AS(SENSE)MENTS: The Art of Moving the Body with Functional Care
A 10-Hour Training with Jessica Carlin

when: May 15 & 16, 2018
Times: May 15 — 1:00-4:00 PM
          May 16 — 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Where: Outer space 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647


The way we view the human body and its anatomy influences how we practice and how we cue students in class. If we imagine individual muscles as pulleys moving our bones in space, we fall risk of separating the whole into parts and passing along outdated information and language to students as well as overly focusing on one of many body systems-the muscular system. If we  aren’t careful, we run risk of making incorrect claims about what it is certain poses do in the body or falsely assume that cues that speak to muscles elevate our authority.

What does “tight” mean when referring to a body part? How do you know if an area actually needs stretching? Is what you think you’re stretching even being effected? How do you work with your own or private clients’ common pains in shoulder, hip, or low spine? What are ways in which you can expand your understanding of movement and translate this into your personal practice and into informed teaching?

This course will cover some foundational movement concepts and assessments from outside the yoga paradigm. You will see how they are integrated into a yoga"ish" practice, how to work with one-on-one clients, and how these affect the role as a teacher.

These include:

  • fascial continuity  or “how the soles of your feet are connected to your forehead”
  • the physiology of stretching
  • the difference between flexibility and mobility and why it matters
  • basic joint osteo-,athrokinematics (movement of bones and their articulating surfaces)

After this course, you will:

  • demonstrate a deeper understanding of foundational movement principles
  • have more tools in your teaching tool kit
  • be able to apply what you’ve learned in your personal practice, with private clients, and classes
  • be more confident in your skills and ability to help reduce the risk of injury among student




$150 for ONLINE option

During this course:

  • you will learn basic range of motion assessments
  • you will deepen your understanding of the architecture of the body as it relates to the yoga asana practice
  • you learn how to move your joints more fully, consciously, and independently
  • you will experience ways of using yoga asanas as base poses for conscious joint stimulation
  • you will learn about spine, hip, and shoulder impingement
  • you will workshop ways in which you can integrate what you have learned when teaching
  • you will practice ways in which book end cueing can empower your students to be more present in class and more involved in their own experience within their body

Jessica Carlin:


Jessica is a registered yoga teacher, licensed massage therapist, and a certified functional range conditioning (FRC) coach. She blends the conscious breathing and postural practices of yoga with FRC’s joint training principles. Her goal is to support clients’ wellbeing through manual and movement therapy and empower yoga teachers with knowledge necessary to help keep students safe during yoga classes.

Jessica provides a combination of yoga, bodywork, and craniosacral therapy. She uses movement and soft tissue assessments as well as conscious breathing and relaxation practices to develop a program that is uniquely tailored to each client. She applies the science-based principles of Functional Range Conditioning which focuses on joint strength, mobility development, and body control. Her goal is to support her clients’ wellbeing through education, intentional manual and movement therapy as well the balancing effect of craniosacral therapy.(cst)

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.