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History and Approaches to Human Anatomy
- Understand the dissection-led, reductionist approach.
- Look at contributors from manual movement therapies, and the role of sports science and human biomechanics.
- Survey the relevant popular theories by Joseph Piates, Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, Frederick Mattias Alexander and Tom Myers.
- Undersand how different yoga traditions have approached an alignment focused practice.
Anatomy in Action
- The spine and pelvis: Stability and mobility, shock absorbance, hypermobility, freedom of movement, and the concept of ‘neutral’.
- The shoulder girdle: Scapulo-humeral rhythm; tension (history, reasons and releasing), arm balances (finding flight and strength with protraction and retraction).
- The psoas and abdominal muscles: Evolutionary stress responses, exploring the “muscle of the soul”, creating a full integrated power house, and the myth of core stability.
- The nervous system: The vagus nerve; the pilot of the inner nerve centre, the anatomy of gut instinct, hacking the nervous system, and recognising and managing nerve compression in asana.
- Diaphragms of the body: The anatomy of breathing (mechanics, societal tension, techniques), the respiratory diaphragm (breath and vocal support), the vocal diaphragm (sound and the glottis), and the pelvic diaphragm (mula bandha and the pelvic floor).
- Prehab and rehab: The role and limitations of the yoga teacher, pain and fear (where psychology meets physiology), corrective exercises, and safe and effective warm up drills.
Critically analyse commonly used ideas amongst yoga teachers and debate whether we can improve upon these theories by learning from other manual and movement disciplines and sports science.
- Muscular contraction - walking the line of productive tension
- Joints and hypermobility - should joints ever be locked?
- Knee movements - how far is too far?
- Flexibility vs. strength
- Can imbalance be functional?
Spark a lifelong fascination with the ever-evolving field of human anatomy and biology, learn about some of the latest areas of research and bring these topics alive outside of textbooks.
- Human evolution - the aquatic ape theory
- The microbiome - your bacterial superorganism
- Cell memory inheritance - past lives in your DNA
- Elasticity vs. plasticity - the physiology of flexibility and brain development
- The neuromyofascial web - the single muscle theory