Advanced Yoga For Lower Limbs & Pelvis

Advanced Yoga For Lower Limbs & Pelvis

Yoga for the Feet & Legs

Susan Church and Orla Crosse

26 bones, 33 joints and 100+ muscles, tendons and ligaments in each foot. Where do you start?

Evaluate the functional workings of the feet in many important asana. Discover how each area of the foot has a unique and important role to stabilise and support to in each standing and seated pose. Learn the importance of muscle length and strength in this area. When feet go wrong, your root is weak and the stable foundation for your pose is affected.

Explore the fascinating Achilles tendon and its dynamic role in locomotion. Discover the importance of length and strength in the lower limb for not just asana but gait, walking and standing.

Probably the most neglected part of the body

Understand how feet shoved into shoes all day, will find it difficult to balance and transition from one asana to another.

Cramping, or simply getting stuck? Add comprehensive functional foot and legwork to your warm up and practice. Truly educate your students on the range of movement, the potential stabilising and locomotion abilities, and for use in advanced standing balances, vinyasa and transitions.

Strong and stable feet, length and balance in the lower limb – learn how to improve your own and teach students to do the same.

Yoga From Ankles to Hips to Pelvis

Susan Church and Orla Crosse


A personal favourite. The lower kinetic chain of foot – knee – hip – pelvis is a crucial area to be aware of as a unit rather than separate entities. Learn how to monitor and prevent knee and hip issues in a variety of poses. Learn about the consequences of poor technique which may lead to dysfunction and injury with ligaments, cartilage and muscle/ tendon.

The hip in its mechanical structure should afford a huge range of movement. It’s ball and socket joint allows for circumduction of the hip -the femur moving in a smooth arc from adduction, through flexion, abduction and to lesser degree extension. Not to mention lateral rotation. Then why is it so difficult for your students to achieve these movements, without destabilising the lumbar spine? Could it be that we have been trying to lengthen the wrong muscles, or the right muscles in the wrong way?

Are long hamstrings really the holy grail or are there other deeper more subtle muscles that need our attention?

Explore which poses strengthen and which mobilise. Learn how to dissociate leg movement from spine and trunk movement to finally allow the exploration of the real hip-openers of Yoga asana without compromising the low back. Informed practice is safe practice which you owe to yourself.

About the author: Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa opened The elbowroom in February 2003. Mother to Tuilelaith and Sean, director of The elbowroom and with a crew of over 60 staff, she is a busy bee. Lisa leads a team committed to bringing health and vitality to all of her clients. Lisa currently teaches in our yoga training programs and oversees pregnancy yoga and mum & baby yoga. Lisa works hard developing healthy food choices for Yin & Tonic @ The elbowroom. She specialises paediatric and pregnancy with workshops, yoga therapy, and craniosacral therapy.

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.