This class we look at practices through the eyes of healing models for Yoga Therapy and design practices for case studies.

We will focus on basic physiology of the Body Systems and how to work with the Organ body. Each weeks session will focus on an organ and the way asana can affect the inner workings of the body. As we move from the muscular skeletal into the biomechanics of body systems, we will be able to work as Yoga therapists to assist current treatment protocols for Auto-Immune Diseases like Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

09_07_2254_01aClass #1 ([video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”f-xGLQL1bko&rel=0″ width=”640″ height=”480″ anchor=”Stream”] | Download)

Recorded July 26, 2013 @Yoga Bloom LAB CA

This session reviews some shoulder restriction. Cora works with Nick to review his movement in shoulders and how to unwind and unbind the restriction he is feeling.With a little help from out prop friends of Ball, Belt and Dowel, we can help access the areas of restriction.

Lets get him back in the water and catching the surf!

Some helpful anatomy pictures here:

Shoulder Movements – muscular action

Shoulder Movements – scapular action

Shoulder Anatomy

Shoulder Anatomy


Class #2 ([video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”6sI466u-1_c&rel=0″ width=”640″ height=”480″ anchor=”Stream”] | Download)

Recorded August 2, 2013 @Yoga Bloom LAB CA201042216351692177801

We look at the Season of Earth and how the Stomach and Spleen Meridian can affect our asana. The Stomach and Spleen energy need balancing, and we work from the middle – Earth element

Prana vayu means “forward moving air” and moves inward toward the center of the body. Prana vayu is the energy that receives things coming in. Apana Vayu translates as “air that moves away”. The energy movement of Apana vayu is downward and outward, moving primarily in the lower abdomen from navel to root of the pelvis. Apana governs the ability to eject or eliminate what is not needed to the system.

Samana Vayu Is “balancing air” moving in the solar plexus region between navel and heart, and its seat is in the navel. It is the controlling power of digestive fire and the function of digesting from the outer to the inner. It governs the assimilation of oxygen for breath, and is the vayu that unifies the opposing forces of Prana and Apana Vayu

Michele shows us some supported poses with an opening of the Meridians and balancing Prana, Apana and Samana Vayz

Class #3 ([video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”52iNZQl54xc&rel=0″ width=”640″ height=”480″ anchor=”Stream”] | Download) Recorded August 16, 2013 @Yoga Bloom LAB CA

This class focuses on working with Low Back Pain, and Caitlin joins us to show how she can learn more about balancing her flexibility and strength.

We work with how to balance internal and external opening in the lower limbs and pelvis, and work with the action of Abduction and Adduction coming from the feet up.

Using a wall and yoga belt, we see what needs to work in the feet and hips. Using the action of the grounding of the feet, we work in standing, seated and supine positions.

Sandbags and weight are used to bring attention and relaxation in passive active poses.

Using Parivritta Trikonasana, Caitlin is able to find some space in a pose that is not her favourite! With a lot of great flexibility in the pelvis, she can work more on her inner leg action to bring awareness and balance to her spine.

Class #4 ([video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”oTo_giB8-jM&rel=0″ width=”640″ height=”480″ anchor=”Stream”] | Download) Recorded August 21, 2013 @Yoga Bloom LAB San Jose CA

We look at how to work with endurance athletes, and the sports that are used in Triathlons. Triathlons are made up of three segments completed consecutively: swimming, cycling and running.

Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion time, including timed “transitions” between the individual swim, cycle, and run components. Our model Lindsey is a triathlete who has competed in Iron Man for last 5 years.

Athletes need flexibility for freedom to move without resistance or pain, especially if competing and needing to use multiple muscles in different ways. Power in muscles comes from contraction, so increasing muscle length increases potential power produced by its contraction. Stretching also increases blood circulation, and helps flush out waste in muscle, like excess lactic acid.

It is important to stretch post exercise to relax muscles that have been tensed, and relax the mind after vigorous workout.