norm, and it wreaks havoc on our bodies.

Come for this 90-minute introductory class, and:

• See a mind-blowing slide show that explains why this way of sitting is so damaging and what to do instead.

• Experience a new, life-changing, pain-free way to sit.

• Take home clear and specific guidelines.

• Receive an individual hands-on assessment.

You don’t need to wear yoga gear. Any loose, comfortable, stretchy clothing will do. Avoid wearing jeans.

If you can sit down in a chair and stand up again, you can do this class.

Two Dates: Sunday April 14, 2:30 to 4 pm and Thursday, April 18, 6 to 7:30 pm.

Cost: $25

Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Email Eve at evej@shaw.ca to hold your spot.

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Spinefulness Foundations Weekend Intensive with Eve Johnson
Feb
15
to Feb 17

Spinefulness Foundations Weekend Intensive with Eve Johnson

Human beings have the potential to live in strong straight bodies without back or joint pain.

But modern posture, along with badly designed chairs and car seats, can make us old before our time.

In this hands-on, interactive weekend, you’ll learn to sit, stand, bend, walk, sit in your car, lift and carry, and lie on your side and back without pain.

You’ll learn how to recognize tension and turn it into relaxation. And when pain arises, you’ll know what to do to make it subside.

• Improve your athletic performance and add years to your sport.

• reduce headaches and tension

• have more access to your creativity as you relax and get in touch with yourself

• have enviable posture.

This Intensive is perfect for those who want to dive deep into Spinefulness.

Ten hours over three days will give you a solid base, and a new sensation of what living in your body could feel like.

Dates: February 15, 16 and 17

Times: Friday, Feb. 15, 6 to 8:30 pm, Saturday, Feb. 16, 9:30 to 4 pm, (with a 90-minute lunch break) and Sunday, Feb. 17, 2 to 4:30 pm.

Cost: Early Bird, before February 1, $295 + GST., after February 1, $350 + GST.

Payment by cash, cheque, e-transfer or credit card.

Email Eve at evej@shaw.ca to register and for more information.

How did this back, turn into the back below? (Photo by Picsea, at Unsplash)

How did this back, turn into the back below? (Photo by Picsea, at Unsplash)

What can we do to return youth and flexibility to this back? (Photo by Nathan at UnSplash)

What can we do to return youth and flexibility to this back? (Photo by Nathan at UnSplash)

And how could you learn to be this straight, effortlessly, for the rest of your life? ]  (Photo by Nam-Hoang at Unsplashj)

And how could you learn to be this straight, effortlessly, for the rest of your life? ]

(Photo by Nam-Hoang at Unsplashj)

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