The anatomy of yoga

Pure Yoga Pilates Studio, Wilmington, DE

Friday, October 19, 3-5 pm

Two hour teacher intensive focusing on the anatomy of yoga. Deepen your understanding of the art of teaching and learn to weave together creative and intelligent sequencing in your classes highlighting alignment with an emphasis on anatomy.

Vinyasa 101

Pure Yoga Pilates Studio, Wilmington, DE

Saturday, October 20, 1:30-3:30 pm

Keep your practice safe with a review of the body mechanics of this sequence of poses. Find new pathways for your body to interrupt habitual ways of moving. Learn the basics of the sun salute as we break down the poses and focus on how to flow, keeping the shoulders stable and the back safe. We will trouble shoot for common problems in chattarunga and ways to modify each pose in order to make the basics of this essential sequence accessible for everyone. Appropriate for all levels. Also appropriate for yoga teachers to learn ways to teach this sequence.

How fascia works: Connective tissue physiology and yoga

Now Yoga, New York, NY

Saturday, October 27, 9 am-12 pm After covering some basic physiology concepts, including homeostasis, stress, and adaptation, we will explore the structure and function of tendons, ligaments, fascia and other connective tissues, and how yoga practice affects these tissues. You will learn:  

  • What happens when you stretch connective tissues
  • Why too much flexibility isn’t a good thing
  • How cell signaling and mechano-transduction allow tissues to adapt to stress
  • What happens when tendons and ligaments are injured, and how they heal
  • How to help your connective tissues stay healthy in your yoga practice

Format will be lecture with some experiential exploration. This workshop will be helpful for yoga teachers and practitioners. Yoga Alliance continuing education credits are available for yoga teachers.

$60 (or $100 to attend both workshops; see, How Muscles Work, Sat 11/3)

How muscles work: Muscle physiology and yoga

Now Yoga, New York, NY

Saturday, November 3, 9 am-12 pm

After a look at the cellular structure and function of muscles, we’ll explore how muscles work in asana practice, and how to use that knowledge to fine tune your practice. You will learn:

  • How muscles create movement
  • How to modify the leverage your muscles exert to make poses easier or more challenging
  • How different types of muscle contractions work, and how to use them to build strength and power
  • Why changing the length of muscle fibers affects their function
  • How muscles produce energy
  • How much energy you expend in your yoga practice
  • What are the differences between fast and slow muscle fibers, and how that relates to asana practice

Format will be lecture with some experiential exploration. This workshop will be helpful for yoga teachers and practitioners. Yoga Alliance continuing education credits are available for yoga teachers.

$60 (or $100 to attend both workshops; see, How Fascia Works, Sat 10/27)

20 hour yoga physiology course

Tokyo Yoga, Tokyo, Japan

November 23-27, 2018

Classes will include lecture, discussion and some asana and pranayama practice.
This class teach you the fundamentals of yoga physiology in a fun and accessible way, so that you will have a

Day 1. Nov 23
Introduction. Physiology of bone and connective tissue
Basic concepts of physiology, including homeostasis and stress, and how they relate to yoga. We will also cover the physiology of bone and connective tissue, including fascia. You will learn about how yoga can strengthen bones, and how to keep connective tissues, such as ligaments, tendons and fascia healthy in your asana practice.

Day 2. Nov 24
Physiology of muscle
In this section we will cover how muscles work and how to apply that information to yoga asana. You will learn how muscles use energy, how they create movement, and how they can become stronger and more flexible safely.

Day 3.  Nov 25
Physiology of breathing and circulation
In this section we will cover respiratory physiology and the circulatory system as it relates to yoga. You will learn how yoga asanas and pranayama practices affect breathing and the circulatory and lymphatic systems, and how to practice to promote healthy circulation.

Day 4. Nov 26
Physiology of the nervous and endocrine systems
In this section, we will explore the body’s control systems, and how yoga affects them. You will learn about how the nervous system controls movement in asana and how the autonomic nervous system is affected by yoga practice. You will also learn how yoga affects hormones in the body, and how yoga practice can help keep you healthy.