ASANA, ALIGNMENT, ANATOMY

40 Hour Immersion with Erin Ehlers, E-RYT 500 and C-IAYT

September 9 & 10, September 30 & October 1, October 21 & 22, November 4 & 5

12:30-5:30 each date

Costs: $500 for all four weekends if paid prior to August 19, $600 if paid on or after August 19. If you know in advance that you will be missing one or two days, deduct $50. No refunds or deductions will be made after you pay for your spot.

Required Media

Please read or listen to (free):

  1. https://www.liberatedbody.com/podcast/jules-mitchell-lbp-009/ (prior to first weekend)

  2. https://nutritiousmovement.com/knee-bone-connected-to-the-pf-bone/ (prior to first weekend)

  3. http://www.arianayoga.com/headstand/ (prior to the second weekend)

  4. https://www.liberatedbody.com/podcast/eyal-lederman-myth-core-stability-lbp-033/ (prior to the third weekend)

  5. https://nutritiousmovement.com/under-pressure-part-1/ (prior to the third weekend)

  6. https://nutritiousmovement.com/under-pressure-part-2/ (prior to the third weekend)

  7. https://www.liberatedbody.com/podcast/tom-myers-lbp-011/ (prior to fourth weekend)

Please watch (free):

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yThbkHDQvsY (prior to the second weekend, please do this 35 minute class)

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hykec4rba-0 (prior to the fourth weekend, please do this 13 minute exploration)

Please own (cost varies):

  1. A college level or professional anatomy book (Netter’s Anatomy, Trail Guide to Human Anatomy by Andrew Biel, or Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germaine) OR the Pocket Anatomy app. We will not likely use these during class time, but you will need to own one as an interested yogi.

  2. Yoga Body by Judith Hanson Lasater (used copies are fine, there are no updated editions). Selections will be assigned prior to the weekends.

First Weekend Date: September 9 & 10

Sutra or Chant: Sutra I.7

Area of anatomical focus: all things pelvic (highlighting lateral hip strength)

Yoga asana to be considered: foundational sitting poses (sukhasana, baddha konasana, upavistha konasana, paschimottanasana), side facing standing poses (utthita trikonasana, virabhadrasana 2, ardha chandrasana), prone pose (kapotasana variation), supine pose (supta padangusthasana A).

Larger concepts to be considered: How much do we sit? How does this change our legs, from hip sockets to toes? How does this affect gait? What are morphological variations, how do we uncover them, how do they affect asana? What is a neutral femoral position?

Second Weekend Date: September 30 & October 1

Sutra or Chant: Sutra II.16

Area of anatomical focus: all things at and around the shoulders (highlighting scapular stability), including arms and hands.

Yoga asana to be considered: adho mukha svanasana, chaturanga variations, arm variations in standing and seated poses (for example, arms in triangle, arms in gomukhasana), inversions according to group’s skill level, hand balancing.

Larger concepts to be considered: Make a list of all technologies that do your heavy-lifting and carrying. How do yoga aesthetics compare to neutral positioning? How much tolerance should we have for less-than-ideal alignment in weight-bearing poses?

Third Weekend Date: October 21 & 22

Sutra or Chant: Bhagavad Gita IX.4

Area of anatomical focus: the core and spine (strength is variability)

Yoga asana to be considered: Tadasana, uttanasana, utkatasana, navasana, lunges, other core strength exercises.

Larger concepts to be considered: How much kyphosis do you have? What are the usage habits at your pelvis? What sort of shifts and twists are embedded in your core? What assumptions do you hold about core strength? What movements link together in your core? How do the limbs pull the core?

Fourth Weekend Date: November 4 & 5

Sutra or Chant:  Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad I.III.28 (the Pavamana Mantra)

Area of anatomical focus: The back body extensors

Yoga asana to be considered: lunging, Virabhadrasana 1, backbends of all flavors (prone, supine, shoulder oriented, pelvic oriented), inversions according to group’s skill level, purvottanasana, parivrtta trikonasana.

Larger concepts to be considered: How life in a flexed society affects physiology and pathology. Gaining sensitivity in the spine. How does back body extension contribute to healthy gait? If gait is compromised, how does affect whole body habits?