GO DEEPER INTO YOUR OFFERINGS AS A TEACHER
People keep telling you you need to protect your spine. And you are doing what they say, but it still hurts.
You had 20 hours of Anatomy on your yoga teacher training, but you don't feel confident
in what you know, or how to explain it?
Or else you learned names for muscles, joints and spinal movements,
but isn't there more to it that just cat and cow poses?
And how do you improve back pain in yourself or your students?
And is the psoas really "the muscle of the soul"?
UNDERSTAND YOUR BODY
BECOME A MORE KNOWLEDGABLE TEACHER
Webinar 1: Spine 1 (29 May)
Explore the ways to improve flexibility, and ease of movement (and reduce tension and pain) by exploring the biomechanics of the spine. Understand the shape of the spine, its different joints and the way it moves in flexion and extension (forward and backward bends). Learn and embody other spinal structures like discs, and how to keep them healthy through movement and imagery. Through this workshop you will have a toolkit for improving posture and feeling better in everything you do.
Explore: "How do I get a better spine, and reduce back pain?"
Yoga Poses include Cat/Cow, Roll downs, Cobra, Upward facing dog
Webinar 2: Spine 2 ~ Twists and Spidebends (5 June)
Understanding the movement of the spine in sidebends and twists. Free up and deepen these movements by understanding your biomechanics. We will also explore, and embody the ligaments that support the spine, and some of the deep spinal muscles.
Explore: "What does it mean to 'lengthen my spine'?" and "Do I need to protect my spine in movement?"
Yoga Poses include Side bends, seted and standing twists, and combination movements
Webinar 3: The back muscles and the psoas (12 June)
The psoas is taught as incredibly important to movement, but do we really understand its function? How do we work with the psoas to create pelvic balance, easy posture and to release the lower back? And with the psoas, how do other back muscles work to support movement. And most importantly, how can we reduce tension, and pain, and feel easy and free in the body.
Explore: "Do I need to stretch my psoas, or strengthen it?"
Yoga Poses include Lunges, Backbends, utthita hasta padangustasana, leg lifts
Webinar 4: The neck (19 June)
An area of so much importance, and strain, with so little information. We explore the very top of the spine, where it meets the skull, the atlas and the axis. We will also work with and release the neck muscles and sub-occipitals. This work is profoundly relaxing, can take us into deep quiet states and helps to reframe movement of the head.
Explore: "Should I relax, stretch or support my neck?"
Yoga material focuses on head movements, and addresses twists, backbends and neck and shoulder release stretches.
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.
It has been so useful for me, and so many wow moments, big learnings and great gems to take into my teaching and also my own practice!
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.