GO DEEPER INTO YOUR OFFERINGS AS A TEACHER
Our shoulder take a huge amount of tension, and are very commonly injured in yoga practice.
So are our alignment cues working?
Maybe you learned names for the shoulder muscles, but when someone says activate your serratus anterior, you don't know how to do that...
And though a yoga teacher training has 20 hours of Anatomy, you don't feel confident in what you know, or how to explain it?
How do you improve shoulder pain, and strength in yourself or your students to heal and prevent injuries?
UNDERSTAND YOUR BODY
BECOME A MORE KNOWLEDGABLE TEACHER
Webinar 1: Shoulders (11 September 2020)
Anatomy: Clavicle, Scapula and Humerus bones
Explore the movement of the shoulder blades as the arm moves through space. How do we use the shoulder blades when the arms go over head or when we weight bear on the arms, as in inversions. Learn how to relax and release the shoulders and still get more stability, strength, flexibility and power in your arms.
Explore: "Should I/when should I keep my shoulders back and down?"
Yoga Poses include Tadasana, Downward Facing Dog, Handstand and Forearm balance
Webinar 2: Shoulder Muscles (18 September 2020)
Anatomy: Serratus Anterior and Rhomboid muscles, Deltoid, Pectoralis Major and Minor, and rotator cuff muscles
Explore the different muscles of the shoulder and rotator cuff. Find new ways to activate these muscles for efficient and easy movement of the shoulders, while still building strength and capacity in the muscles. Explore the connections of fascia in the body to the arms and learn how to release the fascia.
Explore: “What is the rotator cuff?"
Yoga Poses include Plank, Warrior 2, chaturanga, Twists and bound twists
Webinar 3: Ribs (25 September 2020)
Anatomy: Sternum and Rib bones, Sterno-chondral and chondro-costal junctions
Explore the flexibility, movement potential and ‘compliance’ of the rib cage in different movements and in relationship to breathing. Embody the shapes and movements of the ribs to create ease in the shoulders and in the spine. How the rib cage can become more mobile, and the effect this has on health, emotions and overall body tone and wellbeing.
Explore: “What is the rib movement that facilitates deep breath and health?"
Yoga Poses include Twists, Sidebends, extended side angle poses and variations
Webinar 4: The Lungs (9 October 2020)
Anatomy: Diaphragm muscle, Lungs and Pleura, Heart
We could live a very satisfying life without many of the topics we study in anatomy. But the lungs are absolutely essential to life. In the current environment, in which respiratory illness seems a potential danger, isn't exploring the good functioning of our lungs even more important.
This workshop devles into how the lungs facilitate breath. Embody the lobes of the lungs in movement and how you can create inner support for movement through these embodiments. Learn about how the lungs expand into the ribs, and feel how deep your breath can become as a result.
Explore: “How can moving the lungs support our yoga practice? And how can we create longevity and health by exploring the lungs?”
Yoga Poses include Twists, Sidebends, Trikonasana, Warrior 1, Salabhasana, Downward Dog, Handstands
Webinar 5: Integration, Embodiment and Q&A (16 October 2020)
Review key embodiments of the Shoulders, Ribs and Lungs.
Explore: “How do I bring this information into my practice and my teaching?”
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 yoga.
I've finished the course with many answers, but also many questions, that I now feel confident to explore by myself and with my students.
The breathing workshop, I knew the theory, but it is so helpful to really feel/visualise it. It's incredible the difference the embodied element makes.
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
HOW IS THE COURSE DELIVERED?
These four sessions will be interactive webinars, which will be recorded to be viewed for a limited time (approximately 3 months).
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 FOR YOGA TEACHERS? CAN ANYONE JOIN?
The material is taught in a way that general familiarity with your body and movement will be helpful. But, anyone with a body, who would like to learn more about their body, is welcome to join. We will connect the anatomical material to yoga poses, but it is not required that you know or practice them, to see and understand the application.
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.
CAN I USE THE COURSE FOR CPD?
The Embodied Anatomy Lab courses can be used as CPD with Yoga Alliance Professionals UK. CPD courses with YAPUK are a minimum of 30 hours. If you complete this course, with any other Embodied Anatomy Lab courses, you can build up to the 30 hours of Anatomy CPD.