Advanced Anatomy: Joint Communities and Movement - Empowered U
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During this module we will take an in-­‐depth look at the anatomy of the main synovial joints: The hip, knee, ankle, spine, shoulders, elbows and wrists. Traditionally, when studying anatomy from dissection models we look at individual muscles and how they affect movement. However, just like real life, nothing works as a separate entity; it only functions within the context of the larger picture. We will look at these specific joints as “communities” within the body, that when are functioning properly, everybody is healthy and happy; however, when individuals are not pulling their weight (literally), the entire integrity of the joint becomes compromised and begins to compensate. Compensation is not inherently good or bad, but is a way our body deflects discomfort; it is in our biology to avoid discomfort and seek what is pleasurable. We will look at some of the major compensation patterns and injuries in these joints and how these dysfunctions affect movement. We will discuss how to honor uniqueness in individual joint structure and how to correct dysfunction. We will learn how to effectively encourage mindful movement and self-­‐correction. We will look at unique modifications of traditional practices that make the practices safer for all ages and abilities. We will also discuss what yoga practices would be appropriate and which practices would be contraindicated towards restoring optimal balance in the joint communities in order to make yoga practice therapeutic for each student.

Learning Outcomes
Students will gain an in depth knowledge of the anatomy of the main joints in the body
Students will demonstrate the ability to cue and instruct the techniques required to create joint stability.
Students will gain an in depth knowledge and demonstrate the observed capacity to recognize specific joint mis-alignments and imbalances as well as the difference between acute and chronic conditions effecting joint movement and overall health
Students will understand the interaction of the body, breath, mind, intellect and emotions on movement and how to use asana, pranayama, visualization and cuing to encourage interation.
Students will understand the importance of communication with other medical and licensed professionals when working with clients with injuries and illnesses.
Students will be competent with modifications and variations for specific asanas according to joint restrictions.
Students will be able to modify and adapt practices according to limitations.
Students will be able to create effective sequences designed to create balance in specific joint communities.


Friday 5:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday and Sunday 8:00am-6:00pm

A deposit is required to hold your spot. Deposits are not refundable. Cancelations up to 30 days prior to the event may be issued a credit with Empowered Yoga to be used towards a different program. Unfortunately we are unable to issue a credit or refund the deposit within 30 days of the event. Certificates of completion may be issued upon the successful completion of the requirements above. Once a certificate is issued students may be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT. For more info, contact us at

  • Advanced Anatomy: Joint Communities and Movement
    January 22, 2016 - January 24, 2016
    5:30 pm


2003 91 Street SW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada