The Yoga Anatomy Bundle with Judith Hanson Lasater contains the following 3 courses:
Kinesiology and Its Therapeutic Applications – Tracing the Origin of Common Misalignment Patterns in Yoga Asanas
Kinesiology is the study of human movement. To teach with confidence and efficacy, it’s of course important to know basic kinesiological principles, such as the names, origins and insertions of the skeletal muscles, but this alone is not nearly enough. It is perhaps more important to understand how the muscles work together so that the body can perform sophisticated movements like Triangle Pose, for example.
In this course, yoga teacher and physical therapist Judith Hanson Lasater offers an introduction to the important topic of kinesiology as it applies to the practice and teaching of yoga asana. We will learn and apply basic movement principles to common yoga postures. Understanding kinesiology is the portal through which we can understand how and why to apply therapeutic suggestions to students who are not functioning well and/or who are in pain when they practice.
The Core of the Matter: Essentials of Core Strengthening for Yoga Practitioners
The core muscles are our physical, structural, and energetic center. A strong core is essential to healthy and functional movement throughout life. It forms the foundation for proper posture, ease and grace of movement, and even creates greater emotional balance and strength. However, for many people, core work is associated with tedious and unpleasant exercises, like crunches and other ab-toning work. Additionally, unbalanced core work focusing too much on the front abdominal muscles can even lead to structural imbalances that create its own set of issues.
In this course, yoga teacher, physical therapist, and author Judith Hanson Lasater shows how to integrate a core routine as part of a yoga practice to make core work fun and rewarding. Judith will present an innovative and easy-to-follow program of asanas variations and breathing practices to integrate in your yoga practice, and also show simple core strengthening activities you can incorporate throughout your daily activities to strengthen the core.
Freedom of the Hip Joint: Asanas, Anatomy and Therapeutics
Wonder how to deal with tightness in the hips that hold you or your students back in their yoga practice? Yoga poses that create greater balance in the hip joint are some of the most rewarding yoga poses, but they are often challenging, particularly for beginning yoga students. Creating greater balance in the hip joint is a key to improving alignment in many yoga postures, but when not practiced correctly, hip-balancing poses can discourage beginning yoga students or even lead to injuries.
In this course on the anatomy and therapeutics of the hip joint, Judith Hanson Lasater shares some of the key principles for creating greater freedom in the hip joint. Because the soft tissues surrounding the hip are some of the strongest in the body, hip-balancing poses must be done with careful awareness and attentiveness. Judith addresses some of the key individual differences in the anatomy of the hip joint, which shape our yoga practice and show how to adjust poses accordingly. The benefits of hip-balancing yoga postures go beyond one’s yoga practice: keeping the hip supple can help you ease back pain or avoid it altogether, and it will help ensure mobility and agility as you get older.