Sensational Leg Anatomy teaches you to feel and control the muscles of your legs. Rather than memorizing names of muscles and their locations it teaches you to feel and control the muscles in your own body.
If you are interested in anatomy this means that you get to experience your own anatomy directly. And if you like to teach anatomy you'll get first-hand experience of how you can help your students feel and control muscles in their own body.
What if you aren't really interested in Anatomy but you are interested in improving body awareness and control? You aren't forced to learn names of muscles in this course. The exercises can help you become more present in your body because instead of thinking about what you should be doing you can actually focus on feeling distinct sensations within your body.
In Vinyasa Flow classes (which this isn't), you are kept from thinking by continuously moving from pose to pose. With sensational leg anatomy, you can stop thinking while doing yoga by focusing on the sensations of muscular activation, connective tissue tension and even pressure (where parts of your body contact the ground.)
Another advantage of this program is that you put in some basic practices of muscle control, like "creating stability". Creating stability not only makes it easier to control your muscles, it can make it easier to do yoga poses as a whole.
I've also used muscle control to help deal with pain and other problems (painful knees, collapsed arches) and I've also used it to help improve flexibility.
While Sensational Leg Anatomy won't necessarily help you fix painful knees or get more flexible (the exercises are all done while standing) it gives you the basic tools (muscle control and better body awareness) so that you can work towards them.
Some Challenges with Sensational Anatomy
Teaching sensational anatomy, I've found that some techniques work with some people for improving flexibility, and other techniques work for other people.
When I'm in a class I can see what works and pick exercises based on what I sense. (A friend said I'm like a DJ, one who reads the mood of the crowd and picks songs accordingly). With a set of videos that's a bit difficult to do. And so the idea of this course is to teach you a range of techniques so that you can pick the ones that are useful.
It's also to teach you how to test different techniques, notice the results and respond accordingly. You basically become a scientist experimenting intelligently with your own body.
Giving Yourself Room to Fail Safely
So that you can experiment safely, the chief safety mechanism is moving slowly and smoothly.
Another safety mechanism is adjusting the way that you move so that your joints and muscles feel comfortable.
This might seem tedious, but one of the advantages of moving slowly and smoothly, and of self-adjusting is that it forces you to become present in your body. You think less because you are focused on feeling and controlling your body.
Under these conditions, developing Sensational anatomy can become an exercise that feels good, even meditative in nature.
Training your brain
A side-affect of sensational anatomy is that it trains your brain. More precisely put, it improves the models or body maps that are built into your brain. By learning to feel and control "isolated" parts of the body your brain builds a better model of your body. Better yet, it creates a modular model, one whose pieces can be reused in different combinations.
(Note that any new physical activity will change your brain. Learning in general trains your brain. However, sensational anatomy is designed to train your brain to better sense and better control your body.)
This is similiar to learning to write Chinese characters.
Chinese characters are, in a lot of cases, "modular". The more characters you learn, the easier it becomes to learn further new characters. Learning simply becomes the act of re-using known elements in new combinations.
It's the same with anatomy. Once you learn to feel (and control) one set of muscles, it becomes easier to feel and control other muscles.
Types of People Who Have Trouble with Sensational Anatomy
Are there people who have difficulty learning sensational anatomy?
The students who seem to have the most difficulty with learning sensational anatomy (or more precisely, the muscle control at the heart of sensational anatomy) are hyper flexible or "floppy" people, students who can drop into the splits easily but can't lower into them slowly.
Ironically these are people who could benefit from it since muscle control not only makes them stronger and helps to protect joints, it also gives them feeling, which can be lacking if you haven't got muscle control.
You can't feel your body or proprioceive it unless you have muscle control.
The exercises in sensational anatomy are organized so that it is easy to learn to activate and muscles (and feel them) even if you are floppy.
At the other end of the spectrum are people who are really tight. The exercises in this course don't rely on flexibility. Most of the exercises are done while standing upright so that most people can learn to feel and control their body even if they are "tight".
Do you cover names of muscles and bones?
The main intent of this course is to help you feel and control your anatomy directly. As much as possible layman friendly terminology is used. Names of muscles are mentioned, but the main focus is on actually feeling your muscles (and the bones that they attach to.
What you may find is that by learning to feel and control your anatomy first, it becomes easier to learn and remember names of muscles (and their function) because you have directly experienced them.
Does this Course Cover the Whole Body?
Sensational Leg Anatomy focuses on the lower body, from the hip bones down to the toes.
What is the course made up of?
The course is divided into 4 Parts. Each part is made up of a series of short videos a maximum of 5 minutes long. Each video focuses on 1 or more simple exercises.
Videos can be streamed (using the gumroad app) or downloaded. (Downloads are 1280x720 MP4 files.)
How is the Course Taught
Exercises are taught using simple and easy to remember instructions. You can watch the video, do the exercises along with the video, then pause the video.
While the video is paused, try the exercise by yourself to make sure you understand it. If not, replay the exercise.
Once you have a grasp of the exercise, restart the video for the next exercise.
What's the Best Way to Do The Course?
It depends on your time constraints.
You could focus on watching one video a day. Watch it in the morning, then practice the exercises throughout the day whenever you have a moment to spare.
If you have a bit more time, you could possibly cover each part (there are 4 parts) in an hour. And so you could go through the whole set of videos in less than a week.
In either case, rather than rushing through the exercises, focus on feeling your body and controlling it while you do them. Move slowly and smoothly so that you improve your ability to feel your body and control it.
Note that some exercises may be a little bit challenging, so may require a bit more time. If you understand the basic instructions, then you can practice whenever you have free time.
If you are a yoga teacher or have your own yoga practice, you can play with any of the muscle activations in your yoga poses.
Note, when experimenting with muscle control in different activities, find a way to gently implement muscle control.
If you are interested in exploring how to implement muscle control in a yoga practice you can buy Sensational Leg Anatomy as part of the Muscle Control package.
Sensational Anatomy is covered with a 30 day guarantee. Try it out and if you aren't satisfied, then let me know and I'll send you your money back.