The Bowspring curriculum is designed to systematically lead all levels of students on a path towards optimal health through a balanced lifestyle.
The daily practice of the Bowspring postural alignment underlies all facets of the curriculum, and is integrated into all of our activities. The Bowspring curriculum outline below is designed to help students embody the Bowspring in their daily lives.
The Bowspring system is a comprehensive postural training for all levels of self including mind, body, and heart.
Learning the Bowspring entails:
Elemental forms of hands, feet, arms and legs.
Level 1 poses - group of basic dynamic postures covering movement and positioning in all planes: upright, lying down, upside-down, side-to-side, forward and backward.
Basic transitional movements in set forms (katas) are also covered within the Level 1 curriculum.
These fundamental transitional movements include detailed alignment for 10 key parts of the body: hands, feet, arms, legs, hips, shoulders, ribcage, lower back (waist), neck and head.
The full Sridaiva curriculum is presented through classes, courses, weekend workshops, intensives, and trainings at Vital - Center for Mind-Body Health, the global training center of the Bowspring in Denver, Colorado, and in other cities worldwide.
4 Levels of Curriculum
The progressive levels of the Bowspring curriculum are systematized to help any student learn how to make the dynamic posture of the Bowspring in any daily activity. Bowspring classes are organized into stages from introductory courses to the training of professional teachers of the Bowspring system. There are 4 levels of practice, which are designated in terms of levels of Bowspring experience and capacity.
The Bowspring system takes a minimum orientation period to understand the basics of this postural method. The orientation period consists of a minimum of one month, with the completion of two to four one-hour Bowspring classes/practices per week. New students are also encouraged to start to increase mindfulness of their daily posture, particularly for the alignment of their hands and feet, knees and elbows, and spine. This is the first level where all new students begin their practice of the Bowspring.
New students are also encouraged to increase awareness of their daily posture. With regular practice new students can start to increasingly integrate the Bowspring into their normal movements and posture.
Each dynamic posture within the Bowspring curriculum is composed of various Elementals, which are specific forms for the hands, feet, arms and legs. These simple forms of the limbs are repeated in all Bowspring postural exercises, and therefore are fundamental in learning this Bowspring system. All 47 elemental forms are listed in the Elemental Table. Within the orientation period students learn to practice only a few (~16) of the most basic Elemental forms.
All postural elements of the Bowspring are taught using simple, repeated mindfulness exercises called katas. The set forms of the basic Bowspring katas are taught slowly to all beginning students. The detailed alignment of the Bowspring, particularly with the balanced action of the fingers, toes, arms and legs, is most effectively taught through the regular, repeated practice of the basic katas, which are presented in orientation level classes.
Learn more about what to expect during the orientation period.
Level 1 – The student learns to perform the simplest forms of the Bowspring through regular practice of the dynamic postures of the Level 1 syllabus. The list of poses in this syllabus covers the Bowspring alignment in any plane - upright, upside-down, supine and prone. The syllabus is organized into 7 postural classifications: standing, kneeling, sitting, supine, prone, inverted, and hand-balancings. Each of these postural groups are further classified into squatting, forward-bending, back-bending, side-bending, twisting, and side spirals.
The Level 1 syllabus is a set of about 50 dynamic postures and exercises, which are the most effective for new students to learn the Bowspring.
Level 2 – includes more complex forms of the Bowspring, and progressive sequences of dynamic postures . Poses with straight legs and elbows in the back plane are introduced in Level 2.
Level 3 – includes the most advanced exercises and postures for the Bowspring. Level 3 students have dedicated many hours of practice to developing virtues of studentship. They are also able and willing to assist newer students with the Bowspring practice.
How to become a Bowspring teacher?
All Bowspring teachers are dedicated students of the Bowspring first and foremost.
Each year, a 10-week Bowspring Deep Dive is offered at Vital - Center for Mind-Body Health, the global training center for the Bowspring in Denver, CO. The Deep Dive offers the deepest and most comprehensive study of the Bowspring and is the best preparation for the student who wishes to begin teaching. Students who wish to enroll in the Deep Dive must have at least one year of practice of basic katas of the Bowspring.
Current Bowspring teachers from around the world are listed in our Community section. All teachers listed here on GlobalBowspring.com have at least 2 years of Bowspring practice and direct training with Desi Springer.
Other criteria to be listed as a Bowspring teacher:
Demonstrate proficiency in the 10 key alignments of the Bowspring.
10-minute Kata practice video or showing the Kata to Desi Springer directly in person.
Contribution to the harmony of the planet through community services.
Commitment to embodying good character traits, the virtues of a Sridaiva student.
* If you wish to be listed as a Bowspring teacher on GlobalBowspring.com, please email us to receive an Application.