Learn your body via muscle control.
Directly experience your body to better feel, control and understand how your joints, muscles and connective tissue work together.
5 routines for beginners, get a taste of basic body awareness and muscle control with these 5 hour long yoga routines.
Frictional muscle control, learn to use friction (and pressure) to activate and feel your muscles. Suitable for beginners.
Extreme muscle control, improve foot and hand control for better control of your hips and shoulders.
Includes 5 routines (~1hr each) to help you feel and control you hip crease and gain better control of your hip muscles including gluteus maximus, outer and inner thigh muscles and your hip joint in general.
Learning to feel your hip crease makes it easier to both to activate hip muscles and fine tune hip muscle activation. These five routines help you learn basic hip crease activation and how to feel and control the hip creases in a variety of hip positions.
These routines are based on routines that I've successfully used (and fine tuned) in my live classes to teach students with a wide range of body awareness how to feel their hip creases, and how to adjust so that they can easily distinguish between the open and closed hip crease positions.
This awareness can be used whether the focus is on improving hip flexibility, stability and/or strength. It helps you feel and control the thing that is common to all three, your muscles.
This is an online course.
Click this link to find out more (including course contents and/or to purchase access): Hip crease, butt and inner thighs.
The body is complicated. Even when just focusing on bones, muscles, connective tissue and joints, it's still complicated.
With the learn2understand muscle control courses (aka driving lessons for your body, aka smart yogi driving lessons for your body) the idea is simple. As with studying any complex system, you learn to understand it by focusing on (and experiencing) little bits at a time.
Note the "experiencing". To gain understanding, part of the process is experiencing. Learning our body, that means feeling it while we are using it.
(With systems outside of ourselves, this point of view is the equivalent of learning what happens in the system while it is actually working versus while it is pulled apart.)
The understanding then comes about from looking back on these experiences of our body. And so that the experiences are easier to learn from, we isolate them. We focus on isolated experiences.
And one of the reasons this course has the aka driving lessons for your body is that it is exactly like learning to ride a motorbike or drive a car, but with more to learn.
The idea with driving lessons is that you learn the different elements of driving, one at a time, so that you can do them without thinking.
When you can control the parts of your body without thinking, you can then fine tune that control, or work at integrating the different elements in service of whatever it is that you are working on at the time.
Depending on what you are working on, that can serve as a guide to the order in which you attend to the course below. Failing that, you can do the courses in the order given.
So why learn muscle control?
If nothing else, it is a simple way to learn to be present in your body. Muscle control is like breathing. It gives you sensations that you can focus on. Those sensations occur now and because you are the one controlling them, it'll be easier to use these to note the effectiveness of your control efforts.
Rafe Kelly talks about the importance of play. Educators talk about it also. Play is simply knowing what it is that you are trying to do so that you can get on with doing it. If it's a game you are playing, or a challenge, you know the rules. You don't have to think. Instead you can focus on doing.
With muscle control you have the option of exploring, and playing within your own body. Your bones, joints, connective tissue and points of contact with the ground and anything (or anybody) else you are in contact with give can all provide the play ground.
The changes in sensation that muscles create when activating and relaxing are also extremely clear. This makes Playing within your body, or being present, even easier.
For myself I've had many injuries and/or problems and muscle control has been the way that I've learned to feel the problem and fix it.
And I've further used it to improve flexibility.
Another aspect of muscle control is that I've used it to get a better understanding of how my body, and to a limited extent, bodies in general work.
This in turn has enabled me to teach muscle control more effectively to a wide range of students.
Muscles generate force when they activate, and when you understand this, and some basic scientific principles, muscle control is actually fairly logical.
If you aren't sure where to start, the month or four month unlimited access may be a good place to start.
Note that the idea of these courses is to learn your body to the point that it becomes a habit. So ideally you won't need these videos once you've learned the actions.