If you were to put yourself in front of a mirror, what would you see?
A human body in space.
If I asked you to move your body, be it your leg or your arm, what then would you see?
A human body moving in space.
The work I have done for over 20 years is that of the mirror. I watch someone move in front of me and see how they move in space.
I use the framework of anatomy and biomechanics (the study of how forces affect biological systems)to assess movement and provide specific exercises to help people move better. I know the femur (leg bone) moves in the pelvis and more importantly, I teach people how their own leg bone moves in their own pelvis.
When teaching biomechanics to others, I also teach proprioception.
Say what? Proprio-what?
Proprioception is an individual's awareness of where their body is in space.
As in my previous suggestion, move your leg while standing in front of a mirror. Do you know where your leg is if you move it out to the side? The mirror can show you but can you feel where it is without looking?
A couple weeks ago, I participated in a yoga therapy intensive training course. Forty hours to be exact! It has provided a crystal clear vision of how I help people. I use biomechanical processes to teach more presence and awareness in people's bodies.
Biomechanics + Proprioception
And what yoga therapy does is provide a targeted approach to compensation patterns that either enhance or hamper our movements.
This can and does happen in a group class but in a one-on-one session, yoga therapy can be used as a laser focus tool to bring conscious attention to what might be unconscious otherwise.
Lots to say. Lots I've learned in this training and I look forward to sharing more with you through my newsletter.
As I share, let me remind you, that I too am a student (for life!) Some of the work I did in the course provided many insights into my own body and movement as I became my own witness to what is possible with yoga therapy.
If this intrigues you, there is an upcoming opportunity to work with me over Zoom. Stay tuned for details to come.
Stay well and happy moving,
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