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.
This workshop series is led live online and totals 6.5 hours, over three consecutive afternoons on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The series is recorded and 14 day replay access is included.
What Will I Learn?
Friday: Crash Course in Biomechanics
Transform the way you communicate when teaching yoga! Learn the basics of biomechanics and how human musculoskeletal tissues behave under load. Distinguish between stress (load) and strain (stretch) to speak clearly and with confidence when speaking about the effects of yoga asana on bone, connective tissue, and muscle. Add the variable of time to the equation and we will question common yoga beliefs, bend classical alignment rules, rewrite the conventional script. You will finish the lecture with a working understanding of the field of tissue mechanics.
Saturday: The Spine: Backbends
Navigate the anatomy and architecture of the spine by communicating in terms of tissue mechanics. Study the evolution of the spine, ribs, and pelvis while appreciating the incredible capacity of these structures. Experience spinal mobility drills and how our limbs effectively leverage forces on the spine. We will discuss the view of spinal articulations in current research and review past and present trends in spine studies. Expect to address common misconceptions about back pain and spinal health among pervasive and confusing messaging. Topics to explore include:
- What does it mean to load the spine?
- Are all backbends strengthening poses?
- Is it safe to flex the spine after extension?
- How is spinal mobility affected by rib mobility?
- What are some multifactorial considerations of back pain?
- What is the role the yoga teacher in terms of spinal capacity?
- How can yoga teachers can support students in embracing an attitude of robustness?
Sunday: The Hips: Forward bends
We do a lot of forward folds in yoga. Some might say too many. In fact, hamstring discomfort is prevalent among teachers and long-time practitioners, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Learn why there is never too much of one pose, only insufficient adaptation. Gain a solid understanding of current tendon research as it applies to deep hip flexion and apply these principles to other demands on the hip during yoga. Adapt any yoga pose to help build tolerance so you can forward fold for years to come. Be prepared to be wowed with information and inspired in your teaching. Topics to explore include:
- Is end range training essential to prevent injury?
- Should we celebrate or demonize range of motion?
- How can you modify for students with hypermobility?
- What is the difference between loading and stretching?
- Is it possible to strengthen the hamstrings without losing flexibility?
- What does it mean to say that pain and tissue damage do not correlate well?
- How can all this information be applied to the hip flexors, rotators, and more?
Friday will be predominantly lecture based and we will get onto our mats on Saturday and Sunday for practical exploration.
For practice ideally you will have 2 blocks, a belt, blanket and bolster but you will be able to improvise with household items if you don’t have a full set of props.
Who is this Course For?
This course is open to all students, teachers and teachers in training who are interested in looking beyond the common script for anatomy. Teachers of anatomy for 200 hour yoga trainings will walk away with new tools in how to present anatomy and biomechanics in their programmes.
The workshop will be recorded and replay access offered to all students for a 14 days after the event.
Meet the Teacher
Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a Las Vegas based yoga teacher, educator, and massage therapist. Her unique approach blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study in biomechanics to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. Jules’s methods intend to achieve ease in movement through deliberate effort, thus her teachings integrate numerous modalities, balancing the somatic aspects of yoga with the most current exercise science. Bringing the most useful and applicable pieces of that science into the yoga community is her passion.
She regularly contributes to teacher training programs and leads workshops and courses worldwide. Her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined, is now available through Handspring Publishing. As adjunct faculty at ASU, she serves as a yoga consultant on various research studies measuring the effects of yoga therapy on special populations.
Her most influential teachers include Leeann Carey (Yapana Yoga), Gil Hedley (Integral Anatomy), John Casey (yoga philosophy and Sanskrit), and the many dedicated scientists who collect, analyze and publish data so we may continue to ask more questions, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of popular opinions.
You will receive a Yogacampus certificate of completion on finishing the course, which totals 6.5 CPD hours. The course is also eligible for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits