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Experiential Anatomy Workshops

Yoga Anatomy: Heal Your Back

Did you know that a healthy spine requires a strong core AND a mobile spine?
Back pain is an enigma and places a substantial burden on our workforce and  health care system. It is estimated that 80% of us will experience low-back pain in our lives.

Is back pain really happening due to damage in the back? Are symptoms part of a bigger picture? There is always a cause, and pain is worsened and may be relieved by specific motions, postures, and loads.

Strength alone is not enough. Developing a balance of flexibility and stability with proper joint mobility and alignment, along with an integrated core, you can stabilize your back and maintain optimal lower back health. In this workshop, release tension and build core strength in a healthy way. Learn what “good” posture is and how to maintain it to keep your spine in proper alignment and functioning efficiently.

Each joint needs some degree of both mobility and stability, however, some joints are designed to be more mobile, while others more stable. Ensuring appropriate levels throughout the body can greatly influence back health. Expand knowledge and self-care of your back by establishing core stability with hip and thoracic mobility, the lower back will reduce wear and tear.

 

$60 – THIS COURSE PROVIDES 2.5 ELECTIVE CONTACT HOURS FOR YOGA ALLIANCE® CEUS

SATURDAY, August 19, 10:00A-12:30P NEW YORK

Yoga Anatomy: The Mysterious Sacroiliac

Most people don’t know where their sacroiliac joints are, yet more and more yogis know where it is because it hurts. Health practitioners consider the sacroiliac joint to be the most common cause of lower back pain, with injuries more prevalent than those caused by disc problems.

Controversy can strike within the yoga community about many ways of teaching, and one of the biggest debates is over the small, barely mobile, sacroiliac joint – specifically the question “to tuck or not to tuck?”. It is a question that can be heated, especially by long term practitioners who swear they know the right way or new practitioners that who swear they have “healed” their pain by stretching more.

Whatever side of the fence you are on regarding the tucking question, we can all agree that sacroiliac misalignment is PAINFUL!

Sacroiliac dysfunction can be caused by injury, but also by muscle imbalances or differences between the left and right sides of the body.This type of sacroiliac dysfunction can be exacerbated and even caused by misaligned yoga poses. Asymmetrical poses like Trikonasana, Virabhadrasana 1 & 2 and Parsvakonasana and variations in backbending can inflame sacroiliac dysfunction if practiced without awareness of the pelvis and differences in individual bodies.

$60 – THIS COURSE PROVIDES 3 ELECTIVE CONTACT HOURS FOR YOGA ALLIANCE® CEUS

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 10:00A-12:30P NEW YORK

Experiential Anatomy

Do you want to learn how to teach students with unique therapeutic needs?
Or just want to learn more about your own practice?

Research shows yoga is an effective tool in preventive and rehabilitative medicine. Leading medical institutions are using yoga in a wide range of treatments. Yoga can help in rehabilitation of cancer, heart disease, PTSD, anxiety disorders, addiction, asthma, arthritis, epilepsy, pulmonary disease, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain syndromes like low back pain and repetitive strain.

In this workshop, we combine and juxtapose the study of anatomy with movement. We refine our awareness of inner spaces and body rhythms, of the space around us and of what we can hear, smell and see.

Learn the function of muscles and what nerves connect to them, and about the biomechanics of some joints. Study and explore your own anatomy in movement, and learn how to use anatomical imagery as a basis for satisfying movement exploration. Your passion for yoga will spring from your personal experience of its transformative power.

$150 – THIS COURSE PROVIDES 8 ELECTIVE CONTACT HOURS FOR YOGA ALLIANCE® CEUS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 10:30A-5:30P NEW YORK

Know Your Knees – Love Your Joints and Avoid Injury

The knee is an integral joint for movement, but has a somewhat unstable design. It absorbs a great deal of impact while supporting our body weight in keeping us upright. The knee absorbs the impact of running, jumping, walking and standing, and many knee injuries happen when we push the body past reasonable limits.

A practice that aligns the knees can help prevent injuries and slow the progression of some musculoskeletal issues. Yoga can help to teach you how to balance the stabilising action of big leg muscles.

In this class, you will learn how to work with your knee joint to promote longevity. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a major stabilizing ligament in the knee which may tear if the knee is overused. The ACL does not heal easily and may cause further instability when injured. Other common injuries in the knee are cartilage damage and meniscal tear. We will take a closer look at the ACL and PCL and how they affect the standing and seated poses of most yoga classes.If you are presently injured, Cora will share a tip on how to wrap the knee to help with knee recovery and injury rehabilitation.

$60 – THIS COURSE PROVIDES 3 ELECTIVE CONTACT HOURS FOR YOGA ALLIANCE® CEUS

SATURDAY, 10:00A-1:00P NEW YORK

Healthy & Happy Hamstring

The hamstrings are a group of three muscles located in the back of the thigh. They run from the pelvis down to the knee, and help bend the knee and extend the hip. The hamstrings are at high risk for muscle injuries because they cover both the knee and hip joints.

If your hamstrings are weak and tight, they’re vulnerable to strain. Daily activities don’t stretch them, and tight hamstrings can cause all kinds of problems, such as lower back pain, neck pain and muscle cramps, as well as limited range of motion in hips and knees.

The hamstring muscles are connected to the bones at the bottom of the lower pelvis, so if they are overly tight, it can cause stress on lower back and cause pain. If you engage in sports or high-speed activities, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends a daily routine to keep hamstrings strong and flexible. Many asanas involve extension of the hamstring and spine, and perhaps forward folds teach this best.

According to B.K.S. Iyengar, the many benefits of forward folds include slowing down the heartbeat; toning the liver, spleen, and kidneys; and rejuvenating the spinal nerves. When you fold forward, you stretch the entire sheath of muscles and connective tissue in the back body.

In this class we will work with forward extensions and learn how to keep the hamstrings happy as we help lengthen the muscles to reduce back pain.

$55 – THIS COURSE PROVIDES 3 ELECTIVE CONTACT HOURS FOR YOGA ALLIANCE® CEUS

SATURDAY,  2:00-5:00P SAN FRANCISCO

Your Brain on Yoga

You may remember a class or a pose that felt like it calmed you down. Or perhaps one that filled you with lots of energy. (Handstands and back bends come to mind.) Certain poses can be wonderfully uplifting or restorative; some can both activate and calm (think headstand or tree pose).

By the same token, one’s sequencing and awareness in asana can have deep effects on the nervous system and the emotions. Certain sequences can activate and stimulate, while others create a calm space and restful energy.

There’s a big difference between a restorative class and a power vinyasa one, but in both cases it’s interesting to note how the particular alignment/expression/execution of the pose determines its effects–as much as the type of pose, your mood, the time of day, even the weather.

With focus, precision and awareness of all these factors, we can create a deep relaxation response or stimulate an energetic and invigorated sense of well-being.

This workshop will teach the basics of the central nervous system, and how yoga can affect the mind and body in both a scientific and spiritual sense. It will take an all-encompassing,eclectic approach, incorporating concepts of western science and Chinese Medicine meridians to illuminate and explain how our bodies’ “control centers” are activated to make sensory, motor and somatic connections. Join us and find out how your brain work on Yoga!

$285 WORKSHOP OR $175 DAY $250 EARLYBIRD BEFORE 4/19

THIS COURSE PROVIDES 15 ELECTIVE CONTACT HOURS FOR YOGA ALLIANCE® CEUS

SAT & SUN, OCTOBER 10:30A-5:30P SAN FRANCISCO

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