Fascial and Observational Anatomy Series with Richard Gartner
Date: October 24-25th, 2020
Time: Saturday and Sunday 12:00-5:30pm
Location: SPY North
Investment: $275 (includes manual)
Much of yoga teacher's anatomy studies include the building blocks: the individual muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. While this is instructive and necssary, it is difficult to show students how they are part of the whole.
When put in context of fascial lines, however, our anatomy and practice come to life. This series illustrates how students can connect the dots of felt sense and experience wholeness in their practice.
The lateral line portion explores the “body brackets” and left-to-right asymmetry. We'll investigate twists and allows the organic body to receive the benefits of the practice through the spiral line. The dorsal line session addresses back body, which includes the densest and strongest tendons in our system. The ventral and core lines session explores anatomical backbends and metaphorically opens possibilities. It then puts it all the lines together and explores our sense of self through stability and inversion.
Richard explains how these lines course through the body from head to toe. He then will lead a focused fascial practice to explore the lines in a logical way. We will also speak about the Yoga Sutras and explore ways the sutras are integrated like our connective tissue, fostering an understanding and appreciation of the text. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions. Bring your curiousity, something to write with and your sense of exploration.
Yoga alliance members receive 10 Continuing Education Credits.
Richard's style is paradoxically both unique and universal. His instructions allow for any student to approach the practice, embracing all levels of experience and ability. This allows for anybody to explore their own unique structure and make every practice their own. Richard's approach is influenced by his primary teacher, Tias Little. Tias developed Prajna Yoga, which means 'the yoga of deep insight.' Tias describes Prajna Yoga as a 'style-less style', where the yoga should fit the student and not the other way around.
For Richard, this 'style-less style' means a yoga practice should be vibrant, in-the-moment and multi-disciplinary. His teachings fuse traditional posture and breathwork with contemporary anatomy and body work. He draws from many forms of yoga, fascial release, mindfulness techniques and common sense.