Movement of Breath and Spine in Āsana:

Side Bends
with Amanda Green

Yoga āsanas are designed to influence the movement of prāṇa in the body. Different āsanas influence prāṇa in specific and different ways. Moreover, the categorization of āsana is based on the spinal movement it requires. We can understand a lot about the purpose and intention of different āsanas by understanding how the spine moves in each of them. 

This is especially true of side bends which, unlike other movements, can be paired with either aspect of the breath. This adaptability gives them applications and modifications that are unique to side bends. Moreover, side bends are considered to support digestion which opens a huge world of interesting applications. . 

Join Amanda Green, C-IAYT and lead faculty in our Yoga Therapist Trainings, for this in depth look at side bends. Learn the how, what and way of side bends, and how they support the samāna vāyu.

The Movement of Breath and Spine in Āsana: Nourishing Prānā through Side Bends is a 2-hour workshop that will take place on Tuesday September 19th at 7pm EST. A recording of the workshop will be available in the Student Portal after the live Workshop is completed. 

Live Online Workshop

Date: Tuesday September 19th

Time: 4:00pm PT – 6:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET – 9:00pm ET

Duration: 2 Hours

Teacher: Amanda Green

Cost: $67

Location: Zoom link provided upon purchase.

A recording of the workshop will be available in the Student Portal after the live Workshop completes.

Expect to Explore

  • How side bends nurture prāṇa and the samāna vāyu.
  • What happens in the body while exploring side bends.
  • How to stabilize one side of the body in order to achieve appropriate flexibility and extension in the spine during side bends.
  • Ways in which intention can shift while moving and stabilizing in side bends.

    Your Instructor

    Amanda Green

    Amanda Green

    Amanda took her first yoga class in 2001 and has been practicing ever since. After moving from Seattle to Austin in 2010, she enrolled in a hatha yoga teacher-training program and soon after completion, she began teaching yoga full-time. Amanda met her teacher and mentor, Chase Bossart in 2011. At this time, her yoga practice took a turn toward a more gentle and therapeutic approach and her yoga study expanded to embrace the broader teachings of yoga. Yogic philosophy and texts, practices including āsana (postures), prāṇāyāma (breathing techniques), meditation, vedic chanting and the practical application of the tools of yoga for therapy are all a part of Amanda’s ongoing practice and study.

    Amanda’s teaching style is down-to-earth, clear and practical. She candidly relates yogic concepts to life experiences. In this way, yoga practice becomes a deeply personal journey and a means to live a fulfilling and purposeful life.

    Amanda is a graduate of the YATNA yoga therapy program and an IAYT-certified yoga therapist. She offers individual yoga therapy to students in Austin, TX and online. Amanda is a mentor to yoga therapy students in YogaWell and Yoga Yoga programs, and offers lectures and classes in her local and online community. When Amanda isn’t teaching, you can find her hanging out with her awesome family, gardening, painting, or singing karaoke, usually out of tune.