Here's the thing...
How you think affects how you move.
And how well you move affects how well you live.
If you are holding ideas about how your body works that are not quite true, you could be limiting your practice, your teaching, and your experience.
If you're ready to debunk more myths like this...
If you're ready to free yourself from limiting beliefs about how your body works...
If you're ready to learn how to make lasting changes in your own body...
If you're ready to give yourself more physical choices instead of relying on long-ingrained habits...
Now's Your Chance To Learn How To Talk To Your Muscles So They Can Listen...
And How To Hear What They Say In Return
Previously available only to students in New York City, you can now enroll in this intensive online course with Amy Matthews, world-class yoga & Body-Mind Centering® expert and co-author of Yoga Anatomy, the international best-seller
Amy Matthews, co-author of the #1 best-selling yoga book “Yoga Anatomy,” has been bringing the study of movement and anatomy to life for 20 years. An internationally renowned teacher of yoga, anatomy, & Body-Mind Centering®, Amy’s acclaimed Embodied Anatomy & Kinesiology course has helped teachers and practitioners from yoga, dance, pilates, fitness, and somatic therapy backgrounds improve their teaching, enhance their personal practices, and provide better experiences for their students and clients.
Previously, the only way to take this course was to study live in her sold-out class in NYC. Now, for the first time ever, you can study with her from wherever you are in the world.
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In Amy Matthews' Embodied A&K: Muscles Course, You Will Learn About Your Muscles Through Exploration And Principles Of Embodiment
Amy's signature classes combine:
Somatizations: Guided sensory experiences to let you learn about your body from the inside-out.
Visual Deconstructions: Start with beautiful black and white drawings of bones, muscle attachment points and body systems created specifically for this class. Then, fill in the muscles with color and label the parts along with Amy while learning about the specific functions of each element.
Physical Explorations: These movement experiences will let you connect with the structures you're learning about in a richer context than from books alone. No previous yoga or BMC® knowledge is required.
PLUS: Bonus asana classes with each lesson:
As a practitioner: Experiment with familiar shapes approached from a new direction.
As a teacher: Take what you've just learned in class and see exactly how Amy would incorporate it in a group setting.
For learners who enjoy a rich kinesthetic experience, this is the course for you
If you want to be a world-class instructor or movement therapist, intimate knowledge of human anatomy is an invaluable tool. Practical knowledge of the working human body, and the ability to impart that knowledge to others in meaningful ways, is what will keep your students returning and your teaching inspired for years to come. Join the community and converse with today's expert in this field while you hone your skills.
Amy Matthews is a masterful teacher
"Amy is one of the most engaging, passionate and empowering teachers I've ever had both in the yoga world and in any learning setting.
Amy understands that adult learners are different from kids and holds the space for a lot of inquiry and debate.
I look forward to her classes every week. As we say at the studio, 'I'm a lifer!'Megan Stancill, Yoga Teacher, NYC, Author of MegaYoga: The First Yoga Program for Curvy Women
Amy Matthews' teaching is inspired by a lifetime of study...
Amy Matthews has been teaching movement for 20 years. She co-directs Babies Project in NYC with Sarah Barnaby, and is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, and a movement therapist and yoga teacher.
Amy leads the Embodied Developmental Movement & Yoga and the Embodied Anatomy & Yoga BMC® programs in the United States. She co-taught with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in Berkeley, CA for five years and was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for ten years. She has taught embodied anatomy and movement workshops for programs in New York, Philadelphia, Berkeley, and Nebraska, and internationally in Canada, Switzerland, Ireland, England, Israel, Slovakia and Japan.
Amy co-authored with Leslie Kaminoff the best-selling book Yoga Anatomy. Amy also works privately as a movement therapist and yoga teacher, integrating Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, yoga, Body-Mind Centering® and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF).
Amy has studied with a range of inspiring teachers: dissection workshops with Gil Hedley, neuro-muscular reeducation with Irene Dowd, Body-Mind Centering® with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, full-contact karate with Michelle Gay, and yoga with Alison West, Mark Whitwell, Genny Kapular and Kevin Gardiner.
Amy is certified as a yoga teacher and registered with ISMETA as a Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator. She is registered with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and with Yoga Alliance as an E-500 RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), and certified as a shiatsu practitioner.
With years of experience in the field, Amy Matthews is one of the world's most renowned teachers of yoga & anatomy from a Body-Mind Centering® perspective. Now you can study with her online, wherever you are in the world.
Amy is a "teachers' teacher"
"Amy’s unique approach to teaching and learning sets an example for all teachers who want to create a safe, informative and deeply embodied experience for their students.
She consistently delivers a program to our teachers that leave a lasting imprint on the way they organize their own teaching.
Her contributions to yoga and movement teachers will be used and respected for years to come."Susi Amendola, National Director of Stress Management & Yoga for Dr Dean Ornish’s Hospital Programs
In Amy Matthews' Embodied A&K: Muscles Course, You Will Discover:
In your body...
How looking for "feedback" from your muscles can be misleading...
The interplay between the nervous system and muscles in creating and responding to movement*
How to listen in to the conversation about what's moving and what's being moved in your body
What homeostasis is, and how "balance" is a dynamic state, not a static place
How to clarify the roles and relationships between our bones and muscles
The role of resistance in how our muscles create movement
The physiology of muscles and their connective tissue
Why the conversation and interplay between muscles is more important than the strength of any single muscle
The value of spreading sensation through your muscles rather than looking for sensation in one area
Why "rotator cuff" is a limited term for the deepest layer of muscles around the shoulder joint
The value and limitations of learning the names of the muscles
Why a little bit of movement in a lot of places is healthy for all our muscles, and how to use that idea for deciding how to address a challenge
The different layers of muscle in the pelvic floor
The role that the nervous system plays in our experience of stretch and effort
Why muscles do not provide accurate feedback for alignment all by themselves
The value of finding and awakening the smaller, intrinsic muscles of the spine, legs and arms
The physiology of muscle spindles and Golgi tendon organs, the proprioceptive structures of our muscles and tendons
The different ways that our muscles relate to each other, in layers, pairs and sequences
The BMC® muscle principles of coupling and currenting, and how they support balanced joint space
How we learn to move as infants, progressing from reflexive movement to integrated, modulated, volitional movement
In your teaching...
How to move away from telling students how to do something “right”, and towards creating an opportunity for embodied experience
Strategies for questioning & challenging commonly made statements that might be problematic or innacurate:
- Postural cues that involve the shoulder girdle, like "pull your shoulders back & down" & "broaden through your collar bones"*
- "Pull the naval to the spine"
- "Pigeon pose is a hip opener" or "stretches the piriformis muscle"
Tools for talking about movement and bodies without being “prescriptive”
How to guide your students toward posture that is "good" because it is efficient and functional, not just aesthetically pleasing
Hands-on activities you can do from home...
A practice that can help you maintain healthy movement patterns
How to find the BMC® relationships between the toes and the pelvis, the fingers and the scapula
One simple movement pattern that can help you find and tune into the actions of your muscles in your feet and legs.
Strategies for maintaining a healthy pelvic floor
PNF patterns for the lower limbs and upper limbs: safely explore increasing our movement choices
Build an Encyclopedic Knowledge of Embodied Anatomy & Kinesiology in Three Trimesters
We offer full support, personalized homework interactions, and access to a like-minded community as you work your way through the material
This course is offered entirely online, but if you decide to print out all the documents and save hard copies of the videos, this is what your resource collection will look like:
This course is an intensive 9-month program that's delivered entirely online. The material is organized into 3 trimesters of 10 classes each, each class lasting 2 hours. Additionally, you'll have access to over 30 hours of bonus asana classes to accompany the lessons. All together, it's over 90 hours of material that you'll be able to come back to over and over again.
Each class includes...
An opening somatization. Amy guides you and the other students through a sensory experience of the muscles, bones, ligaments, joints you'll study that day. This way, you might have a felt sense of the material before you start looking at words and pictures.
A discussion element. Learning from peers is an integral part of the learning process. Listening to the experience that others have, and expanding your library of possible experiences broadens your own movement possibilities and makes you more receptive to what your students might come across in class.
Learning from drawings. Amy commissioned beautiful black and white drawings of the muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints we'll cover in this course. We'll use these as a template, label the parts, fill them in with color, and find the connections. The kinesthetic experience of coloring is one way to encourage learning, as well as using the colors themselves, which often help us learn better than just black and white.
Learning from words. Amy has extensive notes and references for each class so you can see the common names of the structures you're learning about. Also, a detailed Table of Contents will be available for each transcript, making it easy for you to find exactly what you're looking for in your notes or when you review a video.
A movement experience. After you have an idea of where the structures are, how they function, and how they are integrated into your body, Amy guides you through a physical exploration themed on that day's class.
Personalized homework interaction. On each class page, there's a button that will lead you to a homework submission form customized for that class. You can submit it all online, and then our dedicated "Homework Maven" will get back to you with thoughts, questions, and follow-up to be sure you feel comfortable with the material you're learning in class.
BONUS - Asana Classes. In Amy's New York City studio, her Embodied A&K classes and her A&K Asana classes are two separate courses. With your lifetime enrollment to her online course, we're including an entire year of these course-informed asana classes as a bonus so you can benefit from expanding your practice and build more tools to take to your own students.
Open Up Your Practice And Discover Your Body From An Embodied Perspective
Trimester #1: The Spine
- Embodied Bones & Muscles
- Resistance & Muscle Contractions
- Muscle Physiology
- Muscles & Nerves
- Muscle Roles & Relationships
- Intrinsic Muscles of the Spine
- Suboccipital & Sacrococcygeal Muscles
- Extrinsic Muscles of the Spine
- Anterior Neck Muscles
- Psoas & Abdominal Muscles
Trimester #1 Preview: Balance (5:14)
Trimester #2: Lower Limbs
- Lower Limbs: Pathways of Weight
- Muscle Relationships & Coupling
- Intrinsic Muscles of the Foot
- Extrinsic Muscles of the Foot & Ankle
- Foot & Ankle PNF Patterns
- Muscles of the Knee & Thigh
- Muscles of the Hip Joint, Part I
- Muscles of the Hip Joint, Part II
- Lower Limb PNF Patterns
- Muscles of the Pelvic Floor
Trimester #2 Preview: Resistance (9:18)
Trimester #3: Upper Limbs
- Upper Limbs: Pathways of Weight
- Intrinsic Muscles of the Hand
- Extrinsic Muscles: Hand & Wrist
- Intrinsic Muscles of the Forearm
- Hand & Forearm PNF Patterns
- Muscles of the Elbow
- Muscles of the Shoulder Joint
- Muscles of the Shoulder Girdle
- Muscles & PNF Patterns: Shoulder
- Muscles of the Ribcage & Hyoid
- 3 Diaphragms
Trimester #3 Preview: How We Talk to Muscles (5:07)
Plus... Over 30 hours of bonus asana classes to reinforce your learning.
Start Having These Transformative Experiences Yourself
Amy's teaching helps us come more deeply into ourselves
"Amy is a teacher of enormous skill, generosity and insight.
Her spacious teaching, and the exhilarating material she teaches, somehow combine to push and pull each of us to become more deeply ourselves as yoga and movement teachers, and as people.
Learning with Amy is fascinating, challenging, amazing, supportive and hugely fun. It has provided me with everything I need to continue to grow as a teacher and student of yoga."Elizabeth Plapinger, Yoga Teacher, New York
"When I am around Amy, I always feel better, and I am always learning"
"Amy Matthews has thoroughly studied many somatic approaches like Laban/Bartenieff, Body-Mind Centering®, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, and the spirals work of Irene Dowd, so her yoga is informed by a lot of skillful, excellent stuff.
But the way her classes unfold is easy, like a treasure hunt through the body's landscape, one simple step at a time. She is flexible enough to meet each teaching moment with surprising appropriateness. When I am around Amy, I always feel better, and I am always learning."Doug MacKenzie, BrilliantBody™ Movement and Craniosacral Therapist, NYC, DC, SF, Seattle
Amy's classroom is like a sandbox - full of possibility
"Amy facilitates an experience of play, curiosity, sharing, falling, failing, flying - of possibility.
This is a classroom/sandbox where we take an idea and explore all the ways it applies in this moment and all the ways it doesn't. This, in my experience, contributes to a greater understanding of the parts and the whole.
In short, her teaching inspires me to consider all that is the world around and inside me differently - and to relish in the not knowing. Not only her ideas, but also the way she communicates her ideas on the body and its relationship to consciousness keep me coming back for more for 5 years now."Alyson Schacherer, Yoga Teacher, New York
Amy Matthews is a masterful teacher
"My favorite thing about Amy's classes is how much individual attention she is able to give each student in the class, while making it relevant to everyone at the same time.
Her open and generous spirit invites questions, and her thorough knowledge of yoga and anatomy allows her to help with any issue, gently guiding you on to the path to your own personal practice.
Her classes are physically and spiritually uplifting and invigorating - she's simply an amazing teacher!Phil Vergés, Jin Shin Jyutsu and Therapeutic Massage, New York
Amy's teaching is both accesible & insightful
"Not only is Amy incredibly knowledgeable, but her presentation is both accessible and insightful. Her teaching style is best described as intuitive, confident, balanced and subtle.
In teaching anatomy, it is clear she is touching on the deeper aspects of being.
Amy's knowledge is infused (embodied) with a deep personal awareness that she passes on to her students. In short, to study with Amy Matthews is a true privilege."Megan Mook, Yoga Teacher, New York
Here's what is included in your registration for Amy Matthews' online Embodied A&K: Muscles course...
- 9 months of intensive training* in anatomy from an embodied perspective. (A $2,400 value)
- Streaming and downloadable video files of each class.(A $1,440 value)
- Streaming and downloadable audio files of each class. (A $1,350 value)
- Full text transcriptions of every class (English.)(A $720 value)
- PDFs of class outline / notes. (A $650 value)
- Weekly PDF downloads with course drawings. (A $360 value)
- Direct access to a members-only interactive site where Amy will answer your questions personally. (Access never expires - worth $1000s over time...)
- Homework to take you deeper into the material, and personal dialogue about your discoveries. (A $900 value)
- Access to like-minded colleagues around the world, and their learnings and experience with the course. (Have a colleague in every city you visit...)
- Continuing education credits applicable to Yoga Alliance** and BMCA standards (details at bottom.) (A $550 value)
Document of Completion from the course (upon completion of all homework.) (Invaluable for future employers and prospective students...)
BONUS! Your access never expires. Each and every time we add something to the course, you benefit. Need to sharpen your skills? Sign in and watch any video you’d like! (This is an ongoing value of $1000s…)
Worried You'll Be Dropped Into The Abyss Of The Internet? We're Here For You Whenever You Have A Question...
I can't sign up right now. Can I take the course later?
Yes. We offer this course in two ways: in groups, and on your timeline. If it doesn't work for you to start with us when a group is beginning, feel free to come back and register when it works better for your life.
I'm confused. Is "Embodied Anatomy & Kinesiology" one course, or two?
Amy covers this vast subject in two parts. This course focuses on the muscles of the body, and her companion course focuses on bones & ligaments.
You don't have to take one before the other - start with whichever material is most exciting to you right now. If you can't decide, check out this video to hear Amy's advice...
Is there a timeline for the course?
There is no fixed timeline or deadline for the course. You may sign up whenever you want, watch the classes as it works for your schedule, ask Amy questions and get answers on your own time, and finish the homework whenever it fits in your schedule. We wanted this course to be as flexible as possible because we have so many students enrolled from all over the world, and there's really not a one-size-fits-all structure.
How much homework is there? What kind of weekly time commitment am I looking at?
As discussed above, you can go through the course at your own pace. If you'd like to finish the course in the 9-month timeframe that Amy uses to teach the live class, here's what it would look like:
- One 2-hour video class per week,
- plus homework that could be finished within 30 minutes. Some questions will invite comment on the somatic experience, and some will cover the new material. You'll get to discuss the homework with Amy & our Homework Coach until you feel comfortable with the what's been covered.
The classes are structured in three 10-week trimesters for a total of 30 weeks, and there is a short break between each trimester (like a holiday break and spring break.)
If you'd like, there are also bonus asana classes that accompany each lesson, but these are not required before moving on.
What do I need to get started?
Just a computer and a reliable internet connection. And don't worry, you don't need to be a computer whiz.
You'll be either streaming or downloading 2-hour video files, so we've found it to be most efficient if you have access to a solid high-bandwidth connection. You can still take the course if you don't have that, but it may mean overnight downloads, or going someplace with a faster connection to download, then watching later at home. We can help you figure out the best scenario for you on a case by case basis.
We have students in 45 different countries around the world in our learning community, and so far we've found a solution for everyone.
How do I get answers to my questions?
The quickest way to get an answer to a question is to post on the lesson page and Amy will respond right away. You can also learn from other students' questions and Amy's answers since they're all available to you on the class pages. You'll also have the opportunity for personalized discussion as you move through the homework with our Homework Coach.
Who takes this course? I'm not even sure what Body-Mind Centering® is...
Amy has students from various movement and therapy backgrounds. Whether you're most familiar with yoga, dance, pilates, BMC®, or somatic therapy, or you just want to learn more about your body from Amy's unique perspective, you'll learn all you need to know within the course.
Still not sure if Amy Matthews’ Embodied A&K: Muscles course is right for you?
These students have been in your shoes, and their lives changed for the better once they jumped in:
"I would not be who I am today, personally or professionally, without Amy's extraordinary work"
"I have had the great privilege of studying with Amy Matthews since 2005. She is a master teacher with a depth and breadth of knowledge that is truly singular.
Working with Amy has opened my mind and body to experiences and levels of understanding that consistently surpass what I have thought possible. With her guidance, I have grown personally and professionally, and would not be the mover, teacher or director I am today without her and her extraordinary work.Kristin Tanzer, Theatre Director, Faculty: Laban Institute of Movement Studies, Faculty: New Actors Workshop
"Studying with Amy changed my life for the better"
"Amy Mathew's non-judgmental teaching approach includes questions and invitations to explore in a totally safe environment. Amy's classes have changed my understanding and relationship to my body, to my movements, and to my life.
One friend whom I brought with me has called Amy's classes one of the Best Kept Secrets in New York City. I agree, and I'm so glad that now students all over the world can learn from her, too."Judith Feldman, Yoga Teacher, New York
"Amy has added a new depth to my knowledge & practice"
"Amy Matthews is a masterful teacher. She has deepened my understanding of anatomy, and she has deepened my experiential awareness of my own body. I value her knowledge and wisdom, and I have so enjoyed studying with her."Julia Hough, Yoga Therapist, New York
"This class gave me a new freedom in my body & mind"
"I am going to do this class again and again. I love this way of experiencing the material. It has a profound effect on my body and my mind.
I love the freedom it gives to really listen to what is going on inside, to ignore the brain and go to a deeper level. It has a deeply meditative quality which my body and soul crave.
Many thanks, Amy."Kerry Lyons, Yoga Teacher, Australia
Amy makes the material approachable for any kind of student
Amy Matthews has a wonderful way of making anatomy relatable to the average student. She is engaging, interesting and genuinely likable with her quirky charm and approach to the material."Jenniver Leavy, Yoga Teacher, Florida
"Concise, innovative & sophisticated"
"Studying with Amy has given me so much as a teacher of yoga. She has expanded my yoga world-view by teaching me how the body is designed to move. By sharing her passion for Anatomy and Kinesiology, she is one of my role models of how to be an inspiring teacher.
Amy is able to present complex ideas and concepts in a clear and methodical way. At the same time, she is innovative and sophisticated, introducing and complementing the subject of the day in the movement exploration.
In her classes, Amy creates a wonderful environment for questioning and reflecting, teaching and learning. I am grateful for this good fortune and opportunity.Patricia Videgain, Yoga Teacher, New Jersey
"I am so grateful that my yoga journey led me to Amy. Her wisdom with regard to the physical body is surpassed only by her ability to inspire the teacher within all of us.
She is truly deserving of the title 'teacher'."Claire Garland, Yoga Teacher, New Jersey
Enroll today and hone your skills with today's expert in the field.
"My job as a teacher is not to get a student into a shape, it's to help them have an experience and know what they're doing."
~ Amy Matthews, Embodied A&K: Muscles Course
Students of Amy Matthews' training have unanimously found this course worth the investment - for over 10 years. As an online student, you're receiving the same level of knowledge, interaction, and expertise - with the added benefit of learning on your own schedule, as well as the ability to revisit the course as much as you want, at any time, without limitation.
Join Us Today And Receive Immediate Access To Digital Versions of:
- 9 months of video training
- Full text transcripts of every class
- All class notes
- Downloads of visuals (each week!)
- A members-only website
- Engaging, meaningful homework
- Document of Completion
- Learn from Amy and like-minded colleagues
- A full year of asana classes where Amy applies what you've learned in class. We love surprising our students with new, meaningful content.
- Access never expires + FREE Upgrades every time we add to the course. An ongoing value of $1000s…
AND... You don't have to relocate to NYC for 9 months, which alone will save you $30,000 minimum, not to mention lost wages, family commitments, current rent/mortgage payments, and responsibilities at home.
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