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P. Grilley; Anatomy for Yoga

Mirjana2010-07-04 18:43:15 +0000 #1
I'm planning to buy Paul Grilley's DVD Anatomy for Yoga. But first I want to ask you if anybody knows it and can give an opinion about it?

Thank you!
Sonia2010-07-04 18:50:37 +0000 #2
Last year I took a week-long anatomy workshop with Paul Grilley. Great experience. His DVDs are expensive, but worth the price because they have so much useful, practical information. The anatomy program is a great resource for yoga (& other physical disciplines) instructors, because it teaches how to analyze various body structures and types. He also stresses the function of the poses, not how we think they should look.
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 19:11:12 +0000 #3
I'm not familiar with his work.
Mirjana2010-07-04 19:01:30 +0000 #4
Thank you for the replies. Good to hear such a positive comment from you Sonia. The price is a bit spicy but maybe my co-students will want to share the DVD & costs. Otherwise we are studying from Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by David Coulter and I think this DVD could be a good additional material. It supposed to demonstrate how the bones differ significantly from person to person, and how to use that knowledge in gaining a much deeper understanding of our individual practices.

I found it by a simple google searching about anatomy and yoga.
Nichole2010-07-04 19:27:56 +0000 #5
Pozdravljena Mirjana,

Mukunda's senior teacher, Mangala, has this DVD set and just from the little that I saw of it, it looked amazing.

I think it would be great investment if this type of study works well for you.

This is stretching the topic a bit, but maybe you find this with your own studies too: I buy gorgeous anatomy books and I study them; then I do the asana and then I feel it. After feeling it, then I know which muscles are involved and how they are involved.

Then I have a good laugh at myself because I have always had what I needed for the asana to be felt and known. Does that make sense?

I am working to get past the need to externalize the knowing before I can internalize the knowing.

Namaste
Mirjana2010-07-04 20:14:54 +0000 #6
Pozdravljena draga Nichole (you gave me such a big smile inside - out)

I know what you mean. It makes a big difference sometimes when you study something and than you try it on the matt. And you know exactly which part of the body and muscle to use and focus. Suddenly it makes sense and the pose feels more stable and easier. The language of anatomy is anyway quite technical and a bit dry sometimes, don't you think? It makes everything more alive studying with the matt next to it. I feel I have to study more. Especially the anatomy, it always takes some effort for me to focus on. I prefer other subjects But I know the more you learn and understand the more interesting it gets. Learning together with my friends and co-students in a class and sometimes out of the class is also very motivating.

I ordered the DVD. I'm looking forward!
Maatumn2010-07-04 19:31:17 +0000 #7
This DVD is worth the money. Not only does he give you mounds of information, he has a very relaxed vibe and is easy to understand. The DVD has interactive options included so you can move through different areas of the body/learn about them. It is very essential as a training tool to see different ranges of motion in individual bodies. Important to remember that not everyone can go into pose same way (not to push people into poses, bodies are shaped differently.) I learn a lot from watching his lessons!
victw2010-07-04 19:07:18 +0000 #8
In all fairness I wasn't able to watch the whole thing. Once you get the point that everyones body's are different - it seemed to just repeat that same point over and over with illustrations of the different body parts.

I just couldn't stick with it. And for that reason can't imagine needing to own it. I'd check to see if the library, netflix or a friend have it - and borrow it. Maybe others can concur with whether they have used it repeatedly as a reference source.

Maybe some of the folks with positive reviews could say what other points they got out of it.

But for me - everyone is different is a given - although it was cool to see this illustrated.

Vic

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