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I. Rationale

The purpose of the course is to provide yogis — regardless of their current level of experience — with a stronger anatomical understanding from which to practice yoga.  Students will be able to directly apply this course material while executing the postures during yoga class.

II. Course Aims and Outcomes

Get a glimpse of what’s happening beneath the surface. Grasping the inner-workings of the human body and ensuring the proper approach to the postures allows students to transform their yoga practice in ways they’ve never imagined. A stronger understanding of the biomechanics of the body inspires students and instills enthusiasm to continually explore new possibilities.

Specific Learning Outcomes:

There is absolutely no expectation for students to memorize complicated terminology.

By the end of the course, students will:

• acquire a more cohesive vocabulary for understanding the language used by their yoga teachers

• feel a greater sense of confidence when approaching yoga postures

• have gained a level of clarity well beyond what they currently grasp

• have the ability to intelligently articulate specific postural concepts with their yoga teachers before and after class

III. Format

The course is formatted primarily as a lecture including slides, diagrams, videos, models, and in-person human demonstration. A handout that outlines terms and definitions will be provided and further note-taking is encouraged. Employing an innovative story-telling approach, the course effectively condenses a dauntingly vast range of material in a dynamic and compelling manner.

Story #1:

The Shoulder Joint Complex —

axial & appendicular skeletons, planes of section, plum line, rotator cuff, scapular stabilization, scapulohumeral rhythm, pathology: tendinitis, bursitis, scoliosis

Story #2:

The Knee Joint —

types of cartilage, tendons & ligaments, quadriceps, patella, knee joint as a hinge, ligamental attachments, meniscus, synovial fluid, fascia, scar tissue, pathology: patellar tracking disorder

Story #3:

The Spine —

vertebral column, stages of disc herniation, ribcage, nerve bundles, bony relationships, biotensegrity structure

Story #4:

Breathing —

core, muscle actions, attachments, fiber direction, respiration, intra-abdominal pressure, thoracic diaphragm

Story #5:

Muscle Functionality —

types of joints, joint articulation, types of muscle contraction, muscle receptors, reciprocal inhibitory reflex, posterior chain, mechanical advantage, hamstrings, sacroiliac joint, psoas major

Story #6:

Homeostasis —

blood sugar, body temperature, heat acclimatization, arteries & veins, recovery heart rate, directional flow of blood through the heart, skeletal muscle pump, autonomic nervous system response, human stress response

Story #7:

The Hip Complex —

muscle functionality, two-joint muscles, hip joint complex, nervous system, pathology: iliotibail band syndrome, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, labral tear

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2019 Itinerary