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Anatomy, Physiology + Biomechanics Applied to Yoga: A 5 Day, 30 Hour Training, London


  • The Light Centre Belgravia 9 Eccleston Street London, England, SW1W 9LX United Kingdom (map)

For yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees + experienced practitioners

£450 for 30 contact hours

“The most useful and informative days that I have spend in years!” Jo W, Yoga Teacher

Limited to 32 students.

In this five-day immersion we will explore in detail the anatomy and physiology of the incredible human body applied to practising and teaching yoga. Each topic that we delve into will be related directly back to the asana practice. The sessions will be interactive and experiential and will vary between discussion, lecture, small group work, personal reflection and group asana practice. There will be a strong focus on using knowledge of anatomy to make asana practices as inclusive as possible. A detailed manual will be included.

The immersion is ideal for yoga practitioners with an established practice, who want to learn more about the human body, go deeper in their own yoga practice and develop a teaching style that is up-to-date, empowering and inclusive. We will explore anatomy to a depth that is appropriate for teaching yoga.

Time will be dedicated to exploring the common injuries that students present to class with and looking at the best ways to support these students.

There will be dedicated yoga practices focusing on the lower limbs, upper limbs and spine, and time to teach in small groups to ensure that the information is being fully integrated.

By the end of the five days you will feel inspired and empowered to teach yoga to the best of your ability. You will have the confidence to breakdown any yoga asana with a clear understanding of the key actions and movements and know how to work with your own unique anatomy and that of your student.

An Introduction to Intelligent Movement Principals: 

  • An introduction to muscle looking at its structure and function and how we can apply the knowledge of stretch reflexes to deepen our practice

  • The structure and function of bone and joints looking at both the importance and limitation of alignment and what limits our movement

  • How a knowledge of fascia can impact our movement on and off the mat

  • The Nocebo Effect and choosing empowering language

  • What causes muscle tightness

  • Flexibility vs mobility

  • Anatomical language and how this can help us to remember the names of some of our muscles

A Detailed Exploration of the Lower Limbs:

  • An exploration of our feet and ankles looking at their structure and function and how we can apply this knowledge on and off the mat

  • Why our knee joints may be vulnerable to injury and how to better support them

  • A detailed look at the hip joints focusing on what makes each of us so unique

  • Piriformis Syndrome

A Detailed Exploration of the Upper Limbs:

  • The importance of shoulder joint and girdle mobility and stability in our yoga practice

  • An evidence-based approach to Shoulder Impingement

  • Hyperextension of the elbow joint and how to limit this

  • Why wrist pain is so common in yoga and what we can do about this

A Detailed Exploration of the Spine:

  • An exploration of our pelvis and sacro-iliac joints and how to keep this area supported during our asana practice

  • An evidence-based approach to back pain and prolapsed discs

  • The anatomy of our core musculature

  • Increasing thoracic spine mobility

  • Supporting our cervical spine during inversions

  • An evidence-based approach to releasing neck tension

The Science Behind Why Yoga Makes Us Feel So Good:

  • How yoga impacts our nervous system and relieves stress

  • Yoga as a breath-led practice and why breath is so important

  • Yoga for cardiovascular and lymphatic health

Supporting Injured Students:

As a teacher it can often be challenging to know exactly how to support students who come to your yoga class with an injury. This session aims to give you the knowledge and confidence you need to be able to approach, support and empower students with common injuries.

  • Discussing the most common injuries and medical conditions that students present to class with

  • Looking at basic guidelines for the best way to approach a student who has an injury

  • Reviewing the anatomy of key areas of the body through the lens of injury

  • Addressing how specific asana can be modified or supported with props depending on certain injuries

  • Discussing simple techniques for helping students to strengthen and stabilise injured areas of their body

This immersion counts towards CPD requirements for Yoga Alliance members (30 contact hours).

Wednesday 8th April, 10.00am - 1.00pm + 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Thursday 9th April, 10.00am - 1.00pm + 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Friday 10th April, 10.00am - 1.00pm + 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Saturday 11th April, 10.30am - 1.30pm + 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Sunday 12th April, 10.30am - 1.30pm + 2.30pm - 5.30pm

 

Four spaces on the training are available at a 50% discount for students who are genuinely unable to meet the full financial investment. These spaces are offered at my discretion and the laws of the Universe apply here (i.e. if you take a discounted space even though you could afford the full investment the Universe will come back to bite you on the ass). Please contact me to discuss this.

 

Payment plans are also available so get in touch if you want to discuss this option.