We lead teachers in experiential anatomical study to allow for more liberated, 3-dimensional, healthy, and healing yoga practice and teaching.
Yoga teacher trainings typically only have 10-20 hours of anatomy and physiology. And, while the physical asana practice is only a part of yoga, in our modern culture, this physical aspect is primarily what people are practicing. As a yoga teacher, for better or worse, students are putting their bodies in your hands, sometimes literally.
It isn’t enough to know cues.
It isn’t enough to give rote directions.
But how can we possibly individualize and learn modifications for every single issue and body type?
Without an embodied sense of our parts, where they are and how they move, our cues become static and rote. We say the words in yoga class but don’t necessarily know exactly why we’re cueing and directing things this way other than because our teachers said so. And, even worse, the students just sort of take our word for it, forcing their bodies into their interpretations of what we’re saying or doing.
At Anatomy in Asana, our study and practice of anatomy isn’t memorizing information, it is part of the yoga.
After years of studying, practicing, and teaching yoga (and believing ourselves to be well-versed in anatomy as it was), in the first Franklin Method® classes we each took, we were both fascinated to realize we were unaware of where our own hip joints were precisely located, even though we had “moved from our hips” a million times in yoga class. This insight prompted years of training within the Franklin Method® to get a clearer image and map of our own anatomy, which has carried over into our classes – teaching to yoga students/teachers, massage therapists, physical therapists, Pilates teachers and dancers.
This approach has been so revolutionary and foundational to cultivating a deeper, healthier, more healing practice, that it seemed obvious that every person who teaches some type of movement or body-based practice should have it. We want to share this magic with yoga teachers so that we may all grow to be more embodied, knowledgeable, and no longer basing our study of anatomy purely on memorization but rather on actual lived experience in our bodies.
We offer a supportive, complementary source of anatomy knowledge for your already established yoga teacher training that inspires yoga teachers to become their own flowing textbook of anatomy. Our participants learn to see alignment as it relates to a dynamic response to the force absorption of movement in and out of yoga poses. Rather than simply memorizing cues, learn the precise location and function of the different areas of the body and how to help students get in touch with their own bodies.
We use proven methodology, utilizing imagery, touch, and movement, to ensure our participants have a deeply personalized experience of their own anatomy and function.
Some Side Effects of Embodied Anatomical Study . . .
Somehow we’ve settled for creating “safe” movement through “correct” position and alignment. Ironically, this approach can actually lead to more protective (survival-based) tensional patterns that work against the natural expression of the body. In our experience, a sense of true, fundamental safety in the body leads to not only “safe” movement (as in, you won’t hurt yourself), but also movement that cultivates greater freedom, expression, and joy in the body. An aspect of our training, you could even say a pleasant side effect, is this increased experience of presence, acceptance, and fundamental safety in the body. As we explore and experience our functional anatomy from the inside out, it’s like “coming home” to the body for many people. Together we learn to be present, to experience safety in the body, to move with compassion and respect for the body. Which leads into the next “pleasant side effect” . . .
Practitioners who participate in our training process, which utilizes the imagery-based, embodied anatomical study of the Franklin Method®, regularly report a dramatic shift in how they relate to themselves and others. They begin to see themselves and others more clearly, with greater presence, compassion, acceptance, respect, appreciation, and love. There’s a conscious movement toward inclusivity in the yoga community. Our study of anatomy doesn’t need to be some separate, clinical study just to master some information and move on. Our study of anatomy can be an integrated aspect of our yoga, a pathway to greater awareness, presence, and compassion.
On the mat and in the studio, knowing your body and being able to see and understand your students’ bodies is an invaluable foundation to helping people move in healthy, beneficial ways. You can understand and adapt movement for all body types. But it goes far beyond the mat to how we interact with ourselves and others in life.
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Experiential Anatomy has to be, well, experienced! Here’s a tiny taste, try it for yourself and see if you find more ease:
We have many inspirations for our work and years of trainings and experience integrate together in our content but one of the primary teaching methodologies we utilize is the Franklin Method®. We use Dynamic Neuro-cognitive Imagery™, anatomical embodiment and educational skills to create lasting positive change in your body and mind. One of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century is the plasticity of the brain; that the lives we live shape the brain we develop. The Franklin Method® is at the forefront of practical neuro-plasticity; showing you how to use your brain to improve your body’s function. Learn how to harness the transforming power of the mind and improve all of your abilities. It all starts with the knowledge that we have the power to change.
Visit the Franklin Method website for more information.