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Yoga: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement
The presentation of fascial anatomy in this book provides a new context for applying knowledge of the anatomical body in a practical and relevant way to movement. Applying fascial anatomy to yoga, the book offers a way for the yoga teacher of experiencing and seeing in three dimensions – the way we really move, thus enabling the teacher to work more creatively in the real life class.
By studying the application of fascial anatomy to yoga the yoga teacher will be able to expand each individual yoga student’s optimum adaptability and mobility. This new contextual presentation of applied anatomy will provide the teacher with the tools to promote freedom and confidence in every student of yoga.
By using insights from scientific research presented through case studies, the tendency to overwork the tissue and decrease vulnerability to soft tissue injury in the long-term, can be lowered. The visual design and presentation through metaphor embody the difference between sitting statically at a desk reading about movements and parts – and moving through the environment being animated, in action. Between these two experiences is a divide that this book seeks to cross.
Joanne Avison is co-founder and director of the Art of Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training School, (AOCY) accredited worldwide by Yoga Alliance (USA), Yoga Federation of India, European Yoga Alliance and IPTI. She holds E-RYT500 status, (“E” denotes Experience) with many thousands of registered teaching hours over the last two decades, accumulated all over the world since she started yoga teacher training in 1995. Joanne is also a Professional Structural Integrator (IASI) and as an early graduate of Tom Myer’s KMI school (1999-2001), became a Certified Teacher of Kinesis, before designing the yoga teacher training programme. Her considerable experience in both movement and manual therapy inspired the school’s unique approach to yoga and anatomy. Joanne is also a CMED Graduate (2004) and has studied extensively in human development as well as specialising in soft tissue and the links between archetypal behaviour and physiology. Her intensive studies include Human Dissection and movement research in Fascial Fitness with Robert Schleip. She is a certified Craniosacral Practitioner and her early background in art & design always informs her lively approach to teaching and learning. Joanne currently teaches regular workshops and Webinars around the world on Structural Anatomy and Fascial Fitness.
“It is so refreshing to see such a vivid appreciation of the fascia as one of the key tissues of the musculoskeletal system and as such the facilitator of movement. The questioning approach contained within the book allows us to make sense of how movement and manual practice is taught and the importance of translating living anatomy so that we learn from a broader and more experiential base. Joanne Avison has taken us on a practically-based and thought provoking journey that allows us all to be thinking practitioners.” Professor Darrell JR Evans, Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
“Hurray! I am exuberant about this book. It is stunning in its depth, including an historical perspective of anatomy as well as a clearly written exposition about the intricacies of human posture and movement. I especially like the exercises for practice that help to bring the text alive. I couldn’t be more pleased with this articulate, readable anatomy and movement book. I predict it will become a sourcebook for yoga teachers and other health professionals for years to come.” Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT, yoga teacher since 1971 and author of eight books.
“We all know that yoga means union. In Yoga: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement, Joanne Avison does the extraordinary: she opens a new understanding that can unify your teaching. How? First, she ignites the relationship between movement, breath, body and being, then gives you a picture of it, shows you its origins and how it all connects, brings the seemingly subtle experience of the nadis, vayus and chakras into functional sensation, and makes yoga’s esoteric symbology practical. Along the way, she provides a whole new vocabulary in words that match the deep felt sense you experience from yoga; that same sense that keeps you coming back to practice and the reason you became a yoga teacher to begin with. Amazing? Yes.” Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine & Humanology, New Mexico
PART 1 Activating the intellectual mind: behind the new paradigm
1. The Art of Contemporary Yoga
2. Ancient Wisdom and New Knowledge
3. The Science of Body Architecture
4. Biotensegrity Structures
5. The Remarkable Human Blueprint
6. The Breath, the Bones and the Dermatomes
7. Spines, Lines and Automobility
8. The Elastic Body
9. Sense and Sentience
10. The Fascial Forms
PART 2 Animating the instinctive body: applying the new paradigm
11. Animating the Architecture
12. Yoga and Anatomy Trains
13. Yoga and Posture Profiling
14. Adjustment of the Fascial Form
15. The Elastic Breath
16. Yoga for the Fascial Body: A Simple Practice
PART 3 Illuminating intuitive awareness: integrating the new paradigm
17. Freeing the Fascia from Within
18. The Inner Sense of the Fascia
19. Presence and Pre-sense of the Fascia
20. Posture Mandalas
21. Archetypal Geometries