Some Words for Oz

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Thinking of Oz I wasn’t going to make this a “post” but I’ve never gotten so many email replies to a newsletter. Oz’s Facebook Where she taught in London Her Bubble of Happiness website  I guess I should say… Happy New Year! I’m in a rather reflective mood and a little bit down. I know that many of you are on this list because you want some yoga anatomy information. You’ll have to accept my apologies this time around because I don’t have an anatomy …

To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze? Upward Facing Dog

David Keil Anatomy, Lower Limb, Yoga Postures 24 Comments

This month’s newsletter article comes out of a recent trip to the Midwest. I was at a new studio with new students and hosts. This piece is actually a request from one of the hosts, Evan at Tapas Yoga Shala. The question arose; Should we squeeze or not squeeze our butt in upward facing dog? As always on the first day of practice, I mostly watch and get a sense for what I want to work on with any of the students over the course of the 5 days of mysore classes.

Basic Yoga Anatomy Workshop

David Keil Anatomy Related Workshops

I’ve now taught the basic workshop over 100 times since 2000. It is the foundational workshop of all the others. Over 12 hours, it lays the foundation of information that then gets applied in all the other workshops I teach.

Observation Workshop

David Keil Anatomy Related Workshops

  One of the most important skills a teacher can have is the skill of observation. Being able to see what a student is doing and or not doing during a class can make all the difference in a particular pose or in the level of sharing possible by a teacher. Therefore a major component of this weekend will be the development of observation skills. This workshop is both a stand-alone workshop and part of the larger advanced anatomy course. Observation is a key component …

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Adjustment Workshop

David Keil Anatomy Related Workshops

Adjustments to yoga poses come in a variety of forms including physical, verbal, and even energetic. The basic workshop and the observation workshop support good intelligent adjustments that address the individual as just that, an individual in the moment and what they need to be aware of or adjust in their practice. Safe and intelligent adjustments should always begin with a good experience of actually doing the pose, followed by an understanding of what the intention or quality of the pose is. where the student …

Advanced Yoga Anatomy Course

David Keil Anatomy Related Workshops

The advanced anatomy course is is the synergy of all the other workshops I teach. In understanding my own process of development, I first understood the practice and philosophy of yoga. On top of that layer was the understanding of how the human anatomy functions and dysfunctions, distilled in my basic anatomy course. This lead to the ability to observe other people’s anatomy and gain information that could then be fed back into their practice. Last but certainly not least is the way in which …

The Psoas Muscle And Iliacus Are Part Of The Core

The ‘Almighty’ Psoas Muscle: Your Body’s Center of Movement by David Keil © 2005

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The foundation of our bodies and our yoga practice lies at our feet. In order to incorporate both physical and energetic foundations, we must examine our body’s center of energy, movement and balance which begins near the psoas muscle– the pair of deep muscles extending from the sides of the spine to the femur that are activated in yoga postures like forward bending (paschimottanasana), Boat pose; and lengthened in poses like Warrior I and Bow.

Padmasana Article

David Keil Anatomy, Lower Limb, Yoga Postures 3 Comments

The basic goal of all the asana practice is finding and maintaining a comfortable padmasana (lotus pose) for meditation. There are a few key anatomical components and principles to finding this comfort. The foundation of the pose is the crossing of the legs and “sit bones” comfortably on the floor. With a firm foundation we find an upward energy and lift in the spine, which eventually becomes effortless.

The Knee Part 2 by David Keil © 2005 Enlightened Practice Magazine

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In Part 1 of this article we left off looking at the deepest, most intrinsic structures that make the knee function as it does. In this part of the article we’ll continue to look at another deep structure, the meniscus and also talk about some of the soft-tissues (muscles and ligaments) that affect this joint and how it all fits into our yoga practice.

The Knee Part 1 by David Keil © 2005 Enlightened Practice Magazine

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In our last article, we looked at the part of our anatomy that grounds us, literally, the feet. Making our way up the body, the next major joint we come to is the ever elusive and sometimes tricky knee. This knobby pair of joints are often an enthusiastic topic of conversation amongst yogis as it seems everyone knows somebody who’s either injured a meniscus or torn an ACL, or done “something” to it.