Anatomy Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Notes by J. Zimmerman.
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Anatomy for Yoga with Paul Grilley
Blog entry for Anatomy for Yoga.
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If you do decide to begin, you should
(1) wait an hour or two since your last meal; and
(2) warm up
your muscles before stretching them with Yoga.
To warm up,
walk briskly, jog, dance salsa, have a pillow fight, jump jacks, or chase the cat.
for at least 5 minutes.
Highlights of Anatomy Yoga with Paul Grilley
- Almost 4 hours of:
- in-depth lectures
- comparisons of human skeletal anatomy with respect to yoga practice
- In-depth exploration of
- Tension versus Compression
- The Eight Major Joints of the Body (through comparative anatomy)
- Shoulder versus Spine
- Femur versus Pelvis
- Skeletal Proportion
- Orientation to gravity of the eight major joints of the body
- Detailed explanation of how bone structure affects asana.
- Provides the foundation for a truly personal yoga practice, through
explaining why no two people experience the same yoga posture in the same way, through the concepts of
- compression: occurs when two surfaces (bones, muscle, etc) collide so that no more movement is possible.
An error in practice is often to think that all limits and restraints are tight muscules.
Sometimes it is simply a blockage of bone or the bulk of body structure.
- tension (relative tightness of a muscle): tensile stretching is central to most yoga practice.
- Demonstrates how we differ in our bone structure and joints;
the shapes and sizes of bones differ significantly between people.
So limitations can be our BONES rather than our muscles:
Poses are shown by persons with extrordinary mobility (being hypermobile) and
by an extrordinary lack of it (being hypomobile).
Poses shown include:
- Adho Mukha Svasasana (Downward Facing Dog)
- Urdhva Danurasana (Wheel)
- Virabhadrasana B (Warrior II)
- Encourages careful exploration, in Yoga practice, of one's range of motion, regardless if hyper or hypomobile.
- Encourages yoga practitioners to use props and blocks without guilt when one's body —
especially if one has relatively short arms or short legs.
- Yin Yoga practice (focuses on long and passive stretches to mold muscles, ligaments, and fascial tissue
into a more pliable state.
- Suitable for all levels.
- Number of discs: 1
- Run Time: 230 minutes
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