Anatomy & Asana

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406YC Teacher Feature: Erika Putnam

Today, we are chatting with Erika about her 406YC 2020 class: ANATOMY & ASANA

This class will use anatomy terms instead of Sanskrit (for learning and FUN). Refresh your knowledge while moving through a yoga class. 

This class is instructed by a chiropractor who will incorporate a refresher on anatomy in poses, explorations in ranges of motion and ideas about injury prevention and modifications.

Erika’s class is Friday, October 16 at 4:30PM

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About Erika

Dr. Erika Putnam, chiropractic physician, is the owner of The Bend in Whitefish, Montana. She uses a broad and holistic approach to treat spinal and extremity conditions and other health problems with a variety of chiropractic techniques, rehabilitation, yoga, nutrition, lifestyle and functional medicine. She has over 20 years of experience in the chiropractic field and holds an E-RYT 500 yoga instructor certification. The Bend has a private yoga studio where Dr. Putnam helps chiropractic patients recover by engaging them in yoga or exercise instruction to prevent injuries from reoccurring and to improve overall strength and flexibility. She advocates for healing in a pro-active environment that includes physical, emotional and energetic wellbeing. She is a writer, road biker, and outdoor enthusiast.


Key Takeaways

[1:25] What we can expect in Anatomy & Asana.

[3:43] Is this just for yoga teachers? Or can anyone attend? Answer: ANYONE can attend! 🙂

[4:58] Is this a good class for people with injuries?

[6:10] Troubleshooting yoga poses for people with injuries.


Quotes from this episode

So it’s just a fun way to play with movement and play with the body in terms of position in space and just have a refresher, um, that maybe we just don’t get to do all the time. For me, it’s really fun because I think about why would we be doing a pose anyway, and what may be muscles are involved or joints are involved.

I want to create an environment where we’re tuned in and we bring the mind, body and spirit to it. We bring in our community especially, because that has been limited for us this year.

I would say it’s a good class because I have really good awareness of spinal mechanics. My classes tend to be back friendly.

I will be showing modifications for things because I have an awareness of injuries.

I can trouble shoot and make poses available to people so that they don’t have to stop yoga because they have an injury, but they need to understand their injury so they can do yoga.