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Paul Grilley & friend
Anatomy and the Analysis
of Movement

with Paul Grilley

22 hours Anatomy & Physiology
8 hours Practicum

August 21-25, 2006
Monday-Friday: 9am-1pm & 3-5pm

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To analyze why a student can or cannot do a Yoga posture a teacher must first learn the basic anatomy of bones, ligaments and muscles. Using the descriptive tools of modern kinesiology teachers will learn to look past the surface of the body and learn to see Yoga postures as movements of the skeleton. Emphasis is on identifying which joints are involved in a Yoga posture, determining their ranges of motion, and selecting alternatives. Our bodies are complex but a few anatomical principles, properly understood, make clear why a student can or cannot perform a Yoga Asana. These anatomical principles apply to all Yoga postures – no matter the style.

Course Syllabus:
The following is a list of the key concepts presented in this workshop.
  • Six Movements of the Shoulder
  • Six Movements of the Scapula
  • Six Movements of the Lumbar
  • Six Movements of the Pelvis
  • Six Movements of the Femur
  • Four Movements of the Knee
  • Four Movements of the Foot
  • Six Movements of the Cervical
  • Six Movements of the Thorax
  • Simple and Complex Asanas
  • Compressive and Tensile Stress
  • Contracture and Elongation
  • Joint Space Closure
  • Articulation and Fixation
  • Static and Dynamic Ideals

Skeletal Movements:
  • Four movements of the Ankle
  • Four movements of the Knee
  • Six movements of Trochanter
  • Six movements of Lumbar
  • Six movements of Cervical
  • Six movements of the Humerus
  • Seven movements of the Scapula
  • Tension and Compression
  • Axis and Extremities

Compression Movements:
1. Ankle Flexions
2. Trochanter Abduction
    a. Standing side splits
    b. Triangle
3. Trochanter Adduction
    a. Spinal Twist Lying
    b. Spinal Twist  Sitting
    c. Marichyasana
4. Trochanter Extension
    a. Arabesque
    b. Plie/Squat
    c. Warrior
    d. Dragon
5. ASIS compression
    a. Pavanmuktasana
6. Rib Compression
    a. Side Bend
    b. Pavanamuktasana
    c. Spinal Twist
7. Cervical Compression
    a. Forward
    b. Back
8. Humerus Flexion
    a. Dog
    b. Wheel
    c. Swan
9. Humerus Extension
    a. Hammock
    b. Reverse Namaste
    c. Camel
10. Humerus Abduction
    a. Inhalation
    b. Warrior
    c. Dog
11. Scapula Depression/Retraction/
   Humerus Flexion
    a. Warrior
    b. Down Dog
    c. Wheel
12. Scapula Elevation
    a. Inhalation
    b. Warrior
    c. Down Dog
13. Scapula Extension
    a. Warrior
    b. Wheel
14. Elbow Extension
15. Forearm Rotation
    a. Dog
    b. Wheel
    c. Inversions

1. Humerus to Head
    a. Head Stand
2. Humerus to Torso
    a. Lollasana
    b. Surya Namaskar
3. Femur to Torso
    a. Twisting Triangle Standing
    b. Spinal Twis

Paul Grilley, a Yoga instructor since 1980, teaches and practices Yoga postures in the style taught by Taoist Master Paulie Zink. His special interest is anatomy and kinesiology.

Paul has a Master’s Degree from St. John’s College in the study of the Great Books of the Western Tradition. His undergraduate work was in Anatomy and Kinesiology. Based on this training and his teaching experience he has written a book entitled “Yin Yoga” and created a DVD entitled “Anatomy for Yoga” which is becoming standard curriculum for Yoga schools all over the United States.

Paul has lectured at the UCLA faculty center and at the California Institute of Human Science in Encinitas, California. He has been an invited presenter on Anatomy and Yoga at dozens of conferences and programs in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Great Britain.

Paul’s presentation of Yoga Philosophy is patterned after his teacher Dr. Hiroshi Mototyama PhD, based in Tokyo. His research is a thorough scientific investigation of the Acupuncture theories of China and the Yoga theories of India. Paul has hosted and assisted several seminars with Dr. Motoyama in the United States.

Paul can be reached via www.PaulGrilley.com

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