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The Anatomy of Asana for Teachers with Lesley Dike 2020

10.00am -4.30pm
Teacher(s): Lesley Dike
Ability Level: Teachers

This will be a highly practical course. There will be discussion and theory but the primary source of our learning will be by experience.

Theory will be backed up by a workshop style, in-depth exploration of a range of static and dynamic movements.

Please note : This course outline is not set in stone. This will be a dynamic course and the focus may adjust depending on current learning and research.

Day One : What do we teach? Is it time to put down the books?

The starting point for this course is to look at what we are teaching now. As teachers we should always be questioning what we do, and some the questions we will ask on this course include :

  • What do we teach? Is it strengthening? Stretching?
  • Are we teaching things we are unsure about?
  • What are our favorite postures? And why?
  • Do books help or do they limit us?
  • What is stretching? Is it useful? Is it therapeutic? What does the science say?
  • What type of strengthening is typical in yoga asana?
  • Is what we teach encouraging movement or discouraging it?
  • Is the way we teach balance useful?
  • How important is the core?
  • What about the breath?
  • What is Neural Mapping?
  • And many more!!

The Format of this opening day will be one of group discussion and practical enquiry and will set the scene for themes running throughout the course.

We will use various postures to explore these questions. Everything we do will keep referring back to the postures and to the body and we will be working on the mat to explore ideas as we go.

Recommended reading given during this day.

Day Two : The feet and the road to teaching balance

We will begin with some basic anatomy – exploring our own feet and becoming aware of how vitally important they are!

This day includes training in how to teach balance effectively, based on a thorough understanding of how balance actually works.

All the theory will be experienced through a range of asanas such as Tree variations, Warrior 3, Half moon poses etc.

Day 3 : What can we learn from the cat, the dog and the bridge?

This whole day will focus on three very important postures, the Cat, the Dog and the Bridge. We will explore basic versions of these postures and then look at a wide range of variations and progressions.

Through a practical examination of these postures we will develop a deeper understanding of the key principles which are at the heart of this course.

This day, like all the others will be highly practical with loads of personal enquiry & working on mat.

Day 4 : What do we teach the spine in asana? What can we learn from the spine?

  • What is the spine for?
  • What are we aiming to do with the spine in asana?
  • Strength & Flexibility
  • Lordoses and kyphoses – how do these affect our movement?
  • Facet joint orientation… what are the implications of this structural knowledge.
  • Hypermobility

This day will involve working through a range of asanas and seeing how they impact on the spine.

Day 5 : A cornucopia of teaching skills!

Tricks, props, cues, prompts and other tips.

The focus of this day is the practical teaching of asana. We will do this in a ‘workshop’ style, stopping to look at issues as they arise.

There will also be time in this day to review any questions which have arisen over the months of the course.


About Lesley Dike

Yoga teacher and chartered Physiotherapist.

Lesley qualified as a yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga in 1981. She later embarked on a career in musculoskeletal physiotherapy., which is when the anatomy learning really started. Understanding structural anatomy revolutionised the way she teaches yoga, which is with a strong emphasis on safety and on healthy movement habits. Lesley worked in the NHS for 8 years and then slowly  moved into developing her own private clinic ‘Physio for Yoga’. Her major influences are Pete Blackaby (yoga teacher and osteopath) and Joanne Elphinston (physiotherapist and international coach). Lesley teaches on the London Yoga Teacher Training Course, alongside Peter Blackaby and Chloe Freemantle, as well as teaching IST days for The British Wheel of Yoga and Friends of Yoga (FRYOG).

What previous students have said about Lesley’s teaching

After more than 20 years as a yoga teacher, I think yours was the most useful workshop that I have attended. It was a fascinating day and I think most of us there are now looking down at our feet far more than we did before! I intend to put the lessons of the day into practice straight away

I thoroughly enjoyed the day, I have to say it just flew by and not often you find yourself saying that about training days!

Your knowledge and sense of humour made it more memorable, for a novice like me I was grateful for the opportunity and the chance to learn more.

I came away inspired; I wrote, and am now using, a 5 week plan.  The difference in students has been amazing; many were unaware of the 3 parts of the spine, and how they were designed to move, and now I can “see” in their postures that their understanding has improved/developed.

I want to thank you for your illuminating session on the thoracic spine at Congress last Friday. I learned more in those two hours than I have from most of the full IST and CPD days I’ve attended in the last 30 years.

I’ve thought about the thoracic spine a great deal over all those years of teaching (having a very stiff one myself) and have always understood that back bending postures should extend the thoracic spine and shouldn’t exaggerate the natural lordotic lumbar and cervical curves, but it was an incomplete understanding. Your session has filled in gaps and made pieces fall into place.

Firstly may I thank you for presenting a wonderful workshop from which I have learnt a huge amount. If I had been told that we would be talking about feet for 3 hours I would not have believed that it could be fun, interesting and entertaining but your passion and energy and knowledge made the time fly.

Time: 10.00am -4.30pm
Next Classes:
  • 27th September 2020
  • 18th October 2020
  • 22nd November 2020
  • 24th January 2021
  • 28th February 2021
Deposit £100 non refundable
Balance due 1st July 2020
Maximum 16 people


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