Aligning Yourself from the Inside Out: Functional Yoga Anatomy
This course is designed to deepen your understanding of yoga through the study of the underlying anatomy and physiology, and to make your practice safer and more effective. A major thread running through this course is the attempt to correlate the experiential, sometimes esoteric knowledge of yoga with the science of anatomy.
Type of Event
Saturday 10:00-17:15, lunch break 12:30-14:00
Sunday 10:00-17:15, lunch break 12:30-14:00
4800THB/US$150 (includes course book). 4000THB/$125 if you pay the course fee in full by January 10. Refreshments are included.
• Are you curious why some asanas are so easy for some, and difficult for others?
• Do you want to understand why the breath is so central to the practice of yoga?
• Have you ever wanted to know how a seemingly minor alignment instruction can dramatically transform a pose?
• Do you want to practice yoga safely and with maximum effect?
• Would you like to understand how pranayama (yogic breath practices) works on a physiological level?
• Do you want to know how to effectively heal yoga and other sports injuries?
Join Gernot for a full weekend of hands-on anatomy study and yoga practice and find answers to these and other questions.
• Part 1: The anatomy of the breath (Friday 18:00-20:30)
• Part 2: The spine (Saturday 10:00-17:15, lunch break 12:30-14:00)
• Part 3: The articular body (Sunday 10:00-17:15, lunch break 12:30-14:00)
Begin each session with a short yoga practice and continue with a yoga anatomy and physiology curriculum that balances presentations with hands-on anatomy activities and question and answer sessions. Begin Saturday and Sunday afternoons with a short recap, followed by more anatomy instruction, hands-on sessions, and finish each day with a yoga session that integrates that day's anatomy lessons with corresponding alignment principles.
This course is designed to deepen your understanding of yoga through the study of the underlying anatomy and physiology, and to make your practice safer and more effective. We begin by discussing the anatomy of the breath to help you understand the intricate connections between breath and movement, the central role the breath plays in the interconnections between mind and body, and how yogic breath practices affect both mind and body. We continue with a thorough examination of the spine and the postural muscles that support this most central kinetic structure of the body, with a focus on learning how to keep the spine aligned and healthy. Lastly we cover the major joints, bones, and muscles of the articular body, learning how to safely increase flexibility and strength, especially in the hips and shoulders, and how to prevent and heal injuries.
A major thread running through this course is the attempt to correlate the experiential, sometimes esoteric knowledge of yoga with the science of anatomy.
The course features the following:
• The anatomy of breath and how it relates to asana practice and pranayama
• Anusara yoga alignment principles and their anatomical basis
• Body reading, analysis and assessment
• Description of movement
• Major muscles, joints, bones, and bony landmarks
• Basics of tissue healing and injury prevention
• Interactive learning techniques in a fun learning environment
• Yoga anatomy and physiology course book specifically designed for this course
Prerequisites: This course is designed for all yoga practitioners and teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge of the practice of yoga through an understanding of the underlying human anatomy and physiology. It is designed to be accessible and equally useful for beginning, intermediate, and advanced yogis and yoga teachers. A prior knowledge of human anatomy is not necessary, but will allow you get even more out of this course. If you have completed a teacher training and found the anatomy section of your teacher training lacking, or simply want to know more, this course is for you.
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