MetaAnatomy 100- Hour Training
You are so much more than the sum of your parts!
And this is so much more than an anatomy training
I’ve always been enamored by the exploration of the body. In fact, I’m much more likely to be found on a Friday night surrounded by books and body parts than out on the town. Through dance as well as dissection, marma, massage and movement I’ve spent my life trying to understand the miracle that is this form. As a yoga and anatomy enthusiast and educator I’ve spent the better part of the last couple of decades pulling my body apart in my physical practice trying to lengthen and stretch beyond limitations to achieve a perceived physical prowess. Even in my anatomy classes I took great effort and pride in pulling the body apart to label, organize, define and make sense of all of my various bits and bobs.
I can no longer, in good conscience, teach or practice the way I used to.
I can no longer pull myself apart in my practice to try to fit into a definition of what others may define as a perfect and impressive cookie cutter pose.
I can no longer form lines and divisions between muscles or body parts. No longer separating the Psoas from the Thoracic Diaphragm or the graceful lift of an arm as distinct from the physiology of the breath.
Nor can I continue to distinguish between the “western anatomical model” and “experiential esoteric models”.
Because you see- These lines are a lie.
They don’t exist.
They were created by a mind that will insist on separating and duality to try to make sense of a complex world. Whether with a scalpel or our words we draw arbitrary lines and tentative distinctions as we fumble to understand.
We will insist it is either this or that. It is either muscle or bone, gland or organ. Loudly with insistence claiming that I am quite obviously different and distinct from you.
The truth is that the body is not made up of disparate parts but it is a unified interconnected, interwoven, interdependent system.
The truth is nothing can really be separated.
The truth is that the atoms that we so furtively claim to be us are just momentarily conspiring then jumping ship and co-mingling to become something else.
The truth is we are far more space than substance.
The truth is we like to separate things for the mind to make sense of them but at its most Real everything is connected.
The truth is I’m no longer interested in labeling and separating but rather unifying and reconciling.
The truth is I’m no longer interested in pulling myself apart but rather remembering my wholeness.
The truth is I’m no longer interested in alignment but rather asking what are we aligning ourselves to.
The truth is I’m no longer interested in perfecting shapes in my body but rather becoming a strong enough vessel to encompass the totality of who I am and who I can be.
The truth is I’m no longer interested in putting myself into neat little boxes but rather recognizing my expansive, unbound and unlimited nature.
The truth is it is often messy and sometimes challenging and always revolutionary to remember our collective wholeness in this unnamable ground substance some might call Love.
Are you a fellow anatomy geek who wants to talk about the glorious gracilis in all of its beautiful details? Are you wondering if you (or your students) have the skeleton that will ever allow full lotus pose? Does the digestive system send you into an excited tizzy? Do you want to learn how to create an anatomically meaningful and safe class while inspiring people to connect to their own energetic bodies?
Then this is the investment you have been looking for!
Join me for what I promise will be a deep, informative and fun exploration of all things MetaAnatomy!
Next up April 9-13, 2018 at PURE YOGA NYC
Each day in the MetaAnatomy Essentials we will immerse ourselves in a gross (meaning large, not yucky) anatomical lecture. Using real bone specimens and hands on "body testing" we will impart concrete ways to help assess the differences in our own (and our students) skeletal anatomy. We will look at common injuries and ways to work with all students in a meaningful and safe way. And what makes this training so unique is that each day will also include the poetic energetic correlation to each structure and a full and fulfilling therapeutic asana and meditation class that weaves it all together.
*Reading the Energy Body
Check back soon for next CORE dates and location
In this 5-day training, of course we will dive into muscle, organ and bone but we equally acknowledge this “core” of the body houses the experience of emotional processing and release. How we breathe, how we move, how we digest are inextricably woven together in the tapestry of who we are and who we wish to become. If you are looking for a training that teaches you to memorize anatomical lines, “facts”, and figures- this training is not for you. If you are ready and willing to navigate, investigate and dive deep into your own fire center. If you have a deep desire to help people reunite with the fullness of who they are, to support their physical as well as emotional health. If you are looking to explore both enthusiasm and embodiment. Join us for what I promise you will be a training like no other.
*Breath and Diaphragms
Check back soon for the next CONNECTORS dates and location
Each day in the MetaAnatomy Connectors we will immerse ourselves in a gross (meaning large, not yucky) anatomical lecture. Using real bone specimens and hands on "body testing" we will impart concrete ways to help assess the differences in our own (and our students) skeletal anatomy. We will look at common injuries and ways to work with all students in a meaningful and safe way. And what makes this training so unique is that each day will also include the poetic energetic correlation to each structure and a full and fulfilling therapeutic asana and meditation class that weaves it all together.
*Feet and Ankles
*Upper Spine and Neck
*Elbow, Wrist and Hand
CEU MetaAnatomy 100-Hour Certificate given upon full completion of all three modules, homework and excellence shown in final project.
"MetaAnatomy is an accessible, thoughtful and practical approach to understanding the human body and the human experience. Kristin's friendly demeanor, sense of humor, and wealth of knowledge make the training both fun and rewarding." - April
"One of a kind training that beautifully integrates anatomy, therapeutic aspects of yoga, and ancient traditions. Delivered in an entertaining, fun, and interactive way, the knowledge I received has been transformative for my teaching and my personal practice. Kristin is one of the most talented teachers I have ever had, capable of turning the subject I was indifferent to into the fascinating field that I want to explore more now. Highly recommend this training to all yoga teachers, whatever style one teaches or traditions you come from. Thank you!!" - Nodira
"MetaAnatomy with Kristin is a wonderful and awe inspiring program. The information was crystal clear, digestible, immediately applicable and delivered with grace, honesty and humor. This program should be a prerequisite for every 200-Hour certification!! I'm a much better, smarter and more conscious teacher because of this material and I hope there is a follow up module!!" - Ric
"Beware. This course has life changing consequences. You will be more inspired and empowered by the beauty of the human body than ever before. Kristin is a master teacher, able to hold space for deep exploration and meaningful encounters with body and spirit. This course opened a new chapter in my personal and teaching practice. Thank you from the bottom of my heart muscle." - Katie
"The MetaAnatomy program was honestly life changing for me. I learned so much and it brought positive changes to my life, my practice and my teaching. I gained so much from this training but most importantly to me was my confidence." - Michele
"Kristin's MetaAnatomy training is essential for any yoga teacher. She provides the necessary tools to understand the connections and interconnections of the body and to teach logically and safely to those with injuries and/or pain. These teachings are equally effective with any level of practitioner. Bravo to Kristin!" - Evelyn
"I would definitely recommend this program to others. Kristin's passion and love for anatomy is contagious and she makes the subject matter so accessible and truly enjoyable." - Jeanne
"I would highly recommend this program for both students and teachers. Kristin's style of teaching, the instruction of material and class discussion has changed my practice and the way I teach. I feel more connected and rooted in my awareness of self and others. Kristin is a joy to learn from, my heart is full of gratitude to have met her and to have taken this course." - Bridget
"This course was everything and more than what I expected it would be. Kristin Leal is keeping it real! Her years of teaching expertise and practice continues to morph into the 'thousand petal lotus' that is!" - Amy
"Kristin is a rare soul who is able to break down science in a way that is not only easy to understand but highly entertaining, all the while keeping the Yoga alive. I laughed as much as I learned, and learned more than I could have ever imagined. Her natural ease in converging the information presented proves her mastery and wisdom. My personal practice has been as deeply influenced as my teaching. This woman is a Glorious Goddess of Goofiness!" - Sheilagh
"This course is a great supplement to any style of yoga practice to help with structural alignment and western anatomy. Kristin is a wealth of knowledge of the western and eastern studies and has such a great comical way of sharing these truths. One really feels her passion for Yoga and anatomy! Such a wonderful course!"
"A beautiful and natural blending of yoga and anatomy!"
"Kristin Leal's unique voice masterfully marries the amazing, physical inner working of the human with our own experience of the landscape. MetaAnatomy profoundly points out that we have no divisions, no boundaries, no limits except the ones we impose upon ourselves and others. Our bodies are truly temples, places of sanctuary and comfort." - Andréa