Based on the 40+ years of research, practice and publication work of the international Anatomy of Movement® school founded by Blandine Calais Germain, this methodology today counts as a leading resource available for movement professionals.
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Equipped with the unparalleled attention to detail and comprehensive emphasis on research and experiential learning that characterizes all Anatomy of Movement® trainings,
Wellco Yoga Anatomy courses provide a thorough, structured and analysis-based insight into yoga anatomy— empowering teachers to lead exceptional classes that are sustainable and precision-led.
EXPERIENCING A KEY STRUCTURE OF THE BODY AND ITS ROLE IN THE YOGA ASANA PRACTICE
Upper Limbs & Yoga
Serving as partner and international hub for the Anatomy of Movement school,
Wellco organizes specialized trainings for a vast range of movement professionals
year round and is now making the method's in-depth teachings for yoga available
in a condensed, English language format (taught with Spanish option).
Facilitated by one of the most senior teachers of the method trained by Blandine
Calais-Germain herself, this course will impart analysis-based
knowledge for yoga teachers who are ready to take their professional
work to the next level.
Presentation of the course
The shoulder region is one of the most mobile areas in the body. However, its movements may be frequently limited in scope. This course presents key elements of shoulder anatomy that are of significance in yoga postures, as well as common pathologies and their consequences on mobility. From there, we engage in posture analysis to minimise risks of over-mobilisation, and offer possible adaptations as well as preparatory movements that can be included during a yoga class.
In this course we get to know
• The structure of the shoulder girdle and the shoulder itself: bones, joints.
• The muscles that mobilise or stabilise these two regions, while also observing their action in the context of certain positions.
• Muscle-joint coordinations that preserve these two structures during movement and in particular in postures.
Pedagogical and organisational tools:
• Anatomical models available to participants (clavicle, patella, humerus, skeleton of the rib cage).
• Atlas of anatomy for transverse routes from one region to another or from one anatomy topic to the other.
• Detailed assembly of certain ligaments and muscles on skeletal models.
• Selective coloring of anatomical drawings.
• Summary tables
• PowerPoint presentation: The gleno-humeral shoulder. The sub-acromial region and its fragile zones.
• Full syllabus of the course.
• Drawings to color or cut (OPTIONAL)
• Written supports.
• Texts on the pectoral minor.
• Table of the main muscles to and their illustrations.
Tool allowing to follow the execution and appreciate the results:
• Practices in pairs or groups of three people of different scapular movements, with observation among the students and supervision of the teacher along with group sharing.
• Practices in pairs or groups of three people that explore whole segments of postures in relation to the shoulder, with observation among the students and supervision of the teacher.
• Individual written evaluation at the end of the course.
This workshop will alternate between
• Moments of anatomy, allowing observation and knowledge building of the anatomy of the shoulder girdle and shoulder itsself: bones, joint structures, deep and superficial muscles.
• Practical segments of movements that detail a type of posture, and allow progressive introduction of notions of analysis.
• Moments of instruction during which applications of conditioning or modification of postures are explored.
For selected key positions, the following questions will be addressed:
• Posture analysis to distinguish what is specifically made by the shoulder girdle from what is done by the shoulder or nearby regions.
• What is the movement of the shoulder or shoulder girdle in this posture?
• How will the movement of the shoulder or shoulder girdle, if deficient, be involuntarily relieved and "mimicked" by other parts of the body?
• What are the factors that increase its amplitude? (intra or extra-corporal forces).
• Does movement occur with traction or pressure on the shoulder or shoulder girdle during posture?
• What are the factors that eventually intensify this traction or pressure?
• Are there possible risks to the region, the spine or the thoracic region?
• How to prepare the posture eventually, sometimes well in advance?
Thoracic shoulder, gleno-humeral shoulder, shoulder-acromial, postures on the shoulders, postures with shoulder stretches, patellar mobility, patellar stabilization.