Yoga Anatomy, Physiology and Practice: Backward Bends, Yoga Breathing and Relaxation

with Roger Cole, Ph.D.

Yoga Anatomy, Physiology and PracticeWhether you are new to yoga or have decades of experience, applying scientific understanding to asana, pranayama and relaxation can dramatically enhance your practice. Learn how to use physiology, neurophysiology and anatomy to gain new yoga skills and achieve new heights of consciousness. Topics will include:

Backbends: Anatomy and Practice

In this class, you will improve and deepen your backbends, forward bends and twists by understanding the anatomy of the hips, spine, trunk and shoulders, and applying it to a thorough backbends practice.

Neurophysiology of Yoga Breathing

In this class, you will learn how your brain and nerves control respiration and how breathing affects your brain and your conscious experience, then apply this knowledge to the practice of basic breathing techniques and pranayama.

Relaxation: Physiology and Practice

In this class, you will learn the physiology that makes restorative yoga postures so remarkably effective, then put it to use in a long, deep relaxation practice.:

Yoga Anatomy, Physiology and Practice2Roger Cole, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized, certified Iyengar yoga teacher trained at the Iyengar Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and Pune, India. He is also an accomplished scientist educated at Stanford University and the University of California, with specialties in the science of relaxation, sleep, and circadian rhythms.

Roger has practiced yoga since 1975 and taught since 1980. He has been featured in five of Yoga Journal’s asana calendars, co-organized two Iyengar yoga conventions, and authored dozens of articles on yoga teaching, practice, biology and therapeutics, including Yoga Journal’s Anatomy Column, Master Class Colum, and Ask Our Expert Column, Yoga International’s Asana Solutions column, and special feature articles on the prevention of yoga injuries, the physiology of stress, relief from back pain, and the science of keeping your balance. He has trained thousands of yoga teachers and taught yoga as a healing art to physicians, physical therapists, medical students and patients.

Roger’s classes can be vigorous or profoundly restful, but they always teach safe and exceptionally effective posture and breathing techniques in a low-pressure atmosphere. They provide a wealth of practical information and a produce a richly rewarding experience. He offers weekly classes in Del Mar, California, and conducts workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad. His specialties include yoga teacher training, yoga anatomy, yoga physiology, restorative yoga, and promotion of better sleep.

Schedule:

Saturday August 2,  8:30-11:30 a.m.

Backbends: Anatomy and Practice

Improve and deepen your backbends by understanding the anatomy of the hips, spine, trunk and shoulders, and applying it to a thorough backbends practice.

Saturday August 2,  3:30-5:30 p.m.

Neurophysiology of Yoga Breathing

Breath and brain are so tightly linked that every change in consciousness creates a change in respiration and vice-versa. This class you will teach you some of the ways that your nervous system makes this happen, then immediately put this knowledge to use by guiding you through a mind-altering sequence of breathing practices. It will enhance your asana, pranayama and meditation practice, regardless of your level of experience.

Sunday August 3,  8:30-11:15 a.m.

Relaxation: Physiology and Practice

Over the centuries, yogis have developed ingenious ways to produce profound relaxation by triggering reflexes that we are all born with. Learn the physiology that makes restorative yoga postures so remarkably effective, then put it to use in a long, deep relaxation practice. If possible, please bring extra yoga blankets and a small towel or other item to cover the eyes.


 

 

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