Saturday, September 7th 1-6pm
Sunday, September 8th 1-6pm
Harshly judging body range of motion is one of the greatest sources of unnecessary suffering in most people’s yoga practice. Although some challenges in postures are related to tight muscles and more is 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 yoga anatomy is best learned through direct hands on experience - testing your bones/joints and witnessing them curiously and compassionately to the bones of others.
This comparative anatomy workshop explores major joints of the body that account for most of our yoga postures. For each joint intersection, we will perform bone range of motion tests on ourselves and on each other and then demonstrate how each varying joint will express itself in specific yoga postures.
Anatomy is a vast subject, but this playful, 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. In this workshop, participants often experience an “ah-ha” moment about their body and their practice, which can be powerfully liberating and self-accepting.
This workshop is great for beginners and experienced practitioners alike!
General Cost: $100 : if you are taking this as a yoga student or teacher and are not looking for/requesting Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)
CEU Cost: $130 if you are a registered yoga teacher and are requesting CEU documentation for Yoga Alliance
Wondering why this training is priced so low? These explorations are even more meaningful when we have a greater number/variety of people to compare bones with so I have priced this to make it accessible for more people to attend.
Machelle Lee, MA, E-RYT 500, CMT, YACEP, Roots & River Yoga Founder and Instructor
Machelle has 26 years of experience as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and childbirth educator. She holds a Masters Degree in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and 300 certification in yoga psychology. Machelle leads therapeutic movement through Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga and offers lectures on comparative anatomy in a way that weaves together yogic teachings with modern scientific research on tissue rehabilitation, traditional medicines, and psychology. This approach to the whole person aids one in feeling and understanding the bodymind connection both somatically and intellectually. Specializing in the health and rehabilitation of fascia, connective tissues, and joints, Machelle is committed to serving students in a way that best fits their unique abilities and anatomic structure. Machelle combines storytelling, archetypes, poetry, anatomy, neuroscience, psychology, and Five Element Meridian Theory across a variety of yoga styles in a way that is always aimed at facilitating a creative and grounded approach to self-development for each participant.