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YOUR Body in Yoga: A Functional Anatomy Immersion

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Saturday 3/5/2022 1:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sunday 3/6/2022 1:00 pm - 7:30 pm

$216.00 Your Body in Yoga: A Functional Anatomy Immersion

Harshly judging one's range of motion is one of the greatest sources of unnecessary suffering in many people’s yoga practice. The asanas (poses) were designed to move the regenerative and healing life force. To do that effectively in yoga, we must understand our own (or our students') unique structures and explore when we can safely move deeply into a posture or when to acknowledge limitations with respect.

Although some restrictions in range of motion are related to tight muscles, and more are related to contracted fascia and ligaments, many significant limitations are actually due to variations in bone shapes and joint orientations that can differ dramatically from one person to the next. Understanding YOUR anatomy in yoga is best learned through direct hands-on experience - testing your bones/joints and witnessing them curiously and compassionately to the bones/joints of others.

This functional anatomy workshop explores the 10 muscle groups and the 14 major joint segments of the body that account for most of our yoga postures. For each joint intersection, we will perform analysis and range of motion tests on ourselves, ask specific questions about the key sensations, compare with each other, and demonstrate how each person will express particular poses based on their unique anatomic make up.

Anatomy is a vast subject, but this interactive workshop reveals the basics in a way that clarifies and simplifies the yoga practice - putting the attention back where it belongs - how the key action of each pose makes you FEEL and moves the life force. Participants often experience an “ah-ha” moment about their body and their practice, which can be powerfully liberating and self-accepting.

This workshop is ideal for all yoga practitioners, whether one is a beginner or experienced student wishing to deepen their knowledge of their body in practice, or one is a yoga teacher looking to expand their teaching and cueing.


12 CEUs Available for Yoga Teachers with Yoga Alliance

Machelle Lee

Founder of Roots & River Yoga, Machellehas 29 years of experience as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and childbirth educator. She holds a Masters Degree in Mythology and Depth Psychology and has earned a 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training in yoga psychology. 

Machelle leads teacher trainings at her studio and is a guest presenter in YTT 200 and YTT 300 hour programs. She specializes in Functional Anatomy, Yin Yoga Theory and Practice, and the Science and Psychology of Five Element Meridian Theory in Yoga. She is known for her humor-filled way of transforming complex ideas into accessible information, giving students simple tools to approach their practice and their life with authenticity and meaning-making. 

Committed to serving in a way that meets the each persons' unique personality and physical structure, Machelle has created an innovated fusion of anatomy, neuroscience, psychology, storytelling, archetypes, poetry, breathwork, and Chinese medicine that is weaved through various styles of asana practice and aimed at facilitating a creative and grounded approach to self-development.

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