Earlier this year I took a training workshop on the anatomy of the spine and the anatomy of the core covering the functional movement and injury management.
As I listened to the instructor I felt my passion for learning about this subject and I felt like a sponge absorbing the concepts that the instructor shared with us. It was great to be reminded about the knowledge that yoga is not a prescribed set of movements, that is, different approaches serve us at different times of our lives because as we learn new things, our practice and the approaches we use in teaching yoga should change over time. There is a potential for revisiting and revising our approach to this wonderful practice.
The asanas and techniques done in a modern flow yoga class are not that old compared to what has been traditionally taught about yoga. The mechanical, technical and sequential aspects of the practice are a work in progress. – Lifestyles, unique bodies, etc., make this ancient practice a dynamic tradition – one in which we can adapt the ancient teachings to the modern realities.
What I find most fascinating about anatomy and human movement system is how complex it all is. In spite of all the variables and limitations, the body is very smart and it always has a reason for creating boundaries – they should be respected and not be messed with. Those boundaries are there to protect the body!
I am looking forward to the next one coming up in next week where we will learn about the anatomy of the hips. If you are curious, the instructor has a really inspiring page about her that you might be interesting in reading.