Movement & Anatomy for Development
Anatomy made easy for Movement Practitioners
Learn more about the body
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Yoga Therapist, Anatomy Teacher & Movement Facilitator
As a Yoga Elder, I have been teaching yoga for over a decade.
When I was 13, I was diagnosed with Scoliosis and had to go regularly to the physiotherapist to improve my posture and reduce my back pain. Life brought me to India for work from 2008 till 2010 where I discovered Yoga. Thanks to my teacher, I no longer needed to go to the physio, I had my practice to manage my pain. So, as many of us, I can say “Yoga changed how I look at my own life”.
When I started teaching, people with different pathologies came to me, and I was afraid of hurting them, or to do the "wrong thing". I then became fascinated by anatomy and started my journey with Blandine Calais Germain (France), Thomas Myers and Leslie Kaminoff (US) in 2013. It gave a reliable map of the body, and helped me building confidence to work with vulnerable and injured students.
During the last 7 years, deepening my empirical knowledge of the body with personalities like Gil Hedley (Dissection and Fascia - US), Todd Garcia (Dissection-US), Robert Schleip (Fascia research- Germany), Julian Baker (Functional Fascia-UK) and Jaap Van Der Wall (Embryologist-NL) helped me to reconfigure the maps I first learned, extend my comprehension of the body to a much wider, connective, bio-tensengral and integrative way.
I am passionate by what makes us human, both physically and spiritually. Gil Hedley once said that it’s not the spirit that is in the body, as the spirit is way too large to be only contained in the body. I hold that to be true and I hope that we will have the chance to practice together to discover what fills that connective space between you and me.
Julie PONS WOODS offers yoga therapy and anatomy workshops throughout England and Europe, teaches 2 online anatomy courses per year and welcomes private clients to her clinic online and in person.
Is Anatomy for me ?
Understanding anatomy is essential for movement teachers and practitioners. The limitations of the body must be respected. Understanding compressions, stresses and loads in the different structures will give you indications about what breaks the movement, what can help it and when to stop. To understand the basis of physical limitations Anatomy provides the answers. And it does not have to be boring! My curriculum engages the participants and focuses on human movement through exploration of experiential anatomy and biomechanics in such a dynamic way that you will enjoy yourself!
Language is our tool
One of my teachers say "Our words are the brushes with which we paint". In our own practice we develop an intuitive understanding of our bodies, but sometimes without the language to communicate what we know and feel. Learn how to refine your language and speak simply but accurately of the body.
Working with People with physical limitations
A good knowledge of anatomy will help you to reach new students who may be kept away from movement practice. Make your classes more inclusive!
I teach functional anatomy and the bio-mechanical imperatives that impact the way we move and explain why this is relevant for your teaching.
I offer important insights to the prevention of injury and keys to the efficient movement that practices can offer.
"Julie has taught workshops at my Yoga Studio for the past 2 years. She is highly professional in her approach. Her classes and workshops are always delivered to the highest quality and her knowledge of her subject shines through."
Lucy Toleman - Indee Yoga - Hemel Hampstead