Workshop at You and the Mat, Laguna Niguel, CA
From Saturday, January 31, 2015 -  12:00
To Sunday, February 01, 2015 - 17:00

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WORKSHOP IS A ONE TIME EVENT AND IS NOT A YYTT MODULE.

Weekend Workshop: Anatomy and the Functional approach to Yoga

Venue: You and the Mat, Laguna Nigel, California

Register: To register for this workshop please contact Youandthemat.com

Aesthetics versus Function: An aesthetic approach to yoga focuses on how a pose looks, or worse, how it is "supposed" to look! A functional approach to yoga first determines what part of your body the pose was intended to exercise and then adapts the archetype to everyone's unique skeleton. The result is less pain, less frustration, and a yoga practice that is completely your own.

Fourteen joint segments. To analyze how a student should practice a posture we must learn to look past the surface of the body to see it as a skeleton of fourteen moving segments. Learning to identify which segments are involved in a yoga posture and determining their ranges of motion is essential if we are to understand why every person practices poses differently and how we must adjust them to achieve the functional benefit of a pose.

Muscles and fascia. 
After learning the 14 joint segments of the skeleton we move on to explore the four myofascial compartments of the thighs and the six myofascial compartments of the torso. These muscle groups are involved in every yoga pose and once we understand them all yoga poses become a transparent combination of these simple muscle and joint movements.

Learn by touching, learn by doing. Yoga anatomy cannot be learned from a book but must be directly experienced in ourselves and our classmates, so our analysis of poses will be augmented with movement tests we perform on each other.

Yin and Yang Asana practice. In addition to lectures and demonstrations we will practice yin and yang yoga each day. Yin yoga is the relaxed practice of floor postures for three to five minutes at a time. A yin practice emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. It prepares the body and mind for longer meditation practices. By drawing the students awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones a deep level of relaxed focus is achieved. Yang yoga is the rhythmic, flowing repetition of movements that require strength and balance. A yang practice emphasizes the muscle tissues and circulatory system. Yang yoga leaves one feeling invigorated and alert.

Key Concepts:
14 joint segment analysis
Tension and compression
Skeletal variation
4 myofascial compartments of the thigh
6 myofascial compartments of the torso

Workshop at You and the Mat, Laguna Niguel, CA

From Saturday, January 31, 2015 -  12:00
To Sunday, February 01, 2015 - 17:00

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WORKSHOP IS A ONE TIME EVENT AND IS NOT A YYTT MODULE.

Weekend Workshop: Anatomy and the Functional approach to Yoga

Venue: You and the Mat, Laguna Nigel, California

Register: To register for this workshop please contact Youandthemat.com

Aesthetics versus Function: An aesthetic approach to yoga focuses on how a pose looks, or worse, how it is "supposed" to look! A functional approach to yoga first determines what part of your body the pose was intended to exercise and then adapts the archetype to everyone's unique skeleton. The result is less pain, less frustration, and a yoga practice that is completely your own.

Fourteen joint segments. To analyze how a student should practice a posture we must learn to look past the surface of the body to see it as a skeleton of fourteen moving segments. Learning to identify which segments are involved in a yoga posture and determining their ranges of motion is essential if we are to understand why every person practices poses differently and how we must adjust them to achieve the functional benefit of a pose.

Muscles and fascia. 
After learning the 14 joint segments of the skeleton we move on to explore the four myofascial compartments of the thighs and the six myofascial compartments of the torso. These muscle groups are involved in every yoga pose and once we understand them all yoga poses become a transparent combination of these simple muscle and joint movements.

Learn by touching, learn by doing. Yoga anatomy cannot be learned from a book but must be directly experienced in ourselves and our classmates, so our analysis of poses will be augmented with movement tests we perform on each other.

Yin and Yang Asana practice. In addition to lectures and demonstrations we will practice yin and yang yoga each day. Yin yoga is the relaxed practice of floor postures for three to five minutes at a time. A yin practice emphasizes the connective tissues of the hips, thighs, pelvis and lower spine. It prepares the body and mind for longer meditation practices. By drawing the students awareness away from the muscles and deeper into the bones a deep level of relaxed focus is achieved. Yang yoga is the rhythmic, flowing repetition of movements that require strength and balance. A yang practice emphasizes the muscle tissues and circulatory system. Yang yoga leaves one feeling invigorated and alert.

Key Concepts:
14 joint segment analysis
Tension and compression
Skeletal variation
4 myofascial compartments of the thigh
6 myofascial compartments of the torso

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