EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta Dell'Anno E-RYT  500
Certified Scoliosis Trainer

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EssentialYoga Studio Welcomes Susan Elena Esquivel​​

Back Care and Scoliosis Workshops
​with Susan Elena Esquivel

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Session I: 10:00am - 12:00pm - Iyengar Yoga for Back Care - Upper Body Focus
The shoulder joint includes more muscles than any other part of the body. As a result, the muscles of the neck and shoulders tend to be an area where many people experience tightness or hold tension. Using Iyengar yoga to align the spine, participants first learn how to release muscles and then learn how to develop concavity in the thoracic spine while lengthening the cervical spine. This will create space, increase awareness and relieve pain. Participants will leave with an understanding of common misalignments of posture, how they contribute to tightness or discomfort in the upper body and learn basic poses to release tension and relax muscles of the neck/shoulders. No previous yoga experience necessary.

Cost:    $40.00

Session II: 2:00pm - 5:00pm - Iyengar Yoga for Back Care  and Scoliosis
This session will focus on the back care principles of lengthening and strengthening the core and spinal muscles. Participants will learn how combining yoga postures with breath awareness can help one develop a more symmetrical alignment. A discussion of the different types of curves will aid participants in modifying to support their body’s specific needs. This is accomplished by stretching muscles that have tightened and strengthening muscles that have become weak from an asymmetrical imbalance. Using the principles of Iyengar yoga, one can find a balance point that allows the scoliosis curve, or other spinal imbalances, to coexist with gravity, activating the body’s natural plumb line. The result for most people with scoliosis or other back care concerns is better posture, freer breathing and less pain. No previous experience necessary, all levels welcome.

Cost:    $60.00  

Both workshops:    $90.00      


These workshops are open to teachers who wish to learn more about addressing these issues with their students.

About Susan Elena:
Susan Elena Esquivel started dancing at age 5 beginning a lifelong fascination with form and alignment as well as the body/mind connection. She has been studying yoga for the past 20 years with a focus on the Iyengar method. She is a Certified Iyengar Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior I Level and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT).

She completed Certified Senior Iyengar Teacher Elise Browning Miller's Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training Program and is a Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer. Her classes are infused with the knowledge of spinal health gained in her ongoing apprenticeship with Elise from whom she learns firsthand the nuances of scoliosis and other spinal disorders. Working with spinal imbalances is one of her main interests and a way she hopes to ease suffering.

She continues her studies with Certified Advanced Senior Teacher Patricia Walden working towards her Junior II certification. She travels to India regularly to receive inspiration directly from the source.

Susan Elena is a nationally recognized sculptor/artist, loves nature, dancing, playing the cello and believes yoga is the gateway for her students to reconnect with their bodies and spirits. Through art and yoga she endeavors to ease suffering and bring her students closer to a fuller, more joyful life. 



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