Fascial Touch and Assisting with Awareness
Experiential learning based on the latest science and theory
Aims and Objectives:
You will learn to give hands on assists and verbal cues with skill and accuracy.
You will become proficient in observing structural patterns and fascial lines in relation to movement.
Observing the Body in Movement
You will practise observing the body--both supine and in movement--looking at, for example, the way breath is moving, whether the two sides of the body are balanced, and how the different fascial lines interconnect..
Hands on Work: Finding the Healing Power of Touch
You will learn to read the body with an understanding of the nervous system, and practise touch with awareness of different body types.
You will learn to work with precision, sensitivity, and clear intention.
Fascia and Anatomy Trains
You will learn the Anatomy Trains approach to fascial lines of Tom Myers and how these can be applied to your teaching. This will also include an understanding of ‘what is fascia’, with practical exercises applying your understanding to asana practise.
Power Dynamics 1: the Student/Teacher Relationship
We will cover topics such as consent in teaching; issues of appropriate touch, and developing an understanding of a variety of preferences.
Experiential and Embodied Anatomy
We will specifically address the anatomy of the foot and ankle in relation to movement, as well as the pelvis, spine and head position. We will learn to feel the way in which structure impacts movement, including work on such topics as ‘form follows function’.
Trauma Awareness 1
Taught by an experienced psychotherapist and yoga teacher, we will introduce topics such as inclusivity, unconscious bias, invitational language, language of the body, and boundaries in teaching.
The Five Koshas
You will be introduced to the five koshas, or bodies (i.e. material, pranic, mental, intellectual, and bliss) from the Upanishads—different levels of understanding living beings. By contemplating these useful paradigms, we will develop ways of working constructively with a wide range of personalities and body types.