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7: Allie Geer – How Cadaver Dissections Have Impacted How We Teach

In 2017, Nat and Sandy took an interesting “walk in nature”; a cadaver dissection for yoga teachers via Yoga Medicine and the Laboratory of Anatomical Enlightenment. There, they were reunited with Allie Geer, now a Yoga Medicine senior teacher who has completed four cadaver dissections to date. She is a wellspring of information, inspiration and insight. In this episode we talk all things cadaver and why all yoga teachers could benefit from their own walk in nature.

In This Episode

  • Allie’s connection with Yoga Medicine and what it means to be a Yoga Medicine teacher (4:29)

“One thing that became very clear to me, was my quest to continue to learn, and I think that denotes a really great teacher: A teacher who always wants to learn more and who is never satisfied”

  • We talk about what effects advanced training has had on us as teachers (6:50)

“I think the cadaver lab really helped me to kind of understand what I want to do with all this training.”

  • Allie gets into the nitty-gritty details of participating in an untreated cadaver dissection (15:47)

“You really get a feel for the adipose layers and the fascial layers and the interconnectedness of it all”

  • We talk about the other factors of a cadaver dissection, the heaviness of dealing with a dead person as well as appreciation and purpose (31:22)
  • How does doing all these labs change the way you teach or move? (36:53)

“When you walk into a room, you kinda get this x-ray vision into understanding how different every single body in the room is, but also you see where people are holding, you see the different patterns in different people’s bodies.”

  • Are there any poses you’ve stopped teaching over the years of doing more advanced training? (45:03)
  • Allie talks about how the cadaver training modules have affected her as a parent (51:10)
  • Allie’s final message to anyone looking to do a cadaver dissection (58:00)

“As yoga teachers it is our duty to understand how bodies work.”

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