This is part 5 of a series of 5 yoga workshop videos designed to help you improve muscle control and proprioception.
Rather than relying on the floor to create a muscle activation response, this workshop focuses first on using a movement intent to activate a set of muscles. Then the focus is on simply activating muscles (without a movement intent or at the very least a subconscious movement intent.)
One of the main advantages of this type of "direct" muscle activation is that it allows you to more freely experiment with and explore muscle activation in a variety of yoga poses.
One of the advantages of the "intentional" muscle control is that it helps you to better understand how muscle control works, and it can lead toards better flexibility, particularly when you focus on allowing bones to move as a result of your intended muscle activation.
This workshop has 2 parts.
The first part focuses on basic thigh activation, learning to feel the front and back of the thighs and hips.
The second part focuses on improving hip bone awareness and from there on the long hip muscles (the muscles that connect the hip bones to the lower leg bones). The second part also explores the use of muscle activation techniques when working towards front splits and side splits.
MCP stands for Muscle Control and Proprioception.
For all of these workshops, the main focus is on exercises to help you internalize the respective techniques. So rather than having to remember (or try to remember) different muscle control techniques, you are given exercises in the form of a routine to help you create muscle memories for each technique.
All of these workshops are based on the idea that muscle control and proprioception go hand in hand. Muscle activation is what gives you proprioception. At the same time, improving your ability to proprioceive your own body helps to improve your muscle control.
This workshop includes 12 videos with a total of over 90 minutes of instruction. It also includes a quick reference guide in PDF format. The videos are in MP4 format and downloadable. (they can also be streamed using the gumroad app.):
0a Introduction, 4:23
0b Using a chair as a prop, 0:41
1a (standing poses), 35:05
1b (seated poses) 11:40
2a Quads and hip flexors in more detail, 3:50
2b Quads and hip flexors, 7:02
2c Hamstrings and Glutes, 10:21
3a Seated Poses, 15:21
3b Modified Seated Forward Bend 1:12
3c Seated Forward Bends 6:55
3d Bridge 2:26
4 End Notes, 5:45
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The exercises are taught as "follow along". However, for each exercise, it is strongly recommended that you also practice without the video. You can watch an exercise, doing it with the video, then pause the video and repeat the exercise by yourself.
Whether on a Mac system or Windows, VLC is a very handy viewing app that allows you to create playlists so that you can seamlessly play all videos without having to operate any controls.
When making a purchase, remember your Gumroad login details (generally an email address and whatever your password is).
30 Day Guarantee
If you aren't satisfied with this workshop you have 30 days from the day of purchase to get a refund. To instigate a refund, use the email address located at the end of the included pdf.
Helping You To Become Smarter in Your Own Body
This series of videos won't make you a master of your own body, but they are designed to help get you on that path.
If you look at smartphones, compared to the old "dumb" cell phones prior to the first iPhone. Smartphones are smart because they can sense your touch and respond in different ways to your touch.
The muscle control and proprioception workshop videos are designed to help you become smarter in your own body by learning to better feel it and control it.
This is something that you can carry into all aspects of your life.
A type of Conscious Movement
But even aside from that, a focus on feeling your body (and controlling it) is a simple way of becoming more present. Rather than doing lots of different poses, one after the other, to turn your thinking mind of, here you can focus on the creating sensations within your body (by turning muscles on and off) to help turn of incessant thinking.
You could think of this as a type of conscious movement because each action, each movement is clearly defined. As a result, you can focus on doing it.