14/06/2019 – 16/06/2019 all-day
Light Centre Belgravia
7 Eccleston St
Belgravia, London SW1W 9LX
Andrew McGonigle, Doctor Yogi

For yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees or yoga practitioners with at least two years of consistent practice

In this immersion we will explore in detail the anatomy and physiology of our body applied to practising and teaching yoga. All the areas covered are related directly back to the asana practice. The sessions are interactive and experiential with lots of group work and there is strong focus on using anatomy to make asana practices as inclusive as possible. A detailed manual is included and there will be homework to ensure personal integration.

The immersion is ideal for those with an established practice, who want to learn more about the human body, go deeper in their yoga practice and develop alignment cues that are accurate and inclusive. We will explore anatomy to a depth that is appropriate for teaching yoga.

By the end of the three days you will feel inspired and have the confidence to analyse any yoga asana with a clear understanding of the key actions and alignment principles and how to work with your own unique anatomy and that of your student.

An Introduction to Intelligent Movement Principals:

An introduction to muscle looking at its structure and function and how we can apply the knowledge of stretch reflexes to deepen our practice

The structure and function of bone and joints looking at both the importance and limitation of alignment and what limits our movement

How a knowledge of fascia can impact our movement on and off the mat

The Nocebo Effect and choosing empowering language

What causes muscle tightness

Flexibility vs mobility

Anatomical language and how this can help us to remember the names of some of our muscles

A Detailed Exploration of the Lower Limbs:

An exploration of our feet and ankles looking at their structure and function and how we can apply this knowledge on and off the mat

Why our knee joints may be vulnerable to injury and how to support them

A detailed look at the hip joints focusing on what makes each of us so unique

Piriformis Syndrome

A Detailed Exploration of the Upper Limbs:

The importance of shoulder joint and girdle mobility and stability in our yoga practice

An evidence-based approach to Shoulder Impingement

Hyperextension of the elbow joint

Why wrist pain is so common in yoga

A Detailed Exploration of the Spine:

An exploration of our pelvis and sacro-iliac joints and how to keep this area supported during our asana practice

An evidence-based approach to back pain and prolapsed discs

The anatomy of our core musculature

Increasing thoracic spine mobility

Supporting our cervical spine during inversions

An evidence-based approach to releasing neck tension

The Science Behind Why Yoga Makes Us Feel So Good:

How yoga impacts our nervous system and relieves stress

Yoga a breath-led practice

Yoga for cardiovascular health

Friday 14th June, 10.30am – 5.00pm

Saturday 15th June, 10.30am – 5.30pm

Sunday 16th June, 10.30am – 5.30pm

This immersion counts towards CPD requirements for Yoga Alliance US members (18 contact hours).

“The workshops with Andrew were fantastic. I really got so much from them. My own practice and teaching has become so much more informed.” Kylie P

“For anyone practising or teaching yoga who is keen to increase their practical understanding of anatomy within yoga I can’t recommend Andrew’s training enough. Really accessible, inspiring and enjoyable.” Anna T