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Introduction to Anatomy for Yoga Practitioners & Teachers

 

This workshop will explore key areas of anatomy that are important to students as well as teachers of yoga. We will combine theory with hands-on practice. Learn through hearing, seeing, feeling and doing!

This workshop is suitable for all styles of yoga because rather than looking at specific alignment, we will look at what might be stopping you or your students from moving into a pose. We are all unique! You will learn the language of anatomy and explore components that either allow or restrict movement in the body. Given the vast amount of information that we could cover,  our main focus will be on the role of the skeletal and muscular systems in generating the movements that create an asana - first separately, then together when observing and analyzing several common yoga poses.

The workshop is given during two separation sessions, each 2,5 hours. Part 1  focuses on the lower body and pelvis, part 2 on the upper body and spine. Participants are invited to register for one or both sessions. Hand-outs will be provided following registration.

Note: Come in comfortable clothing (leggings, shorts) and bring your hand-outs, a pen and paper to take notes.

No previous knowledge necessary, just a curious mind!

How knowledge of anatomy can influence your practice and teaching?

1. Improve awareness of muscles actively contracting/relaxing & joints involved in asana practice

2. Give clearer instructions if teaching or increase understanding of cues when practicing

3. Better understand problem and possible limitations in case of injury - when to modify a pose

4. Know possible limitations you need to respect due to skeletal diversity

5. Shed light on your own body, allowing you to detect weakness, tightness or anatomical difference

6. Increase observation skills

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Myofascial Trigger Point Workshop

 

Trigger points - sensitive “knots” in a muscle - often play a role in the aches and pains we experience in the neck, back, shoulders and hips. They can also be the culprit behind headaches and muscular stiffness or weakness. But what are trigger points? Where are they located and how can they influence your pain or yoga practice? And is there actually a method to self-treat and “de-activate” trigger points?

During this hands-on workshop we will answer these questions. You will learn a bit about the theory behind trigger point development and a lot about safe self-treatment techniques for major muscles that contribute to neck, back, shoulder and hip complaints which may be limiting your flexibility and strength during yoga practice.

There are several ways to treat trigger points -  one of the most effective is the pressure technique – using your thumb or a tennis ball. We will experiment with these techniques, locating and treating common trigger points. The trigger point “deactivation” technique will then be followed by a passive stretch or a gentle yin yoga pose to experience the full effect of your self-treatment.

Come in comfortable clothing and bring along a tennis ball and a large sock.

No previous experience or knowledge is required, just a willingness to learn something new. A hand-outs on common trigger points will be given out during the workshop.

Contact Lee about the next available workshop.

For more information or to make an appointment contact Lee at gravidasana@gmail.com or by clicking on the envelope below. Look forward to hearing from you.