Sitting is not a casual affair in yoga. Perhaps sitting never is.
It's about your back, your spine. Your breath. Your pelvis. Among other things...Read More
Most of us have a doorway, with a door jam at the top. Somewhere. Or something we can safely reach up to with both arms. Hold with our hands or fingers. Stand with grounded feet on the floor; deep roots.Read More
AUDIO for you; One of the greatest challenges in standing within a scoliotic landscape is sensing your inner terrain. Sensing your spine. Its bony architecture, its festoonery of ligaments, its constantly communing and resolving dialogue of sensate and speaking muscle. Sensing the path of your spine through your midline, a circuitous axis.Read More
Courage. It's an interesting concept. Except it isn't a concept of course, is it. It's an experience. And a choice. I am afraid of big waves. Ok, terror ice-drips through me when they're over 4 feet high. My ex surf-lifesaver Dad laughs, 'it's only water, it can't hurt you, you know'. But, it can. Balanced on a board, screaming (literally) down the rushing slope of green-muscle-water, is no time to panic. Or to decide it's a good time to jump off the boardRead More
Sensing the Spine is available as an AUDIO.
You might want to stand in front of a wall for this standing meditation, using your fingertips on the wall for balance, with your eyes softly closed a little, able to peep easily through your eyelashes.
Stand with the soles of your feet on the ground...The skin of the soles of your feet whispering your history here...prayerful, reverent, in conversation with the earth. Listening. in intimate communion.Read More
I see this term a lot. I hear it echoed in new students who step in to explore yoga and their scoliosis, with me. "I did my exercises", they might say to me as we begin a new session.
The truth of the undertaking, this yoga for scoliosis exploration, is far, far deeper. More raw and more foundational. Indeed, more honest. For what is required is a fundamental shift from the mindset of "I do this set of moves and it gives me this result", to one of curiosity, and partnership with one's body and other aspects of one's psyche. Yoga.Read More
I prepare to cut. 'Anatomy', literally to cut up (the Greek 'ana' up, and 'tomy' from 'temnein', to cut). Or Latin, 'secare' (to cut) as root of dissection. I stand at the edge of knowing.....of experience. Again.
This is a revisitation for me. Familiar to my mind, to places named and learnt. Familiar to me by way of assisting autopsies briefly one summer over three decades ago at Sydney's Coroners' Court, called "green" (as in new, not faint) by the senior Pathologists, and in Histopathology labs in Sydney hospitals assisting in post surgery 'cut up'. Familiar from my postgraduate brief dissections in Functional anatomy ('did you get a wing pack or a drumstick?'). Places not ordinarily touched by light, yet illuminated in anatomy books as if this rich ecology can be circumscribed and ordered in neat drawings, from which I have taught. And it is not familiar.Read More
Narelle Carter-Quinlan is a global leading exponent on yoga for scoliosis and embodied spinal anatomy, based in Brisbane, Australia. An anatomist, her unique body of work integrates the practice of yoga with the embodiment of your anatomy and embryology.
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Sensing The Spine
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A SONGLINED STORY
A recent piece written in response to my deep experiences at Uluru & Kata Tjuta, with the Elders, the Land and the Ancestors.
Requested by Peter Appel.
A piece about my journey of Embodiment, requested by a dear colleague, Peter Appel.
EMBODIED ANATOMY OF THE SPINE IN SCOLIOSIS
A beautiful and rich review of my work; specifically my online course, EASS-y.
My Writing has now shifted to MEDIUM, rather than my Blog.
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