Location: West Bucktown, 2528 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647.
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A 2012 survey conducted by Yoga Journal Magazine, reported flexibility as the number one reasons why people in the U.S. practice yoga. Yet, most of the scientific research on yoga does not investigate the biomechanics and motor control around improving range of motion. In fact, exercise science sometimes refutes and contradicts yogic teachings. In this workshop series weekend, Jules will lead insightful discussions, cite the most current research, and teach asana by blending her two passions: yoga and biomechanics. Jules isn’t shy about challenging the anecdotal instruction we were taught in yoga classes of our past but still upholds the tradition with the reverence it deserves. She is more interested in asking the right questions than knowing all the answers. Be prepared to transform the way you think, speak, and move within the practice of yoga. Please bring a journal.
Transform the way you think, speak, and move within the practice of yoga. Learn how human musculosketelal tissues behave under load and adapt to applied forces. Distinguish between stress (load) and strain (stretch) to speak clearly and with confidence when speaking about the effects of yoga asana on connective tissue. Add the variable of time to the equation and we will question common yoga cues, bend classical alignment rules, and explore the use of props and adjustments to “direct the load” for a specific purpose. Please bring a journal.
Stand up to your standing poses with the knowledge they deserve, knowledge based in biomechanics and traditional yoga. In this 3-hour workshop with Jules Mitchell, we will explore standing postures from the ground up, increasing awareness of foot and ankle mobility and learning how gait patterns might be expressed in popular poses like Warrior 1, Triangle, and Tree. Get excited and challenged with Jules’ fun, functional, skill-based approach to teaching and learning. Expect to leave this workshop standing tall and proud about your standing postures. Please bring a journal. Notes and questions are encouraged.
Navigate the architecture of the spine in this brief lecture followed by movement and practice. Explore how the spinal curves evolved in response to gravity and how our limbs can leverage forces on the spine. Enhance your spinal mobility through phases of rest and repetition while gently and effectively building up to more challenging yoga poses. The workshop includes approaches to spinal articulations that consider current research on spinal biomechanics while addressing common misconceptions about back pain and spinal health. Please bring a journal.
The highly mobile shoulder complex is capable of bearing the weight of the body in yoga asana but does not always perform to its full potential. Instead, we often see limited range of motion, repetitive use injuries, and pain. In this 3-hour workshop, we’ll simplify all the complex anatomy you may have studied in the past and equip you with approaches to get stronger, move better, and feel better. You will learn upper extremity biomechanics, learn to assess quality of movement, and incorporate practices to improve shoulder function, promote change and improve mobility/stability. Apply these insights to a variety of asana including the everyday downdog. You may experience a departure from conventional cueing. Therefor, curious minds are encouraged. All shoulders are welcome - healthy or injured, strong or weak, hypermobile or not mobile enough. Please bring a journal.
Explore the core in this fun and educational workshop that develops awareness and control through to the center. Redefine the core to include structures beyond only muscles to explore the positional and functional relationships of your ribs, spine and pelvis while you move, break movement habits, and develop a keen insight into how to continue to evolve your yoga practice. Through Jules’ unique cueing, you learn stability without rigidity to support and improve breathing mechanics. This workshop begins with a one hour lecture on biomechanics, anatomy, and current research on core stability/mobility – then follows with a 2-hour asana class to apply and experience those concepts.
Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, RYT is a Los Angeles based yoga teacher, manual therapist and educator. She combines the tradition of yoga with her background in biomechanics to create programs that help her clients move better and achieve physical success. She leads workshops and contributes to yoga teacher training programs worldwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in biomechanics, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of tradition. Her upcoming book, Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching, is expected to become available in 2017 through Handspring Publishing.