Anatomical Geometry & Asana Lab

with Mary Richards
Saturday, November 18 at 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Each Workshop is $50. Both are $90.

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Anatomical Geography: 10-1:00pm
Mapping the Bony Landmarks of the Body
What’s a spine? (Hint: We are not talking about the vertebral column at present …) Where do you find a tuberosity or malleolus? How does any of this pertain to yoga practice or instruction?

Knowledge of skeletal anatomy is immensely useful for those of us who teach and practice asana, especially when offering modifications, since people come in all shapes and sizes. Skeletal anatomy also provides a point of reference for studying muscles because many muscles are named according to their relationships to nearby bones. Furthermore, the palpable and visible bony features of our skeletal anatomy provide us with valuable information about the movement and orientation of our joints. From the foundation of the skeleton, we can offer anatomically correct and functional movement instructions, offer safe and effective assists to our students, and place props to support the body properly in asana.

Join Mary for an anatomy adventure that explores the bony features of our magnificent skeletal structure. We will explore the planes of movement, muscle activation patterns and how different types of joints move. This workshop involves active practice, so be ready to practice from your bones.

Asana Techniques Lab: 2:30-5:30pm
Have you ever watched a student struggling on the mat and wanted more information about how to instruct them to greater ease and stability? Has a student shared with you that they have an injury or pain? Now, you’d enjoy learning options and techniques to address situations like stiffness, “Chaturanga shoulder” and sciatica.

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, join Mary for an exploratory lab intensive in the studio. Together, we will seek clarity and understanding of asana via discussion and applied practice. We will examine pose technicalities and experiment with teaching techniques, including props, assists and therapeutic modifications. Bring your mat, questions, concerns and willingness to play.

Mary Richards began practicing yoga in 1992, and teaching in 2002. For over 10 years, Mary studied primarily in the Iyengar tradition with additional study in other lineages. In 2002, she attended her first workshop with Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., PT. Mary felt an immediate resonance with Judith’s work; she has studied regularly with her ever since. Mary assists Judith at various workshops around the United States and serves as her senior therapeutics and anatomy teaching assistant. Mary and Lizzie Lasater, M.Arch, yoga instructor and Judith’s daughter, also share a series on Lizzie’s YouTube channel entitled “Today’s Anatomy Question,” which features dialogue and demonstration of anatomical concepts and principles pertaining to asana. Mary, Judith and Lizzie are currently co-developing a digital movement literacy course,, which will launch in December 2017.

Mary’s teaching and practice are informed by her deep, abiding interest in and study of anatomy and kinesiology. Mary has completed credited coursework with labs in anatomy, physiology, cadaver dissection, kinesiology and biology. Additionally, she holds a master’s of science in yoga therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has also completed volunteer observation hours at physical therapy facilities specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine. Mary is passionate about sharing her experience in yoga therapeutics and other healing modalities to help others cope with — and ideally, prevent — injury to the joint segments of the body, especially the weight-bearing joints of the lower extremity.

Mary lives in the Washington, D.C. area, where she teaches syllabus-based yoga classes, sees clients privately, and trains body workers, fitness professionals and yoga instructors in movement literacy and therapeutic techniques.

Teachers are eligible for 3 Continuing Eduction Credits for Each Workshop.