GO DEEPER INTO YOUR OFFERINGS AS A TEACHER
You had 20 hours of Anatomy on your yoga teacher training, but it was very hard to connect to?
Or else you learned lots of names for muscles and bones, but you are confused about how they work, or why they hurt?
And what about tucking your tailbone, is it good or bad?
UNDERSTAND YOUR BODY
BECOME A MORE KNOWLEDGABLE TEACHER
1: Pelvis (6 March)
Understand the hip joint, and movements of the leg in relationship to torso and pelvis, in flexion, extension and rotation. Learn about the movement within the pelvis, and the pelvic halves in relation to each other. Find the sacroliliac joints and learn about the movement of the sacrum. In this workshop, we will embody this starting place for easy and efficient posture.
Explore: "Should I, or when should I, tuck my tailbone?"
Yoga Poses include Tadasana, Uttkatasana, Baddha konasana, Prasarita Padotanasana, Horse/Goddess pose
2: Assymetrical Pelvis, sacrum and pelvic floor (3 April)
Understanding the movement of the pelvis in walking and other assymetrical poses as well as sacral movement in backbends. Learn about the interconnection of sitting bones and tailbone, though the pelvic floor.
Explore: "What does it mean to 'square my hips'?"
Yoga Poses include Warrior 1 & 2, Trikonasana, Cobra
3: Shoulders (24 April)
Shoulder girdle bones, joints and movement. The connection of arm, shoulder and torso movement. Shoulder musculature including Serratus anterior and rotator cuff
Explore: "How do I stabilise my shoulders?"
Yoga Poses include Downward dog, Headstand, Handstand
4: Spine 1 (15 May)
Learn about the shape of the different vertebrae, and how that prescribes movement possibilities. Explore flexion and extension of the spine, including facet joints, erector spinae muscles and spinal ligaments.
Explore: "Do I need to 'protect my spine'?"
Yoga Poses include Cat/Cow, Roll down movements, Jump-throughs, Urdhva Dhanurasana
5: Spine 2 and Neck (5 June)
Lateral flexion and twisting of the spine, and the deep spinal muscles. Biomechanics of the cervical spine and the movement of the head on the atlas and axis.
Explore: "Should I always try to lift and lengthen my spine? "
Yoga Poses include Standing and Seated Twists, Warrior 2 variations, Shoulderstand
6: Feet (19 June)
The biomechanics and musculature of the foot, calf, knee and lower leg.
Explore: "How do we 'ground down' through the feet?"
Yoga Poses include Lotus, Utkatasana, Warrior 1 and 2
7: Abdominals, back musculature and Breathing (10 July)
Strengthening, stabilization and stretch of Rectus Abdominus, Obliques, Transverse Abdominus, Erector Spinae and diaphragm. Explore the muscular dance of the body with each breath we take. Learn about belly breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, rib breathing a more. This session will change your capacity to be in your body, and your capacity to self-regulate with breath.
Explore: "What is the most effective way to engage the core?" and "Should I always draw my navel into my spine?"
Yoga Poses and transitions include forward and back bends, sidebends, twists
Yoga Teachers Class 10 - 12 Embodied Anatomy Lab 1 - 4:30
Artworks Classrooms 60a Weston St London SE1 3QJ (3 min walk from London Bridge Station)
6 March- Pelvis 1 / Taster Day
A PASSION FOR EMBODIMENT
A lifelong mover, and creative being, Mollie's work has moved from teaching yoga to teaching teachers, and helping them (you!) discover how to integrate the wisdom of biomechanics with the beauty of yoga practice.
While loving the intricacy of the design of the body, Mollie has a talent for explaining complex concepts with simplicity and humour. More than that, her guidance leads you into the experience in the body, rather than leaving you stuck in your head. Learn in a way that sticks, by accessing many levels of your own learning.
Her classes emphasize connecting and feeling your body through yoga, somatic practices, anatomical embodiment and intuitive movement while inviting challenge, self-awareness, expansion and beauty through practice.
When I teach these embodiments, I can feel the connections in my students' bodies improving!
Now I know I should listen to my body for the answers, rather than think there is something wrong with me for not understanding.
It is full of moments of aha & wow! Learning in the most fun and accessible way. I loved it.
THE DETAILS YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW
WHAT IS THE TASTER DAY?
March 6, is Pelvis 1 and Taster day.
This day is a prerequisite for the course, but works as a stand alone course. Learn about the bones and joints of the pelvis, including the sacrum and sacroiliac joint. We will explore the movement of the pelvis in symmetrical poses, hip flexion, extension and rotation. We will specifically discuss the cue to “tuck tailbone” and figure out when it is helpful, and when it is not.
The information covered in this day will change your relationship to your body for life. It is the essence of posture, alignment and how we stand and walk. It can help you solve some knee, hip and lower back injuries through changing the way you move your body. I think everyone with a body should have this info. It is essential.
HOW IS THE COURSE DELIVERED?
This is a good old fashioned, live course.
WHERE DOES THE INFORMATION COME FROM?
This is a somatically led course, but the material is from outside of the yoga tradition. This is because some yoga anatomy teachers use anatomical language to justify "yoga cues". In this course we question everything, so it is important that the anatomical work comes from outside yoga. Many of the techniques, exercises and images derive from Franklin Method. Others come from Body Mind Centring, Scaravelli yoga, Contact improvisation, Dance and other somatic disciplines.
IS THERE ANY HOMEWORK OR READING?
You will receive handouts and worksheets that are optional, but obviously will support your own learning and development. Some additional readings (and bonus videos) will be provided, of varying lengths, to stimulate your creativity and explore different kinds of language.
IS IT ONLY FOR YOGA TEACHERS?
Other movement teachers, exercise or pilates instructors, dance facilitators could definitely benefit. We may use yoga poses as examples, but the content is not limited to asana practice. Advanced yoga students and dancers are also welcome.
WHAT IF I TEACH A SPECIFIC YOGA STYLE?
This information in this course is about how your body is designed to function, the way your bones move together, the kinds of movements that activate your muscles, etc. It is taught in a non-dogmatic way, so we will be experimenting to figure out what works best for us, and how we can make our poses feel better, stronger and more efficient.
It is true that some peple end up questioning some of the information they received from their teachers, and exploring whether they could share yoga in a better way. However, some students also find that their teachers had very good explanations for poses, and now they understand why scientifically.
HOW WILL THERE BE SPACE FOR SO MANY STYLES? AND HOW WILL FEEL LIKE MY VOICE?
All of my teaching is about opening a space of personal inquiry, using frameworks to help you organise your thoughts. The idea is to help you reframe and become intentional with how you use language in your classes. So I don't give you a script, or tell you what words work better. I invite you to think about what is different if you say "step your right foot forward" vs. "float your right foot forward" vs. "kick your right foot forward". You can choose whichever works better for your purpose, sequence and intention in the class. This means you are making that choice intentionally, and have the option to explore different choices.