This course, which runs one session per month for six months, is an opportunity to study our anatomy and movement in an accessible, embodied and relevant way. You will study your bones and how they move, but also to play with different approaches to asana, using the new information and sensitivity we develop. We will unpick yoga technique to explore and feel which alignment cues support and uplift us, and which cues lead us to pain or injury.
Embodied anatomy techniques derive primarily from Franklin Method, but also from other movement modalities including Scaravelli yoga, Body Mind Centering, and contact improvisation.
Especially useful for teachers struggling with making sense of different yoga "techniques", cues that seem to conflict each other, injuries in themselves or students or lack of confidence in the anatomical basis of their own teaching.
1: Pelvis (8 March) ~ understanding the hip joint, and movements of the pelvic halves in relation to each other and in relation to hip flexion
Yoga Poses include Tadasana, Uttkatasana, Baddha konasana, Prasarita Padotanasana, Horse/Goddess pose
2: Pelvis, sacrum and pelvic floor (12 April) ~ understanding the movement of the pelvis in walking and other assymetrical poses as well as sacral movement in backbends
Yoga Poses include Warrior 1 & 2, Cobra
3: Shoulders (3 May) ~ shoulder girdle bones and joints and shoulder girdle movement connection to arm and torso movement. Shoulder musculature including Serratus anterior and rotator cuff
Yoga Poses include Downward dog, Headstand, Handstand
4: Spine 1 (31 May) ~ Flexion and extension of the spine, including spinal joints and ligaments and sacrum movement
Yoga Poses include Cat/Cow, Roll down movements, Jump-throughs, Urdhva Dhanurasana
5: Spine 2 and Neck (15 June) ~ lateral flexion and twisting of the spine as well as biomechanics of the cervical spine
Yoga Poses include Standing and seated Twists, Warrior 2 variations, Shoulderstand
6: Abdominals, back musculature and Breathing (12 July) ~ Stabilization and stretch of Rectus Abdominus, Obliques, Transverse Abdominus, Erector Spinae and diaphragm
Yoga Poses and transitions include forward and back bends, sidebends, twists
Friday Teachers class 10 - 12
Embodied Anatomy lab 1 pm - 4 pm
8 March, 12 April, 3 May, 31 May, 14 June, 12 July
Teacher's practice 6 class booking £75 / £15 each
Price for the full course is £250 without teacher's practice / £300 with
Individual days £50 workshop / £60 + teacher's practice
please email for booking firstname.lastname@example.org
Sādhaka sessions are workshops designed around the ethos of dialog, questioning, embodiment and being a lifelong student of yoga practice. These workshops are intended for yoga teachers, but are open to dedicated practitioners as well.
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