You don’t need to know all the muscles and bones in your body to benefit from knowing anatomy — knowing the ones that make the biggest difference for your well-being is plenty!
In this two-part webinar, Doug Keller will take you through the muscles (and their actions) to focus on in the key areas that concern us when there are pain problems for which we look to yoga for help: feet, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, and so on.
This is not about learning the names of muscles and their individual functions: it is about connections between muscles — especially in functional movement — as well as how and why we should focus especially upon them in asana and life, and how and why they are at the center of common problems and complaints.
Session 1 will focus on the lower body, particularly in the area of feet, knees, hip joints, and sacrum/low back. The muscles and myofascial lines that most affect these joint areas — and the relationships between them — will be related to functional movement, and specifically to asana, with clear alignment and action pointers that make our understanding of them experiential as well as effective for addressing problems that commonly arise.
Session 2 will focus on the upper body, starting with the effect of the sacrum upon the spine, the role of the muscles of the rib cage in both breath and shoulder movement, the shoulders and arms, and consequences in the neck. Though this covers a lot of ground, our focus on key muscles and their balanced actions in the upper body will pull them into focus for you to feel confident with working more clearly in yoga poses, and understanding the sources of problems and limitations.
The lectures will include illustrated notes for you to keep and review, as well as practical examples and applications in asana, from a perspective that takes into account the significant differences between individual students’ bodies — including the unique features of your own!
Clarify and transform your understanding of the body in asana — and ultimately the beneficial purposes of asana!