Five years ago, the first place that Desi Springer and I introduced the Bowspring alignment to the European yoga community was in Madrid, Spain. We had over 100 students in that initial workshop, and the OMs were grand and the standing ovation at the end was so moving. Yet, most students didn’t return to try the Bowspring after that introductory workshop because we mistakenly attempted to teach everyone an intermediate practice (the Roots kata) before they understood the fundamentals of the method. Since then, we have consistently improved our presentation of the Bowspring method and it is now accessible and understandable, especially for beginners.
This year we returned to Madrid to an experienced group of 40+ Bowspring students who have been diligently practicing since we saw them a year ago. The best compliment that we received was from some of those more experienced students who have seen us since 2013. They commented that this year’s weekend workshop was their favorite to date since the method had become so refined and powerful, yet simplified at the same time.
Dedicated Bowspringers in Madrid, many of whom started practicing Bowspring in 2013
From Madrid we drove to Granada, the cultural center of southern Spain, to present a 4-day Bowspring Teachers Intensive.
Bowspringers in the courtyard of the palace of Charles V. demonstrating the lightness and dynamic balance of the body's tensegrity in the Bowspring form
Granada Bowspring teacher, Chandra Ferdomenech, in her third trimester, dynamically strong yet open in wide stance - Recovery pose