A Solid anatomical foundation is required for understanding and teaching yoga
The Critical Anatomy Intensive
This two day course is designed specifically for yoga instructors, teacher training leaders, yoga studio owners, and yoga practitioners with a specific interest in anatomy and physiology.
The course covers:
- The systems of the body and how they are impacted by yoga.
- Common yoga injuries and prevention for these injuries.
- Practical applications of teaching anatomy and physiology in the studio or to your clients.
- Hands on, small group practice sequencing, adjusting, and modifying yoga asana.
- This course includes the Critical Anatomy book.
- It is worth 14 Yoga Alliance continuing education hours (10 contact and 4 non-contact hours).
Yoga teacher training
Spirit Yoga Studios. 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Begins January 17, 2018. Teacher training co-lead with Jon Old-Rowe and Daniela Kent.
Buddhi Yoga. 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Adjunct instructor for Anatomy and Physiology.
Inquire about hiring Lauren as an adjunct instructor for your teacher training.
Anatomy Blog Posts
What I've learned about life, and yoga teacher training.
"Tuck your tailbone." Ah, the most dreaded of all verbal cues. By now, most educated yoga instructors can agree that this cue is lazy, at best, and needs to go. But what can we use in it's place? Below are 5 verbal cues to add to your repertoire.
As both instructors and students, we hear the phrase "hip opener" thrown around quite frequently in yoga classes. But what exactly are we doing when we state that we are opening the hips?
Heart openers are a large part of a well rounded yoga practice. They offer many benefits, both physical and beyond. But opening the heart space is much more than stretching the chest.
The hip flexors are a large muscle group on the anterior (front) portion of the hip joint. Quite frequently, due to the increased amount of sitting in our modern culture, this muscle group lacks length and flexibility. Contrary to much popular belief, it is a tightness of the hip flexors that contributes greatly to low back pain (not hamstring tightness). But stretching the hip flexors isn't as easy as it sounds.
Forward folds are one of the staple groups of yoga asanas. Whether standing or seated, forward folds can create length in the spine, combat the compression of gravity, and promote inward reflection and introspection.
The benefits of twists during a yoga practice are many: improving mobility in the spine, bringing blood flow to the digestive organs, stimulating the digestive system, detoxifying the body, strengthening the abdominals, and relieving anxiety - just to name a few.
When chaturanga is properly performed, the transition to upward facing dog is seamless. From the low pushup position the transition is simply straightening the arms, sending the chest through the arms, rolling over the feet to the toenail side, and pressing down through the toenails to lift the thighs off of the mat.
This post is going to focus on the chaturanga (high plank to low pushup) specifically. The chaturanga is one of the poses that most commonly leads to shoulder discomfort, pain, or injury.