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Anatomy & Movement Series for Yoga Teachers with Gary Carter


Students will deepen they’re knowledge of Structural and Integrated Anatomy. This course will involve the concept of hands on touch skills, fascial touch, feel for fascial elasticity, experiential connected anatomy in relation to posture and function for movement in all modalities.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this module the student will be able to: 
Understand the complexity of the human structure, how it evolved, and postural tendencies, and learn to see patterns and structure.
Understand how the connective tissue system affects the body in general and specific movement, learning to body read in movement and stasis. 
Relate physical aspects of the body to the improvement of posture and movement quality
Appreciate how body balance, from a structural viewpoint, is achieved
Appreciate the inter-relationship between each system/network of the body

The module will enable the successful student to: 
Explain and demonstrate their understanding of the physical structure of the body.
Recognise postural deviations, restriction and imbalance of connective tissues within differing bodies. 
Analyse movement through a scientific base, which in turn can improve movement function.

This course will work in a developmental manner covering the following subject areas:

• Evolution of the human body; detailed understanding of muscle, structure, function and action, and integrated connectedness, exploring our neurological relationship to gravity and how this relates to movement and posture.

• The art of creating control, balance and freedom of movement.

• In depth exploration of the connective system of the body

• Learning to see and recognize imbalances and balance of the myofascia including structural and fascial

Modes of delivery for the course include lectures, theory, slide presentations, multimedia, 3d models and props, Interactive practical and functional work, movement work, hands on work and touch skills, discussions and illustrations.

There are continuous assessments throughout the duration of the course with Journals to be kept on the experiences and learnings on the course, practical homework assignments, quizzes and presentations. The final weekend creates three days of body reading practices, a revision of the entire course with an ability to understand postural and movement imbalances and fluidity.

The minimum requirement for the course is at least one and a half years of teaching experience after completion of teacher training with an assumed level of Anatomy is essential.

Gary Carter has been teaching for 25 years in personal training, physical awareness and yoga. He is also a practitioner in Structural Integration, Cranio-Sacral therapy, Shiatsu and Nutritional Therapy. He studied yoga with Mary Stewart and Sophy Hoare and after a brief meeting with Vanda Scaravelli, he now studies with Diane Long in Florence and Rome whilst continuously developing his own practice and teachings.

With a keen feeling and study for the nature of Fascia he met and studied with Thomas Myers in Structural Integration and the 'Anatomy Trains' theory in 1998 and has co-taught with him in the USA and UK, which led Gary to deepen his explorations in taking the understandings of complete functional integration into many practices. Gary has been teaching Anatomy and Movement for over 16 years to Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, and Massage schools in the UK and Europe along with Athletes and Personal Trainers. He has studied dissection at the Institute of Anatomy in Vienna and now runs The Yoga & Anatomy training course all over the UK ,Ireland and Scotland. He was also principal lecturer in the “Science of Movement and Anatomy” on the Dance Sciences Degree course at Middlesex University.

Over the past 14 years he has run two successful yoga teacher training courses, from his centre, Natural Bodies, in Brighton, and Gary has now taught the 10-week Anatomy Series to 14 groups around the UK. 10-weekend course starting in September 2017

Structural, Functional, and Experiential Anatomy for Yoga Teachers
(and trainee teachers in the final year of training)

Venue: Edinburgh Yoga Room, 5 Forth Street, Edinburgh EH1 3JX

Gary Carter shows how a thorough knowledge of anatomy can help teachers to make intelligent choices about the way they teach their pupils. His workshops involve the use of props, illustrations, and hands-on work in class to help demonstrate the principles that underlie your movement practice. This course of experiential anatomy will run for ten weekends.

This 10 weekend course explores the anatomy of movement in relation to practice, movement analysis, 3-D work, and experiential anatomy. It will encourage teachers to 'see' their students more clearly, thus helping with rehabilitative issues. The course aims to help teachers take a flexible, intelligent approach to their specific field with individual students.

Weekend 1 • September 9 & 10, 2017
Development of Movement Patterns Development of Bone Ligaments, Joints, and Skeleton

Weekend 2 • October 21 & 22, 2017
Perception - Kinaesthetic sense Muscle How Bones and Fascia Communicate The Fascial Web Gravity response

Weekend 3 • November 25 & 26, 2017
The Foot - Primary Support The Legs - Lightness and Strength The Pelvis & Pelvic Freedom

Weekend 4 • January 27 & 28, 2018
Psoas and Piriformis and the 'Pelvic Trampoline' The Deep Six and Pelvic Fluidity

Weekend 5 • February 17 & 18, 2018
THE SPINAL ORGAN part 2 WHAT IS THE CORE? Breath and Movement
Spinal Structure and Function The Spine as an Organ
Anatomy of Breath Understanding Breathing Practices and their application to the work

Weekend 6 • March 17 & 18, 2018 
The Cranium and Neck – Cranio Sacral Rhythms The Shoulder Girdle

Weekend 7 • April 14 & 15, 2018
The Arms and Back The Bandhas
Diaphragms of the body The Cups and Domes in movement

Weekend 8 • May 19 & 20, 2018
Network • Spiral Dynamics The Fluid Body
Tensegrity and the Muscle Matrix

Weekend 9 • June 23 & 24, 2018
The Myofascial Meridians in Asana, including the Anatomy Trains Theory
Straps Bands & Slings! Effective Body Reading Tensegrity in Movement

Weekend 10 • August 4 & 5, 2018
The Myofascial Meridians in Asana, including the Anatomy Trains Theory
Straps Bands & Slings! Effective Body Reading Tensegrity in Movement

Saturdays: 10:00am – 5:00pm with a 1 hour and 15 minute lunch break plus two short breaks in the day.
Sundays: 10:00am – 4:00pm with a 1 hour lunch break plus two short breaks

COURSE COST: £1,750.00
Early Registration Discount: £1550.00 – must be paid in full by the 28th February 2017


A deposit of £300 will secure your place. This is due upon registration.

Balance can be paid in 1, 3 or 5 payments as follows:

For the Early Registration Cost: 1 payment of £1150.00 by the end of February 2017 or
3 payments of £383.33 to be completed by the end of February 2017

For the Full Cost: 1 payment of £1350.00 by the end of May 2017 or
3 payments of £450.00 to be completed by the end of June 2017 or
5 payments of £270.00 to be completed by the end of July 2017

To reserve your place please fill in the form and send it with your deposit to:

Course Coordinator – Sharon Carter – 07778 403578 •


Later Event: September 7
Clara Roberts-Oss