BIOMECHANICS AND PHYSIOLOGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY BODY
With Santosh Karmacharya

The health and wellness of the body, spirit, and mind are inextricably linked, as are emotional and physiological states. In this four module workshops series focusing on the spine, we explore wellness from an integrative perspective emphasizing how different healing modalities view and support spinal health.

Biomechanics helps us to understand how the body functions when the muscles are working together in harmony and what happens when muscles become compromised and are out of equilibrium. We examine how shifts in cultural norms at work and home over the past fifty years have created our 21st-century bodies and explore common problems we face when walking, sitting, standing, and breathing. Using hands-on exercises, we learn to see and feel the movements of the body with an emphasis on feeling where natural movements are restricted.

These workshops are ideal for anyone with experience in a movement or wellness modality, such as yoga, personal training, dance, or martial arts. By the end of the workshops you will be able to: recognize basic differences from one body to another; identify overused and underused muscles and devise strategies for returning the body to equilibrium; and understand how gravity effects the body through the transference of weight. The workshops will build from the ground up, however a basic understanding of human anatomy is helpful.

Assisted by Sally McAlpin.

Santosh Karmacharya

Santosh Karmacharya, a native of Nepal, embodies the unique blend of Eastern healing arts and Western science knowledge that is the hallmark of OM Namo Center. Initially earning a business degree to satisfy the Nepalese tradition of following in his father’s footsteps, Santosh later followed his heart to enroll in acupuncture school in Kathmandu and Japan. Motivated by his curiosity about the human body and its workings, he studied biomechanics, physiology, and anatomy extensively.

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Sally McAlpin

Sally McAlpin has been practicing yoga and meditation for 30 years. She has been teaching for 20 years and has had the opportunity to train with many master instructors. Sally is a certified Kripalu Instructor and currently working on advanced training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She has trained extensively in Iyengar yoga in Boston and Edinburgh, Scotland. Currently she is studying yoga therapy with a senior Inyengar teacher in Arlington, MA. In addition, Sally is certified by meditation and healing pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn to teach mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques and by the Herbert Benson Mind/Body Center at Boston’s Deaconess Hospital to teach meditation in schools.

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