To practice yoga is to know yourself. Your mind and your body. Your fears and your limits. Your ego and your wisdom. Your ignorance and your strengths.
To become an effective yoga teacher, knowledge of anatomy is essential. The more you understand the physical body and how it moves, the better you will know your own practice and the more capable you will be to teach others.
In Yuko's new 4-class experiential anatomy for yoga course, we will again explore human anatomy as it applies to movement and the practice of asana. We will delve into the specific anatomy of the shoulder, pelvis and other areas of the body that are prone to soft-tissue injury as we examine common injuries and ways that your yoga practice can facilitate healing and serve for injury prevention. Each session involves lecture, discussion and hands-on work.
Each class is available on drop-in basis. Reservations are not required.
1. February 27 (Thu) 13:00 - 15:00
Low back pain: Examining the anatomy of the spine, we will look at common low back problems and their usual causes. At the same time, we will explore the effects of different types of yoga postures—backbends, forward bends and twists—on the the low back. You will learn safe approaches to the practice of the asanas and how the back can be harmed by improper practice.
2. CANCELLED >> March 26 (Thu) 13:00 - 15:00
Shoulder pain: We will examine injuries to the rotator cuff, subdeltoid bursitis, biceps tendonitis and others, and learn the effects of raising and rotating the arms and bearing weight on them has on the injuries. We will see the potential problems that arise from greater range of motion and how hyper-mobile students can do to protect their shoulder joint.
3. April 23 (Thu) 13:00 - 15:00
Knee pain: We will examine patellofemoral pain syndrome, pes anserinus bursitis, ligament and meniscus injuries, as well as degeneration. Knee pain is complicated by the fact that the knee falls victim to poor pelvic and hip alignment. We will study the common ways knees get damaged and ways to keep one’s knees healthy throughout life.
4. May 28 (Thu) 13:00 - 15:00
Pelvis / hip pain: With hip pain, it can be difficult to discern the precise cause — muscles, ligaments, bones, nerves? We will learn the anatomy of the hips, how hip joint moves, which muscles that move it, and ways to maintain healthy hips. A major topic of the class will be sciatica.