Yoga + Pilates Educator

Eliza is passionate about teaching accessible anatomy + physiology at yoga and Pilates teacher trainings and workshops worldwide. She has successfully married her physical therapy (physiotherapy) training and years of clinical experience with her passion for teaching and finds immense reward in the sharing of this knowledge.

Of upmost importance to Eliza, is the conversion of these complex subjects into both understandable and actionable information, thereby ensuring students and fellow teachers can immediately take away a wealth of new tools to teach and to share with their own yoga and Pilates communities. Her teaching style combines intellectual rigour, humour and demonstration, and is constantly evolving.

Anatomy & Physiology

Eliza has created a unique anatomy and physiology syllabus specifically for teacher trainings and workshops which is in a league of its own; portion sized packages of fascinating and relevant physiology, intimately paired with 'bare bones’ anatomy. All with a solid grounding in science, and all neatly referenced to the correlating features in yoga philosophy and Pilates principles to really bring it to life. 

This well rounded approach enables students to learn holistically, and to view both their movement practice and teaching as a multilayered manifestation of many important facets . All anatomy and physiology information is grounded in latest research literature, ensuring students learn from the cutting edge and enabling the syllabus to evolve as new scientific information comes to the fore. In addition, integration of my years of clinical physiotherapy experience ensure students are best placed to teach safe asana, and leave empowered with both knowledge and immediately actionable teaching skills. 

For yoga trainings, this anatomy course and class time adheres to Yoga Alliance standards as a measure of professional education and experience in the yoga teaching community. Their registry marks are globally-recognized symbols of standards-based knowledge in the field of yoga.

Session - Core - includes; the importance of anatomy overview, core understanding taught experientially, core anatomy including pelvic floor, nervous systems and flight or fight response, functions of the core, yoga pose examples, how to prompt verbal / imagery / tactile cues for correct core contraction, how to identify core under activation, pelvic floor overactivation and underactivation in yoga / Pilates, six-pack hacks, cross-training for the core, importance of the vagus nerve, gut - core interactions, YTT - corresponding chakras bhandas and nadis. 3.5 hours

Session - Spine and Pelvis - includes; purpose of the spine, curves of the spine and pelvis, clarifying common misunderstandings, demystifying the sacroiliac joint, form vs force principles, vertebral features, pain education and pain as an output, neural tension principles including sciatic nerve, vertebral artery considerations, embodied emotion, forward folds vs backbends and the effect on the spine, common spine complaints in yoga and ways to relieve pain with positioning, corresponding chakras bandhas and nadir. 3.5 hours

Session - Breathing and Pranayama - includes; anatomy of the breath, physiology of the breath, the psoas role in breathing and relevant attachments, common breathing patterns, location and function of diaphragm, the magic of pranayama. 1.5 hours.

Session - Anatomy 101 - Consolidation of core, spine and anatomy of the breath, basic biomechanics principles including reciprocal inhibition, play with planes of movement, tendons and ligaments,major muscle groups, myth busting double-jointedness, healthy movement patterns, considering yoga and Pilates anatomy in the broad context of the body, importance of glands and hormonal balance. 2.5 hours

Session -  Ball & Socket - includes; Shoulder including rotator cuff function, form vs force, joint range tension vs compression, inversion magic (serratus anterior), yoga poses and and various shoulder ranges, Hip including deep hip stabilisers, femur bone features and joint range of movement, common alignment issues, prevention of hip injury, external rotation poses, internal rotation poses. 3.5 hours

Session - Peripheral joints - knee, elbow, ankle, wrist anatomy, yoga / Pilates examples, form vs force, common injuries, how to adjust these joints safely, hyperextension clues and cues, proprioception and its power in yoga, three arches and foundational work, protecting the knee in hip openers. 3.5 hours

Session - Special populations - including post-menopause and osteoporosis, pregnancy and post natal guidelines, eating disorders. 1.5 hours

Enquire about hosting Ballard Wellbeing at your next yoga or Pilates teacher training or workshop via elizajballard@gmail.com

(Videos created in Costa Rica 2016 - shortly before Eliza Colebatch Yoga became Ballard Wellbeing. Jump to 03:42 for Physiotherapy info)