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Your Body in Yoga: A Functional Anatomy Immersion Workshop

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Saturday 03/11/2023 1:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sunday 03/12/2023 1:00 pm - 7:30 pm

$260.00 Your Body in Yoga: A Functional Anatomy Immersion - EARLY BIRD 2023
$280.00 Your Body in Yoga: A Functional Anatomy Immersion - 2023

With Machelle Lee, MA, E-RYT 500, CMT, YACEP

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.

13 CEUs Available for Yoga Teachers with Yoga Alliance.  In-person.

Machelle Lee

Machelle has 30 years of experience as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, childbirth educator, and lecturer. She holds a Masters Degree in Mythology and Depth Psychology and earned a 300 hour advanced certification in yoga psychology. Committed to serving students in a way that best fits their unique abilities and anatomic structure, Machelle teaches Yin Yoga in a way that synthesizes yogic teachings with modern scientific research on tissue rehabilitation, traditional medicines, psychology and sprinkles in rich imagery through poetry. This approach to the whole person aids one in feeling and understanding the body-mind connection both somatically and intellectually, facilitating a creative and grounded approach to self-development.

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