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Breathing Mechanics, Somatic Principles, and Restorative Yoga with Jules Mitchell, M.S.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept 30-Oct 2, 2016 3pm to 7pm

 $205 by September 9th, $235 after

NOW SOLD OUT! Waitlist spots available

Registration for full weekend workshop also includes a Sunday 9am "Slow Flow" asana class taught by Jules (otherwise you'll pay $20 drop-in for Slow Flow class a la carte)

Immerse yourself in sensory aspects of yoga asana in this 3 day course led by Jules Mitchell, MS designed for teachers and serious students of yoga and biomechanics. Learn the mechanics of breathing and how to identify disordered breathing patterns, and profoundly impact asana alignment through specific breathing techniques.
Explore the motor and sensory structures of the brain and the adaptive potential of the nervous system and we discuss theories in motor control and the role of movement variability on and off the mat. Biomechanical concepts related to flexibility are contrasted with neuromechanical strategies for improving movement in yoga as well as other mind-body practices. Conclude with an in-depth, practical approach to restorative yoga that incorporates complements both biomechanics and neural responses. Challenge your thinking, and come expand your knowledge of healthy, practical movement.

(8 hours of Anatomy/4 Hours Asana for 300 Hour Students)

Topics include: 

• Anatomy of the brain

• Anatomy and mechanics of breathing

• Proprioception and interoception

• Imagery and performance

• Motor control and motor learning

• Somatics (moving from within)

• Flexibility gains without stretching

• The importance of prop placement

Course objectives:

• Discover why ancient yogic breathing practices can further exacerbate deficient breathing mechanics

• Incorporate practices in somatic education and breathing to balance the scientifically vigorous course curriculum, unifying the ha and tha of yoga

• Explore the neurological aspects of an asana practice highlighting the effects of novel activities and the importance of developing a rich movement repertoire

Jules Mitchell MS, yoga educator, combines the tradition of yoga with her master’s level of education in biomechanics to help people move better, age well, and feel supple. Her approach to asana is multi-modal and skill based, balancing the somatic (moving from within) aspects of yoga with exercise science. Jules writes on yoga biomechanics and references the exercise science literature on topics (such as stretching) where the yoga research is lacking. Her upcoming book, Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching, is scheduled for completion in 2017.  She is a regular contributor 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 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. In collaboration with Arizona State University, she serves as the yoga consultant on various studies and grant proposals to quantify the effects of yoga therapy on special populations.