Do you struggle to follow anatomical cues in class? Do you understand what your different muscles do and how to control them? Do you feel joint sensations but you aren't sure how to work with those sensations? Take these participatory anatomy classes to learn more about your body and how to work with it. The goal of each Anatomy in Action course is to dive deeper into one particular section of the body and investigate it with a curious and playful approach. Through discussion, powerpoint, skeletal models (and maybe even unitards), palpation, movement, and more this will hopefully be one of your most memorable and at times comedic anatomy course.
September 7th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of Breath
Get the inside scoop! Your lungs work as a vacuum, getting pulled and sucked into space by the ribs and diaphragm. Learn how your breath can get freed from restriction by understanding all the anatomical pulls that play a role in its potential capacity. Understanding your breath will ultimately determine the success of your movement elsewhere so it is one of the most universally important systems to understand.
September 14th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Spine
The true core! Your spine is the main passage for all of your neuromuscular control. From the brain to your fingertips, this canal of communication articulates and undulates to keep our fluid form from freezing. Learn about the three regions of the spine and how they work in harmony for our myriad of potential shapes.
September 21st 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Pelvis
Your organs sit comfortably on top of this boney basin but it isn’t a container of stagnation, this curving spiraling complex is an important area to understand for our overall anatomical health. This channel acts as passage for new babies but is also the primary communicator from the legs to the spine. Learn about the numerous roads that intersect at this sacred location in our body and how to identify when there may be a bit too much congestion.
September 28th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Abdominals
Suck your core in… just kidding… please don’t. You abdominals are optimal when they are flexible and dynamic. They are good at power and support, they can be expand and contract with every breath or dinner, they encase and stimulate our organs, they are important to understand… not force. We often work at “strengthening our core” because someone told us that is what we need. But maybe learning about how these four muscles really work together we can appreciate how they integrate with all the systems they connect. Then we may be able to refine what we strengthen and why.
October 19th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Feet and Ankles
Everyone’s feet look a little different but the one thing that is in common is they get us all from point A to point B. As bipedal creatures, these two dynamic structures take on a lot of work with very little recovery. When one tiny portion gets a little out of whack, it can send ramifications all they way up our chain. Learn about how your foot is organized from an architectural and physics perspective. Taking the time to understand your feet may actually be just what they need to do their job well and get a little rest sometimes.
October 26th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Knees
It wasn’t uncommon to hear people say the “knees weren’t a very well designed structure”. I beg to differ. The knee is one of the most complex and beautiful joints in our entire body. There are so many curves, tension braces, shock pads, pulleys, locking mechanisms, and release valves that this structure could be a lifetime of study. Our body is so beautiful designed that by giving it an opportunity to speak we can care for it in the way it needs. Take a dive into the knee world and listen. It has a lot to say.
November 2nd 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Hips
The first section of the hips is dedicated to parallel alignment of the leg. The leg can move into extension, flexion, abduction, adduction, and a coordination of all four in circumduction. This workshop will look at how the hip muscles work together and stabilize us in our primary daily action of gait. It will also investigate some of those deeper connections like the psoas to our core.
November 9th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Hips 2
The first day of hips was a simple as a walk in the park but when you add rotations the hips can feel like you are learning parkour! The rotations of the hip socket are nuanced and complex but when you look at how the fascial lines integrate with larger pilates and yoga shapes and how to unravel the key fascial lines that may be restricting your movement patterns.
November 30th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Elbows and Hands
Hold plank they say… your wrists will get stronger they say... It can be such a frustrating feeling to love plank but never be able to hold it because of the uncomfortable load on your wrists. The wrists and hands require biomechanic organization just like the feet. If there is restriction or weakness the weight bearing or grip actions can be incredibly frustration. But let go of that frustration and learn about whats happening!
December 7th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Shoulders 1
The first section of the shoulders is dedicated to the relationship of the scapula, collarbone, and ribs. To organize the shoulder blade at the scapulothoracic joint (an all muscle joint that sometimes gets stuck like it is made of cartilage!) you can have a more free and mobile arm. We often blame the ball and socket joint for limited range but trust me, potential flight stems from the wings on your back!
December 14th 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Shoulders 2
The rotator cuff is a collection of four tiny muscles that are meant to suction the ball of the humerus into the socket of the shoulder resulting in optimal articulation. But often (like when your wing is stuck) you can have areas of impingement that can lead to injury. Learning what it feels like to “seat your humerus” will give you a more accurate assessment of what range is too much range and what work is good work.
December 21st 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm Anatomy of the Head and Neck
There are a few styles of movement therapies that are all about the way we carry our head on our shoulders. Our primary systems for balance, posture, and action are stimulated by the systems all contained in our skull. From vision to swallowing, come learn how your head and neck influence the rest of your anatomy and what to do when you feel that “pain in the neck”.