Awakening the Spine Workshop

Awakening the Spine 

Please preregister for this workshop by emailing Alaria Ritchie:

Using techniques in Yoga as well as Pilates to learn about and work towards your spinal health.  Inspired by the late yoga teacher Vanda Scaravelli.

The spine is always of great interest as it is our central axis and support system, it is of utmost importance that we keep the spine healthy through continued postural awareness and correction as well as exercise to keep the spine supple and mobile.

This workshop is all about the spine, learn simple yoga postures that will help to maintain the health of your spine. Understand the directions of the spine and how to move safely and correctly and why its important to do so.

Participants with spinal conditions are welcome to attend, we will discuss some special conditions like Scoliosis and Osteoporosis and some safe beneficial movements appropriate for all.

If you have back pain, special spinal conditions and/or are concerned about how to care for and keep your back strong, this is the workshop for you!

Presented by Alaria Ritchie, STOTT PILATES Instructor and Hatha Yoga Teacher. For more information on Alaria please visit or

Please preregister for this workshop by emailing Alaria Ritchie:


  • Learn great spinal mobilization movements
  • Learn to support your spine with your “internal girdle”
  • Directions of the Spine – how to bend and stretch safely in all directions
  • What not to do with the spine, a bit of safety and ergonomics
  • Readings and reflection on the writings and philosophy of Vanda Scaravelli
  • Flexion free Yoga and Pilates – without bending the spine
  • Q & A


2.5 Hrs duration      Saturday February 23 1pm – 3:30pm

Investment: $50.

There was a yoga teacher Vanda Scaravelli who became world famous for her poignant way of presenting and embodying yoga. She wrote a book called Awakening the Spine, it is a treasure for the yogi student.  When I was studying to become a yoga teacher I fell in love with her words and ideas through her book which inspired me to create this workshop.