Myofasciae, Prana, and the Bandhas: Merging Anatomy and Spirit with Jeff Shoaf

Teacher: Jeff Shoaf
Location:Wake Up Yoga South
20 Hour Training
Taught by Jeff Shoaf

Friday, October 16th * 6 – 9:30pm
Saturday, October 17th * 8:30am – 6:30pm
Sunday, October 18th * 8:30am – 5:30pm
Tuition: $375
Early registration fee: $325 if registered by September 16th
Please contact Alane if you’d like to set up a payment plan.

In the introduction to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, under the sub-heading titled The Real Purpose of Hatha Yoga, there is the following reminder: “Just to improve the physical health (of a patient) is not enough. The mental health must also improve, the nature must change, the personality must change, the psychological and the psychic framework also has to change. You should not merely feel freedom from disease, but freedom from bondage and from the vagaries of the mind. Now, the time has come when teachers in every part of the world must understand and transmit the true nature of hatha yoga”.

Our bodies, minds, and spirits all represent form. As the Pradipika reminds us; these are not separate entities, but one form. All ‘systems’ must then, for optimal health, be communicating synchronistically, consistently, to function properly. As American Architect Louis Sullivan stated: form follows function, but to flip it around, function will inevitably, necessarily, be a byproduct of form as well…

Our myofascial network is our stand-alone matrix of channels and pathways in which all other of the body’s systems are suspended in, and rely upon, a full representation of a micro-universe; the materials most anatomists have until recently discarded and/or ignored in dissection labs. One thing we need to remember first and foremost about fascia is that “It’s Alive”!

The objectives of this 20- hour module will be to:

explore the anatomy, physiology, and function of connective tissue (fascia) as a way of understanding how its health is integral to the function of our other “life” systems, including, but not limited to, our physical, emotional, energetic, and “communicative” self.
apply this knowledge experientially in our own yoga practice using asana, kriyas, pranayams, and bandhas to better support this flexible armor that creates the shape we’ve come to know.
provide for us as teachers, therapists, and bodyworkers new ways of body-reading; coming to better understand and support our work with both students and clients.