Yoga Biomechanics and Asana Online Course
with Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT 500
A 3-Part, 3.5 Hour Online Course with 3.5 CEUs.
Includes PDF of the entire slide deck.
Asana meets biomechanics in this 3-part online seminar led by Jules Mitchell MS, LMT, ERYT500. This e-course approaches asana through a biomechanical lens, exploring how the musculoskeletal system responds and adapts to asana. Learn basic terminology in the field of biomechanics to help clarify what biomechanics is and how it can influence the way we teach and practice yoga. Through a combination of instructional slides and video clips of live teaching moments, key messages come to life, providing practical and useful tools for anyone curious about human movement.
- Distinguish the differences between anatomy and biomechanics
- Determine specific outcomes for selected poses
- Learn to adjust load parameters to meet desired outcomes
- Challenge the conventional script
- Improve flexibility without stretching
- Outline scenarios that challenge the alignment rules
- Establish approaches to promote safety in asana
- Discover an easy and accessible breathing practice suitable for all
- Analyze common cues, popular buzzwords, and pervasive alignment instructions to improve accuracy and clarify ambiguous instructions
- Evaluate the benefits and dispel many myths of yoga based on exercise science research
- Incorporate practices in somatic education and breathing to balance the scientifically vigorous course curriculum, unifying the haand tha of yoga
- Conclude the webinar series with insights into the neural aspects of an asana practice highlighting the effects of novel activities and the importance of developing a rich movement repertoire
- Why biomechanics matters
- Newtonian physics
- The role of foot flexibility in standing postures
- The knee as a bicondylar joint
- Spinal evolution and triplanar movement
- Dissecting the tree pose debate (vrksasana)
- Pigeon pose with a purpose (eka pada raja kapotasana)
- Breathing practices that set up your students for success
- How mental imagery can alter the body
- Strengthen to lengthen
- Proprioception and interoception
- Importance of variability
- Introduction to motor control theories
This course includes 3 segments of streaming video with slides and voiceover. Practical applications are highlighted with videos of live teaching moments. The entire slidedeck in PDF format is provided.