This 11-video course on the Bowspring method, is a comprehensive basic training and introduction to this new alignment system by the co-creators, Desi Springer and John Friend.
Produced by the European online yoga channel, TINTyoga.com, this Bowspring video course presents detailed alignment for each of the 10 key areas of the body which can be applied to everyday postures like sitting, standing and walking.
Springer & Friend start the video course with the most basic alignments for the Bowspring Elementals using the wall and a chair to make the method accessible to any level of student.
The course also covers therapeutics for each of the 10 key areas, including shoulder injuries, hip pain, and lower back issues.
Experienced Bowspring students will also gain a lot from the specific practices for the Wings (shoulders, arms, and hands) and the Roots (hips, legs, and feet). Also, a couple of the videos are immediate level for a strong, full body-mind practice.
Bowspring Basic Training Course on TINTyoga.com includes the following summary for each of the 11-videos:
1. Intro to Bowspring
Bowspring method is a new postural system for optimizing everyday functionality through dynamic, open, and curvy posture.
· Standard model of alignment vs. Bowspring
· C-Curve vs. Double-S Curve of the Bowspring
· Bowspring algorithm = Radiant Channel / Radiant Heart – Wings – Roots – Spools – Crown / Pulsation of Root-Rise
· The default autonomic nervous system reactions due to fear or sadness in the 10 key parts of the body: Rib-basket, shoulders, arms, hands, feet, legs, hips, waist, neck, and head.
2. Wall Sequence
Bowspring algorithm is repeated in several standing poses using the wall for support and awareness. Although the wall poses and exercises seem simple, to mindfully practice the Bowspring with full integration is not easy. The sequence can be repeated until fatigue as a great, highly aligned work-out. The video includes walking up the wall into handstand.
3. Chair Practice
Like the wall, the chair seems remedial from the outside, but with the Bowspring practice, the chair lends support to further open the mind-body of any level of student! In this video includes detailed alignment instructions on the Elemental forms of Seed Hand, Dome Hand, Horseshoe Hand, Liquid Hands, and Ecstasy Arms.
The Bowspring is the highest postural technology for anyone to improve their functional movements for therapeutic benefit. The video includes specific self-massage techniques on hands and feet, and effective exercises for shoulders, hips, and lower back. All 10 key areas of the body are analyzed in terms of default contraction in contrast to Bowspring optimal alignment for dynamic posture.
This video focuses on balancing the lower part of the body - the Roots, which includes our feet, legs and hips. This session highlights detailed instruction on the elemental forms and exercises of the Roots – Earth Foot, walking kata, Dig-Drag of the foot, hollowing the center of the paw, Hovering Heels, Recovery pose, swiveling on the paw, Hero Foot, hollowing the front ankle, parallel parking the hips, Square Legs, and Open Legs.
This video focuses on balancing the subsystem of the Wings – our hands, arms, and shoulders which connect directly to Radiant Heart in the rib-basket. This session highlights detailed instruction on the elemental forms and exercises of the Wings – Seed Hands, Globe Hands, Crown Hands, Hand Mirror, Dome Hand, Bright Hands, Harvest Hand, Kitty Cat Biscuits, Double Seed Hands, Genie Arms, Ecstasy Arms, Chin-Up Arms, V-Vector Arms.
7. Supine Bow
This is a 30-minute Bowspring session lying on the floor, which provides an experience to open the hips and shoulders with less outer energy and effort. Bowspring exercises include: transitioning from standing to All-Fours to lying down, Side Bow, Supine Bow, Thigh Root pose, Cross-Ankle Squat, supine twists variations to open hips, waist and lower back, Bridge pose, Hovering Bow, Windshield Wipers, Freedom pose and Assimilation pose
8. The Lightness of Radiant Heart
Radiant Heart is a primary alignment principle in the Bowspring method. It is visualized as a sphere of light radiating outward from the heart center. It is an inner expansion of the rib-basket on the sides, back and front. In all Bowspring poses the heart floats up and away from the Earth.
This video covers: All-Fours, Crouching Cat, Twisted Cat, Side Bow, Supine Bow, Earth pose, Crescent pose, Tribal Lunge, Side Coil, Recovery pose.
9. Root and Rise
The Bowspring is a dynamic posture which is always pulsing with the breath. One part of the breath roots with the hips and legs pushing down and out through the feet, while the other part of the breath rises up through the central channel to the crown. This session covers: Earth pose, stepping in and out of High Lunge, Phoenix pose, Cross-Ankle pose, Zig-Zag, Leg kata = mindfully stepping forward, backward, side-to-side
10. Basis Katas of the Bowspring
Learning the Bowspring is like learning a new language, starting with alphabet. First we learn the Elemental forms, then we connect them together to make poses. All Bowspring poses have clearly defined alignment for the hands and arms, feet and legs. Sequencing the poses together in prescribed flowing movements are called katas. Kata is a Japanese word, which means "way of doing", practicing a regular act mindfully.
Tease Leaps, Crescent pose to open side ribs, swiveling the paws, touching the floor with Dome Hands, Frog Hops, kneeling, going down to the floor, getting up from the floor, All-Fours -> Side Bow -> lying down supine / prone, Crouching Cat -> Twisted Cat -> Back Cat, Falcon pose, Bonsai pose, Hops – narrow -> wide / crisscross, Supine Bow
11. Bowspring Flow
Level 2 Bowspring Flow - Earth pose, Ecstasy Arms, Crescent, Tease Leaps, Side Coil, High Lunge, Kneeling Blue Moon, All-Fours, Crouching Cat, Twisted Cat, Diagonal Starter, Propeller, Mercury, Baby Mantis, Wilder Thing, Hopping, Recovery pose, Back to the Future, Blue Moon, Stoke Your Motor, Freedom pose, Assimilation
Basic Training Course