Reimagining Yoga Anatomy: The Living Architecture of the Yoga Body
Weekend Training with Timothy McCall
In order for yoga poses (asana) to be maximally safe and therapeutic, they need to be supple, lightly-held and deeply grounded in the breath. Tensegrity is a word popularized by Buckminster Fuller, the inventor of the geodesic dome. Rather than being rigidly held, tensegrity structures like domes, bicycle wheels and suspension bridges allow subtle movements (give) that render them more stable, and better able to withstand outside forces.
Tensegrity, or as it’s sometimes called in relationship to living beings, biotensegrity, offers an alternative way to understand yoga anatomy. This model explains better than the simple physics of levers and pulleys, the densely interconnected beings we are, in which forces act not just locally but often across the entire body. Adding to the subtlety of biotensegrity structures are the elements of breath and awareness — and where breath and awareness go, yoga teaches, prana (life force energy) follows.
We’ll engage in lecture/discussions, practice mostly gentle, breath-centered yoga, observe each other in poses and try various experiential exercises to deepen our understanding and heighten our awareness. Recommended for yoga teachers, yoga therapists and students with at least a year of regular asana practice.
At the end of this workshop you can expect to have a whole new way of looking at yoga anatomy. As opposed to the standard reductionist way yoga anatomy is typically taught with its analysis of individual muscles and small parts of bones (which is useful but not the whole story), we’ll focus on a more global, interconnected analysis of the entire body. We’ll examine whole-bone movements, and the bones relationships with each other, and study the effects chaining through the myofascia, and even the flow of “prana,” all modulated by the breath.
Saturday, November 3-Sunday, November 4
12:30-7:00pm (with a break from 3-4:30)
2820 7th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
The workshop will have three central activities: lecture/discussions, practice and in small group and pairs observing bodies in practice. It will be circa 25% lecture, 25% observation and 50% practice.
This course is recommended for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, anatomy geeks, serious yoga students, health care professionals, bodyworkers, dancers and anyone else with an interest in this topic.
$295 / $250 Early Bird
Early bird available through August 31, 2018.
* Notice of Cancellation must be made in writing. Cancellations made before August 1, 2018 will receive a refund minus $40 processing fee. NO REFUNDS OR CANCELLATIONS AFTER August 1, 2018.
Timothy McCall, MD is a board-certified physician specializing in internal medicine, and the author of two books, Examining Your Doctor: A Patient’s Guide to Avoiding Harmful Medical Care (Citadel Press) and Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing (Bantam). He is co-editor of the first medical textbook on yoga therapy, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care (Handspring Publishing, 2016). He practiced medicine for more than 10 years in the Boston area before devoting himself full-time to investigating and teaching yoga therapy. Certified as a yoga therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, he is the Founder/Director of Yoga As Medicine Seminars and Teacher Trainings and, until 2016, co-directed a yoga therapy center just outside of New York City.
Timothy has traveled extensively, studying with many of the world’s leading yoga teachers and yoga therapists including BKS Iyengar and TKV Desikachar. His primary teachers have been Patricia Walden, Rod Stryker and Donald Moyer. He has practiced yoga and meditation from various traditions for over 20 years and Tantra for more than a decade. Since 2005, he has studied with a traditional Ayurvedic doctor, Chandukutty Vaidyar, and has spent more than a year at his clinic in Kerala, India.
You can read more about Timothy McCall, including his many published articles, on his website www.drmccall.com