Advanced Applied Anatomy and Functional Biomechanics
A basic working knowledge of the human body is not only essential for a curious yoga instructor, it is becoming more and more vital for all of us. As our culture becomes more sedentary and disconnected from our physical experience, more and more of us exist with tension and chronic pain. As yoga students and teachers, our responsibility is to reconnect and renew the relationship to the body and our physical world. The study of applied anatomy is also a profoundly spiritual pursuit, as what we are studying is not an ideology or philosophy, but the most complex and divine creation in the universe.
This 14-hour intensive comprehensively covers functional anatomy and biomechanics of the human body with direct application to yoga postures and practices.
Jesse utilizes movement, partner work, props, and tools, including a myriad of skeletons and real size anatomical models, to make the study of anatomy both interactive, inspiring and fun.
What is Applied Anatomy and Functional Biomechanics?
- A working knowledge of the human body is a powerful tool for any sincere yoga teacher or practitioner as we turn our attention inward and seek a deeper relationship with the self.
- An understanding of anatomy and biomechanics can provide a map to this inner world and reveal the amazing technology at work behind yoga postures and alignment.
- Combining both theory and practice, this intensive will provide teachers and experienced students with an understanding of ‘how’ and ‘why’ yoga postures are meant to work so that they may help their students and themselves take the practice of yoga from potentially dangerous contortion and turn it into a profound tool for healing and transforming the human body
Who will benefit from this training?
- Any practitioner or teacher who sincerely desires to deepen their understanding of the body and physical experience.
- Any experienced and dedicated student of yoga who is interested in the science of yoga postures and their effect on the human body.
- Any compassionate yoga teacher who is tired of seeing their students in pain and recognizes that a deeper understanding of the body holds the key to resolving that suffering.
- Anatomical Terminology and Definitions, Functional Anatomy, Planes of Movement, Basic Joint Mechanics, “X-Ray Vision”: The
ability to identify and differentiate bone and joint position in asana.
- Tensegrity, Neutral Posture(Tadasana) and the Body as a Shock Absorbing Vehicle, Tensegrity definition, Kinetic Chains, Arches and Domes of the Feet, Pelvis Floor, SI joints, Spinal curves etc, identifying Postural Imbalance and their Corrections. * The Science of “Stretching”, Identifying and Defining Healthy Range of Motion, Myofascial Anatomy: (viscoelasticity, elastin, collagen realignment etc.), Neuromuscular Mechanisms (muscle spindle, stretch reflex, golgi tendon organ, autogenic inhibition, reciprocal inhibition, PNF, eccentric elongation etc.).
- Myofascial Meridians Part 1: Flexion and Extension and the Superficial Front and Back Lines, Intro to “Anatomy Trains”: Anatomy of the Longitudinal, Functionally Connected Superficial Muscle and Fascia, Turning Lines of “Drag” into Lines of “Engagement”, Experiential Anatomical Exploration of the Flexion/Extension via the Superficial Myofascia of the Front and Back Body, Application to Asana.
- Myofascial Meridians Part 2: Rotation and Lateral Flexion and the Lateral and Functional Lines, Experiential Anatomical Exploration of the Side Bending and Twists via Functionally Connected Muscle and Fascia of the Lateral and Functional Lines, Application to Asana.
- Myofascial Meridians Part 3: The Arm Lines, Experiential Anatomical Exploration of the Shoulders, Elbows, Hands, and Wrists via Functionally Connected Muscle and Fascia, four Deep and Superficial Arm Lines, Application to Asana.
- Shoulder Girdle Alignment and Therapeutics and Myofascial Meridians Part 4: The Spiral Line, Further Experiential Anatomical Exploration of the Thoracic Cage, Shoulders, and Core Cylinder via the Functionally Connected Muscle and Fascia of the Spiral Line, Application to Asana.
- Deep Hip Anatomy and Therapeutics: Hip Anatomy and Therapeutics and Experiential Anatomical Exploration of the Hip and Deep Hip Musculature not included in Myofascla Meridian Model, Application to Asana.
- Anatomy of the “Core” and Myofascial Meridians Part 4: The Deep Front Line, Experiential Anatomical Exploration of the Bandhas and Deep Core
Cylinder via the Functionally Connected Muscle and Fascia of the Deep Front Line, Application to Asana.
- Breath Mechanics and the Anatomy of Pranayama, Respiratory System Anatomy and Basic Physiology, Muscles and Biomechanics of Breathing, Uddiyanna Bandha: Freeing the Rib “Basket” and Diaphragm, Experiential Exploration of different Breathing techniques and Pranayama Practices.
- Review Quiz/Exam, In Class Review Test based on what we’ve covered so far.
- Applied Anatomical Pedagogy and Problem Solving Part 1: Verbal and Visual Cueing, Translating Anatomical Knowledge into Understandable Verbal and Visual Communication, Group Brainstorming and Practice teaching.
- Applied Anatomical Pedagogy and Problem Solving Part 2: The Anatomy Of Adjustments, Translating Anatomical Knowledge into Understandable Safe, Effective and Respectful Hands on Kinesthetic Communication, Group Brainstorming and Practice teaching.
- Organic Anatomical Application and Problem Solving Part 1 – Based on Questions from the Group: Exploring and Overcoming Therapeutic Dilemmas and Asana Based Challenges Using our Anatomical Knowledge.
- Organic Anatomical Application and Problem Solving Part 2 and Conclusion, Based on Questions from the Group: Exploring and Overcoming
Therapeutic Dilemmas and Asana Based Challenges Using our Anatomical Knowledge, Overview and Wrap-up.
- Dates: October 13th-15th
- Time: Friday 5:00-9:00pm; Saturdays/Sundays 10:00am-4:00pm
- Cost: $400 (+HST)