21 – 22 April 2018

Beautiful psoas and conscious core: Alignment and Awareness
with Sandra Carson

The course will be taught in English, with Spanish translation.

The psoas is a deep muscle that is a major player in our body that has many jobs. It acts as a stabilizer between the lower body and the upper body, it is a mover of the legs and it creates flexion of the hips and spine.

For yoga practitioners, having a flexible psoas and awakened core has an astounding effect on forward bends, backbends and twists.

Besides the physical benefits, a healthy psoas has a powerful effect on how able you are to relax and feel good in your body and is a muscle of consciousness and human evolution.

With the psoas being responsible for many functions, tightness in this muscle is very common in all people, even active people. It can lead to problems ranging from back pain to knee and ankle issues. Body workers and yoga teachers are now getting more familiar with the workings of this important deep hipflexor.

The psoas muscle lies deep within your pelvis, is an important “player” together with your low back and abdominal muscles. Your psoas greatly influences the alignment of your pelvis and the engagement of your other abdominal muscles. Feeling the pelvis, releasing the psoas and activating your abdominal core are the key to optimal pelvic alignment and stability.

In addition to its physical role, the psoas is also an “emotional” muscle and your “second brain.” Stress, unprocessed trauma and emotions are stored deep within your body, and in the psoas muscle. To connect to this part of yourself and to learn to feel it and release it, can be of great benefit to finding more ease, wellbeing and vitality. As a muscle of consciousness, your psoas relates to your evolution; your sense of self and belonging, acting and manifesting in the world.

In these weekend workshops, you will be introduced to your psoas, learn how through various easy exercises how to align your pelvis, access your psoas, move and live from your core!

The workshop is accessible to students of all levels, and it can be of particular interest to yoga teachers and students wanting to learn more about the effect of the psoas and pelvic alignment in yoga and vice versa.

In these workshops, you will learn:

  • How to feel and release your psoas
  • What the tone of your psoas and determine the effect on your posture
  • How to strengthen the different layers of your abdomen
  • How to align your pelvis and low back in different asana
  • How to strengthen and lengthen the psoas safely in your yoga practice
  • About the role of the psoas on all levels of being – physiological, emotional and energetic levels
  • How your psoas is intimately connected to your sense of stability, enjoyment and power

It is highly recommended to take all workshops together, if possible. The first workshop will be gentler and focused on breath and relaxation, the second will be more active and asana focused and the third will be a combination of asana, relaxation and meditation

The 9-hour course qualifies for Yoga Alliance continuing education hours.

Workshop 1- Exploring the Psoas

Saturday 21 April 2018. 10:30 – 13.30  

In this workshop you will learn how to tune into your psoas and feel it. When the psoas contracts, when it releases.

You will understand how the psoas works in relationship with your abdominals and how it influences the position of your pelvis and your spine. You will have an experience of how your breath relates to your psoas muscle and how to use your breath to help relax your psoas.

Workshop 2 – Aligning the psoas

Saturday 21 April 2018. 15.30 – 18.30

You will practice all the major asana groups; standing poses, forward bends, hip openers and backbends and more and how the psoas relates to each asana differently. You will learn how the tone of your psoas plays out in the different asana and how to align your psoas in a way that is healthy and beneficial in each asana group. You will have a better understanding of how an awakened core supports good alignment and how to honor and treat your body well in your yoga practice in a way that supports your growth and progress.

Workshop 3: The psoas and the chakras

Sunday 22 April 2018. 10.30-13.30

You will explore the psychospiritual connection between your psoas muscle and the chakras. Through the practice of all-level asana (poses) and movement, you will be able to connect and explore the deeper relationship of your psoas with the more subtle levels of being. We will touch on the first three chakras in this workshop. You will learn the influence of your psoas on your sense of stability in life, your flexibility and sense of delight and the role of your psoas on the way you manifest in the world. You will be able to contemplate these parts of yourself in a real and practical way.

About Sandra Carson

Sandra Carson is a knowledgeable and insightful yoga teacher who has been teaching internationally for the last 15 years.

She became a Yoga Alliance certified teacher in the USA in 2001. She is also a Anusara® certified teacher and an Experienced Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT500). Currently she teaches Yoga Teacher trainings and Advanced Yoga Teacher trainings in the Netherlands

Sandra’s teaching style is rooted in alignment and the cultivation of body awareness through the sensory body.

Challenging the students in the practice, she carefully guides them from empowered awareness to the space where transformation can take place. Teaching with clarity and attention for detail enabling the practitioner to experience shifts in both the body and attitude.

During the all these years of dedicated study of Anusara yoga, Sandra’s studies, love and curiosity for this practice have led her to teaching yoga as a therapy, helping people to relieve physical pain and supporting their own ability for healing.

Her unique yoga classes are a mix of flow and alignment and mostly dynamic and energizing in nature.

Sandra teaches classes in Amsterdam and for online yoga studio EkhartYoga.com, with more than 800.000 students all over the world. She also teaches workshops and retreats in different countries, Yoga Teacher trainings and Advanced Yoga Teacher trainings.

You can find her on LivingAlignmentYoga.com and EkhartYoga.com

Sandra will come back to Spain from September 30 to October 7, to lead a yoga retreat in nature in Lanzarote. More information: Living Aligment Yoga Retreat


Early bird price for registration until April 13. Full Workshop: 140 €

For registration after April 13. Full Workshop: 160 €

Individual workshops:

Workshop 1: 55 €

Workshop 2: 55 €

Workshop 3: 55 €

Registrations: info@shamaretreats.com


Ayoga. C/ Atocha 56, Madrid.