With a better understanding of your body comes a new perspective of your asana practice. No one else can feel and hence adjust yourself better in a yoga-pose than you! Learn how muscles, bones and fascia restrict/enhance movement and shift your practice to a whole new level. David presents anatomy in an easy and fun way – always related to the yoga practice and loaded with practical exercises so you can feel and experience it for your self. This workshop will benefit yoga practitioners and teachers alike and is open to all traditions of yoga who practice asana.
This Yoga Anatomy Workshop gives participants an opportunity to understand concepts and principles that apply directly to yoga and are often talked about but less often fully understood.
The Workshop begins with a fundamental shift in how the body is constructed and how it is discussed in Western scientific terms, which has both its positives and negatives. It’s important to understand how the Western concept of the body can be used to help clarify and process what we’re doing in our asana practice. Combining that understanding with yogic principles makes for a well-rounded perspective of what’s happening in our bodies and why it may benefit us.
The beginning of the workshop also creates a sense of how well integrated the body is and defines the four components that allow, restrict and create movement in the body, namely the skeletal, muscular, connective tissue and nervous systems. Just understanding the nature of these components and how they function together creates a very dramatic shift in understanding movement and the practice of asana.
In the second segment of the workshop we explore the leg as a whole as well as looking at the major structures that make it up, including the foot, ankle, knee, and hip joint.
In the foot we look at the arches, how they develop and play themselves out in our practice and what they represent. With the knee we focus on structure and function of this somewhat vulnerable joint and to that end we look closely at its dysfunctions, how they show themselves in the practice, and what to do with it in the practice to prevent further dysfunction.
In the third segment of the workshop we bring our focus to the center of our body’s structure, the spine and the psoas. The spine is the central structure of our torso and the line along which the energetic centers of the body align themselves. As a result, understanding the movements, structures and functions of this joint become essential on all levels of the practice of asana. Movements of the spine and the asanas that go with it can have a significant impact on the movement of energy in the body.
Tying into this idea is the psoas muscle that would be considered the single most important structural and postural muscle of the body. It is located around some of the most important of the energetic centers, and sandwiches the spine on either side, initiating flexion or forward movement of the legs.
The last segment of the workshop covers breath and arms. Breathing is fundamental to life as only a few minutes without it can put is in a very precarious situation. Breath is also an important focal point for concentration and meditation and is one of the most commonly used elements used to bridge together mind and body.
The shoulders and arms are our most mobile elements, with increased range of motion comes a loss of stability and more muscular effort to find it. Understanding the complicated combinations of joints at that create the shoulder girdle is the main focus here until we get down to the hand and wrist where common strain may be a problem for practitioners.
Egal ob Lehrer oder Schüler - als Yogi kannst du in diesem Workshop viel lernen.
David Keil unterrichtet in englischer Sprache.
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David Keil was introduced to yoga in 1989 by his Tai Chi Chuan teacher. Both the Tai Chi and Yoga practice at the ripe age of 17 began his research into his own mind-body connections. His search continued through massage therapy where he discovered many insights and affirmations of what he had been exploring and finding on his own through his practices. One of the most important elements was the specific understanding of the musculoskeletal system and how fascinating, beautiful, and amazing the body is on the scientific level and how that directly played into and off of his own understanding of the human body. He was given names and explanations for some of things he had been experiencing and feeling.
As an instructor of Kinesiology (the study of movement and musculoskelatal anatomy) at Miami’s Educating Hands School of Massage from 1999-2003, David developed a fun, informal and informative style of teaching. By repeatedly teaching incoming students who had no prior understanding of anatomy, David was confronted with the problem of making such a complex and beautiful system accessible and understandable to the average person.
David brings his unique style and ability to make things simple to the yoga world. Because of his passion and desire to share the human body with everyone, he delivers this complex and sometimes frustrating topic in a way that is very accessible and understandable to yoga practitioners.
Over the years David has used his skills as a Neuromuscular Therapist to help people reduce their chronic pain patterns. He often brings this information into his workshops where students are regularly uncovering painful patterns or injuries in their bodies.
David was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 1999. But it was in 2001 that he met John Scott in Penzance, UK presenting his anatomy workshops for the first time oversees. Two weeks practicing with John was transformational and he realized that he had found his teacher. This began a relationship of both teacher/student as well as a collaborative colleague relationship that continues today. David still teaches anatomy for all of John’s Teacher Training courses.
It was also John who told David to go to Mysore, India the following year, which he did. David arrived in Mysore in 2002 where he had the honor of studying with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the “old” shala. In fact, it was the last year that the old shala was used for practice. David was authorized in 2004 and returned yearly for extended visits to Mysore with his wife Gretchen Suarez. They are both Authorized Level 2 and grateful for their time in Mysore and meeting Guruji and studying with R. Sharath, his grandson over the years.