Sun 04 December 2022 / 10:00 - 12:30 / Yogarise Online

Embodied Anatomy Lab | Part Four: Back Bends with Mollie McClelland Morris

£25 for 2.5hrs | 3 x workshop pack for £65 | 6 x workshop pack for £120 (save 20% + get a free Franklin ball)

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Mollie McClelland Morris presents a series of online yoga anatomy workshops for Yogarise, exploring Everyday Anatomy. Whether you’re a teacher or practitioner, this is for anyone looking to delve a little deeper and understand more about movement and the way our bodies work. Part Four on Sunday 4 December will focus on back-bending. Workshops can be pick n mixed, bought individually, or as a full 6 part series.

A testimonial: “I was really losing my confidence in my teaching because I didn’t understand anatomy or how to explain it. I feel so much more confident in my ability to share, especially online, and it has made me feel so much better in my teaching.”

A bit about the Embodied Anatomy Lab…

Have you ever been instructed to “tuck your tailbone” or “open your hips”? And is that even something we should strive for? Do our hamstrings even need to be “stretched”? Should our core be constantly “engaged”? This brand new and exciting series of workshops with Mollie will explore, challenge and help us demystify some of these common cues and question what is really going on inside. Perhaps you have a persistent niggle or feel like you are always ‘working with something’ when you come to the mat? Teachers! Are you finding an increasing number of students coming to class with injuries? This series of virtual workshops with Mollie will answer these questions and more! Whether a yoga or movement practice teacher or a  practitioner who wants to understand their body better, this series is for you. It will enable you to enjoy and find freedom on your mat through learning about your body’s individual needs. It will provide tips to ensure a safe practice, and will help teachers to better understand some of the injuries students present within class.


Part Four of Mollie’s Embodied Anatomy Lab workshop series will focus on the Back Bending

Backbends are complex, delicious but often challenging poses that can have profound physical and emotional effects. But even the word “back bending” can be a little frightening. Should the spine “bend backwards”? Is there a way to achieve poses like wheel that maintains the integrity of the spine, and still looks and feels so open?


Some of us fear backbends, because we fear (or have) back pain. With the potential to be painful, backbends can show us where our strengths and weaknesses lie, and help us figure out how to use the body in healthy ways.


To improve our backbends, we can take inspiration from the names of backbend poses – cobra, fish, wheel, bow, or bridge. When a snake moves, the balance of curves in the snake is what moves it forward. A snake literally can’t move without moving as a whole. And similarly with a bridge, or a bow, without an even distribution of weight and bend, the physics would not work. 


When the whole spine works as one, it creates a sense of freedom in the body. In this workshop we won’t go “deeper” through straining the joints. We will look for the flow, the expansive quality of the poses. From there we will explore how far, or deep the body wants to go. 


Yogarise Online (this is a Zoom workshop, it is Online Online, not livestreamed from the studio).

1 x workshop £25
3 x workshops £65
6 x workshops £120 – this option includes a 20% discount on the drop-in rate and Mollie will send you a complimentary Franklin ball.

Choose one workshop (hit the BOOK NOW link to the left) or pick up an online workshop pack (from the links above) and book more workshops from the series. The more you sign up for, the more you learn and the more you save! If you purchase a workshop pack, please remember to go back and reserve your spot via the timetable.

Want to buy this as a gift for a friend? Just select the drop-in option and pick however many tickets you’d like, and enter your friends details. Got questions, please feel free to email hello@yogarise.london

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