Ever wonder where yoga teachers get so much Knowledge??

Join Mary Richards and many familiar faces from Balanced hot yoga at this amazing weekend

Yoga Anatomy Workshop


Friday 10/18 4-7pm

Saturday 10/19  10am-1pm & 230-630pm

Sunday 10/20  10am-3pm

Workshop takes place at the University of Oregon


It all started when…

I took that amazing workshop and it changed my WHOLE PRACTICE!! Workshops are the best place to deepen you personal practice and grow.

Finding True North in Asana Through Anatomy: A Study in Active and Receptive Practices With Mary Richards, Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 2019

Short Form Workshop Description:

Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asan

Do you enjoy learning about human bodily structures and functions? Do you enjoy asana, restorative yoga, and pranayama so much that you practice regularly? Are you an aspiring or seasoned yoga teacher who could use a few pointers and more in-depth information about movement science? If so, you will want to register for the weekend workshop, “Finding True North in Asana Through Anatomy: A Study in Active and Receptive Practices,” with Mary Richards, M.S., C-IAYT, ERY500, YACEP.

Join your fellow yoga and body nerds for an immersive weekend designed to deepen your movement literacy, whether you're just starting out or you have a few hundred classes under your belt. Each class intensive includes discussion, active and restorative practice, teaching techniques, and corny anatomy jokes. 

Where: Student Recreation Center, University of Oregon in Eugene Oregon

When: Friday, from Oct. 18, 2019, starting at 4:00 p.m., to Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, concluding at 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $425

Early Bird: $375

Friday, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Asana Lab: Active Practice to introduce key principles of movement literacy.

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 "Chaturanga shoulder," sciatica, or plantar fasciitis.

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

Friday: 6:10 to 7:00 p.m.

Concentrate & Integrate: An evening of iREST Yoga Nidra

  Join Mary for a 50-minute foray into iREST, a form of yoga nidra developed by Richard Miller, Ph.D. The practice is intended to alleviate stress, improve sleep, and promote healing and inner peace. Informed by yogic philosophy, Western psychology and neuroscience, iREST offers each of us an opportunity to connect deeply to our bodily sensations as well as the turning of our mind and yearning of our heart.

Mary is a certified Level 1 iREST teacher-in-training as well Relax and Renew® teacher trainer for Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D, PT. Props such as blankets and bolsters will be available, to support your comfort during the practice. Please bring an eye cover and your favorite fuzzy socks.

Anatomical Geography: 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, trochanter, 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 anatomy fanatic Mary Richards, M.S, C-IAYT, ERYT500, YACEP, for an adventure that explores the bony features of our magnificent skeletal structure. We will explore the planes of movement, how different types of joints move both passively and actively, and learn about the law of concave-convex motion. This class intensive involves active practice, so be ready to practice from your bones.

Saturday: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Lunch break

Saturday, Session 2: 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Exploring the Axial Body: Mapping the Vertebral Column

The vertebral column is the central organizing axis of the body. Composed of multiple bones that articulate with one another, the shoulder and pelvic girdles, skull and rib cage, it's safe to say this structure is immensely important to posture and movement. In addition to the bones, the vertebral column is composed of cartilaginous discs. These discs are vitally important to the structure and function of the column. Furthermore, the vertebral column is home to the spinal cord. It is the major thoroughfare of the central nervous system. The vertebral column also interacts profoundly with the peripheral nervous system and internal organs of the body.

Join Mary Richards, M.S., C-IAYT, ERYT500, YACEP, and anatomy nerd, for an engaging class intensive dedicated to the vertebral column in all its glory. We will construct models of vertebral bodies, act like spinous processes and facet joints, learn about the law of side-bending and rotation, nutation and counter-nutation, and take our vertebral columns through their full range of movement via asana.

Sunday, Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (with short breaks)

Healthy Joint Movement & Mind/Body Integration: Joints are moved by the muscles that cross them. All muscle contractions are shaped by gravity. When we practice asana, we explore our relationship with gravity in all directions. We ask our muscles to create various body shapes that often have little to do with our activities of daily living. To practice safely, we need to understand how our muscles pull us around assisted by gravity, against the force of gravity, and in gravity-neutral positions.

Since asana invites us to move our bodies into different ranges and directions of motion, it can have healthy effects on joint health. It also invites us to direct our attention to our bodily sensations and inner dialogue, which enables our connection to the present moment and felt sense of being. However, joints are the most vulnerable aspects of our anatomy, so we need to be diligent about making reasonable requests on the mat. Not only do we need to understand our anatomy and kinesiology, we also need to understand how our bodies and brains communicate.

Join Mary for an experiential anatomy lesson in biotensegrity and neuromuscular integration. We’ll discuss the dynamic relationship between stability and mobility, and train our attention to sensations of strain, stretch, compression, and tension. During this workshop, we will discuss the body’s condition- and position-sensing capabilities and explore how to use these senses to protect our joints on the mat. We will also leverage the somatosensory relationship of the nervous system and body, to develop pratyahara, the drawing of the senses inward, and viveka, i.e., discernment, on the mat. This workshop involves active and passive practice. Think of it as massaging the body from the inside-out.

About Mary Richards, M.S., C-IAYT, ERYT500, YACEPMary 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 offer a digital movement literacy course, www.experientialanatomy.yoga, as well as a back care course. They are currently developing new course offerings pertaining to yoga-based therapeutics.

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 (MUIH). 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 and sees clients privately. She travels extensively, offering continuing education and professional development training for bodyworkers, fitness professionals, and yoga instructors in movement literacy and therapeutic techniques.