FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT ANATOMY WORKSHOPS

Spinal Biomechanics

This is a special series for yoga teachers and advanced practitioners to dive deeper into anatomy and biomechanics as it relates to asana.

Each module is holistic in nature, explaining how each region of the spine affects the whole.

Due to a deficiency of anatomy awareness and correct biomechanics in the yoga teacher trainings, teachers’ knowledge base is minimal in these fields. Dr. Jeremy Brook fills the knowledge gaps through his workshops where principles of alignment, movement, and modern neurology are taught through the lens of asana.

In these modules, which can be taken independently or in a sequence, you will discover how the joints of the spine are shaped and configured. With that foundational information, the teacher and student will have a new level of understanding and awareness of the biomechanics and how the body moves, ultimately resulting in a safer practice that is constructive rather than destructive. This new understanding of how poses are structured will surely benefit their students’ practice.

Neck Anatomy:
The Cervical Salutations

Discover everything you need to know about the neck, a.k.a. the cervical spine, and how yoga influences it. In this workshop we will learn the 9 correct movements of the neck as well as the most common ones you should never do. We will spend time looking at what is actually happening to the shape of the neck during the most common cues and will discuss what and why some cues should be retired. Students will be given techniques for unlocking the neck from pain and distress by integrating a scientifically designed sequence based on the laws of biomechanics.

Students will leave this workshop with a clear understanding of how the neck moves and the positioning of the head and neck in yoga poses so that they can keep themselves and their students safe.

The Low Down
on the Low Back

Discover everything you needed to know about the anatomy and motion of the low back, a.k.a. the lumbar spine. In this workshop students will learn advanced bio-mechanical principles of the lumbar spine for optimal alignment. We will look at which motions should be emphasized and those that should be minimized as well as which poses should be practiced daily to maximize optimal lumbar health. We will discuss common back injuries and how to unlock the low back from pain and distress by integrating a scientifically designed sequence based on the laws of biomechanics.

Students and teachers alike will leave this workshop with a clear understanding of the workings of the lumbar spine in order to keep themselves and their students safe.

Innate Mechanics
of the Sacroiliac Joint

Discover everything you needed to know about the anatomy and motion of the sacrum and pelvis, the SI Joint. In this workshop we’ll look at common misalignments of the pelvis and how to correct it through yoga. Students will learn to see and or feel this misalignment in common standing, seated, prone, supine and inverted poses and will leave with a clear understanding of how the pelvis, sit bones and tailbone move anatomically and bio-mechanically in forward folds and backbends.

Anatomy of a Twist
Rotational Biomechanics

In this workshop you will go on an anatomical journey through all the regions of the spine. You'll learn about the shape and configuration of the joints for each region, and how to safely maximize your twist for your neck, low back, and pelvis. We will look at rotational anatomy & biomechanics for the spine and pelvis, discovering the top 5 most commonly injured areas caused by twisting and how to create optimal twisting using a full body sequence.

The Ultimate Tadasana:
Power Posture and Alignment Secrets

In this embodied workshop we will spotlight the human spine and the guiding, supportive soft tissue structures that maintain our living backbone. Students will learn the 10 points to cultivate optimal posture designed to combat the compressive effects of gravity as well as the geometry and balance of the natural curves of the spine.