Ep 40: Anatomy, Awareness and Intuition

Catherine Annis Anatomy Intuition
Yoga Off The Mat - The Movement For Modern Life Podcast
Yoga Off The Mat - The Movement For Modern Life Podcast
Kat Farrants

Kat Farrants, founder and CEO of Movement For Modern Life, talks with experts in different fields and looks at them from the point of view of a yogic lifestyle. With her discoveries, we learn how to take our Yoga practice off the mat and live a happy, healthy, sustainable life.

How can knowledge of our anatomy help us learn to increase our awareness and pay attention to our intuition?

“Our bodies make our decisions, and our minds simply catch up”

In this episode, we talk to Scaravelli inspired yoga teacher, Catherine Annis, about more than just functional anatomy! We discover the intrinsic link between our body and our minds through exploring our feet, our psoas muscles and our vagus nerve. So, this conversation is about the mental and emotional side of a deep physical practise; how can being aware of our bodies increase our awareness as we move through life? How can playing with our yoga practice fine tune our intuition?

In this episode you will find out about…

Scaravelli Yoga (2:40)
  • Who is Vanda Scaravelli and what is Scaravelli Yoga? 
  • The influences of Iyengar and her rebellious ideas!
  • Breaking through the rigidity of traditional practices
  • The freedom to change your thinking
  • The importance of agency to explore – does the teacher always know best?
Creativity and Functionality (12:00)
  • Why we should be creative in our practice and explore our bodies 
  • The importance of functional movement
  • Yoga as a tool to engender a change of state rather than exercise
The Psoas and our Emotions (17:00)
  • The anatomy of the psoas muscles 
  • How our organs and diaphragm can impact the psoas
  • The importance of hydration! 
  • The link between the SI joint, the pelvic floor and the QL muscles
  • Tips to relieve the SI joint
  • The importance of regular movement and mobility
The Magic of the Feet (30:00)
  • Why need to take care of our feet and maintain flexible foot joints 
  • How ‘tight’ feet can impact the rest of the body
  • How shoes dull our sensitivity
  • The importance of feeling pleasure through our feet 
  • Being mindful while walking 
Yoga and Awareness (43:00)
  • How increasing awareness in our body can help us make better choices in life
  • How can awareness impact our relationships with others and the earth? 
  • The problems with big boots and disconnection!
  • The role of the vagus nerve
  • How breath awareness can be an effective tool for calming our nervous system
  • The importance of play and listening to our intuition 
  • Moving from being taught to taking responsibility for our bodies and experiences 

“Work your feet for global peace!”

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Find out more about Catherine here.


2 thoughts on “Ep 40: Anatomy, Awareness and Intuition

  1. Joanne Bull

    This is why I have been so influenced by Vanda’s work. It can be a challenge to unlearn fixed patterns of doing yoga and find a way to incorporate these ideas into our practice and our teachings. Always from the ground up, guided by the breath to awaken the spine. It is a deep way to practice and one that empowers us all to get to know our inner selves and patterns made easier by being curious and playful. YES! All the aspects of this practice beautifully incorporated into a wholesome hour podcast. I loved this and will share it with my students. Thanks Kat & Catherine 🙂

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