Welcome to Anatomy in Asana
We’re Alison and Ann. Nope. We’re not sisters. But people ask that all the time. We’re just two long-time yoga practitioners/teachers who came together through the Franklin Method and want to change the world by improving each yogi's sense of their anatomy one bone at a time.
I began my yoga teaching journey in 2007 by offering yoga to offices in the Portland, Oregon area through my company, Working with Yoga and have taken multiple 200 hour and 500 hour trainings since. Once I found the Franklin Method™, which allowed me to heal from my own debilitating back injury and completely changed my relationship to understanding my body in movement, I delved deeper into offering classes at physical therapy clinics and began a therapeutic movement video program called ThruMovement. Now part of the Franklin Method Faculty, I assist with teacher trainings and have collaborated with Eric Franklin in offering a training for yoga teachers on the three-dimensional anatomy of the pelvis as a means of creating more creative cueing that aligns with the functional anatomy of the pelvis in asana. This is the basis of the book we wrote together (to be out in Fall 2019).
What once began as simply wanting to help others relax has expanded into the desire to share the understanding of one's own anatomy to be one more way students are able to get closer to discovering and connecting with themselves.
I'm so happy to be able to partner with Ann Teachworth and to be able to share our (sometimes obsessive) love and joy of the human body with others.
My yoga journey began at 13 when I learned and practiced this amazing/crazy series of postures that made me way more flexible and graceful than my awkward, gangly 13-year-old self ever imagined possible. I taught and practiced with anyone who would listen.
Always obsessed with how humans work, why we do what we do, and how we can do it better, I began studying different types of complementary and alternative medicine approaches while living in NYC working as an actor/dancer/singer. Franklin Method™ was among those modalities.
After 20+ years of doing yoga, it was through the Franklin Method™ that I finally experienced yoga and I love extending that deepened experience to others. I saw a big gap between the static informational anatomy of many trainings and the rich experiences available when you actually experience and embody your anatomy and movement. I started teaching Franklin Method workshops specifically for yogis and yoga teacher trainings. This expanded into using this embodied approach to teach the entire anatomy portions of trainings as well as teaching anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology for a Massage Therapy School.
For me, learning Anatomy is coming home. Teaching and learning anatomy is yoga. It isn’t a means to an end, it is the integration of mind, body, and being.
Now a Franklin Method Educator, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Life Coach, and Integrative healthcare practitioner, my work all focuses on helping people understand and embody their design and function so that they can move more fully and freely in their bodies, minds, and lives.
I also co-founded Trunamics.com with my husband, Lynn, to train and resource massage therapists and bodyworkers in an integrative approach to human body dynamics that encompasses not only the structural but also the functional and energetic aspects of the body.
Now it’s your turn . . .
If you’re here, you have a yoga journey. You may own a yoga studio/school or run teacher trainings. Or maybe you’re just a body nerd like us who loves exploring how we move, on the mat and off.
Whatever your journey, you’ve no doubt experienced an evolution in your practice and your own body, and you may see some gaps (or opportunities) in how yoga is currently taught and practiced.
Would you like, for yourself and your students, a deeper, richer, more integrated mindbody practice through yoga?
Could your teachers benefit from a deeper understanding of how the body works as well as an actual lived, embodied experience of the body in motion?
Would you like to evolve beyond the same, tired cues and routine practices?
Let’s chat and see how we can work together to make that happen.
ANATOMY IN ASANA IS . . .
Experiencing the body in motion
Anatomy for Yoga
Embodied Anatomical Study
Teaching from your body
Yummy Body Exploration
Learning anatomy made fun, clear, and applicable
Living in your Body
Proprioceptive Body Discovery
Expanding cueing and movement language
Connecting people in their bodies
Integrating body and mind
Moving more fully and freely on the mat and in life.