Teaching

Anatomy 201: Applied Principles of Movement

Designed and presented by Karin Gurtner for Yoga Journal USA

Anatomy 201: Applied Principles of Movement is an online course with Karin, where you learn more about functional and integral anatomy that’s relevant for yoga and other movement practises.

In the scope of the online course, Karin has developed a series of valuable educational videos that are available to you free of charge.

If you are interested in Yoga Journal USA's full online course, go to Anatomy 201: Applied Principles of Movement.

This short talk is about the importance of a centred pelvic alignment for postural ease. The subsequent mini exercise sequence aims to gently unravel rotational patterns around the hips to rebalance and sustain dynamic equilibrium in the pelvis and spine.
For those of you familiar with the Anatomy Trains concept: the movement focus is on the Deep Front Line to provide centeredness from within and enhance freedom of movement in the Spiral Line.

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Centering the pelvis on your legs when you're standing upright takes both stability and mobility in the hips. Here, Karin Gurtner, who is leading our upcoming course, Anatomy 201, offers a leg lift test that gauges how balanced your hip flexors and hip extensors really are.

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Flexibility feels good. Yet there is tipping where being overly stretchy in one part of the body (for example the Hamstrings) can lead to holding patterns elsewhere (for example the lower back).

Join Karin for a brief movement exploration on balanced movability and the kind of Roll Down that in the long-term supports healthy joint mobility, muscle flexibility and fascial adaptability in your lower back – combined with a functional dose of strength.

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Inner strength or outer bracing? If you aim for the first, differentiation really matters! Join Karin Gurtner for a few exercises that go the core dynamic stabilisation. Or even better, join Karin for bodywide, multidimensional stabilisation in her online course Anatomy 201 .... the benefits are too good to not be embodied!

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Tension in the neck and shoulders? No long-lasting effects with feel-good self-massages and stretches? If so, additional support is needed! Join Karin Gurtner in one of her favorite exercises; it facilitates a 3-dimensionally expansive rib cage, which provides a resting place for the shoulders and brings ease to the neck. It’s wellness from within. If you like to learn more about functional anatomy, you will enjoy and benefit from the online course Anatomy 201 at Yoga Journal.

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The hands are a myofascial and sensory pathway to the shoulder girdle, rib cage and spine. Via the arms, they feed and receive information to and from the trunk. For the wellbeing of your back, the freedom in the shoulders and the clarity of your body language, keep the muscles of your hands agile and the fascia adaptable. Join Karin Gurtner in a brief movement exploration on the hand-spine connection.

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The hands are a myofascial and sensory pathway to the shoulder girdle, rib cage and spine. Via the arms, they feed and receive information to and from the trunk. For the wellbeing of your back, the freedom in the shoulders and the clarity of your body language, keep the muscles of your hands agile and the fascia adaptable. Join Karin Gurtner​ in a brief movement exploration on the hand-spine connection.

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Learn With Karin & the art of motion Team

While Martina glides into Dart, Karin elaborates in detail on the movement anatomy, aims and applied training principles. The duo also shows tactile instructions with magical effects (for body and perception). If it is not already, let the Dart become an exercise favourite.

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In great detail (yes, we love anatomy), Karin elaborates on the movement anatomy of the Developé, while weaving in trainings aims and tactile instructions. Martina demonstrates beautifully, so why not join in to deepen your understanding physically and cognitively.

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Karin elaborates in detail on the movement anatomy training aims and applied training principles. Also included are really lovely (and very useful) tactile instructions that change the movement intention, shifting the focus from the front to the back of the body, emphasizing elongation over contraction.

Hear, see, feel and enjoy the difference. 

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Seemingly simple, yet so clever.

Explained by Karin Gurtner

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Slings in Motion: 90/90 Shift – a fabulously efficient short exercise for those who like to add spring to their step and stay supple in their feet, ankles and knees. Demonstrated by Martina Palmer – execution, movement anatomy, aims and variations explained by Karin Gurtner. Add this Slings gem to your practice and notice the difference in your body – it’s worth it!

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Slings in Motion education: 90/90 Hip Release & Side Bend – an all-time favourite of the Slings certified movement teachers, physiotherapists and structural integrators!The dynamic movement interplay of the Anatomy Trains’ Deep Front Line and Lateral Line not only feels amazing, it also energizes the whole body and promotes fascial elasticity, therefore movement buoyancy in all the right places. In Karin’s demonstration, she elaborates on the exercise execution, functional anatomy, movement aims and practical stepping stones. We hope you love it as much as we do!

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Series of lectures: Train muscles and fascia consciously

The series comprising 4 lectures

  • Lecture 1: Experience the difference between Pilates and Slings Myofascial Training
  • Lecture 2: Slings Myofascial Training: 10 fascial qualities translated into movement
  • Lecture 3: A Contemporary Pilates exercise and tactile cueing
  • Lecture 4: A Slings in Motion exercise and tactile cueing

Core topic of the series: Train muscles and fascia consciously

Every movement is myofascial, however, not every movement engages muscles and fascia in the same way. An exercise can focus on muscular properties or fascial qualities. And depending on the kind of movement you do, the ratio can be very different; either favouring muscles or favouring fascia. Experience the difference between a muscular-focussed Pilates exercise and the myofascial interplay of a Slings in Motion movement. 

Experience the difference between Pilates and Slings Myofascial Training.

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Slings Myofascial Training: 10 Fascial qualities translated into movement.

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A Contemporary Pilates exercise and tactile cueing.

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A Slings in Motion exercise and tactile cueing.

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In Contemporary Pilates we often work with a neutral pelvis. Or said differently, a centred lumbar/pelvis position. But when is the pelvis neutral? Karin will tell you, join the video talk.

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Karin and Martina will show you tactile cueing with the Saw. A classical Pilates exercise given a contemporary spin with some myofascial additions.

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As Pilates teachers or Slings Myofascial practitioners we assist our customers with clear verbal instructions and tactile cueing to improve their movements and reach their goals.

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