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These Five Deep Stretching Routines are holistic practices which can affect the whole body and mind.

What's in the series?

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1. Releasing the Lower Back

Targets: Hips and lower back

Open up the iliopsoas muscle through a series of gentle yet deep and profound stretches. This deep fascia release will help to alleviate pain and tension in the lower back and support general posture in standing, sitting and walking.

2. Lengthening the Spine

Targets: The spinal column

Lengthen the spine by releasing deep compression of the vertebrae to increase flexibility and mobility and alleviate tension and pain in the back.

3. Melting Joint Blockages in the Arms, Shoulders and Upper Back

Targets: Upper back

Melts knots in the deep fascia. Helps to release pain from holding tension patterns in the shoulders and shoulder blades. Helps to increase the range of movement in the arms and open thoracic inner space, increasing breathing ease and capacity. Helps to release emotions.

4. Head, Neck & Hip Care

Targets: Relationship between cranium and sacrum

Helps to give relief from headache, neck pain and chronic fatigue. Soft and slow movements may relieve compression of the cranium joints, recovering neck and pelvis flexibility, and mobility. Awakens the natural inner rhythm of the body.

5. Full Body Stretch

Targets: Systemic integration and deep emotional release

This session helps to integrate the body-mind patterns with better coordination and freedom. It stretches the fascia around all of our internal organs, helping to recover their functions and vitality. Can deeply relax the body and mind.

Five-part Workshop Series.
Learn from home.
On-demand.

$90 USD. One-year access upon enrollment. Open to new and returning Deep Stretching (previously named Myofascial Stretching) students.

How does it work?

  • Enrollment is open!

    All content is hosted on the Amrita Virtual Academy platform. After enrolling, view the orientation materials on your Student Dashboard. The first workshop releases on Dec 15, 2022.

  • New Practice Every 2 Weeks!

    New guided practices release in regular intervals, each targeting a different region of the body. Everything is self-paced to give you enough time to deeply practice and integrate each new technique.

  • Learn from Home!

    Learn from home, on-demand, at your own convenience. Follow along with Nirmala's detailed guided videos. Repeat the practices as often as you like.

  • Use Common Household Items

    You can perform most of the practices with simply a yoga mat, two tennis balls, and a folded blanket.

    Learn more about materials needed.

  • Simple & Inexpensive Materials

    Additional materials needed include a roller and 25-cm inflatable yoga ball, readily available online or at sporting goods stores for a very modest fee.

  • A Charitable Cause

    All proceeds support Embracing the World, Amma's charitable network. Feel good about feeling good.

Each session focuses on a particular region of the body, while having the potential to positively impact the entire body as a whole.


About the program

  • Each practice contains:

    • Video lecture
    • Guided video demonstration
    • Detailed PDF handout

  • Bonus Resources

    • Best practices
    • Safety tips
    • Track your progress
    • Basic anatomy

  • Clear Doubts

    • Ask questions to instructor via e-mail
    • Library of FAQ
    • Customized learning


Workshop Series - Content Release Dates

Orientation - upon enrollment

1. Releasing the Lower Back - 2 weeks after enrollment

2. Lengthening the Spine  - 4 weeks after enrollment

3. Melting Joint Blockages in the Arms, Shoulders and Upper Back - 6 weeks after enrollment

4. Head, Neck & Hip Care - 8 weeks after enrollment

5. Full Body Stretch 10 weeks after enrollment

Resources & Closing Remarks - 12 weeks after enrollment

Review and Practice - Remaining 9 months after enrollment

In our daily life we face many challenges and difficult situations: body pain from sitting or standing for long hours, difficult relationships & health issues of the body and mind.

These 5 routines are based on Myofascial Stretching — a full-body holistic method that aims to release physical and emotional tensions.

By gently and slowly stretching the connective tissues of the body, you may improve your posture and sense of well-being, and experience a deeper connection with yourself.

What are people saying?

I feel great!

Nancy, USA

What was my favorite part of this workshop? The instructor's sweet manner, the clarity of the instructions and the way I feel after having done the practice! I do a lot of yoga so I didn't expect such simple stretching to do much, but I found it definitely relaxed my entire body! I'm a little surprised and look forward to integrating the technique into my daily routines. The effect is much like that of a good, deep meditation session. Thank you!

Getting relief!

John, Australia

Thank you for making these learnings available online. I am so enjoying it. I currently have hip flexor pain in both hips and sciatica in right leg and I am getting relief after the stretch. The content was wonderful and I also appreciated the production quality of the videos—really quite beautiful. I look forward to taking more sessions from AVA.

Professionally done!

Fran, Denmark

I would like to say how well put together I felt the course and introduction to it were. Fairly simple to follow what to do. I thought that the quality of production was really good and it all felt very professionally done. Thank you.

Fascia provides support and protection for most structures within the human body.

By stretching fascia, you may experience relief, reduce deep contractions and pains, raise your healing potential and increase self-awareness.

 

Fascia is like this thread of love.

It interconnects all the structures, muscles and tissues of the body.

Fascia is even connected to the mind, connecting from the gross to the subtle and all the levels in between. When we release tension from the gross, the subtle appears. Through this process, we can experience our true essence: silence, peace and joy. By finding inner harmony, we are more easily able to find outer harmony. Inner harmony allows us to more easily connect with others, Nature, the cosmos and the substratum of everything: Divine Love. Every Deep Stretching practice includes inspiring quotes or stories from Amma's teachings. They are uniquely woven into this workshop series to support your growth on every level: physical, mental and spiritual.

Myofascial stretching can help to alleviate pain, postural imbalances, emotional blockages and deepen yoga & meditation practices.

Meet your instructor:

Nirmala, Amritapuri

Nirmala is a Body-Mind Therapist from Spain with over 30 years of experience. She met Amma in 1997 and currently lives in Amritapuri, conducting regular Deep Stretching workshops for residents and visitors, restorative classes for Pancha Karma patients and individual therapy sessions in the Amrita Holistic Care department.

Nirmala has always had a great interest to find a way out of the suffering and pain of the body and mind. After a few years practicing and teaching holistic methods, she realized that many deep tensions were difficult to reach and release completely. Through her personal search and experience, Nirmala found the Myofascial Stretching Technique supports and addresses these issues. Myofascial Stretching offers very deep stretches to the connective tissues of the full body. Deep Stretching is a holistic, conscious method with very positive and immediate results.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you explain the Five Deep Stretching Routines workshop series in more detail?

    In the Five Deep Stretching Routines: Full Body Care workshops we will work with the whole body, taking a holistic approach to:

    • Stretch and balance all of the muscle chains
    • Erase compensations to recover flexibility and mobility
    • Work with the superficial and deep fascia, combining static (still) and dynamic (moving) postures to balance muscle tone
    • Use simple tools commonly found at home, combined with different pressures and the weight of the body, to access deep tensions and release them
    • Tonify and strengthen the body through simple exercises
    • Integrate and coordinate all of these practices to experience a flow in movement and a healthy posture
    • Release physical and emotional pains by doing all of the practices together with conscious breathing
    • Recover energy

  • What are the benefits of Deep Stretching?

    Through these practices, you can experience and enjoy many positive effects. With regular practice you can integrate these great benefits into your daily life.

    Deep Stretching:

    • Provides an immediate sense of relief after one performs the posture
    • Releases physical and emotional pains and tensions
    • Improves your posture
    • Increases flexibility and mobility of joints and spine
    • Balances the muscle tone
    • Helps to expand breathing capacity
    • Increases the potential for self-healing
    • Increases sensory awareness and the mind-body connection
    • Deepens meditation practices

  • What tools and materials are needed?

    Tools needed are common household items such as: yoga mat, two tennis balls, folded blanket, and some simple inexpensive materials from sporting goods stores. Learn more by downloading this handout:

    Equipment Needed for Five Deep Stretching Routines: Full Body Care.pdf

  • For those of us who already have a movement practice like yoga, could you explain how Deep Stretching can support a pre-existing movement practice?

    As a yoga practitioner herself, Nirmala uses some of the stretching postures before doing a yoga session to prepare the body in case there are contractions, pains or stiffness. Afterwards, you will feel an immediate release and stillness in the body and mind.

    This will help to deepen your yoga and meditation practice. You can choose one or two practices and variate every day adjusting to your need and time.

  • Are there any ways to sample Deep Stretching?

    We recommend trying our first mini-workshop in Deep Stretching, the Global Stretch. It is available on-demand from Amrita Virtual Academy. This is a great way to introduce yourself. We are sure you, like our many students, will love it!

  • Are there any medical or safety precautions?

    Disclaimer: This course is designed for personal practice. It is not meant for teaching others. Amrita Virtual Academy declines any responsibility for anyone’s practice of the Deep Stretching exercises. Please consult with your medical practitioner before undergoing any holistic care practices. This technique is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

    Pre-requisites: You must be able to sit, lay down and stand up. This course is not recommended for those with advanced malignancy, aneurysm, acute pains and healing injuries or fractures. For pregnant women, it is not advised to practice during the first three months of pregnancy. After the first trimester you can practice, but avoid the postures facing down and any compression of the abdomen.

    This course content is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions. Any additional safety precautions for a particular practice will be indicated in that video and its handout.

    Please review the Terms of Use for more information.

Join a series of five online workshops with the aim to holistically restore and balance the body and mind.