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WORKSHOP: Beyond Alignment: Seeing Bodies (Richmond, VA)

July 20, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT

beyond alignment yoga workshop

Beyond Alignment: Seeing Bodies

A workshop to better understand individual anatomy on the mat.

For movement teachers and movers, there’s a vast sea between:

  1. Seeing a body as something to maneuver into poses, versus

  2. Seeing a body as something to appreciate and uplift through movement

The statement that follows may require a paradigm shift: We can become bogged down by alignment concepts.

Alignment – the idea that yoga poses should look a certain way – can overshadow the gorgeous kaleidoscope of unique anatomy in front of us.

In some ways alignment sets us free: to build strength, perhaps to keep us safe, but it can also restrict teachers and students alike and even potentially cause injury. Adherence to alignment — which often doesn’t mesh with real life anatomy — can make it harder to teach the unique human in front of us.

This workshop helps to reclaim your understanding of each person’s unique anatomy. How do we go beyond aspirational alignment and truly SEE bodies?

We will cover:

  • Understanding and honoring the individual in front of you

  • Knowing the limits of what can we learn by looking at bodies

  • Influences of: torso and limb length

  • Curves and quirks

  • Hyperextension at the elbows and knees

  • Asymmetries and the basics of scoliosis

  • How to “See” the room in group teaching

  • How to “See” your student in private teaching


3 Contact hours for registered yoga teachers.

This workshop is geared toward yoga and movement teachers, but all of those with intermediate and above yoga experience are welcome.

Your teacher, Ariele, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (physical therapist), founder of, a long time yoga teacher, creator of the Yoga Journal online course Fascia Release for Yoga, and an advocate for depth and quality in yoga practice and instruction. For more information on Ariele, see or


Dr. Ariele Foster


Project Yoga Richmond
Richmond, VA 23230 United States
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