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Embodied Practice: Intro to Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology for the Yogi PART TWO

  • Yoga on the Hill 78 Government Street Kittery, ME, 03904 United States (map)

Cost: $100///One scholarship for $75 available, email Erin to apply

This is the second part of a workshop I led earlier in October. There were such great questions and interesting ways to look at this, so the topic proved to be worthy of a second part. You are welcome to attend even if you did not attend Part One. The Second Part will bring us towards the muscular and fascial systems, habits and what we can change, and why we would change.

If you attended Part One, please pay $50 to partake in Part Two. Email Erin to register at this lower cost.

Our culture is simultaneously body obsessed and body ignorant. While we are intimately knowledgeable about the external appearance of our bodies, we are not educated about the form and function of the wondrous stuff that is us. Yoga is the perfect entry point for learning about the physical material of our beings: it is enjoyable, it is adaptable, it is experiential.

The human body offers endless fascination, frustration and insights to practicing yogis. This course will offer an introduction to the form and function, to the pieces and parts, and to the delight and wonder of our human bodies.

Anatomy (the locations and names of parts): We'll learn the major muscles and bones that are commonly referenced in yoga classes, books and articles (for example, the quadriceps group on the front of the thigh). We'll cover other soft tissues (cartilage, ligaments, tendons and fascia) and discuss their place in the practice. 

Physiology (the tasks of the parts): So, you've got quadriceps. What do they do? They straighten the knee (among other tasks). When the knee straightens, that lengthens the hamstrings. Physiology defines what the parts do, and how they do it.

Kinesiology (the relationships of parts in movement): What happens when your quadriceps are tight? Well, it will also affect other parts. If your quads are tight because you sit often, then we may also find dysfunction in the psoas muscles, the hamstrings, the abdominals. Kinesiology looks at the holistic inter-relationships throughout the habits and patterns of ourselves.

The Yoga Perspective: All of this will be taught through the lens of yoga: a holistic, integrated view of body-mind-spirit.  Yoga urges us to become more and more conscious and aware of all aspects of our being. In this personal awareness, we will realize that we're all different and that's great. There are so many variables in the human form, and these contribute to the ease or difficulty of specific asana. We'll look at the role of bone shape, proportion, muscle habits, joint restrictions and proprioceptive skill affect how we do yoga. Using basic asana, you'll see how it's impossible to duplicate another yogi's pose.

Open to all levels and traditions of yoga students. One year of consistent yoga practice experience is required.

Please come prepared to take part in movement and discussion. 

As we learn best from real life examples, Erin hopes that you are willing to show your movement abilities and limitations to a group. If you are unwilling to demonstrate in a group, please let Erin know in advance and she will be happy to support your request for privacy.