One of the major benefits of the LYT Method Level 1 (200-Hour) Teacher Training is that you have the opportunity to learn a number of key physical therapy concepts. Because this method is designed by physical therapist Lara Heimann and the movements are filtered through the physical therapy lens the intelligence of physical therapy and its viewpoint on how to move your body well is seamlessly interwoven throughout. This teacher training allows you to incorporate these concepts into your knowledge and personal practice to better understand and communicate how your body is meant to move in order to be and feel at its best. This is a very empowering process that has a practical impact on your life and the lives of anyone you might work with.
Below is a list of some of the main physical-therapy-derived concepts that are an essential part of the LYT Method and that you will have the opportunity to learn and explore during the training. This is not a comprehensive list, but it’s a great starting point.
Neutral Pelvis & Spine – Being able to understand what it feels like to have your pelvis and spine in a neutral position is a foundational concept to good movement. Although it may seem straightforward on its surface, this concept has a lot of nuance, and being able to find neutral in dynamic movement is not easy, but doable and worth the effort. Learning what neutral means and how to find it in your body and then intentionally move in and out of it when necessary will hold you in good stead for the rest of your life.
Deep-dive into anatomy – Understanding your own anatomy is an important aspect of developing a deeper connection to ourselves and to humanity writ large. This teacher training provides you with the anatomy and anatomical concepts that you need to be able to appreciate what is happening on a much deeper level on the inside while you move around your mat.
What is the core? – In common parlance, when we say “core” we are typically referring to our abs. But, from a physical therapy standpoint, the core includes everything from the outer shoulders to the base of the pelvis, your entire torso. Learning everything that is involved in your core and how to best utilize its engagement to your advantage in movement, is another key concept you’ll be exposed to.
Functional Training – We hear a lot about functional training in the fitness and movement industry these days. But what does that mean? Functional training is training for life, it is training for optimally performing the types of movements you do on a daily basis so that when you go to do them you do them in a way that doesn’t hurt you and that promotes the long-term health and well-being of your body. In the LYT Method, functional training is woven into everything we do. We all deserve this kind of training so that we can stay healthy and strong for as long as possible.
Neurodevelopmental Sequence – In every LYT Method class we start with “the reset” which incorporates the neurodevelopmental sequence to help us reset our body back to a more neutral starting point, so we can begin to layer on more complex movements. This sequence is based on the normal movement progression that babies follow as they learn to roll, sit, crawl, stand, and then walk. It is used in clinical settings to help patients learn proper movement strategies and it allows you to establish these strategies as the foundation of your movement practice so that you can move successfully in any number of ways.
Neural Mapping – You’ll explore the concept of neural mapping or brain mapping. Over time, our brains wire to fire a certain way and we end up doing movements in the way that we’ve habitually done them. But these movement patterns aren’t always optimal. In the LYT Method, we create opportunities for you to refine your movement patterns and then rewire your brain map through repetition throughout the class, through a process called neuro-muscular rewiring. This process is how you change your movement patterns to better support you over the long haul.
Mobility, Stability, & Adaptability – LYT Method movement will allow you to achieve mobility, stability, and adaptability in all of your movements and across all of your body. To have a resilient body, you want to have all three of these components present. The LYT Method sets you up to be mobile where you need it, strong when you need it, and to adapt to whatever comes your way with aplomb.
Find out more about our upcoming LYT Method Level 1 Teacher Training here! Registration opens Sunday, August 13, 2023 and the course starts Sunday, September 17, 2023.