Anatomy course for yoga teachers

Gary Carter shows in his yoga anatomy course how a thorough knowledge of anatomy can help teachers to make intelligent choices about the way they teach their pupils.

His workshops involve the use of props, illustrations, and hands-on work in class to help demonstrate the principles that underlie your movement practice. This course of experiential anatomy will run for ten weekends.

This 10 weekend yoga anatomy course explores the anatomy of movement in relation to practice, movement analysis, 3-D work, and experiential anatomy. It will encourage yoga teachers to ‘see’ their students more clearly, thus helping with rehabilitative issues. The course aims to help yoga teachers take a flexible, intelligent approach to their specific field with individual students.

Course details:

Weekend 1 •Intelligent Design? • January 19th & 20th, 2019

Development of movement patterns
Evolutionary development
Development of bone, ligaments, joints, and skeleton

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To know your Bones and the role they play in being able to guide and possibly lead movements, we will learn that they will give us enormous information for how we move
and the muscles will come along for the ride!

By understanding the Joint network the latest understanding of joints will assist in lightness and space for movement,the beginnings of structural and functional efficiency and freedom.
Two new potentials for for movement arise from this weekend.


Weekend 2 • Sense of Self • March 2nd & March 3rd, 2019

Perception
Kinaesthetic sense
Muscle
How bones and fascia communicate
The fascial web
Elasticity and tone
Neurofascial web
Gravity response

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Fascia has become the new ‘buzz word’ however it is not new…its nature in movement has been fully felt and known for thousands of years… it was already there! Unfortunately it got left out and training ‘techniques and systems’ have taken over deconstructing the body. Now fascia is suffering the same fate…being taken out and treated separately…we put it back and allow it to do what it does best. As Vanda Scaravelli had always suggested ‘We create the conditions for the movements to occur’ and what we will see is that something quite interesting  happens. The Elasticity in Fascia has always been there, always understood… it didn’t just arrive. When proven by Science, those that denied it then changed their minds, purely
from no movement knowledge whatsoever! We will look at the signs that tell you, and learn to understand when this medium is giving you what is required for optimum
effi ciency and economy of body use. With Muscle we will see how it too infl uences fascial tone and fascia influences muscle tone – there is not one without the
other. Added to this is the interweave of our neuro-fascia and the dance between them all. Here we learn another two potentials for movement.


Weekend 3 • The Feet And Up! • April 6th & 7th, 2019

The foot – Primary support
The legs – lightness and strength
The pelvis and pelvic freedom

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We explore how the feet create movement, leading it and ending it. Learning to find more than 3 arch structures in the foot and building the multiple interconnecting slings
that infl uence it’s enormous spring loaded strength, power and dexterity. From here we will see a repeated pattern further up the leg and find the true quadricep layout.


Weekend 4 • The Pelvis And Up! The Spinal Organ Part 1 • May 4th & 5th, 2019

Psoas and piriformis and the ‘pelvic trampoline’
The deep six and pelvic fluidity

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We will explore where and how the pelvis is truly balanced and supported from, where the legs and arms begin, how to see where possible pelvic restrictions come from
and the deep suspension mechanism that creates a ‘floating’ pelvis. We also ‘put the psoas back’ in its rightful place and allow the freedom it deserves
challenging the ‘pelvic floor myth’ and giving it new eyes! This understanding gives us a totally new foundation for the spine.


Weekend 5 • The Spinal Organ Part 2 What Is The Core? • June 1th & 2st, 2019

Breath and movement
Spinal structure and function the spine as an argan.
Anatomy of breath
Understanding breathing practices and their application to the work

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We will explore the spine’s ability to float and become the elastic spring it originally was along with learning its value as an organ and its multiple rhythms.
The ‘core’ will be challenged, possibly re-named and put back home, exploring its evolutionary change and how that informs us in movement.
Respiration is explored as a structure and area for movement, support and how so much of our structure can either compromise or create freedom to the most
vital of movement systems. Also looking at breath and fascia!


Weekend 6 • Balance Of Weight , Floating Shoulder Girdle• July 6th & 7th, 2019

The cranium and neck
Cranio sacral rhythms
Rythims,
Shoulder Structure

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We will explore the relationship between the head and pelvis and understanding their fine balance in movement, the evolution of the skull, looking at the role the shoulder
blades have in the freedom or restriction of the all important cranial base and the influence this has on the hamstrings! Also exploring how the shoulders infl uence
respiration, understanding the connections via muscle nerve and fascia.


Weekend 7 • Inwards & Upwards • September 7th & 8th, 2019

The arms and back
The bandhas
Diaphragms of the body
The cups and domes in movement

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By understanding the nature, structure and inter-relationships between the diaphragmatic structures we will begin to generate the conditions for deep internal
uplift and elastic support. We will deconstruct the ‘back’ and find where it really is! The arms are an enormous influence on the spine and we see the arms possible role in
S.I. problems.


Weekend 8 • Spring Loaded And Light • October 19th & 20th, 2019

Network
Spiral dynamics
The fluid body
Tensegrity and the muscle matrix

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This weekend brings into the mix the nature of spirals in the body, not just that we can move in spirals naturally, but also the Anatomy of Spiral structure and how it
influences all movement. We look at what it means to have a fluid body in every sense of the word. Tensegrity is not just a suspensory structure, it is a movement creator of amazing adaptability, we will look to bring this into a body felt experience and look at tensegrity in all structures.


Weekend 9 • Anatomy Of Connection – part 1 • November 16th & 17th, 2019

The myofascial meridians in asana, including the anatomy trains theory
Straps bands and slings!
Effective body reading
Tensegrity in movement

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Both weekends 9 and 10 culminate in bringing together all elements of the course tying the body together as a seamless whole, creating a wonderful
revision of all regions. We begin the journey of building myofascial connections throughout the body.


Weekend 10 • Anatomy Of Connection – part 2 • January 18th & 19th, 2020

The myofascial meridians in asana, including the anatomy trains theory
Straps bands and slings!
Effective body reading
Tensegrity in movement

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Continuing to explore the body reading projects we further build the myofascia and new myofascial connections as a movement diagnostic, looking at stress,
tension and transmission through the myofascia in the body. We open the eyes to the 3 dimensional understanding of the myofascial body, its tensional support and
how it moves us. By this time we have created 5 potentials for movement to begin from throughout the entire course.


Saturdays: 10:00pm – 5:00pm with a 1 hour and 15 minute lunch break plus two short breaks in the day.

Sundays: 10:00am – 4:00pm with a 1 hour lunch break plus two short breaks.

 

Aims with the course

Students will deepen they’re knowledge of Structural and Integrated Anatomy. This course will involve the concept of hands on touch skills, fascial touch, feel for fascial elasticity, experiential connected anatomy in relation to posture and function for movement in all modalities.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Understand the complexity of the human structure, how it evolved, and postural tendencies, and learn to see patterns and structure.
  • Understand how the connective tissue system affects the body in general and specific movement, learning to body read in movement and stasis.
  • Relate physical aspects of the body to the improvement of posture and movement quality
  • Appreciate how body balance, from a structural viewpoint, is achieved
  • Appreciate the inter-relationship between each system/network of the body

Skills

The module will enable the successful student to:
  • Explain and demonstrate their understanding of the physical structure of the body.
  • Recognise postural deviations, restriction and imbalance of connective tissues within differing bodies.
  • Analyse movement through a scientific base, which in turn can improve movement function.

Syllabus

This course will work in a developmental manner covering the following subject areas:

  • Evolution of the human body; detailed understanding of muscle, structure, function and action, and integrated connectedness, exploring our neurological relationship to gravity and how this relates to movement and posture.
  • The art of creating control, balance and freedom of movement.
  • In depth exploration of the connective system of the body
  • Learning to see and recognize imbalances and balance of the myofascia including structural and fascial
    fitness.

 

Modes of delivery for the course include lectures, theory, slide presentations, multimedia, 3d models and props, Interactive practical and functional work, movement work, hands on work and touch skills, discussions and illustrations.

There are continuous assessments throughout the duration of the course with Journals to be kept on the experiences and learnings on the course, practical homework assignments, quizzes and presentations. The final 2 weekends are focuses on body reading practices, a revision of the entire course with an ability to understand postural and movement imbalances and fluidity.

The minimum requirement for the course is at least one and a half years of teaching experience after completion of teacher training with an assumed level of Anatomy is essential.