Anatomy in Action: Class #3

CAMEL POSE

Camel Pose is often a source of discomfort or pain for many people. This class is designed to provide some insight as to why that might be the case, and what you can do about it.

MUSCLES OF EXTERNAL ROTATION & RETRACTION

  1. Teres Minor (external rotator)
  2. Infraspinatus (external Rotator)
  3. Rhomboids (retraction)
  4. Middle Trapezius (retraction)

Camel: External Rotators is 1 of 12 classes in the Online Immersion called Anatomy of Arm Balances. Use this code to receive 30% off this immersion, or the Anatomy Bundle at checkout: yogabundle2022

 

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ANATOMY OF THE HEART

JUNE 2022 Immersion

  • Technique to expand and deepen your backbends
  • Foundations and preparatory postures to set you up for success
  • Anatomy education to prime the nervous system
  • Themes to cultivate the appropriate mindset for heart opening
  • 12 Classes: 6 focused on anatomy, 6 themed for the heart
  • Unlock a wide range of postures including: Bow Pose, Camel, Full Wheel, King Dancer, King Cobra, King Pigeon, and more
  • Lifetime unlimited access to all
  • Attend livestream OR practice the replays any time that’s convenient for you

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ANATOMY Bundle

3 IMMERSIONS •  36 CLASSES  ADDITIONAL BULK DISCOUNT

  1. ANATOMY IN MOTION
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  3. ANATOMY OF ARM BALANCES

 

 

Anatomy in Action: Class #2

BALANCE

The tricky part about balance is that it requires both the willingness to fall, and the strength to stop ourselves from falling. Not only can that be emotionally challenging but developing the strength can be difficult. In this class we explore how we can balance in Crow pose and many other arm balances. 

MUSCLES OF BALANCE AT THE WRIST

  1. Flexor Digitorum Profundus 
  2. Flexor Digitorum Superficialis
  3. Palmeris 
  4. Flexor Carpi Ulnaris
  5. Flexor Carpi Radialis

Balance is 1 of 12 classes in the Online Immersion called Anatomy of Arm Balances. Use this code to receive 30% off this immersion, or the Anatomy Bundle at checkout: yogabundle2022

 

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ANATOMY OF ARM BALANCES

MAY 2022 Immersion

  • Anatomy of 12+ arm balances
  • Foundational and advanced arm balance techniques
  • Visualize your movements internally
  • Improve balance and proprioception
  • Sensation-based practices
  • Learn empowering modifications
  • Access appropriate variations for your level of practice
  • Active, passive, and isomentric Stretching
  • Improve wrist, core, and shoulder strength
  • ALL LEVELS APPROPRIATE

$168.00

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12 Online Yoga classes to Learn Anatomy

ANATOMY Bundle

3 IMMERSIONS •  36 CLASSES  ADDITIONAL BULK DISCOUNT

  1. ANATOMY IN MOTION
  2. ANATOMY OF THE HEART
  3. ANATOMY OF ARM BALANCES

 

 

REVIEWS OF ANATOMY OF ARM BALANCES

8 reviews for Anatomy of Arm Balances

  1. Selki Tombs (verified owner)

    Total game changer for me. Opened up my interest for anatomy. Every class gives tools for strengthening. Matt shares so much knowledge in his Immersions. I always finish feeling stronger and with accomplishments I didn’t think I was even ready for. Can’t wait to do Heart Opener and more. Big gratitude, thanks Matt. Glad I found you 🙏

  2. Adele Tan (verified owner)

    Great course! I was resistant towards arm balances for a long time as I always see more good than bad coming out from them. Matt changed that for me as he let us into the anatomy and biomechanics of the poses which means we can practice arm balances intelligently! I particularly like how Matt shares the anatomy before class as that gives me a bearing on what to focus on that given class, and Im also glad that Matt takes time to answer the questions both live (which unfortunately I cant make it due to timezone issues), as well as on FB. Thanks!

  3. Adele Tan (verified owner)

    I liked how Matt shared the anatomy before going into the practice. Arm balances are so challenging for me, so having the anatomy knowledge at hand allows me to have a focus as i enter the poses. Its till work in progress for many of the arm balances, but i’m glad to report that I know more now and feel more confident about them! Matt takes time to answer the questions live (which unfortunately doesn’t work for my timezone), but he answers on FB if one needs further support. Thanks!

  4. Cindy Bollinger (verified owner)

    I learned so much about bad habits i had picked up over the years and how to do the poses correctly. I thought that i would be intimidated by the poses, such as koundinyasa 1+2, one leg crow, handstand, tittibasana, astravakasana, and flying pidgeon, but the exercises created accessibility to the poses for me. I never felt that it was over my ability as he gave me different things to work on and crash pad ideas to build my confidence. The anatomy lessons made everything clear. I am afraid of backbends having been hurt over the years doing poses that didnt feel right. I trust matt to teach me a better way for my body and have signed up for the next inversion. I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on classes and workshops and am a certified teacher. This was the best series i have ever taken for learning what my body, with its structural and muscular oddities can do when properly aligned and engaged. I am 64 and have been teaching yoga 26 years

  5. Stephanie Herrington (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this immersion. Each day you’ll learn what a pose requires of you physically and Matt guides you through the movements and engagements needed to achieve the pose. I am now able to do side crow, koundenyasana 1, and titibasana with confidence! If arm balances are a goal of yours, or if you just want to solidify and strengthen them, this immersion is the way to do it! Plus if you’re into the anatomy side of yoga, it doesn’t get much better than this!

  6. Lyn Starikov (verified owner)

    Matt’s immersions have been absolutely empowering as a teacher and as a student. He is so knowledgable with anatomy and biomechanics of the human body but is humble, down to earth and presents the material in such an accessible and engaging way that you can’t help but absorb it into your mind and body. The intellectual intimidation factor is non-existent in this learning space and the curated practices always push you a little beyond your comfort zone because you trust this guy. Matt is a master kinesthetic teacher and I am so grateful that I came across him online. I am about to start my 3rd consecutive online immersion with him and it is money BEYOND well spent. Highly recommended!

  7. Mary Liwanag (verified owner)

    Matt’s classes are approachable no matter where you are in your practice. The drills allow you to form good habits while approaching fuller versions of the poses. Also as an anatomy nerd, I love his anatomy and biomechanics knowledge. This class was challenging for me, but inspiring.

  8. Jack Crann (verified owner)

    I didn’t think I was ready, was apprehensive about taking this immersion. I am so grateful for the foundation and knowledge, so glad I joined, the progress and growth has been more than I ever expected. Highly recommended!!

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Anatomy in Action: Class #1

ANATOMY OF BREATH

The breath can be somewhat mysterious, but the mechanics of it are not. It’s quite simple. The body is like a vaccuum. When we increase space in the torso, it creates negative pressure which pulls air into the lungs. When the torso gets smaller it presses air out of the lungs. The muscles below work together to increase and decrease space. 

MUSCLES OF BREATHING 

  1. Diaphragm
  2. Scalene’s 
  3. Serratus Posterior Inferior and Superior
  4. Pectoralis Minor 
  5. Intercostal Muscles

Anatomy of Breath is 1 of 12 classes in the Online Immersion called Anatomy in Motion. Use this code to receive 30% off this immersion, or the Anatomy Bundle at checkout: yogabundle2022

 

12 Online Yoga classes to Learn Anatomy

ANATOMY IN MOTION

APRIL 2022 Immersion

  • Embody anatomy
  • Learn key muscles, bones, and joints
  • Visualize your movements internally
  • Improve proprioception
  • Sensation-based practices
  • Unlock and strengthen major muscle groups
  • Active, passive, and isometric stretching
  • Improve mobility and stability
  • Get VERY geeky
$168.00

 

12 Online Yoga classes to Learn Anatomy

ANATOMY Bundle

3 IMMERSIONS •  36 CLASSES  ADDITIONAL BULK DISCOUNT

  1. ANATOMY IN MOTION
  2. ANATOMY OF THE HEART
  3. ANATOMY OF ARM BALANCES

 

 

10 reviews for Anatomy In Motion

  1. Carolyn Bell (verified owner)

    I have been a yoga teacher for many years and like to continue to improve my knowledge to keep my teaching fresh. Matt is an amazing teacher with detailed knowledge of the body and movement. I am so thankful to be able to train with him online. He is able to explain complex anatomy and demonstrate how the body works through the yoga poses. I highly recommend Matt Giordano and The Yogi Matt!

  2. Ara (verified owner)

    Matt is an amazing teacher… I am a physiotherapist (although I have not worked as such for years)
    I wish I had had such good anatomy teachers in university. Totally recommended!!! He has encouraged me to study anatomy again

  3. Agnes Thien (verified owner)

    Aware about our own body thru understanding in anatomy of motion. Clear instructions by Matt.

  4. Stephanie Herrington (verified owner)

    Anatomy nerds unite! If want to learn about how your muscles function and how to improve your mobility, this immersion is for you! The amount of detail and depth of knowledge you get about each specific muscle group is invaluable. The first bit of the class you get to see what specific part of the body you’ll be working, and then all throughout the class you will engage and strengthen those muscles with Matt’s guidance! I now know the names of muscles and what their specific job is in our bodies. I am very grateful for this immersion. I had many moments saying to myself, “this is so cool!” Highly recommend this one!

  5. Adriana Godard (verified owner)

    This immersion is, by far, one of the best ones I have ever take. Absolutely amazing!

  6. Agnes Thien (verified owner)

    understanding of the anatomy to help us to focus and aware of our body during practice. good revise of muscles anatomy and the motion as a yoga teacher.

  7. Stephanie Herrington (verified owner)

    Anatomy nerds unite! If want to learn about how your muscles function and how to improve your mobility, this immersion is for you! The amount of detail and depth of knowledge you get about each specific muscle group is invaluable. The first bit of the class you get to see what specific part of the body you’ll be working, and then all throughout the class you will engage and strengthen those muscles with Matt’s guidance! I now know the names of muscles and how they connect and function. I am very grateful for this immersion. I had many moments saying to myself, “this is so cool!” Highly recommend this one!

  8. marisa.valdiserra (verified owner)

    Such a fabulous immersion! I loved the visuals Matt provided at the beginning of each practice of the body, muscles, and muscle/joint relationships. They helped me visualize the specific muscle group we were targeting as I practiced. I found this immersion to be a great resource as a teacher. Matt described the muscles, muscle actions and connections in a way that I can share in my teaching. If someone is looking to gain a deep awareness and understanding of their body and how their muscles work and engage, I highly recommend the Anatomy in Motion immersion. Thanks so much Matt for sharing your knowledge!!

  9. Jean-Francois Robin (verified owner)

    The workshop was very enriching. Lots of information to integrate but very relevant to the yoga practice and teaching yoga. Matt has a talent to teach something complex in a way to make it easy to understand and remember. Not only I learned the individual names and functions of certain muscles but also their interactions with other muscles and the rest of the body. Matt took also the time to answer every specific questions in the chat. Great workshop. JF. yoga teacher in Montreal.

  10. Jack Crann (verified owner)

    Matt teaches with great clarity. Everything makes sense. He is careful to explain what you may need for your level making it comfortable to go at your pace. A 5 star class all around!

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Self Adjustments: Internal Rotation (27m)

INNER ROTATION SELF ADJUSTMENTS

Internal rotation of the thigh bones is such a powerful technique to share in the yoga practice for many reasons. First, it requires an activation of both the inner thighs and outer hips, but also because it counteracts the muscular patterning of most humans and reverses the structural alignment of most yoga postures, many of which are inherently externally rotated.There are hardly any yoga postures that require internally rotated hip joints, with the exception of postures like hero pose (virasana) and eagle pose (garudasana). So teaching people to activate the internal rotators opens doors to so much opportunity. These self adjustments will support you and your students in developing awareness of the action and muscle engagements required. 

Yoga Essentials: Class #4 Neck Release

Neck Release Key Points

The neck is hardly addressed in yoga practices unless for extreme postures like Shoulder Stand and Headstand. Learning to properly activate your muscles when rotating your neck can be very healing. Most of us tend to have our neck set forward pulling on the upper back and causing tension at the base of the skull. To repattern our muscles we can practice pulling our head back over our spine. In this class we use our hand as a “kinnesthetic reference”. That a term I use in my 300 hour training meaning a tactile boundary to press into. Most of us tend to be better at activating muscles through sensation of action, for example push this into that. By pressing the head into hand we can learn how to activate the muscles of the neck improving our posture and over all well being. 

This class was taken from the Shoulder Revelation Immersion – you can get 25% off of the immersion below. 

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  • Learn binds, heart openers, and arm balances

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DISCOVER THE JOY OF BACK BENDS 

  • Learn over 12 backbends
  • Step-by-step instructionals in every practice
  • Techniques, biomechanics and alignment
  • Bow Pose, Camel, Dancer, Full Wheel
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Yoga Essentials: Class #3 Shoulder Awakening

Shoulder Awakening Key Points

There are 3 bones that make up “the shoulders” 

  1. Collar Bone
  2. Arm Bone
  3. Shoulder Blade 

The way these three interact with each other depends on the health of the muscles that surround them, these muscles are referred to as the shoulder girdle. The shoulder blades move around the rib cage in a few primary ways:

  1. Up (elevation)
  2. Down (depression)
  3. Toward each other (retraction)
  4. Away from each other (protraction)

There are combinations of these actions that have other names we won’t get into here.

In this video we strengthen the muscles call serratus anterior in order to develop greater ability to protract the shoulder blades. Protraction is very helpful for postures like plank and crow pose. Strengthening the serratus anterior has other incredible benefits like helping the shoulder blades move porperly when we take our arms over head in postures like downward dog. A strong and reactive serratus anterior could actually help us avoid injuries like shoulder impingement. 

Equally important are the muslces called the Rhomboids which move the shoulder blades together, AKA retraction. These tend to be weak for most people and as a result could be the culprit in chronic Neck discomfort, upper back, and chest pain. Should you be interested in developing strength in these muscles in order to balance out the shoulder girdle I suggest the Shoulder Revelation immersion below. 

 

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STRENGTH & MOBILITY 

  • Increase strength and flexibility
  • Release shoulder tension
  • Learn anatomy and biomechanics
  • Access a wider range of postures
  • Stabilize the rotator cuff muscles
  • Learn binds, heart openers, and arm balances

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HEART OPENERS

DISCOVER THE JOY OF BACK BENDS 

  • Learn over 12 backbends
  • Step-by-step instructionals in every practice
  • Techniques, biomechanics and alignment
  • Bow Pose, Camel, Dancer, Full Wheel
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Yoga Essentials: Class #2 Heart Opening

Heart Opening Key Take-Away’s

The spine is capable of moving into extension (backbend) without compressing each vertebrae into each other. In order to reduce this collision course, we can use the technique that I call Bowing the Spine

WHAT IS BOWING THE SPINE?

  • Bowing the Spine is the technique of pressing the middle of the back forward. This bends the spine in such a way that allows each one of your vertebrae the maximum ability to rotate into spinal extension. Typically most people push their upper back toward their pelvis causing discomfort of pain which would be called compression. With Bowing the Spine we are aiming NOT to compress, and to find the maximum spaciousness available.
  • This requires that we develop flexibility of the Abdominals and Intercostals (muscles between the ribs)
  • Strength of the Erector Spinae and Rhomboids (back muscles) is essential.
  • Activation of TVA, Transverses Abdominis is also very helpful if not imperative.

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$148.00

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SHOULDER REVELATION

STRENGTH & MOBILITY 

  • Increase strength and flexibility
  • Release shoulder tension
  • Learn anatomy and biomechanics
  • Access a wider range of postures
  • Stabilize the rotator cuff muscles
  • Learn binds, heart openers, and arm balances

$198.00 $138.00

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HEART OPENERS

DISCOVER THE JOY OF BACK BENDS 

  • Learn over 12 backbends
  • Step-by-step instructionals in every practice
  • Techniques, biomechanics and alignment
  • Bow Pose, Camel, Dancer, Full Wheel
  • King Cobra, King Dancer, King Pigeon

$148.00

Yoga Essentials: Class #1 Hip Opening

Hip Opening Key Take-Away’s

The hips are surrounded my muscles which makes them highly capable of both mobility and stability. Learning to access each muscle group through deliberate activation builds muscle integrity and functionality. This class is a great starting point to help you develop technique through select standing and seated hip opening postures.

4 QUADRANTS OF THE HIPS

  1. Front: Quads & Hip Flexors (pulls thighs toward chest)
  2. Inside: Adductors (pulls legs inward toward each other)
  3. Outside: Abduction (pulls legs apart away from each other)
  4. Back: Hip Extension (Buttock muscles – extends legs backward)

WHAT IS MUSCLE INTEGRITY?

Muscle integrity is the ability for a muscle to contract/engage at any length, AND the ability for the muscle to release contraction and engagement.

WHAT IS A FACILITATED STRETCH?

An engagement of a muscle when it is in a lengthened position – or isometric (no movement) engagement of a muscle while you are in a stretch. This creates a release of tension if sustained for approximately 10 seconds. This is technique of engaging muscles while lengthened provides incredible results for flexibility without losing functionality of the muscles.

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