Weekend workshop with Lucy Crawford

Friday 30th October – Sunday 1st November

Friday 7 – 9pm – Ashtanga Led Primary

Saturday morning, 9 – 11am – Ashtanga Led Primary

Saturday afternoon, 2 – 4pm – Experiential workshop – Support and Suspension – The spinal curves

Sunday morning, 9 – 11am – Ashtanga Led Primary

Sunday afternoon, 2 – 4pm – Experiential workshop – Muscle Energy Techniques – safe facilitated stretching for Yoga Asana.


Saturday afternoon workshop

The spinal curves create suspension, support and space and grace.
We develop spinal curves from our earliest movement beginnings. The spine begins as soft and flexible, supported through the multi-layered network of connective tissues. The 3 bowls of the body, the head, ribcage and pelvis are suspended, relative to one another, supported by the spinal curves.

In order to discover optimum spinal length and equilibrium and fluidity we need to explore these relationships. When the facet joints of the spine are held within their natural curves, movement is freer and more fluid. Incorrect use of the body can result in the loss of spinal curves and an inhibition of free movement. Postural imbalances can create fixity in the spinal joints and other joints of the body affecting our relationship to gravity. In this interactive, playful workshop, we will use controlled breath and slow somatic movement practices to rediscover lost spaces. The body responds to being ‘listened to’ more, than being ‘done to’. We will explore our curves from heel to head and play with seeking new awareness, so that we may breathe and move with more fluidity wholeness and health.

Sunday afternoon workshop

This workshop will look at safe stretching. How we can use our muscles with awareness to gain greater equilibrium in the joints.

The use of METs will be explained and we will look at individual groups of muscles, using methods of engagement / contraction, followed by stretch…. to offer the optimum natural lengthening of fibers that takes place immediately after muscular contraction. Muscle energy techniques can be extremely useful when we appear to have fixity; when something seems to resist change in the Asana practice. So, without being goal oriented, we can instead become curious! We can employ these techniques to begin to using the body’s own physiological mechanisms for change.

We will finish the workshop with a Lucy inspired Vinyasa sequence combining some of the METs we have looked at, to help bring a clearer sense of postural balance whilst gaining a maximum muscle length but without overstretching.


Lucy’s teaching is creative, intuitive and fun! She encourages people to connect to the body, slowing down to feel the sensations of movement. This somatic process informs the body for better space and protection, drawing our attention to the detail and finer elements of the practice. Connection to the breath is central to everything, binding the elements that create the alchemy of the practice itself.

Lucy began her body centred work in 1990 as an Aromatherapist, Massage Therapist and Bodywork Practitioner at Natureworks, London. She began her study of Yoga in 1992 with Derek Ireland and Radha Warrell in London. In December 1993 Lucy travelled to India to begin her studies with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. In 1995 Lucy received Guruji’s blessing to teach and has been sharing the Practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga since that time.

She currently holds Yoga Workshops in the UK and around the world, teaches small groups from her studio in Bristol and is Director of her own Teacher Training Programme, also held in Bristol.

Lucy has a background in Aromatherapy, Applied Kinesiology, Massage, Bodywork, Chavutti Thirimal (Indian Foot Pressure Massage) and Craniosacral Biodynamics (a gentle touch listening therapy) and is a Tutor at the Karuna Institute, Devon, on the 2 year Foundation in Craniosacral Biodynamics.

Full weekend workshop £155 (Friday pm, Saturday and Sunday, AM and PM)

Individual workshops £35.

Individual workshops ONLINE £28





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