We were delighted to introduce international movement anatomy expert Chris Kummer to Scotland in 2017! Chris offered a weekend series of his Yoga Anatomy In Action! Workshops in Edinburgh, and will be coming back in 2018. Please get in touch if you'd like to be notified when dates are confirmed.

YOGA ANATOMY IN ACTION!

These engaging workshops delivered by anatomy in movement expert Chris Kummer are practical, easy to understand, and fun to participate in. Chris’ inspiring and interactive teachings have already helped thousands of students around the world to improve their yoga practice and find greater comfort and ease in their bodies.

"Chris is a rare combination of an expert in the field and an expert communicator. He presents functional anatomy in an interactive and integrative style that makes a two hour class feel like twenty minutes. If you want to become a better yoga teacher, a better yoga student, or just develop a better understanding of how your body operates, Chris is the person to see."  - James Mattingley

When we discover the simplicity of principles in our seemingly complex bodies, we can avoid unnecessary challenges and injuries, and bring greater efficiency and enjoyment to our movement and practice – on the mat and in our daily lives.

Each workshop focuses on a particular topic and uses yoga postures, practical explorations and clear explanations to give you tools and information that can be used immediately to transform your yoga practice, your life, and your teaching.

What sets this series of workshops apart is the dynamic and interactive nature of Chris’ teachings. His impactful delivery is built on decades of study and teaching to create a fun and accessible learning environment! Added to that, a specially crafted Yoga Nidra practice at the end of each Saturday and Sunday session offers deepened integration of the learnings, and an enjoyable and relaxing way to round off your anatomy explorations! The Yoga Nidra sessions will be created and delivered by experienced Yoga Therapist and Yoga Nidra creator Beverley Bruce.


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

 

YOGA AND ANATOMY OF FORWARD BENDS

Friday 7th April, 7.30pm – 10pm

Let’s look beyond the idea that deep forward bends are out of reach because the hamstrings are too tight!

In this workshop you will learn about the three main areas to be addressed for easier and more effective forward bends. You will also make friends with a mostly under-valued important region of your legs that is important for balance and pelvic stability.

This workshop focuses on the actions in the legs and their influence on forward bends in standing and seated poses. The tools you will learn are useful whether you find yourself working on improving mobility or whether you are extremely flexible.


GET THE FULL PICTURE! FOCUS ON FASCIA

Saturday 8th April, 9.30am – 12.30pm

This workshop is an introduction to the structure, function and application of working with our connective tissue in yoga and movement practices. Experience and learn about the model of anatomy based on the whole body, rather than just parts.

Thinking from a connective tissue perspective can expand and make more sense of your yoga practice and postures. We will use practical explorations of postures and combine them with useful background information about how our body is really connected. We will learn what this means for you in terms of making your yoga practice and teaching more simple to understand.

Discover and understand in this workshop how fascia shapes your body and movement and how you can build a vitality-enhancing, anti-aging practice.


STANDING ON OUR OWN TWO FEET

Saturday 8th April, 2pm – 5pm

The structure and dynamic use of our feet can give us the bounce and lightness in our step as well as contribute to us feeling tall or heavy, upbeat or dragged down.

Find out about what you can do to co-ordinate more with your in-built trampoline potential! In this workshop we’ll learn about the anti-gravitational properties of your feet and stance, examining the layers, arches and spirals in the feet along with their connections and effects for the rest of the body.

Practical exercises and yoga applications throughout bring your feet a little closer to being the resource for body positioning and stability. This workshop will also highlight why foot control is one of the best measures for knee health.


MAKE IT HIP AND HAPPENING IN THE LOWER BACK AND PELVIS

Sunday 9th April, 9am – 12pm

What is both the most common issue for referral to yoga practice and the most troubled body part from practicing yoga? Hardly any other part of your body is affected as much by modern life-style and modern yoga practice as the lower back.

Come to this workshop to explore the multi-layered influences of causes and effects of lower back and pelvic mobility. We will discuss the understanding of the ‘core’ from a fascia perspective, learn what hip-opening means and why most lower back support is counter-productive.

Learn why most modern medicine and reality are far apart in opinions on managing this area of our bodies. Plenty of yoga poses and real life postures are part of this workshop’s practice to understand and manage our body and posture better.


FREEDOM AND STABILITY IN THE NECK AND SHOULDERS

Sunday 9th April, 1pm – 4pm

Handstands anyone? Cool arm balances? Did you know most challenges yoga poses with weight on the arms are not strength related, but a matter of lining up and connecting your body?

The connection of your whole body to the floor in many yoga poses is via the arms and shoulders. The shoulders happen to be one of the most loose joints we have. This workshop will demystify the layers of support for the shoulders, and how to effectively approach both mobility and stability.

Resolve neck tension while developing increased freedom and range of movement in your shoulders. This workshop teaches you about the coordination and difference between shoulder blade and arm stabilization. It’s the whole of yoga in a joint!


LOCATION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Edinburgh Yoga Room, 5 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JX

COST                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Evening Session: £35                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Weekend Sessions: £40                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Full Course of 5 Sessions (discounted - save £25!): £170

ABOUT YOUR HOSTS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Chris is a Yoga and Movement Anatomy Teacher with over fifteen years’ experience globally, as well as a Naturopath and Strucural Alignment Therapist. Find out more about Chris and his teaching, and follow him on Facebook.

Beverley is an experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500), Yoga Therapist and Psychotherapist based in Edinburgh. You can read more about Beverley and her offerings, and follow B:Yoga on Facebook.