Grey’s Anatomy

Weekend’s 5 & 6 of Yoga Teacher Training was mainly focused on Anatomy, so I had to use Grey’s Anatomy as the title as it’s clearly the best hospital drama ever! Now Anatomy is a rather large topic so I will only be giving you a brief overview at this stage. The teacher who took the class was fantastic, she’s an ex competitive cyclist, who had so much knowledge on Anatomy and also a Yoga Teacher so she could constantly relate it back to what we were learning. I found the Anatomy lectures really fascinating. It’s always been a concern of mine when going to Yoga that although I know the Yoga Teacher is not a Doctor (unless they actually are) that when someone mentions that they have an injury whether the teacher really knows exactly what to do with that answer? It is true that despite having a particular injury that Asanas (physical poses) should be slow and comfortable and that if at any point the movement hurts you should move out of it and listen to your body. That’s probably why you often get the response of “listen to your body, come out of the posture if you need to and modify where appropriate”. A fairly generic answer but it applies right? You know your body better than the teacher does and they can only guide you.
So what did we learn? Well of course we had a full skeleton model hanging from the ceiling like I proper science lesson to learn the bones of the body. I say a full skeleton but in truth I think he had lost a few bones on his journeys around London. Now my favourite set of bone are the Phalanges which make up your fingers and toes but if you’re a big Friends fan I’m pretty sure that will resonate! My other favourite fact is that you have 26 bones in your feet and 36 joints. We then learnt about the different joints e.g. your shoulder is a ball and socket joint, your elbow is a hinge joint and your thumb is a saddle joint. We also learnt about the muscles in the body and surely everyone’s favourite is Gluteus Maximus right? It just sounds like it’s straight out of Gladiator. However it wasn’t just the different muscles names and places in the body but the ways in which the muscles act and contract.
We had lectures on the respiratory, nervous, circulatory and musculoskeletal systems. We learnt about different injuries, illnesses and aliments and the modifications you should apply or suggest when teaching. Throughout the the two weekends we were constantly reminded of why yoga was good for you regardless of your physical ability as of course yoga is not just about the energetic body but about breathing and the effect that it has on your body both inside and out. One of the things I really enjoyed was how I could connect my new found knowledge to the other sports I do and it reminded of some of the content in Born to Run. The idea of barefoot running and strengthening the feet instead of concentrating on getting new shoes to balance eversion or inversion of the feet. Since then I have been trying to pick up my clothes with my feet after a shower and wear shoes as little as possible when appropriate. To be honest my feet and shoes often don’t get along even Nike Sliders once cut up my feet?!
Yes a bit of a whilst stop shop of our Anatomy course and at some point I will write some individual pieces if there’s topics you want me to expand on. With Love and Light xx

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