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UNDERSTANDING ANATOMY AND YOGA 

This collection of classes and tutorials is perfect if you want to support and strengthen areas of your body that are painful or prone to injury.  In this collection you will discover how yoga can help with painful problem areas and also suggest ways in which you can support recovery.  The classes are also a perfect guide for yoga teachers wishing to broaden their approach or who have students with common injuries and ailments.

This course:

  • Is suitable for all levels. Please check first with a medical practitioner if you have an injury or are recovering from surgery
  • Is for those looking for yoga with therapeutic benefits for specific problems and painful areas
  • Offers ways to strengthen and support joints and specific areas of the body
  • Supports yoga teachers and trainee teachers to deepen their understanding of the anatomy for yoga
  • Includes two live discussions and Q&As with Lucy and Ben Parker on 10 November and Andrew McGonigle on 24 November. The discussions will be live streamed simultaneously on Facebook and YouTube  

Your Classes

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Hip Replacement: How Yoga can Help
Hip Replacement: How Yoga can Help

25:24 | Lucy & Ben Parker

Hip Replacement: How Yoga can Help

In this anatomy video, you will learn more about the hip joint in health and when compromised, specifically after a hip replacement. It is first important to fully understand the role the hip plays within the functioning of the lower limb (leg) and pelvis. Lucy and Ben then help you learn more about your individual hip replacement and what you need to watch out for when getting safely back onto your mat. They will also share some yoga poses which are great for strengthening the bones and improving balance to support the body and prevent injury to this area. NB: Please note that all advice and recommendations in this film are given generally and do not constitute any form of an individual diagnosis or treatment plan. A consultation with a medical practitioner or registered physical therapist is recommended.

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25:24 Lucy & Ben Parker All Levels
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Knee Joint: How Yoga Can Help
Knee Joint: How Yoga Can Help

59:01 | Lucy & Ben Parker

Knee Joint: How Yoga Can Help

This yoga anatomy class focuses on the knee, common knee issues and how you can strengthen and support your knees to prevent and work with injury. Superficially misunderstood as a simple hinge joint, the knee is actually a complex and refined set of structures. It is also very vulnerable to injury when not properly cared for. In this film, Lucy and Ben help you understand the various components that come together to form our knees and we learn what could go wrong, explaining some of the most common knee injuries. Finally, we identify some very simple principles that can support your knees as you move safely around your yoga mat. NB: Please note that all advice and recommendations in this film are given generally and do not constitute any form of an individual diagnosis or treatment plan. A consultation with a medical practitioner or registered physical therapist is recommended.

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59:01 Lucy & Ben Parker All Levels
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Sciatica: How Yoga Can Help
Sciatica: How Yoga Can Help

24:47 | Lucy & Ben Parker

Sciatica: How Yoga Can Help

In this yoga anatomy class, learn what sciatica is, what causes it and how we can alleviate the pain we may experience. The sciatic nerves are the largest nerves in our body, carrying signals to and from our lower limbs (legs). They start their journey at the base of our spine, travel through the buttocks and down the back of our thighs before dividing into many smaller nerves which continue down to our feet and toes. When we experience pain along the course of the sciatic nerves we call this sciatica, most often affecting the low back, buttock and back of the thigh on one side. There are many causes for sciatica and in this film we explain the differences between them. We then focus on how one of the buttock muscles called piriformis can be the source of the problem and how best to alleviate your pain if this is the cause for you. NB: Please note that all advice and recommendations in this film are given generally and do not constitute any form of an individual diagnosis or treatment plan. A consultation with a medical practitioner or registered physical therapist is recommended.

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24:47 Lucy & Ben Parker All Levels
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Low Back Pain: How Yoga Can Help
Low Back Pain: How Yoga Can Help

49:02 | Lucy & Ben Parker

Low Back Pain: How Yoga Can Help

In this yoga anatomy class, learn about the anatomy of the spine and the most common causes of low back pain in adults, followed by suggestions on how you can strengthen and support your spine during a yoga class. It’s estimated up to 8 out of 10 people in the UK are affected by back pain at some point in their lives with around a third of the population suffering an episode of low back pain each year. Understanding the anatomy of our lumbar spine and the importance of core stability can truly help you to support and maintain a healthy back on and off your yoga mat. NB: Please note that all advice and recommendations in this film are given generally and do not constitute any form of an individual diagnosis or treatment plan. A consultation with a medical practitioner or registered physical therapist is recommended.

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49:02 Lucy & Ben Parker All Levels
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Frozen Shoulder: How Yoga Can Help
Frozen Shoulder: How Yoga Can Help

26:55 | Lucy & Ben Parker

Frozen Shoulder: How Yoga Can Help

This anatomy yoga video will teach you about the shoulder joint and what can go wrong with it. Frozen Shoulder has become a catch-all phrase to explain a range of shoulder issues. In particular, we focus on a condition called adhesive capsulitis (which we could call a true frozen shoulder) and how best to adapt your yoga practice to best support your recovery from this condition. NB: Please note that all advice and recommendations in this film are given generally and do not constitute any form of an individual diagnosis or treatment plan. A consultation with a medical practitioner or registered physical therapist is recommended.

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26:55 Lucy & Ben Parker All Levels
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Carpal Tunnel: How Yoga Can Help
Carpal Tunnel: How Yoga Can Help

17:28 | Lucy & Ben Parker

Carpal Tunnel: How Yoga Can Help

In this anatomy yoga class, you will learn about the wrist joint and how we can develop carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a common complaint arising in our wrists that can often be quite easily prevented and alleviated. Discover exactly what the carpal tunnel is and some principals to support the health of your wrists. Lucy & Ben offer practical advice for your ongoing yoga practice both for those who currently have symptoms and for those who want to prevent a recurrence. NB: Please note that all advice and recommendations in this film are given generally and do not constitute any form of an individual diagnosis or treatment plan. A consultation with a medical practitioner or registered physical therapist is recommended. Try these wrist free classes.

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17:28 Lucy & Ben Parker All Levels
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Tennis Elbow: How Yoga Can Help
Tennis Elbow: How Yoga Can Help

18:55 | Lucy & Ben Parker

Tennis Elbow: How Yoga Can Help

In this yoga anatomy class, Lucy and Ben look at the anatomy of the elbow, and how we can develop both tennis and golfer's elbow. Usually entirely un-related to either sport, these two conditions can cause pain in the elbow, forearm and wrist. In this class, they explain the difference between the two and what to include in your yoga practice to help alleviate the pain and recover from these ailments. NB: Please note that all advice and recommendations in this film are given generally and do not constitute any form of an individual diagnosis or treatment plan. A consultation with a medical practitioner or registered physical therapist is recommended. Try these wrist free classes.

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18:55 Lucy & Ben Parker All Levels
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Strength & Mobilise: The Lower Body
Strength & Mobilise: The Lower Body

54:10 | Andrew McGonigle

Strength & Mobilise: The Lower Body

A full, strengthening yoga class which focuses on increasing foot, ankle, knee and hip mobility and strength. The focus is on mobilising joints in their full range, with an emphasis on strength rather than stretch. Often we feel a tightness which we assume needs a stretch, but often actually strengthening is needed! Dr Yogi shows us strengthening movements which we can use in our daily practices.Class starts slowly with gentle,small somatic movements and continues as a somatic/hatha yoga class. You will need foam blocks and a brick and a yoga strap or a towel. If you have a theraband, that would be useful for this class.

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54:10 Andrew McGonigle Beginners
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Strengthen & mobilise: The Upper Body
Strengthen & mobilise: The Upper Body

33:52 | Andrew McGonigle

Strengthen & mobilise: The Upper Body

A strengthening and mobilising somatic movement yoga class which explores shoulder girdle, shoulder joint, elbow and wrist mobility. Move in a controlled, gentle and stable way, target specific areas with slow, somatic based movements, and focus on strength and gentle mobilising. Perfect for recovery from injury or simply getting mindful awareness to your movements with gentle, small, but effective somatic movements You will need a couple of blocks and a blanket or towel.

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33:52 Andrew McGonigle Beginners
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Mobile & Happy Spine
Mobile & Happy Spine

39:32 | Andrew McGonigle

Mobile & Happy Spine

A well rounded class which focuses on keeping a mobile, happy and healthy spine with simple, easy movements for all levels. Twist, strengthen and lengthen, side bend and gently strengthen your core with this beginners and all-levels spinal health somatics yoga class. Focus on the neck, lower back, upper back and spinal mobility. You will need a bolster and a towel or blanket.

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39:32 Andrew McGonigle Beginners
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The Stretch Reflex
The Stretch Reflex

02:58 | Andrew McGonigle

The Stretch Reflex

A short tutorial by Dr Yogi in which he explains how we might be able to stretch further when we activate the stretch reflex. Demonstrated with a forward bend, you will find out how contracting the muscle for a short while will help you to release the muscle and stretch further.

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02:58 Andrew McGonigle All Levels
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Why yoga makes us feel so good
Why yoga makes us feel so good

03:56 | Andrew McGonigle

Why yoga makes us feel so good

A short introduction by Dr. Yogi on the science behind why yoga makes us feel so good!

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03:56 Andrew McGonigle All Levels
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Tutorial on Chaturanga
Tutorial on Chaturanga

04:43 | Andrew McGonigle

Tutorial on Chaturanga

There's no 'right' or 'wrong' in any yoga pose, so long as movements are made slowly and in a controlled way, mindfully and with the breath, and of course so long as there is no pain or pre-existing injury! With that in mind, Chaturanga or low plank, is one of the hardest yoga poses to master. This short tutorial on the yoga pose Chaturanga shows the action needed for the pose. Do take heed, the pose needs a LOT of strength in the shoulders and abdomen, which you'll need to build separately and whilst you build that strength, or if the pose is not suitable for your body, do please practice with your knees to the ground, or simply do a high push up, rather than the low push of Chaturanga. Enjoy!

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04:43 Andrew McGonigle All Levels
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Hip Tutorial: How We're Not All Created Equal
Hip Tutorial: How We're Not All Created Equal

02:11 | Andrew McGonigle

Hip Tutorial: How We're Not All Created Equal

A very short tutorial explaining why oh why, in yoga class do we find so many differences in bodies in positions that focus on the hips. And why some some of us are desitined to struggle in poses that others find so easy. A real eye opener for anyone who's stuck on a particular pose!

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02:11 Andrew McGonigle All Levels
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Find Your Feet
Find Your Feet

03:23 | Andrew McGonigle

Find Your Feet

All about the Feet. In this short tutorial, Andrew, Dr Yogi, talks about the role of the feet and their impact on the whole body. Focusing on collapsed arches, Dr Yogi has some tips for building the arches, which will also help with pronation issues.

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03:23 Andrew McGonigle Beginners