Ashtanga & Anatomy Part 2 Oct 2017

Yoga & Anatomy with Stu Girling

The Yoga Space, information pills Leeds
Saturday 14th 9:00 – 4pm & Sunday 15th October 9:30 – 4pm 2017
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This second weekend collaboration between Joey and the fantastic Stu Girling will be another great opportunity for Ashtanga practitioners to deepen their understanding of anatomy. Each day will begin with Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga with Joey Miles from 9:00am – 11:00am on Saturday, 9:30 – 11:30 on Sunday (students must be familiar with this style of practice). After a break for lunch, Stu will lead an anatomy session between 13:00 – 16:00.

The afternoon anatomy workshops will introduce anatomical concepts in an accessible and fun way and will be practically based. This will allow you to discover those muscles and areas of the body that are restricting you and demonstrate ways that you can work on those areas with more specificity. The idea is that through greater understanding of how different areas of the body influence the finished postures, students and teachers can learn to release restricted areas, to sequence more efficiently and also reduce the risk of taking stress into vulnerable areas by moving in the right places. All level of student will be catered for by providing the information in multiple layers and allowing students to practically explore at their own level.


The focus for the anatomy workshops will be as follows:

Saturday – Shoulder Girdle

Examining the shoulder girdle and shoulder joint, issues that influence the range of motion and the potential for injury. Quite a few practitioners experience either restricted range of motion at this joint, due to postural patterns or pain during specific movements in yoga. We will consider common restrictions and how to work on them, as well as alignment cues to find more comfort and help minimise the risk of repetitive strain issues. There will also be discussion and practical implementation of shoulder related postures such as, arm balances, down dog, chaturanga, binding, reverse prayer.


Sunday – Spine/S.I. Joint

It is not uncommon for students to feel a degree of discomfort when performing backbends or when embarking on taking on some of the more challenging foot behind head postures. By understanding the construction of the spine and the surrounding muscles it becomes evident as to the types of movements that it is designed to perform in certain areas, as well as the potential mechanism of injury. We will clarify the common spinal injuries such as herniated and bulging discs, as well as discuss the possible causes of SI joint pain. The groups of postures discussed and explored practically are backbends and twists, and the importance of the integration of movements at other major joints of hips and shoulders will be demonstrated. During the course of the workshop I will endeavour to allow students to determine where their own restrictions are and how to work with them. For those students that feel they are already too mobile we will look at how to build strength and stability.

Suitability: All students for this workshop must be familiar with the Mysore-style (self-practice) method of Ashtanga Yoga.

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