Anatomy Intensive

Anatomy Series on Saturdays, Jun-Jul, 2016 at Tejas Yoga

$50 per workshop. Spots are very limited! To register and secure your spot Register Here


The Language of Anatomy I with Rich Logan

Sat Jul 3, 2:00-5:00 pm


What are we made of? It is important for yoga teachers to familiarize themselves with the basic language of anatomy and to start to grasp what is holding us together. In this workshop, the first of a five-part series, we will move from a cosmological perspective to the introspective view of the yoga practitioner. We will ask the question “What are we?” and begin to understand the answer to that question on a physical level.

This workshop will provide a healthy balance of experiential activity and lecture for students. Topics of discussion will include, but are not limited to: general kinesiology, planes of the body, muscular terminology, connective tissue, bone structure, and how being “comfortable” isn’t always healthy.

Join celebrated Chicago yogi and anatomy fanatic Rich Logan on this journey through muscle, bone and connective tissue. Register for this session or all five sessions in the Language of Anatomy series: Jun 4, 11, 29,  Jul 9 and 23.

The Language of Anatomy II, with Rich Logan

Saturday Jun 17, 2-5

In the second meeting of this series dedicated to the Language of Anatomy, we will explore the nervous system’s connection to the musculoskeletal system. Rich will unpack the complex relationship between muscles and bones, and challenges commonly held beliefs regarding the nervous system and emotions, leading to a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of our major physical and psychic systems.

Rich uses lecture, demonstration and practice to deliver  further exploration of the theme, what are we made of? introduced in the first workshop. Palpation of major muscles and body landmarks will help us to understand the important features of the physical body directly. We will then experience the effects of the physical practice of yoga postures on our health and well-being.

Learning about the interconnectedness of bone and muscle, nerve and emotion will lead us to acknowledge that we truly cannot separate the parts from whole.

The Language of Anatomy III, The Spine with Rich Logan

Saturday Jun 24, 2-5

The spine holds the root system of our bodies. Find more on the artist here.

The spine is literally the backbone of the musculoskeletal system; understanding its functions and its vulnerabilities is crucial to developing a sound approach to yoga anatomy.This class will combine lecture, discussion and demonstration to help us identify and recognize the capabilities and limitations of the spine.

We will become familiar with the form and function of a healthy spine as well as to identify some common spinal imbalances. Applying this knowledge of spinal function, we will learn to assess imbalances and practice some safe ways to adjust the spine within a yoga class. Through this workshop you will learn the kinesiology and muscular anatomy of the spine. We will explore range of motion and explore yoga techniques to bring the spine into balance.

The Language of Anatomy IV, The Shoulder with Rich Logan

Saturday Jul 8, 2-5

Fig. 227. Shoulder girdle of man.

In the fourth meeting of this series dedicated to the Language of Anatomy, we will focus on the shoulder. When we consider its normal, healthy range of motion, the shoulder is relatively free compared to other major joints. As a result, it is functionally less stable than some of the other joints characterized by less innate freedom.

In this workshop, we explore the anatomy of the shoulder girdle. We will analyze the rotator cuff musculature, important bony landmarks, and connective tissue that comprise this complex joint.

We will examine healthy and unhealthy patterns of movement and imbalances commonly found in the shoulder girdle. After learning how to identify what may be inhibiting the shoulder from its fullest potential, the students will participate in practical exercises to help find safe and effective ways to increase mobility and strength. In addition, the heart plexus and the role of the surrounding connective tissue will be reviewed. Discussion and demonstrations will be presented throughout the workshop to explore and instill the anatomical complexities of the shoulder described above.

The Language of Anatomy V, The Pelvic Floor with Rich Logan

Saturday Jul 15, 2-5

Anatomical Drawing of the Pelvis and Hip Black and White Art Medical Illustration Anatomy Art Pencil Sketch of Anatomy Anatomical Hip

The pelvis serves multiple anatomical purposes, supporting viscera and operating as the stabilizing structure from which the legs explore the world. The pelvic girdle is a matrix of checks and balances: for every degree of imbalance below the pelvis, something must compensate, creating imbalance above. Its subtle mobility is essential in movement, and if lost, in either inflexibility or hypermobility, the rest of the body suffers.

As we become more familiar with the innate kinesiology and muscles of the hips, we will be able to assess and address imbalances within the pelvic girdle. We will also discuss how imbalances within the pelvic region not only affect our physical health but also our mental well-being and emotional balance.

Rich will teach simple exercises and techniques we can practice to maintain healthy hips and help correct or manage imbalances.