Our body was designed to move. That's why we have many joints. When we were babies, we learned how to move only by moving. We spent no day at all sitting down and reading about the theory of how to move. We have been moving so much every day that we can do it without even thinking.
When you hear the doorbell, you walk to it without thinking about how to lift your leg, how to set your foot. When you drop something on the floor, you lean down and pick it up. When you sit on a sofa with comfortable back support, you lean toward it. It's all autopilot.
The movements repeat for many, many times over the years and build up habits of movements and postures.
It is somehow hilarious that we know so well how things around us work, such as phone, computer or TV - quite complex things actually, but we know not so much about how our body works. As a Yoga teacher, I kind of knew how the body works because I had Embodied Anatomy in my training. I knew how the joints move and the direction they can move. But it was last summer when I spent the whole time working on analyzing joints movements in Yoga poses and how it benefits the body: strengthening or stretching specific muscles, that I got it deeply and gain much better control of my body in my own practice.
If you join my Yoga classes, you may have heard of things I said such as: extend, flex, externally rotate, pelvis tilt, etc... and you DID all those actions consciously sometime in my Yoga classes. However, they are all anatomy words for the movement of the joints. In Yoga classes, I and other Yoga teachers tend to describe the movement in an easier language like ¨squeeze your elbows toward each other¨ in Forearm Plank or ¨tilt your tail bone up¨ in Down Dog and such. My upcoming workshop: Anatomy of Movements, is the full picture of this piece of knowledge.
Long story short, joint moves when the bones move and it's all because the related muscles work. In a very simple word, muscles lengthen or shorten to move the bones away or closer to each other, which creates the joint actions. In the workshop, we will discuss this ¨theory¨ in real movements: the Yoga poses. We will analyze each joint action, identify the muscle group that make the action, and feel them in Yoga poses.
We will not learn by heart the Latin names of hundreds of muscles and bones, I can't do that myself anyway, but we will call them by their action and spot where they are on your own body.
By knowing what is happening when you move, you can understand your body better and eventually ¨click in¨ to why you feel this way or that way when you do some certain Yoga poses. Embodied Anatomy is a knowledge of science that applies not only to Yoga poses but also to any movement you make in the day. When you know your body, you can see which moving habit or posture is good for your own body, or which one is putting a ¨wear and tear¨ damage on you. Maybe you can even discover that your boundaries are actually further than you thought, and gain more confidence to take the challenge or the hard Asana.
I think Embodied Anatomy is very interesting and beneficial to not only the practice of Yoga Asana but also other training and movement. Join me in this 2-part workshop ANATOMY OF MOVEMENTS.
CONTENT OF WORKSHOP
All WS information will be presented at BASIC LEVEL.
SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY: 13.00 - 15.00: HIPS & KNEES - Bones, muscles, joints, what are they & what do they do? - What is ¨range of movements¨ - joints' mobility? - What is ¨flexibility¨? - MOVEMENTS OF THE HIP JOINTS: What can your hips do? - Movements of the knee joints: What can your knee do? - Identify muscle groups that help you move your hips & how to strengthen/stretch them - Become aware of your own boundaries in the hips & knees - Discussion & comments.
SUNDAY 1 MARCH: 13.00 - 15.00: SHOULDERS & SPINE - Two different joints on your shoulder: The ¨ball & socket¨ and the shoulder blades - MOVEMENTS OF THE SHOULDER JOINTS: What can your shoulders do? - Identify muscle groups that move your shoulder & how to strengthen/stretch them - Become aware of your own boundaries in the shoulders - What makes up your spine? - MOVEMENTS OF YOUR SPINE - a chain of joints: What can your spine do? - Identify muscle groups that move your spine & how to strengthen/stretch them - Become aware of your own boundaries in the spine - Discussion & comments.
---------------------------------------------- TIME: 13.00 - 15.00, Sunday 23/2 and Sunday 1/3
PLACE: Sal 19 Ungdomens Hus, Torpgatan 21 Malmö (Go to Torpgatan 21, there's parking for bikes Take first door on your left Walk to the top floor - Sal 19)
PRICE: 250KR for 1 workshop and 450KR for both (I highly recommend you do both)
You can buy ticket here or Swish to 0764014626, indicating which WS you register for.
Thank you and see you there!