Monica Voss 'in-person'  'The Upper Part':  an exploration of the thoracic spine and neck and their response to gravity 


Saturday June 4 @ 2:00 pm - 6.00 pm  
The Upper Part: an exploration of the thoracic spine and neck and their response to gravity. 
Live and 'in-person' 
Many of us have spent years releasing the lower spine, pelvis, legs and feet onto, then into the ground, learning to go with the pull of gravity towards the centre of the earth and accept support. Gravity is unconditional, continuous and unchanging, as far as we know. 
Gravity is also pulsating - like the universe itself - and acts in an upward surge, called the updraft, upswing, rebound, or simply the other half of the downward force. This is the energy that holds the earth in its orbit. The opposite movement, away from the ground when we're vertical is a little more difficult to access, yet it is tangible, visible and palpable. 
We'll use relaxation, breathing practice, stretching and yoga postures to release, warm, stimulate and experience not only rooting the lower body, but expanding and blossoming through the upper part. 
About Monica 
Monica Voss began her yoga studies in 1978 with Esther Myers, trained to teach with Esther, and has been teaching at the Studio since 1981. She came to yoga with a background in drama and movement and has degrees in English Literature and Education. 
Monica, a former Iyengar style yoga teacher, Monica studied with Vanda Scaravelli from 1986-1998, adopting Vanda’s philosophy of practicing yoga effortlessly. “If you find yourself straining,” says Monica, “you are making a mistake.” Rather, she recommends developing an “inner connection”and 'first becoming comfortable'. Moving into the poses using the rhythm of the breath and the support of the ground resonates deeply for her and she continues to draw inspiration from Vanda’s and Esther’s teaching, from the natural world, from complementary modalities, from study, and from interaction and dialogue with students and colleagues.  
Monica has studied and practised yoga for over 40 years, has been instructing since 1981 and has been training teachers since 1986. Monica Voss lives and teaches in Toronto, Canada and with three fundamental principles that sum up the essence of her hatha yoga philosophy: 1) ground yourself, 2) breathe deeply, and 3) lengthen your spine. The rest of the posture will fall into place. However, most of us don’t know how to feel our spines. We can’t see them. They have become “anonymous”, and we need to bring them back to life, says Monica. 
She is co-owner and director of Esther Myers Yoga Studio in Toronto, Canada. and in addition to teaching weekly classes in Toronto, she offers workshops, retreats and teacher training in Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Costa Rica.  
She has been offering annual workshops in the UK since 1989. She has been coming to Yoga for Harmony since 2012 (on-line several times during Covid Lockdown) and now back in-person. 
If you are a teacher this workshop is suitable for FRYOG CPD and BWY CPD. Please let me know if you intend to add this session to your ‘points’, as I will need to note your attendance in case I am asked to verify your attendance to your teaching body. 
Booking and for more information: 
If you need any more information please contact Julie on: 
07828 132 091 or email 
Please be aware that there are no parking facilities outside the studio 
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