- Are you curious why some asanas are so easy for some and difficult for other students, while other asanas are the opposite?
- Do you want to understand why the breath is so central to the practice of yoga, and how it works on a physiological level?
- Have you ever wanted to know how a seemingly minor alignment instruction can dramatically transform a pose?
- Do you want to learn how to practice yoga safely and with maximum effect, how to heal injuries, and prevent reinjury?
- Would you like to understand how yoga can transform not just your body, but also your mind?
Join Gernot for five days of hands-on anatomy study and yoga practice and find answers to these and other questions. Course schedule:
- Day 1: Muscle function, body tissues, and stretch physiology
- Day 2: Tissue healing, and anatomy of the feet, ankles, and knees
- Day 3: Anatomy of the hips, sacrum, and spine
- Day 4: Anatomy of the neck, shoulders, and elbows
- Day 5: Anatomy and physiology of mind-body connections
Begin each session with a short asana or pranayama practice and continue with a yoga anatomy and physiology curriculum that balances presentations with hands-on anatomy experiments and activities and question and answer sessions. Interspersed throughout the sessions are short yoga practices that allow you to physically experience the essence of the anatomy lessons to help you deepen your understanding and facilitate retention of knowledge.
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 how movement and stretching works on a physiological level, learning how to safely increase flexibility and strength. We then cover the major joints, bones, and muscles of the articular body in detail, including discussions of the most common injuries and how to prevent and/or heal them. 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 anatomy and physiology of mind body connections, which classic anatomy does not address. We will focus on these crucial but subtle connections by experimenting with awareness meditation, restorative yoga, and breathing techniques, learning how to practice yoga in such a way that it creates beneficial changes in the mind as well as the body.
A major thread running through this course is the attempt to correlate the experiential, sometimes cryptic knowledge of yoga with the science of anatomy.
The course features the following:
- The physiology of movement, including muscle contraction and stretch physiology
- Basics of tissue healing and injury prevention
- Body reading, analysis and assessment
- Major muscles, joints, bones, and bony landmarks
- Yoga alignment principles and their anatomical basis
- The anatomy and physiology of mind-body connections
- Interactive learning techniques in a fun learning environment
- Full color yoga anatomy and physiology course book specifically designed for this course
Please contact Gernot through the contact page for more information and to register. Please be sure to specify which workshop you are writing about.