Attempted to Understand Anatomy
As a young child in grade school, I know that I was taught some basics about the body. In the far reaches of my mind, I have a memory of coloring skeleton forms different colors and listening to the voice of my mother. Other than the coloring I don't recall the actual lesson. I don't know if we were learning about bones and their structure or muscles and their structure. Did we cover things like where is the heart vs the liver? I don't know the answers to these questions. I am finding that many adults don't know the answer to the questions I seek and so for once, I don't fully blame my lack of education. But I can do something about it.
The two things that have lead me to wondering about the body are my yoga practice and injuries I've given myself through practice. So to better understand injury, having an idea of how things work is probably important: organs, muscles, bones, and structure.
Where does one start, when beginning such a journey?
First I looked into required reading for becoming a yoga teacher. This may seem like an odd place to start but I made the assumption that teachers were taught how the body functioned so they could better direct bodies in poses. This I discovered was not a correct assumption. Schools all focus on different things, the main two being the spiritual side of yoga and the physical teaching side of yoga. With minimal thought about the actual body structures being taught (now this is purely based on my observations of the schools near me and my discussion with the teachers I have access too).
I did however, find one book that most schools recommend reading; Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews. I picked it up and was immediately overwhelmed by it within the first 5 pages. The first chapter is called Dynamics of Breathing and as I worked my way through terminology that I didn't understand, my sense of overwhelm turned to frustration. I think this book would be great for someone who already has a basic understanding of the body layout. But as someone who has none, throwing in sanskirt terms with medical terms just gets confusing and that's just chapter one. By chapter three I was no longer heavily reading, but skimming. The terminology got worse.
After two months of reading. I gave up. I am going to need a simpler way of breaking down the body before I can fully dive into the chapters in this book. Which leads me to the question, if I can't start here, where do I start? I don't know the answer, which is why I am writing about it. I need help and if you know of a resource please share it. I would also love to hear your own history in regards to learning and understanding the body. I think it's fascinating what people remember from their days in school.