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An invaluable resource for both yoga students and teachers, this comprehensive DVD includes nearly 4 hours of in-depth lectures, demonstrations and special features on human anatomy as it relates to yoga practice. The focus of the DVD is comparative skeletal anatomy: understanding the underlying skeletal structure of the body, how the shapes and sizes of the bones differ from person to person, and how to use that knowledge in gaining a much deeper understanding of our individual yoga practices. Paul Grilley explains the key concepts of compression, tension, proportion and orientation with the help of a wide range of yoga students. These concepts help us to understand why no two people will ever experience the same yoga posture in exactly the same way. Paul's light-hearted yet provocative approach will challenge many misconceptions about yoga while providing the foundation for the development of a truly personal yoga practice grounded in safety and respect.
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The trainer, Paul Grilley, is very personable and enthusiastic. He uses a range of attendees/students, and gets them to demonstrate the issues he's outlining by going into various poses and breaking down their mechanics by body type. He also has a full skeleton to demonstrate basic structure, which is useful.
There are some useful 'split screen' stills throughout the lectures, where you can see the difference between how one person has demonstrated the pose, and how it looks on another student with a different range of motion / body proportions.
He gets you thinking about the fact that there is no standard way to teach a pose - you have to look at how that individual person's body is operating in the pose because we'll all experience it completely differently according to our body's structure and proportions (and accordingly, our 'compression' points - i.e. where bone stops us from progressing, which is usually after we've reached the limit of our muscular / soft tissue expansion).
Basically, you've got 8 major joints, and he explains the need for awareness of whether poses are being limited by soft tissue (i.e. tension, which is about stretching muscles, tendons, etc. over time) or whether its compression, i.e. the way your individual bone structure works (which can't be changed, only worked with). Its useful for teachers who have a range of body types and capabilities such as hyper mobile (double-jointed) students, etc.
- The Big Picture (60 mins) he goes through the major joints
- Shoulder vs. spine (31 mins) very useful info here about the thoracic spine and its relationship, in movement, to the shoulder & collarbone structures
- the femur (20 mins)
- the pelvis (12 mins) which is the complementary to the femur
- proportion (18 mins) about the lengths / ratios of different parts of your body to one another (e.g. length of torso to arm length), and where props may help you to accommodate where this limits poses
- orientation (24 mins)
- Q&A with students (28 mins)
There is some useful bonus material also (incl. an interactive skeleton, which I haven't ventured into yet). Highly recommended, one that I can envisage returning to occasionally to revise.
Prompt delivery, good price, good condition! Thank you!
My husband is relatively new to yoga (not a teacher), and he watched parts of the lectures with me. He also found them very helpful, though I agree with one reviewer that this may not be for all students of yoga. My husband even thought it got a bit boring at times when I was pretty much salivating at all the information! ha!
Overall, a great buy for any yoga teacher or yoga student interested in anatomy.