YOGA ANATOMY with STU GIRLING
It's with great pleasure to host Stu Girling in Prague. Stu is the creator of loveyogaanatomy.com and teaches all over the world. He is a bodyworker specializing in the treatment of yogis with injuries or tension patterns (more often not from yoga). Stu practices Ashtanga Yoga for fifteen years and teaches Anatomy & Physiology on Yoga Teacher Training Programs. The concept for his site loveyogaanatomy.com arose from the search for yoga anatomy and ashtanga yoga related articles and consolidating them into one platform.
In this two day workshop celebrating each practitioners individuality we will explore how best to work with your body to create balance. We will look at common restrictions in asanas involving backbends, hips, twists and shoulders as well as good alignment principles. This is a great opportunity for yoga teachers and practitioners to brush up on their anatomy and physiology skills, and learn how to prevent injuries.
Stu is accessible, engaging and makes anatomy exciting. These workshops are a practical exploration that integrates anatomy theory into asana. No prior anatomy knowledge is required to attend this series of workshops. It is aimed at all levels of practitioners with an emphasis on being fun, informative and above all applicable and useful.
All workshops are in English. No translation to Czech language.
The workshops offered come under the title of "Working with What You've Got" and are arranged relating to the major joints of the body (Ankles, Hips, Shoulders/Wrists and Spine) and associated posture groups (Forward Folds, Hip rotations, Backbends, Shoulders, Twists and Binding). The workshops introduce anatomical concepts in an accessible and fun
way and are very practically based with the intention of allowing students to discover those muscles and areas of the body that are restricting them and demonstrating ways that they 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 or teachers can learn release restricted areas, to sequence more efficiently and also reduce the risk of taking stress into vulnerable areas by moving in the right places. The workshops are suitable for all styles of yoga because rather then looking at specific alignment that might relate to one style or the other Stu takes the route of exploring what might stop you achieving a desired alignment. All level of student is catered for by providing the information in multiple layers and allowing students to practically explore at their own level.
25 - 26 August 2017 (Saturday & Sunday)
Price: 5.600 Kč (€200) all 4 workshops
1.500 Kč (€55) each workshop
Places are limited. We advise to book your place as soon as possible.
Please register through Rezervace/Bookings. Your place will be confirmed after receiving the full amount by bank transfer to 319015001/5500. Please email us for international bank transfer details.
You can now book into separate workshops. Price for each workshop is 1.500 Kč. Please write the name of the workshop when sending your payment via bank transfer.
Schedule (each workshop is aprox. 3 hours long):
SATURDAY MORNING 26/8
10:30 - 13:30
Looks at the construction of the hip joint and how individuals may differ. The muscles around the joint and how they will influence movements in certain directions. Expanding on these concepts with practical exploration of groups of postures under the headings of Forward folding, hip rotations and hip ab/adductions.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON 26/8
Here we examine the shoulder girdle and shoulder joint, issues that influence range of motion and the potential for injury. Discussion and practical implementation of shoulder related postures such as, arm balances, down dog, chaturanga, binding, reverse prayer.
SUNDAY MORNING 27/8
Spine & SI joint:
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. 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.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON 27/8
Fascia & Biotensegrity:
There is lots of interest in the emerging information about fascia and how it might influence the yoga practice. In this workshop we explore what is meant by fascia, what its purpose is and what use we can make of our growing appreciation of fascia.
We also look at a proposed model (biotensegrity) for trying to understand how we might incorporate this knowledge into a more comprehensive explanation of human movement and stability. The practical component of this workshop explores connectivity and integrated bodies.
Stuart has been teaching yoga related anatomy for the last 7 years both on teacher trainings and international workshops.
He has been practicing yoga for 15 years, has a BSc Hons in Health Studies and for the last 10 years has been offering Therapeutic Bodywork exclusively for yoga practitioners. The underlying philosophy that guides what he shares is that knowledge is of no value unless we can understand how to use it and have use for it.
With this in mind the workshops he offers focus on:
what makes us individual,
how can we understand our limitations and restrictions
and how can we avoid injury and create balance.
Stu endeavours to bring as much fun and practical experimentation into every workshop and emphasises the importance of getting to grips with the concepts rather that getting bogged down in the detail