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Understanding the Pelvis

Understanding the Pelvis

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    All yoga teachers use cues as they teach their classes. But sometimes those cues can be vague, misleading, or even anatomically incorrect. That makes Understanding the Pelvis: A Functional Approach to Yoga a vital resource for yoga instructors and practitioners.

    “Yoga teachers need to cue, and yogis need to have a clear focus as they practice,” says author Eric Franklin, who has been sharing imagery techniques in his teaching for more than 30 years. “Many cues sound anatomical but are actually personal opinions that have become commonplace to the point that people think they are general truths. Imagery and cues are supposed to improve our practice, but sometimes they actually have the opposite effect.”

    In the first part of the book, Franklin and coauthor Alison Wesley dispel the misconceptions surrounding the biomechanics of the pelvis, using an evidence-based scientific perspective to teach how the pelvic bones move. In the second part, readers will apply that knowledge through the practice of 26 asanas (exercises) that are designed to improve pelvic function and yoga technique. The asanas are accompanied by 66 full-color illustrations that clearly show proper technique and bring the exercises to life. Franklin uses his famed Franklin Method, which combines movement, imagery, and touch, to help practitioners learn—or relearn, if necessary—correct techniques to maximize pelvic function.

    Understanding the Pelvis offers a concise, clear, and authoritative treatise on the functioning of the pelvis in yoga. Through this book, instructors and practitioners will be able to do the following:
    • Improve their own yoga practice and, in the case of instructors, the practice of those they teach
    • Understand how proper pelvic movement can improve performance
    • See how the pelvic muscles and joints work together and how the pelvis interacts with surrounding muscle groups
    • Comprehend the function and movement of the pelvis and pelvic floor
    The book delves into the art of cueing and mental imagery, two tools that are critical to both instructors and practitioners. “A teacher can make an enormous difference in the progress of students if he or she understands how cueing works best,” Franklin says. “To provide anatomical cues, it’s not enough to understand the location and names of structures; you also need to understand their function.”

    Through this book, teachers will be able to provide more anatomically accurate cues, and they will learn to use mental imagery effectively to inform movement. “Imagery activates brain areas that overlap with the areas activated during the physical execution of the movement,” Franklin says. “Imagery has a training effect on the brain, just as movement does on the body.” It is the marriage of correct anatomical functioning and the practice of mental imagery that makes the Franklin Method so powerful.

    Understanding the Pelvis: A Functional Approach to Yoga will help instructors and practitioners—including athletes, dancers, and other artists—safely and effectively use the pelvis in yoga. The ability to correctly use anatomical cues and guide yogis through their movements will provide instructors with a new level of confidence and expertise in their workshops and classes, and it will give practitioners the knowledge they need to avoid injury and fully enjoy the benefits of yoga.

    Audience

    Resource for yoga instructors and practitioners as well as dancers and dance educators.

    Table of Contents

    Pelvic Anatomy and Function
    The Sacrum
    The Pelvic Halves
    The Hip Joint
    Bone Rhythms
    The Spine
    The Poses

    About the Author

    Eric Franklin is director and founder of the Institute for Franklin Method in Wetzikon, Switzerland. He has more than 35 years of experience as a dancer and choreographer, and he has shared imagery techniques in his teaching since 1986.

    Franklin has taught extensively throughout the United States and Europe at the Juilliard School in New York, Royal Ballet School in London, Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Dance Academy of Rome, and Institute for Psychomotor Therapy in Zurich. He was also a guest lecturer at the University of Vienna. He has provided training to Olympic and world-champion athletes and professional dance troupes such as Cirque du Soleil and the Forum de Dance in Monte Carlo. Franklin earned a BFA degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BS degree from the University of Zurich. He has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival since 1991.

    Franklin is coauthor of the best-selling book Breakdance, which received a New York City Public Library Prize in 1984, and author of Hundert Ideen für Beweglichkeit and Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance (both books about imagery in dance and movement). He is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.

    Franklin lives near Zurich, Switzerland.

    Alison Wesley is a certified yoga instructor (E-RYT 500) and certified Franklin Method educator. In 2008, she founded her own company, Working With Yoga. She conducts private yoga workshops and onsite training at corporate offices in the Portland, Oregon, area. She incorporates the Franklin Method into all of her instruction and practice.