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Full Price: 160

Stuart has been teaching yoga related anatomy for the last 7 years both on teacher trainings and international workshops. He has been practicing yoga for 15 years, has a BSc Hons in Health Studies and for the last 10 years has been offering Therapeutic Bodywork exclusively for yoga practitioners. The underlying philosophy that guides what he shares is that knowledge is of no value unless we can understand how to use it and have use for it. With this in mind the workshops he offers focus on: what makes us individual, how can we understand our limitations and restrictions and how can we avoid injury and create balance. Stuart endeavours to bring as much fun and practical experimentation into every workshop and emphasises the importance of getting to grips with the concepts rather that getting bogged down in the detail.

Stu is also the owner and developer of which is a fabulous resource site for all yoga anatomy related articles.



Saturday 25th of April 2020

8.30am – 10.00am: Mysore class with Marie Kerr & Stu Girling

10:30am- 1:00pm: Breath workshop

2:30pm-5pm: Hip Joint and Related Postures

Sunday 26th of April 2020

8.30am – 10.00am: Mysore class with Marie Kerr & Stu Girling

10:30am- 1:00pm: Shoulder Joint and Related Postures

2:30pm-5pm: Spine, SI joint, Back bending and Twists



  • Early bird price all session: 160 euros all workshops – booking before 29/02
  • 180 booking after 1/03
  • 50 euros per anatomy workshop

Space is limited – regular students of our shala will be prioritized.


Workshop details:

Mysore class with Marie Kerr & Stu Girling

This unique Mysore class will be conducted by Marie and Stu. Marie will teach the Mysore class together with Stu who will be observing your movement patterns. Stu will then take time to give you his personal feedback on your practice – each 1-1 in a form of individual consultations.

Breath workshop

I don’t think that anyone would argue that the breath is a central theme in Yoga and that it may influence us profoundly on many different levels both on the mat and in everyday life. In this workshop we will start by exploring the mechanics of breathing, looking at both the internal workings and the visible external shape changes to the ribcage and belly. From there we can easily then apply those concepts to asana. We will also consider how breath influences the nervous and circulatory systems, the effects of manipulating the breath when doing various pranayama practices and play with the various options when linking movement and breath.

Hip Joint and Related Postures

Look at the construction of the hip joint and how individuals may differ, the muscles around the joint and how they will influence movements in certain directions. So many yoga postures involve a certain degree of freedom in the hips and sometimes it can be hard to determine what is stopping us reaching our desired position. Practical exploration of groups of postures under the headings of forward folding, hip rotations and hip ab/adductions will allow students to discover where they need to focus their attention and how to effectively work on increasing the ranges of motion. Postures commonly used for exploration include, Baddha Konasana (Butterfly), Upavishta Konasana (wide legged forward fold), Squatting, Paschimottanasana (seated forward fold), Firelog and Virasana variations (Heros pose).

We will also consider how many postures may fall unbeknown into the category of forward folding and explain what will be the likely expression of restriction.

Shoulder Joint and Related Postures

Here we examine the shoulder girdle and shoulder joint, issues that influence range of motion and the potential for injury. Quite a few practitioners experience either restricted range of motion at this joint due to postural patterns, or pain during specific movements in yoga. We will consider common restrictions and how to work on them as well as alignment cues to find more comfort and help minimise the risk of repetitive strain issues. There will also be discussion and practical implementation of shoulder related postures such as, arm balances, down dog, chaturanga, binding, reverse prayer.

Spine, SI joint, Back bending and Twists

It is not uncommon for students to feel a degree of discomfort when performing backbends or when embarking on taking on some of the more challenging foot behind head postures. By understanding the construction of the spine and the surrounding muscles it becomes evident as to the types of movements that it is designed to perform in certain areas as well as the potential mechanism of injury. We clarify the common spinal injuries such as herniated and bulging discs as well as discuss the possible causes of SI Joint pain. The groups of postures discussed and explored practically are backbends and twists, and the importance of the integration of movements at other major joints of hips and shoulders will be demonstrated. We will endeavour to during the course of the workshop to allow students to determine where their own restrictions are and how to work with them. For those students that feel they are already too mobile we will look at how to build strength and stability.

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