Asanatomy: The Wonder of Your Body Anatomy Intensive

Noah Mazé - Global Online
June 8-18 2020

Are you interested in learning more about your body and its capacity to move? Are you looking to empower yourself with the skills to evolve your practice and teaching to co-participate in your body’s diverse and intelligent strength and mobility? Are you ready to tap your own creative pathways into increased mobility and movement? When you turn all the lights on; how awake, how alive, how aware can you be? Join Noah Mazé and deepen your knowledge of ANATOMY & APPLIED ANATOMY via this structured online training, which begins this month.

This anatomical-based training will take you on an educational and experiential journey of body-mind-heart. Each day will be a treasure trove of learning about human anatomy, kinesiology and applied biomechanics, and how to apply your knowledge to optimize your yoga and movement practice and teaching. This online training is offered in accordance with temporary Yoga Alliance guidelines, and is accredited though Yoga Alliance. All sessions may be attended live, and will additionally be recorded for your convenience and revisitation. Access to this content does not expire.

This intensive is designed for experienced yoga teachers and committed yoga and movement students who wish to learn MORE about their bodies and experience greater skill and alignment in yoga poses with more body awareness. Included in your tuition is enrollment in our online course Essential Poses & Practice, which you will may access immediately upon payment of tuition when you login to www.mazeonyoga.com. Students will need a computer (laptop is ideal), a space for yoga and learning, and yoga props (ideally — mat, 3+ blankets, 2 blocks, 2 straps a surface you can easily slide on, and at least 1 TheraBand/resistance band or some other resistance substitute).

Each training day, students will access ALL course materials via login to the Themazemethod.com wherestudents will find their resources for the training, including:

  1. Live-streamed broadcasts by Noah (those will have a much higher quality than your typical zoom classes or other online learning sessions);
  2. ZOOM sessions where Noah will interact with students and moderate small group work.  Noah will also address student questions and field common questions etc. in these sessions;
  3. Pre-recorded class videos will be part of the training and available to students to work with and use as additional resources;
  4. Worksheets, which will appear in the documents section of each training day’s folder in the area marked “DOCUMENTS.” The documents we will offer to our students will include a workbook, worksheets, articles and more.   Students are able to download the PDFs directly from our website, and print them if they wish.

Over the course of this training we will study much of human anatomy.  We will focus on and experience a specific body region on each of the 8 training days via (1) Deep Dive Lecture: video lectures with worksheets and supporting materials (2) Anatomy Lab: experiential learning and movement applications, skills n’ drills activations and asana classes (3) Teachers Clinic: sequencing strategies, teaching skills development practicum and assignments. Training substance is focused on anatomy and applied anatomy in yoga.  We will engage pose analysis and organizing principles relevant to anatomy.  

Topics and methods will include:

  • Muscular-skeletal anatomy, kinesiology & applied biomechanics
  • Science based principles
  • Application and understanding of alignment in common yoga poses
  • Methods to de-mystify your understanding of anatomy and its application
  • Greater clarity in WHAT to do in yoga poses, HOW to do it, and WHY it is important
  • Innovative drills to develop further motor skills in yoga poses and movement practice and teaching
  • Skills & drills that activate specific muscle groups to create greater stability and expand range(s) of motion
  • Understanding of yoga pose & movement regression and progression strategies
  • Adapting practice and pose work with limitations (your own and your students)
  • Sequencing templates to integrate your newfound anatomy knowledge into your hatha and vinyasa practice/classes
  • Sequencing and teaching techniques to help students embody elusive postures with success
  • Greater insight and increased potency of verbal instructions and other teaching tools

Full participation in real time is highly recommended to maximize your online learning in a group environment. However, life is busy and full participation is not always possible.  ALL sessions are archived and available within 24 hours after each ends (and in most cases sooner).  Usually students may engage with missed sessions later on the same day of offering.  Additionally, students may repeat sessions at a later time, as there is always more to learn and repetition is sometimes useful and always a great resource. Despite when you participate, students may earn credit; as we are able to verify and track your participation. While we prefer real time student participation, anyone not participating live can still have an exceptionally RICH and REWARDING experience.All training hours will count towards 40 hours of contact continuing education and 20 hours of non-contact continuing education hours with Yoga Alliance, and meets the annual CE requirement(s) for yoga teachers. This course also counts toward our 300 hour certificate (which requires 270 contact hours). 

This educational and experiential journey of body-mind-heart will be a virtual treasure trove of learning about human anatomy, kinesiology and applied biomechanics, and how to apply your knowledge to optimize your yoga and movement practice and teaching.   Expect clear and detailed instruction, anatomical specificity, progressive sequencing, and much much more.

Come ready to wake up your whole being!

June 8-11 (M,T,W,Th) & June 15-18 (M,T,W,Th)

Daily Hours: 7am to 12:30pm PST (all times given in Pacific Standard Time)

Approximate Daily Schedule (all times given in Pacific Standard Time)

7-8am Daily Centering, Homework Discussion, Small Group Teaching Practicum

8:15-9:45am Experiential Anatomy Lab, Body Region Review, Yoga Pose Lab, Sequencing & Teaching Strategies

10-11:15am Anatomical Body Region Class

11:30-12:30pm Daily Debrief, Q&A, Homework

Daily Deep Dive Anatomical Body Region Schedule:

Day 1 (June 8): Spine and Core

Day 2 (June 9): Pelvis

Day 3 (June 10): Hip

Day 4 (June 11): Lower Extremity (hip to foot)

Day 5 (June 15): Foot and the Ankle

Day 6 (June 16): Shoulder

Day 7 (June 17): Upper Extremity (shoulder to hand)

Day 8 (June 18): Wrist and Hand

Full participation in real time is highly recommended to maximize your online learning in a group environment. However, life is busy and full participation is not always possible. All sessions are archived and available within 24 hours after each ends (and in most cases sooner). Usually students may engage with missed sessions later on the same day of offering.  

Additionally, the perk of learning online is students may repeat sessions at a later time. There is always more to learn and repetition is sometimes useful and always a great resource. Despite when you participate, students may earn credit; as we are able to verify and track your participation. While we prefer real time student participation, anyone not participating live can still have an exceptionally rich and rewarding experience.

Approximate Daily Schedule (all times given in Pacific Standard Time)

  • 7-8am Daily Centering, Homework Discussion, Small Group Teaching Practicum
  • 8:15-9:45am Experiential Anatomy Lab, Body Region Review, Yoga Pose Lab, Sequencing & Teaching Strategies
  • 10-11:15am Anatomical Body Region Class
  • 11:30-12:30pm Daily Debrief, Q&A, Homework

We will study and experience a specific body region on each of the 8 days (see schedule below). For each daily anatomical body region, our group learning methods will include:

1. Daily Centering: These sessions consist of meditation and breath practices, followed by discussion and applications of homework.

2. Deep Dive Lecture: These sessions consist of pre-recorded video lectures of the anatomical body region, with supporting worksheets that follow the lectures, as well as further learning materials and suggestions.

3. Anatomy Lab: These sessions consist of a mix of experiential learning, including discussion, demonstration, movement and yoga poses, skills n’ drills activations to strengthen and lengthen, use of props, regression and progression strategies motor skills and yoga poses, and alignment style yoga classes.

4. Teachers Clinic: These sessions consist of discussion, sequencing strategies and assignments, teaching skills development and demonstration, small group teaching practicum

5. Daily Debrief: Each cay will include time for review and discussion, Q&A, homework assignments for the next day, and suggestions for further learning and teaching applications.

Daily Deep Dive Anatomical Body Region Schedule & Main Topics:

Day 1 (June 8): Spine and Core

In this body region, you will learn:

  • What neutral pelvis and neutral spine is
  • Understand the movements of the spine and how to safely mobilize and stabilze each section
  • Understand the alignment of the spine in yoga poses
  • How to stabilize the cervical spine, both in general, and in backbends like Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
  • How to activate and how to teach Mula-Bandha (Root Lock) and Uddiyana-Bandha (Navel Lock)
  • Deep core vs core
  • How to safely perform and teach forward folds
  • How to stabilize the lower back in backbends

Day 2 (June 9): Pelvis

In this body region, you will learn:

  • Understand the bones and movements of the pelvis
  • How to stabilize and align the pelvis in yoga poses
  • Understand sacro-iliac joint dysfunction and how to prevent it
  • Understand the relationship between the pelvis and the spine and lower extremity
  • Understand some of the differences between male and female pelvis and how this may inform yoga pose alignment and strategies

Day 3 (June 10): Hip

In this body region, you will learn:

  • Understand the structures and movements of the hip
  • Understand variations in the bony structures and how this may inform alignment in yoga poses and movement
  • Understand the muscle groups of the hip, how to lengthen them, and how to strengthen them
  • Differentiate between individual muscles: psoas major VS iliacus
  • Understand hip alignment in yoga poses and gain more strategies for practice and teaching
  • How to create appropriate stability in assymetrical poses like Janu Sirsasana, Virabhadrasana I, Hanumanasana

Day 4 (June 11): Lower Extremity (hip to foot)

In this body region, you will learn:

  • The connectivity of the lower extremity; how the hip effects the knee, ankle and foot
  • The importance of gluteus-maximus to the alignment of the lower extremity
  • Understand the structures and movements of the knee
  • Understand of to strengthen and stabilize the knee
  • Gain more clarity and strategies to align you lower body in yoga poses
  • Gain more strategies to teach from foot to hip, and from hip to foot.

Day 5 (June 15): Foot and the Ankle

In this body region, you will learn:

  • Understand the bones and other structures of the ankle and foot
  • Understand the joints and movements of the ankle and foot
  • Understand alignment of the ankle and foot in yoga poses and gain more strategies for your practice and teaching
  • Understand the three arches of the feet and how to activate the muscles that support these arches
  • Fun and groan-worthy foot and toe drills

Day 6 (June 16): Shoulder

In this body region, you will learn:

  • The bones, joints and muscles of the shoulder girdle
  • Movements of the shoulder girdle and the muscles perform these movements
  • Stabilizing muscles (rotator cuff) of the gleno-humeral joint and how to strengthen and stabilize these structures
  • Scapula stabilizing muscles
  • How to apply this knowledge to yoga poses and movement

Day 7 (June 17): Upper Extremity (shoulder to hand)

In this body region, you will learn:

  • The kinetic chain of the upper extremity
  • Further shoulder anatomy
  • Elbow anatomy, movement and yoga applications
  • Forearm anatomy, movement and yoga applications

Day 8 (June 18): Wrist and Hand

In this body region, you will learn:

  • Forearm, wrist and hand anatomy and kinesiology
  • Movements of wrist and hand
  • How to strengthen these structures
  • Yoga pose applications
  • How to work with limitations and difficulties in arm balances

Further topics and methods will include:

  • Science based principles of muscular-skeletal anatomy, kinesiology & applied biomechanics
  • Experiential learning methods; kinesthetic, visual, verbal, whole group and small group, teaching and more
  • Deep inquiry and explorations into yoga poses and motor skills development, what constitutes as “alignment” and “mis-alignment” in poses
  • Creative use of props and sequencing strategies for your own practice and your teaching
  • Methods to de-mystify your understanding of anatomy and its application
  • Greater clarity in WHAT to do in yoga poses, HOW to do it, and WHY it is important
  • Applications to develop further motor skills in your yoga practice and teaching
  • Skills & drills that activate specific muscle groups to create greater stability and expand range(s) of motion
  • How to shorten and strengthen muscles AND how to lengthen/stretch muscles
  • Passive range of motion Vs active range of motion
  • Types of muscular contractions; concentric, eccentric, isometric
  • Understanding of yoga pose & movement regression and progression strategies
  • Adapting practice and pose work with limitations (your own and your students)
  • Sequencing templates to integrate your newfound anatomy knowledge into your hatha and vinyasa practice/classes
  • Sequencing and teaching techniques to help students embody elusive postures with success
  • Greater insight and increased potency of pose knowledge and your ability to give clear verbal instructions, effective demonstrations and other teaching tools
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Details to be provided prior to program start.

  • Dedicated yoga practitioners familiar with anatomical principles or accredited yoga teachers only
  • No prior teaching experience required
  • Stiffness and injuries OK
  • Willingness to participate in a group process
  • Ability to give and receive feedback skillfully
  • Dedication, motivation and self directed studentship

This training is led by Noah Mazé.

“I would definitely recommend this program, and I already have. It was top notch in quality and quantity of material, as well as in support and openness and communication. Noah’s unique experience has produced an unparalleled leader, facilitator, and guide. Lessons learned in our training modules have extended far beyond the scope of yoga into life and relating to others in a more effective manner. I received SO MUCH, this training goes above and beyond for any student wanting to deepen their skills, gain confidence, and reach a new level of mastery in yoga.”

“Noah is inspiring and exhibits an unparalleled mastery of teaching. For some time now, I have been contemplating the notion, “be impeccable with your word.” I tried to think of people who embody this and would often come up empty until I met Noah. Noah is careful with his words, exhibits accuracy, accountability, and thoughtful articulation. These are important qualities in an effective leader. When Noah speaks, people listen – and they take it to heart. Along with that, he also embodies creativity, playfulness, humor, sensitivity, and ardor. All of these qualities make for a very well-rounded, inspiring leader and I feel honored to have received guidance and to have learned such a great deal, not just about yoga, but about life.”

For more information about the program or the curriculum contact Tracy:
Email: yogamaze@icloud.com
Phone: (310) 871-8808