Anatomy, physiology + biomechanics applied to Yoga: a 2-day training/immersion with Dr Yogi

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March 2020 | 10am – 6pm

“The most useful and informative two days that I have spend in years!” Jo W, Yoga Teacher

For yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees or yoga practitioners with at least a one-year consistent practice

In this two-day immersion we will explore in detail the anatomy and physiology of our incredible human body applied to practising and teaching yoga. Each topic that we delve into will be related directly back to the asana practice. The sessions will be interactive and experiential and will vary between discussion, lecture, small group work, personal reflection and group asana practice. There will be a strong focus on using knowledge of anatomy to make asana practices as inclusive as possible. A detailed manual will be included.

The immersion is ideal for yoga practitioners with an established practice, who want to learn more about the human body, go deeper in their own yoga practice and develop a teaching style that is up to date, empowering and inclusive. We will explore anatomy to a depth that is appropriate for teaching yoga.

By the end of the weekend you will feel inspired and empowered to teach yoga to the best of your ability. You will have the confidence to breakdown any yoga asana with a clear understanding of the key actions and movements and know how to work with your own unique anatomy and that of your student.

An Introduction to Intelligent Movement Principals:
• An introduction to muscle looking at its structure and function and how we can apply the knowledge of stretch reflexes to deepen our practice
• The structure and function of bone and joints looking at both the importance and limitation of alignment and what limits our movement
• How a knowledge of fascia can impact our movement on and off the mat
• The Nocebo Effect and choosing empowering language
• What causes muscle tightness
• Flexibility vs mobility
• Anatomical language and how this can help us to remember the names of some of our muscles

A Detailed Exploration of the Lower Limbs:
• An exploration of our feet and ankles looking at their structure and function and how we can apply this knowledge on and off the mat
• Why our knee joints may be vulnerable to injury and how to support them
• A detailed look at the hip joints focusing on what makes each of us so unique
• Piriformis Syndrome

A Detailed Exploration of the Upper Limbs:
• The importance of shoulder joint and girdle mobility and stability in our yoga practice
• An evidence-based approach to Shoulder Impingement
• Hyperextension of the elbow joint
• Why wrist pain is so common in yoga

A Detailed Exploration of the Spine:
• An exploration of our pelvis and sacro-iliac joints and how to keep this area supported during our asana practice
• An evidence-based approach to back pain and prolapsed discs
• The anatomy of our core musculature
• Increasing thoracic spine mobility
• Supporting our cervical spine during inversions
• An evidence-based approach to releasing neck tension

The Science Behind Why Yoga Makes Us Feel So Good:
• How yoga impacts our nervous system and relieves stress
• Yoga as a breath-led practice and why breath is so important
• Yoga for cardiovascular and lymphatic health

This immersion counts towards CPD requirements for Yoga Alliance members (14 contact hours)

2 Day Immersion Price:
£180 Early Bird if booked before 19th January 2020.
£200 Full Price.

Booking is essential to guarantee your place as places are limited.

About Andrew McGonigle aka Doctor Yogi:
After originally training to become a doctor, Andrew moved away from western medicine to pursue a career as a yoga teacher, massage therapist and anatomy teacher. Andrew has been practising yoga and meditation for over 13 years and teaching strong, grounding and inclusive classes since 2009. Andrew combines all of his skills to teach anatomy and physiology workshops across the globe. For more information visit:

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Style: Fitness Yoga
Ability level: Intermediate
Cost: 200.00 GBP (Pound Sterling)


10 a.m. Saturday 28 Mar 2020 - 6 p.m. Sunday 29 Mar 2020


Holding Space, John Street, Saltaire, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3HU, United Kingdom

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Heather Yoga, Yoga Classes, Courses, Workshops, Retreats

Heather Yoga is situated in a beautiful converted Victorian warehouse along with vegan eatery Dandelion Café in Saltaire, West Yorkshire - a historic Victorian model village & Unesco World Heritage Site. A dedicated centre for yoga, vegan food and holistic health alongside a multi-use events space for local community groups and businesses.
Heather has been teaching for over 9 years in UK & India, including being an educator for trainee teachers and is the owner of Heather Yoga – a yoga school & centre based in Saltaire West Yorkshire.

Heather enjoys the exploration of body & mind wellness & sharing her knowledge with others. Her ongoing 14 year practice of yoga has become an integral part of her life. She has practiced & studied with many teachers including her main teacher Jason Crandell who she has also had the opportunity to assist him on his visits to UK.

Heather teaches dynamic Alignment based Vinyasa & Hatha styles, Ashtanga Primary Series, along with Yoga For Sports, Yin & Restorative drawing from her various influences from the different schools of yoga, the philosophical texts & the teachers she has practiced with. Her classes are accessible & authentic, mindful & meditative, supportive & nurturing and inspiring with a focus on correct breathing and posture awareness.

Her training began on a four month trip to India at the end of 2010 which saw her undertaking a 200 hrs Yoga Alliance Teacher Training course in Goa. After qualifying at the start of 2011 she stayed on to work at the yoga school – teaching classes on a regular basis and assisting the main teacher with adjustments in class. She then spent the next 4 years returning to the school as one of the main teachers – teaching asana, posture workshops & specialising in Anatomy for Yoga whilst completing her 300 hrs Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certificate.

She is constantly growing & evolving by practicing various styles of yoga, regularly attending workshops & trainings, and reading books & articles to further her knowledge & understanding. She recently completed another 300 hours training, this time with her teacher Jason Crandell, and also holds a 100 hours Teacher Training certificate in Meditation. Heather loves the fact there is always further to go in yoga and is happy to be a dedicated eternal student on the yoga path.

Qualifications: Yoga Alliance (E-RYT - 200)
Phone: 07960330183
Private teaching available

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