Experiential Anatomy Program

What is Experiential Anatomy?

Experiential Anatomy has developed parallel to body work with a focus on body education. It encourages the individual to integrate information with experience. This experiential anatomy enhances movement and bodywork by providing an underlying awareness of body structure and function. There are many valuable books and articles that you will find interesting and valuable. In general, what draws your attention is of interest to you. In working with the body, you are the expert.

Towards Effortless Effort with Patricia Videgain

I’m going to teach you how to connect to your body, from the perspective of experiential anatomy. With the use of information, directions, instructions, illustrations and reading material, I invite you to access a vast new realm.

The tools used by The School for Body-Mind Centering are many, we want to create an environment for you to explore this material and make learning anatomy accessible and exciting.

Class is abundant with different techniques to look at the material, our bodies and how we move. We use art, observation, imagination, somatizations, movement practices and class discussion and sharing. Iyengar yoga will be practiced too in support of the curriculum!

Practical information

When: Sundays 5:30-7PM 
Dates:  (1) March 21st,  (2) March 28th, (3) April 18th, (4) May 2nd, (5) May 16th, (6) May 30th, (7) June 13th, (8) June 20th
Recommended materials:  Colors, a notebook, binder, printer to print materials for class, anatomy book of your choice (if you’d like a sujjestion for an anatomy book please reach out and let us know)

Price:  €140 for 8 weeks.

This is what you’ll get:

  • 8 Experiential Anatomy and Yoga classes of 1.5hrs (mostly bi-monthly)
  • Step by step guidance to understanding your body from the Anatomical perspective
  • class recording for you to keep
  • follow up emails after each class with “homework” and pointers to support the material covered – and clarify it if necessary
  • personalized classes:  registrations are limited to a small group which means there will be time for everyone’s questions and discussions to better understand the material
  • Simultaneous translation from Lou or Rajhas so that language is not a barrier during the whole duration of the course
  • A certificate of completion from Patricia 12 hours of Anatomy and yoga study for teachers in training. YACEP stands for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider

8-Week Series/ 4 Building Blocks

Week 1 & 2

Foundations: The cell, tissues, body organization, bone, axial skeleton, spine: head & ribcage – joints, muscles, fascia and ligaments.

Pre-spinal awareness, core-distal connectivity. center-line. Notocord.

Week 3 & 4

The Upper Extremity: Neck and shoulder girdle, arm and hand, joints, muscles, fascia and ligaments.

Support Precedes Movement: basic joint actions of the upper limbs in asana.

Week 5 & 6

The Lower Extremity: The sacral/pelvic complex, hip, leg and foot, joints, muscles, ligaments and fascia.

Mobility and integrity: basic joint action movement in the lower limbs.

Week 7 & 8

Integration of material, questions from previous weeks, introduction to organs and systems.

Things are not clear-cut. We will meander through the landscape and weave the learning’s in a way that goes through different concepts and places from different angles. For example, the ribcage is part of the axial skeleton, but we will revisit the ribcage when we look at the upper limbs and then again when we look at the pelvic floor.

About the instructor:

Patricia Videgain has dedicated the past 25 years+ to study, learn and teach yoga in the Iyengar tradition. She is deeply grateful and in awe of the depth and the accumulated intelligence of this practice and wants to share its bounties. Patricia has been studying, practicing and teaching Experiential Anatomy and Developmental Movement since 2010. She is grateful for the creative approach and the joyful integration of somatic practices of Eastern and Western traditions that the School for Body-Mind Centering offers. As a certified Yoga Therapist, Patricia has dedicated 2020 and now 2021 to the in-depth study of the Pelvic Floor, taking extensive trainings to learn and experience many different approaches to this important subject matter. Patricia has been teaching and taking Back Care Yoga lessons for many years, including yoga for scoliosis. She’s currently learning about somatic approaches to TMJ.

The School for Body-Mind Centering (BMC) is an integrated approach to transformative experience through movement re-education and hands-on repatterining. With presence in 35 countries and five continents, BMC offers an experiential approach based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical, and developmental principles, and utilizes movement, touch, voice, and consciousness. This study leads to an understanding of how the mind is expressed through the body and the body through the mind. BMC was founded by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen more than 45-years ago. With extensive studies in many related fields, Bonnie is a pioneer in the way we understand the body, and how we can integrate these fields of study into our somatic practices. 

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