Pain-free Yoga: Essential Biomechanics for Asana

Length

10 hours

Capacity

40 participants (larger groups can be accommodated by request)

Space

Yoga room or group exercise space

Some people practice yoga for the sweat, the challenge, and the opportunity to test their physical limitations. Others do it for tranquility and peace of mind: to take back control of their breath and body from a stressful world.

Whatever your objective, don’t allow pain to prevent you from pursuing it.

There are simple solutions to the common aches and pains you experience: from wrist and shoulder pain in chaturanga, to lingering low back pain the day after a class of intensive back bends. Each of these things—along with many other aches and apprehensions—can be eliminated through the integration of a few simple rules of biomechanics.

Attendees will leave the workshop empowered through an understanding of how their individual body’s manage the demands of their yoga practice—and of their life “off the mat.” In addition to exercises and techniques for strong, pain-free movement, participants will also learn how to approach the exercises and techniques they already know in a way that works better for them.

ln this 2-day, 10-hour workshop, learn how to:

  • Increase range in the hips, knees and ankles—without painful stretching
  • Eliminate pain in the wrist, elbow and shoulder during planks and inversions
  • Reduce neck tension and hold the head high with ease
  • Improve balance and coordination in any pose
Organization

1) Side dominance behaviours

Discover that the left and right sides of the body can, and should, move differently. Learn to assess your own laterality “type” and what that means for making your practice more effective and less stressful.

2) Static Weight

Learn elements for proper weight distribution and how different distribution patterns change patterns of motion. Discover you can sweat without moving a muscle.

3) Launch/Load

Understand the human gait cycle, and how it forms the framework for every move you make. Learn to work within the internal relationships described by the gait cycle for greater movement efficiency in every transition.

4) Torque and Shoulder Strength

The shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body; you will discover how to generate stability from this mobility. You’ll also challenge your definition of “upper-body strength.”

5) Fall Drills

Learning how to fall safely is a powerful way to alter neuromuscular patterns. Learn multiple drills, their applications and expected outcomes.

6) Breath

An extension of core work, learn drills and cool-downs that demonstrate the power of breath to maintain—or interrupt—the kinetic chain.

7) Q&A

 

I totally enjoyed exploring the effects of the workshop on my yoga practice. I had the sense that I could access a great deal more strength and flexibility in my body by more knowledgeably manipulating torques and forces.

ELYSE SHAFARMAN
BAY AREA YOGA AND ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE PRACTIONER

“The Reembody workshop with Kevin Moore was an excellent educational experience for anyone in the fitness industry- or anyone who just wants to move without pain. I appreciated Kevin's enthusiasm, sense of humor, and and logical approach to assessing movement. He definitely helped me find more efficiency in my body and re-think how I move.”

ERIN NICOLE BOYT,
SEATTLE-AREA DANCER, AND CHOREOGRAPHER