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Workshop – Moving Anatomy

Date: March 24, 31
When: 5:30-7:30pm
With: Esther Geiger and Laura Cox
Cost: $30 Drop In
Location: Bethesda

EGUHPsquareFridays. Get to know your bones! Learn how they connect in kinetic chains that support movement and balance. Each class offers an anatomy lesson and related yoga practice.

Prerequisite: None

Class Schedule and Topics

March 3:

Axis of Length: Spinal Anatomy

In this class, we will explore the anatomy of the spine, and how the spine functions to support, mobilize, connect and balance our upper/lover halves; right/left sides; front/back halves. Yoga practice to enhance the mobility and stability of the spine will help participants more fully experience the “juicy-ness” of the full length of the body from head to toe, no matter what the position may be with respect to gravity.

March 10:

Core Support: Torso-Limb Relationships 

We often lose awareness of the fact that the body is a whole entity; especially when a “body part” concept becomes emphasized over the anatomical connections that bring all our parts together into a unified moving whole. This class will explore the synergy of torso-limb connectivity through a yoga practice that plays with changing points of view; for instance, when might the upper core be considered a limb? When might the finger tips be considered an expression of the core? How might ideas of what is core and what are limbs better serve us as connected, lively movers?

March 17:

Rotary Support: Anatomy of Twisting

Understanding the nature of rotation; particularly at the global joints of hips and shoulders, as well as at different levels of the spine, helps us to maintain mobility, avoid injury, and increase our daily movement potential.  Twists, spirals, loops and turns are a fundamental aspect of our anatomy; from the double helix of our DNA to the intricate wrapping of the connective tissue that weaves us together from inside to outside.  The yoga practice of twisting is an outer expression of our deep anatomical structure.

March 24:

Initiation & Sequencing: Organ Support

Knowing where in the body specific movements begin can clarify the sequencing of that movement through the whole fabric of the body.  Conscious intention to move from different initiation points can change and inform the way we experience the unfolding of a movement event.  In this class we will explore yoga practice moving from the individual qualities and unique support of some of the vital organs of the body; including the heart, the lungs, the liver, the transverse colon, and others.

March 31:

Dynamic Alignment: Finding Balance

Although yoga practice involves maintaining poses; we are never still.  Dynamic Alignment is about finding balance among specific boney landmarks of our skeleton in order to find stability as we move and breathe through asymmetrically challenging positions.


Taught by Esther Geiger and Laura Cox:

Esther Geiger headshot 2017Esther Geiger began studying with John Schumacher in 1980 and was Unity Woods’ administrator from 1988 until her retirement in January of 2017. She holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Development and an M.A. in Movement, and has worked as a dancer, elementary teacher, playground designer, movement therapist, and audio describer for dance.

Esther’s approach to yoga (practice, teaching and studio administration) is influenced by Jean Piaget’s observations, Rudolph Laban’s explorations, Richard Bull’s improvisations and John Schumacher’s grounding. Esther is a CMA (Certified Laban Movement Analyst) and serves on the faculty for the Movement Analysts’ Certification Program through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.


LAURA COXLaura Cox holds an MA from New York University in Dance and Dance Education with an emphasis in Kinesiology, and is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) with a specialty in injury prevention and chronic pain management. Laura has served on the dance faculties of Towson University, The University of Nebraska and New York University, and taught several courses in Kinesiology for Dancers at The University of Maryland. She is currently on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and has a private practice in movement education and health. She is a co-author of the groundbreaking book on movement EveryBody Is A Body.