DESCRIPTION We welcome the return of
We welcome the return of Alexandria Crow, hosted by Evolution Yoga School & Sandy Gross. These events will be held at EFS Personal Training headquarters in Warrensville Heights.
Questions? Please email Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org
From The Inside Out
Spend a weekend learning about the practice of yoga by looking at the inner workings of yogic
philosophy, the body, and the mind so that the practice becomes personal, effective and wise.
The practice of yoga is an individual journey that is mostly taught in group format these days. In
order to work within the current context with wisdom students must look deeply at their body and
mind as it relates to each and every class and all with the philosophy of yoga as a practice at
We will begin with learning what a yoga practice is all about from a philosophical standpoint, we
will discuss why we’re doing asana and what it aims to teach us.
We will then look at the nervous system and the deeper layers of the physical body and it’s
structure as a means to asses what’s going on both structurally and mentally. Most students are
trapped to some degree in a fight or flight response and will will look at how that impacts the
body and the mind as it impacts everything from range of motion to clarity of mind as well as the
sensation of pain.
Students will then learn from the inside out about how their personal internal structure and
range of motion relates to the postures most commonly offered in classes. They will learn their
own unique range of motion, how to interpret physical sensation signals, and how their mind
interacts the bodily sensations which ultimately can lead to skilled choices which when refined
can lead to a productive practice with less injury.
Each person’s skeleton, musculature, connective tissue, lifestyle and injuries cause a unique
situation that once uncovered will create a wiser approach to postures offered in classes as well
as how to know when a certain pose just isn’t meant for you leading to a practice with
tremendous depth and effectiveness.
Why do we do asana? What are we trying to learn and/or access in these postures? In this
lecture/discussion we will look at the philosophy behind a yoga practice and how to bring that
consciousness and understanding to the physical practice. This awareness when layered upon
the poses makes for a complete practice that can bring about transformation and growth both in
the physical body and one’s approach to how they live.
The Deepest Layers – The nervous system, skeletal range, and basic biomechanics
We will begin by looking at how the nervous system affects the body and it’s range of motion.
The class will begin with at least an hour long physical asana practice where students will set a
baseline of their personal range of motion and skeletal structure both before and after the
transition their nervous system into the parasympathetic system. Class will be followed with a
lecture and diagnostic lab where we will look at the basic biomechanics of all the joint regions in
the body in relation to the most common shapes performed in class and discuss the general
amount of range that can be expected out of each joint region and what to do if there is
Feet, Legs, Knees, Hips and Spine
The hip and spine perform a biomechanical dance that, when understood, allows a wise
approach to postures such as Forward Folds, Arm Balances, Hip Openers and Basic
Backbends. Class will begin with at least an hour long asana class aimed at learning ones
individual skeletal structure and range of motion in the ankle, knee, hip and spine allows
students to approach postures with wisdom and can help prevent unnecessary injuries in these
areas. We will look at how these joints are affected in standing, seated, and other categories of
postures. Class will be followed by a lecture where students will learn about how the hip’s
limitation and position impact the spine, learn underlying reasons for the range of motion in the
hip and how to keep your lower back and SI region safe.
Wrists, Elbows and Shoulders
Asana can and does injure students’ wrists, elbows and shoulders far too often, but it’s
something that can be avoided. There are some basic skeletal issues that need to be
understood in relation to the upper extremities and shoulders as they impact poses where body
weight is placed on the hands. We will begin with at least an hour long asana class designed to
allow students to explored these regions of their body in both weight bearing and non-weight
bearing poses. Class will be followed by a lecture where the anatomy and mechanics of these
joint regions will be explored and discussed and students individual range of motion and
strength will be looked at as it relates to common postures in class allowing them to learn how
to modify and work with wisdom for their own unique physicality.
Shoulders and Spine
In a similar fashion to the hip and spine, the shoulder and spine also participate in a partnership
that can help strengthen and stabilize those regions preventing injury when functioning properly.
Drawing on the information from the earlier modules while adding in newly learned information
in this workshop, students will start with an asana practice with the full body in mind and bring
all of the pieces together. We will then dissect the shoulder girdle and spine as they relate to
inversions and backbends that may have previously been out of reach from an understanding of
your own unique structure. We will also look at how twists function within the spine and how to
approach them with the underlying layers of the body in mind. At the end of this workshop
students will know their own unique body, it’s range, and how to work with it with wisdom in any
asana class they attend.
28 (Friday) - 30 (Sunday)
Evolution Yoga School
4640 Richmond Rd, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128