Workshop Series

(All workshops are 3 hours)

Biomechanics Series – 6 Workshops
Crash Course in Biomechanics
Shoulder Potential
Hip Dynamics
Foot Fundamentals and Ankle Articulations
This Is Spinal Map
Core Encore

Biomechanics Series – 5 Workshops
Crash Course in Biomechanics
Shoulder Potential
Hip Dynamics
This is Spinal Map
Core Encore

Biomechanics Series – 4 Workshops
Crash Course in Biomechanics
Shoulder Potential
Hip Dynamics
This is Spinal Map

Biomechanics, Breath, and Energetics Series – 5 Workshops
Safety in Yoga
Analyze Your Asana
Breathing Spaces
Prana with a Twist
This is Spinal Map

 


 

Individual Workshop Descriptions

Crash Course in Biomechanics

Transform the way you think, speak, and move within the practice of yoga. Learn how human musculosketelal tissues behave under load and adapt to applied forces. Distinguish between stress (load) and strain (stretch) to speak clearly and with confidence when speaking about the effects of yoga asana on connective tissue. Add the variable of time to the equation and we will question common yoga cues, bend classical alignment rules, and explore the use of props and adjustments to “direct the load” for a specific purpose. Please bring a journal.

Hip Dynamics

Dynamics [dahy-nam-iks] noun

  1. The branch of mechanics that deals with the motion and equilibrium of systems under the action of forces, usually from outside the system
  2. The motivating or driving forces, physical or moral, in any field
  3. The pattern or history of growth, change, and development in any field

While the hip joint has the capacity to be a highly mobile joint, it also has the capacity to be quite strong. And contrary to conventional thought, flexibility and strength can be achieved together. Discuss why weakness may sometimes manifest as tightness, resist the urge to stretch yourself into common yoga postures, and discover the potential for utilizing isometrics in asana. Additionally, incorporate principles of co-contraction to help identify individual alignment variations. You’ll leave feeling strong and capable. Please bring a journal.

Prana with a Twist

The breath is a unique function of the body because even though it is mostly an involuntary process, it can be voluntarily controlled. Breathing can, therefore, be utilized as a movement practice, prompting adaptive responses in both the physical and physiological realms. Moreover, the basic act of breathing moves the ribs, in turn moving the spine for better side bending and more expansive axial rotation. Experience directed breathing practices and somatic lessons that get you twisting more with less effort in all your poses served with a parivrtta garnish.

This is Spinal Map

Navigate the architecture of the spine in this brief lecture followed by movement and practice.  Explore how the spinal curves evolved in response to gravity and how our limbs can leverage forces on the spine. Enhance your spinal mobility through phases of rest and repetition while gently and effectively building up to more challenging yoga poses. The workshop includes approaches to spinal articulations that consider current research on spinal biomechanics while addressing common misconceptions about back pain and spinal health. Please bring a journal.

Core Encore

Explore the core in this fun and educational workshop that develops awareness and control through to the center. Redefine the core to include structures beyond only muscles to explore the positional and functional relationships of your ribs, spine and pelvis while you move, break movement habits, and develop a keen insight into how to continue to evolve your yoga practice. Through Jules’ unique cueing, you learn stability without rigidity to support and affect breathing mechanics. This workshop begins with a one hour lecture on biomechanics, anatomy, and current research on core stability/mobility – then follows with a 2-hour asana class to apply and experience those concepts.

Safety In Yoga

The processes of healing after injury and avoiding injury are not as distinct as they might seem. For many decades, the prevailing approach for both has been to minimize load exposure, thereby preventing injury and re-injury. However, a new paradigm is emerging, suggesting that load exposure has a protective and therapeutic effect. Recent developments in rehabilitation research suggest that improvements in tissue capacity is multifaceted; capacity considers not only structure, but also function and pain. Jules shares a summary of these findings and highlights a few landmark papers while examining how these principles can inform the clinical approach to yoga therapy in the management of common musculoskeletal conditions. Mostly lecture.

Shoulder Potential

The highly mobile shoulder complex can bear the weight of the body in yoga asana but does not always perform to its full potential. Instead, we often see limited range of motion, repetitive use injuries, and pain. In this 3-hour workshop, we’ll simplify all the complex anatomy you may have studied in the past and equip you with approaches to get stronger, move better, and feel better. You will learn upper extremity biomechanics, learn to assess quality of movement, and incorporate practices to improve shoulder function, promote change and develop mobility/stability. Apply these insights to a variety of asana including the everyday downdog. You may experience a departure from conventional cueing. Therefore, curious minds are encouraged. All shoulders are welcome – healthy or injured, strong or weak, hypermobile or not mobile enough. Please bring a journal.

Foot Fundamentals and Ankle Articulations

Stand up to your standing poses with the knowledge they deserve, knowledge based in biomechanics and traditional yoga.  In this 3-hour workshop with Jules Mitchell, we will explore standing postures from the ground up, increasing awareness of foot and ankle mobility and learning how gait patterns might be expressed in popular poses like Warrior 1, Triangle, and Tree. Get excited and challenged with Jules’ fun, functional, skill-based approach to teaching and learning. Expect to leave this workshop standing tall and proud about your standing postures.  Please bring a journal.  Notes and questions are encouraged.

Breathing Spaces & Asana

The average person takes over 23,000 breaths per day. Its no wonder breathing habits affect how you move, how you posture, and how you yoga. Explore different breathing practices and how attention to space and direction can profoundly impact the work you do on your mat. The practices are designed facilitate sensing and feeling, while challenging you to identify and progress beyond you predictable asana strategies. Don’t let the title fool you into thinking this will be nap time. Suitable for all levels, breathing is the only pre-requisite. Please bring a journal.

Analyze Your Asana

Immerse yourself into an investigation of common poses you regularly practice. If you’ve ever been puzzled by contradictory cues or wondered if you’re even doing the pose correctly, this workshop is for you. We will look at normal human variation to learn why there is no right way, but explore which approach may be best for you with specific outcomes in mind. You’ll learn the why, which then answers the how, with a brief biomechanics breakdown and plenty of practical application. Come with an open mind and leave with your curiosity satisfied. Suitable for teachers and students of all levels.


 

Umbrella Title and Description for Workshop Series

Yoga Meets Science Workshop Series with Jules Mitchell, MS

A recent survey conducted by Yoga Journal Magazine, reported flexibility as the number one reasons why people in the U.S. practice yoga. Yet, most of the scientific research on yoga does not investigate the biomechanics and motor control around improving range of motion. In fact, exercise science sometimes refutes and contradicts yogic teachings. In this workshop series weekend, Jules will lead insightful discussions, cite the most current research, and teach asana by blending her two passions: yoga and biomechanics. Jules isn’t shy about challenging the anecdotal instruction we were taught in yoga classes of our past but still upholds the tradition with the reverence it deserves. She is more interested in asking the right questions than knowing all the answers. Be prepared to transform the way you think, speak, and move within the practice of yoga. Please bring a journal.

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