Want to learn how to gain flexibility and strength while protecting your tendons and ligaments? In each of Dr. Long’s sessions, he will introduce the very latest techniques from evidence based practice on the science of stretching. You will learn the theoretical basis of loaded stretching, PNF and static stretching and how to combine these different techniques to obtain the maximum benefit for you and your students. Dr. Long will present recent advances that have been published in the Sports Medicine literature, explain what they mean in clear terms and then teach you how to use these new discoveries in actual practice.
The class will begin with Qi Gong breathing, with an explanation of breathing mechanics. Then we will cover fundamentals of joint and muscle biomechanics and physiology. We will introduce specific stretching techniques, including PNF, loaded stretching and variations of static stretching and how to combine these techniques. We will cover principles of safe movement as applied to asana and close the evening with practical application of pose analysis.
The morning will begin with Qi Gong. This session will review and deepen the fundamentals covered in the Friday evening session with an emphasis on the hip joint. There will be further work on the biomechanics of breathing and seated meditation. We will cover muscle activation for the accessory muscles of breathing and several types of abdominal breathing. The morning session will close with pose analysis for the standing asanas, focusing on the core muscles and practical application in the psoas awakening series of poses.
The afternoon will begin with Qi Gong. This session will continue further deepening of the fundamentals of joint mechanics and physiology, with an emphasis on the pelvis and sacroiliac joint. We will also examine the shoulder joint and rotator cuff. We will close by pose analysis for the backbends and twists, applying this knowledge to design a class leading to Urdvha danurasana and counter poses. We will apply a combination of stretching techniques to further your understanding of the basis for each and its practical use in yoga.
The morning will begin with Qi Gong and Pranayama. The session will review the fundamentals and include a question and answer session. Following this, we will examine the knee joint in detail. The morning will close with analysis of the hip opening poses, focusing specifically on Lotus. We will design a class that will enable practitioners to work toward Lotus and Hanumanasana (full splits) in their daily practice.
The session will also cover arm balances and inversions, focusing on Bakasana, full arm balance, Sarvangasana and Sirsasana. We will analyze cervical spine anatomy and biomechanics and its relationship to the core, as well as benefits, cautions and contraindications for headstand and shoulder stand. Class will close with a series of shoulder and chest opening poses designed to lead to Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) and Sirsasana.