Register nowEmbodied Anatomy & Yoga
with Amy Matthews and Roxlyn Moret

February 2014 - March 2016

This course applies key principles of each of the body systems to the practice of yoga. The workshops in this course explore the asanas through the direct experience of our own body systems, tissues and cells.

Embodied Anatomy opens a door to the transformative aspects of yoga and takes asanas beyond a formulaic, external approach and into the subtleties of yoga practice.

The course is made up of a series of workshops, offered about once a month. Most workshops are 3 days. Each workshop day is from 9:30am – 5pm.

SCHEDULE:

February 2014 – March 2016

DATES and TOPICS:

Feb 8 - 10, 2014Skeletal System and Yoga - Lower Limbs

The skeletal system gives our body the basic form through which we locomote through space, act on the environment, and sculpt and create the energy forms in space that we call movement. Through embodying the skeletal system, the mind becomes structurally organized, providing the supporting ground for our thoughts, the leverage for ideas, and the fulcrums or spaces between our ideas for the articulation and understanding of their relationships. In providing the basic framework for the movement of our mind and provides the foundation for the psychophysical qualities of clarity, effortlessness and form. There are three separate skeletal courses: Lower Limbs, Upper Limbs and Axial Skeleton.

This course includes:

  • Grounding and articulating the feet, strengthening the ankles and awakening the spiral of the forelegs.
  • Aligning the knees through articulation of the menisci and balancing the ligaments and muscles.
  • Freeing the hips and pelvic halves and relieving stress on the lower spine through differentiating and balancing the iliopsoas complex, pelvic diaphragm and other hip muscles.
  • Integrating the lower limbs – feet through pelvic halves – to spine in any asana.

Mar 8 - 10, 2014Skeletal System and Yoga - Upper Limbs

The skeletal system gives our body the basic form through which we locomote through space, act on the environment, and sculpt and create the energy forms in space that we call movement. Through embodying the skeletal system, the mind becomes structurally organized, providing the supporting ground for our thoughts, the leverage for ideas, and the fulcrums or spaces between our ideas for the articulation and understanding of their relationships. In providing the basic framework for the movement of our mind and provides the foundation for the psychophysical qualities of clarity, effortlessness and form. There are three separate skeletal courses: Lower Limbs, Upper Limbs and Axial Skeleton.

This course includes:

  • Articulating the hands, strengthening the wrists and awakening the spiral of the forearms.
  • Balancing the elbows.
  • Freeing and aligning the shoulders and shoulder girdle.
  • Mobilizing and individuating the ribs and relieving stress on the spine.
  • Exploring the thoracic diaphragm as a base for the movement of the arms in all planes.
  • Integrating the upper limbs — hands through ribs to spine in any asana.

May 3 - 5, 2014Skeletal System and Yoga - Axial Skeleton

The skeletal system gives our body the basic form through which we locomote through space, act on the environment, and sculpt and create the energy forms in space that we call movement. Through embodying the skeletal system, the mind becomes structurally organized, providing the supporting ground for our thoughts, the leverage for ideas, and the fulcrums or spaces between our ideas for the articulation and understanding of their relationships. In providing the basic framework for the movement of our mind and provides the foundation for the psychophysical qualities of clarity, effortlessness and form. There are three separate skeletal courses: Lower Limbs, Upper Limbs and Axial Skeleton.

This course includes:

  • Through the axial skeleton we experience the central core that we call ‘self’. When our axial skeleton moves through space, we move through space. When our axial skeleton is still, we are still. When our axial skeleton is calm and soft, our mind is quiet and calm.
  • Mobilizing and strengthening the spine, head to tail.
  • Energy pathways of flow through the spine.
  • Integrating and balancing the spine as a support for the back of the body, and the mandible, hyoid, sternum and pubic bones as supports for the front of the body.
  • Finding spinal ease and calm in any asana.

Jun 7 - 9, 2014Ligamentous System and Yoga

The ligaments coordinate and guide muscular responses and provide specificity, clarity and efficiency for the alignment and movement of the bones, When all of the ligaments of a joint are actively engaged, the movement of that joint becomes highly specific and is carried effortlessly to surrounding and successive joints.

This course includes:

  • Balancing joints through approximation and elongation of the of the ligaments on all sides of the joint.
  • Establishing spatial clarity and intent.
  • Focusing on the ligaments of the spine for stability and flexibility.
  • Focusing on the ligaments of the lower limb to ground standing postures.
  • Focusing on the ligaments of the upper limb to strengthen the arms for supporting postures and to free them for reaching gracefully through space.

Sep 27 - 29, 2014Organ System and Yoga

Our organs are vital and alive. They provide us with a sense of personal self and organic authenticity. Organs support our postural tone and our feelings, and give volume to our movement.

This course includes:

  • Basic Principles: breathing, sounding, softening, mobility, stability, three-dimensional movement, condensing and expanding, suspension and compression, organ roll.
  • Relationship of the organs to developmental movement.
  • Relationship of the organs to the skeletal system.
  • Keystone of the arch in any asana.

Oct 25 - 27, 2014Endocrine System and Yoga

The endocrine glands are the bridge between the organs and the nervous system and between the nervous system and the fluids. They create crystalline psychophysical states through which we are able to experience and understand the universal aspect of self.

This course includes:

  • Location of the endocrine glands and their reflex points.
  • Breathing, sounding and moving initiated from the glands.
  • Energy centers and their support of the spine.
  • Skeletal relationships and balance for any asana.

Dec 13 - 15, 2014Nervous System and Yoga

Experience first occurs on the cellular level. The nervous system records the experience and organizes it into patterns. It then can call forth the experience and modify the pattern by integrating it with the patterns of other experiences. The nervous system is the last to know, but once knowing, becomes a primary controlling system of the body.

This course includes:

  • Basic components: Sensory/motor; central/peripheral; autonomic/somatic; enteric nervous system; superficial nervous system network; sympathetic mantle.
  • Softening, releasing, energizing, containing and balancing of the nervous system.
  • Autonomic balance and support of the central, lateral and peripheral ganglionic centers.
  • Establishing the spinal axis in relationship to the central and peripheral nerves in any asana.

Feb 7 - 9, 2015Fluid System and Yoga

The major fluids of the body are cellular, interstitial and transitional fluids, blood, lymph, synovial fluid, and cerebrospinal fluid. Their embodied psychophysical qualities underlie presence and transformation, set the ground for basic communication, and play a major role in the counterbalancing of tension and relaxation, rest and action.

This course includes:

  • Cellular and extracellular fluids; blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF); rest and motion: gravity and space; fluid/membrane balance.
  • Lymph, synovial, periorgan, transitional and interstitial fluids; focused, free-flowing and strong resistive movement.
  • Fluid distinctions, blending and alchemy.
  • Awareness of weight, space and time from a fluid perspective in any asana.

Mar 7 - 9, 2015Breathing and Yoga

We manifest our state of being through our breath. Through the expressive qualities of our voice, we communicate to the outer world who we are. Breathing and vocalization support each other and are reflected in each other.

This course includes:

  • External respiration (lungs) and internal respiration (cellular).
  • Accessing the individual lobes of the lungs and their relationship to the nasal conchae.
  • Balancing the pelvic, thoracic and vocal diaphragms in breathing and vocalization.
  • The role of the lesser and greater peritoneal sacs in abdominal/pelvic breathing.

May 2 - 4, 2015Vocalization and Yoga

We manifest our state of being through our breath. Through the expressive qualities of our voice, we communicate to the outer world who we are. Breathing and vocalization support each other and are reflected in each other.

This course includes:

  • Shaping the pharynx for clear overtones and vowel production.
  • Distinguishing the production of pitch and intensity in the larynx.
  • Freeing the breath and voice in any asana.

May 30 - Jun 1, 2015Muscular System and Yoga, Part 1

The muscles establish a tensile three-dimensional grid for the balanced support and movement of the skeletal structure by providing the elastic forces that move the bones through space. Through this system we embody our vitality, express our power, and engage in the dialogue of resistance and resolution.

This course includes:

  • Basic principles: concentric, eccentric and isometric contractions; reciprocal innervation; agonist and antagonist in relation to gravity; muscle coupling and currenting for ease and balance; intrafusal and extrafusal muscle fibers for establishing autonomic effortless initiation of movement and building of strength; spirallic wrapping of muscles for 3-dimensional movement; proprioceptive initiation of timing.
  • Pelvic, thoracic, shoulder and vocal diaphragms in breathing and movement.
  • Iliopsoas complex in the articulation and support of the spine, pelvic halves and legs.

Jun 27 - 29, 2015Muscular System and Yoga, Part 2

The muscles establish a tensile three-dimensional grid for the balanced support and movement of the skeletal structure by providing the elastic forces that move the bones through space. Through this system we embody our vitality, express our power, and engage in the dialogue of resistance and resolution.

This course includes:

  • Basic principles: concentric, eccentric and isometric contractions; reciprocal innervation; agonist and antagonist in relation to gravity; muscle coupling and currenting for ease and balance; intrafusal and extrafusal muscle fibers for establishing autonomic effortless initiation of movement and building of strength; spirallic wrapping of muscles for 3-dimensional movement; proprioceptive initiation of timing.
  • Pelvic, thoracic, shoulder and vocal diaphragms in breathing and movement.
  • Iliopsoas complex in the articulation and support of the spine, pelvic halves and legs.

Sep 12 - 14, 2015Asana Practice from a Body-Systems Perspective, Part 1

In the previously described yoga courses, the theme is the body systems material and how it can enrich yoga practice. In the Asana Practice from a Body Systems Perspective, the focus is on asanas and how to choose, build, organize, adapt, sequence and execute them based on anatomical principles.

This course includes:

  • Building basic elements for ease of execution.
  • Balancing and recuperating through associated counterpostures.
  • Thematic sequencing of a common thread that weaves the asanas into a unified whole.
  • Establishing a beginning, a middle and an end.
  • Adapting postures based on individual needs.
  • Encompassing three-dimensional space within the context of the three basic planes.
  • Initiating movement through the process of embodiment.
  • Transmitting cellular consciousness.
  • Utilizing asanas at different levels (lying to standing) in relationship to the earth.
  • Varying body orientation in relation to gravitational forces of earth and heaven.
  • Understanding of body systems principles inherent in the asanas.
  • The last hour of each day will cover yogic philosophy.

Oct 10 - 12, 2015Asana Practice from a Body-Systems Perspective, Part 2

In the previously described yoga courses, the theme is the body systems material and how it can enrich yoga practice. In the Asana Practice from a Body Systems Perspective, the focus is on asanas and how to choose, build, organize, adapt, sequence and execute them based on anatomical principles.

This course includes:

  • Building basic elements for ease of execution.
  • Balancing and recuperating through associated counterpostures.
  • Thematic sequencing of a common thread that weaves the asanas into a unified whole.
  • Establishing a beginning, a middle and an end.
  • Adapting postures based on individual needs.
  • Encompassing three-dimensional space within the context of the three basic planes.
  • Initiating movement through the process of embodiment.
  • Transmitting cellular consciousness.
  • Utilizing asanas at different levels (lying to standing) in relationship to the earth.
  • Varying body orientation in relation to gravitational forces of earth and heaven.
  • Understanding of body systems principles inherent in the asanas.
  • The last hour of each day will cover yogic philosophy.

Nov 7 - 9, 2015Integration, Part 1

In the body systems courses in this program, the emphasis is on establishing a foundation for the personal embodiment of the principles taught. Integration is a professional level course that builds on the skills gained earlier and applies those skills to facilitating others in their yoga practice.

Touch and movement are direct, subconscious pathways of communication. There is a synchronicity between them, that when integrated, allows us to help others to find a deep repatterning that bypasses habitual ways of moving. Integration is of primary importance in transmitting the essence of our own embodiment to others and in opening the internal pathways that underlie the external movement of the body through space.

This course includes:

  • Problem solving: recognizing and analyzing problems and guiding others in finding process-oriented resolution.
  • Understanding common problems and how solutions vary with each individual.
  • Transforming problems into pathways of exploration and learning.
  • Finding ease in your own body while facilitating ease in others.
  • Approaching movement repatterning as a mutual relationship between the facilitator and the student.

In order to take this workshop, you must first complete a minimum of eight body systems courses and the Asana Practice course.

Dec 5 - 7, 2015Integration, Part 2

In the body systems courses in this program, the emphasis is on establishing a foundation for the personal embodiment of the principles taught. Integration is a professional level course that builds on the skills gained earlier and applies those skills to facilitating others in their yoga practice.

Touch and movement are direct, subconscious pathways of communication. There is a synchronicity between them, that when integrated, allows us to help others to find a deep repatterning that bypasses habitual ways of moving. Integration is of primary importance in transmitting the essence of our own embodiment to others and in opening the internal pathways that underlie the external movement of the body through space.

This course includes:

  • Problem solving: recognizing and analyzing problems and guiding others in finding process-oriented resolution.
  • Understanding common problems and how solutions vary with each individual.
  • Transforming problems into pathways of exploration and learning.
  • Finding ease in your own body while facilitating ease in others.
  • Approaching movement repatterning as a mutual relationship between the facilitator and the student.

In order to take this workshop, you must first complete a minimum of eight body systems courses and the Asana Practice course.

Jan 16 - 18, 2016Integration, Part 3

In the body systems courses in this program, the emphasis is on establishing a foundation for the personal embodiment of the principles taught. Integration is a professional level course that builds on the skills gained earlier and applies those skills to facilitating others in their yoga practice.

Touch and movement are direct, subconscious pathways of communication. There is a synchronicity between them, that when integrated, allows us to help others to find a deep repatterning that bypasses habitual ways of moving. Integration is of primary importance in transmitting the essence of our own embodiment to others and in opening the internal pathways that underlie the external movement of the body through space.

This course includes:

  • Problem solving: recognizing and analyzing problems and guiding others in finding process-oriented resolution.
  • Understanding common problems and how solutions vary with each individual.
  • Transforming problems into pathways of exploration and learning.
  • Finding ease in your own body while facilitating ease in others.
  • Approaching movement repatterning as a mutual relationship between the facilitator and the student.

In order to take this workshop, you must first complete a minimum of eight body systems courses and the Asana Practice course.

Feb 13 - 15, 2016Professional Issues & Competency, Part 1

What does it mean to practice and teach Embodied Anatomy and Yoga and how do you transition into this role?

This course includes:

  • The student/movement educator relationship.
  • Responsibilities of being a professional, including ethical guidelines and health precautions.
  • Setting up and managing a professional practice, such as, finances, publicity, managing space and time, promotion, interfacing with other professionals, supervision and networking.

In order to take this workshop, you must first complete a minimum of eight body systems courses and the Asana Practice course.

Mar 12 - 14, 2016Professional Issues & Competency, Part 2

What does it mean to practice and teach Embodied Anatomy and Yoga and how do you transition into this role?

This course includes:

  • The student/movement educator relationship.
  • Responsibilities of being a professional, including ethical guidelines and health precautions.
  • Setting up and managing a professional practice, such as, finances, publicity, managing space and time, promotion, interfacing with other professionals, supervision and networking.

In order to take this workshop, you must first complete a minimum of eight body systems courses and the Asana Practice course.

PRE-REQUISITES:

The requirement for entry into these courses is a basic familiarity with yoga asana. No prior experience with Body-Mind Centering is necessary.

To attend the final two workshops (Integration and Professional Issues & Competency) you must first complete a minimum of eight body systems workshops and the Asana Practice workshop.

PRICES:

Full EAY program: $7,125
Single Workshop: $435

DISCOUNTS:

Single Workshop: $375 if paid in full two months in advance.
Work-study discounts are available for the full series. Email  for more information.

REGISTRATION:

To register for one or more workshops, please complete the Embodied Anatomy & Yoga registration form. You may use the buttons below to pay for the series or a workshop to reserve your spot. For more information, please email .

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POLICIES:

Cancellation Policies

  • Up to 2 weeks before – REFUND. Deposit will be refunded, minus a $30 processing fee.
  • Up to 7 days before – CREDIT. Deposit minus a $30 processing fee may be transferred to another workshop or course at The Breathing Project.
  • Less than 7 days before – No refunds or credits.

More About Body-Mind Centering

  • The BMC℠ and Yoga programs at The Breathing Project are offered through Embodied Asana under license from the School for Body-Mind Centering.
  • "Body-Mind Centering" and "BMC" are service marks of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, used with permission.

Payment Policies: Body-Mind Centering & Yoga

  • To receive an early registration discount, full payment must be received two months prior to first session.
  • Enrollment is by full cost of session. There is no pro-rated enrollment for partial attendance.

Work-Study: Body-Mind Centering & Yoga

  • Students must commit to the full course in order to be eligible. Withdrawal from the work-study program before the program has been completed will incur a $200 fee.
  • Work-study contracts are worth a portion of the tuition; students are responsible for the balance.
  • Payment plans for the balance of the tuition are available, and can be arranged. Late payments will incur a $25 fee.

Questions? Please email bmc-yoga@breathingproject.org.