Joanne Avison, MSS, KMI, CTK, C-IAYT, E-RYT500

I am passionate about the New Science of Body Architecture, redefining living anatomy of the 21st Century. Body Architecture includes the geometry of form and consciousness in real live animated beings “like what we are”. That fascination led to pioneering the practical application of Biotensegrity, working to make sense of people-in-motion, in practical ways for movement teachers and manual practitioners. After directing the Yoga Teacher Training school (Art of Contemporary Yoga, AOCY) and writing the book YOGA: Fascia, Anatomy & Movement (Handspring 2015) the Anatomy Basic Course (ABC) was born…

The ABC (Anatomy Basic Course) is now a series (worldwide), designed to simplify the essentials of how fascia and Biotensegrity make sense of 21st century anatomy for yoga and other movement professionals.  It makes understanding movement easier and it also makes sense of far more than motion.

As an author, advanced Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Structural Integration practitioner/teacher, I have acquired a master’s degree in Spiritual Sciences in order to more fully appreciate how mind, body and being, really integrate. My fascination with fascia and human architecture, led to membership of the Biotensegrity Interest Group, pioneering how Biotensegrity distinguishes living movement and form. In life that is animated by the “biomotional spirit” of each individual we teach, know and work with – and become…in motion.

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Joanne Avison (E-RYT500, IASI, C-IAYT)

Joanne is an international teacher of applied structural anatomy for movement and manual practitioners in a variety of fields. She is a professional Structural Integration practitioner, member of IASI (International Association of Structural Integrators) and certified teacher (KMI, Anatomy Trains 1998-2005: Tom Myers’ school) and Director of the Art of Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training, London, UK. The school registration (2006 onwards) qualified as an RYS-500, with Yoga Alliance (US), European Yoga Alliance and Indian Federation of Yoga. As an advanced Yoga Practitioner and Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT (Certified by International Association of Yoga Therapists), Joanne appreciates the art, craft and science of yoga and body architecture. Her Master’s Degree in Spiritual Sciences has deepened her understanding of yoga and the philosophy behind it, that relates closely to how the physical body integrates and animates form. For Joanne the study of philosophy and anatomy are not necessarily separate, which is a unique approach to integrated practice.

Joanne is also trained in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, continuously working in A.R.T. (Autoimmune Response Testing) and F.S.M. (Frequency Specific Microcurrent) to further her studies in complementary health and complementary medicine. She is also a graduate of the CMED Institute, USA. After over 20 years of manual and movement practice, she appreciates deeply the resonance field(s) the body animates as a living form.

As a Member of the Biotensegrity Interest Group (B.I.G.), Joanne is fascinated by the application of Biotensegrity principles to the understanding of the human blueprint and natural structural organisation in motion. Her writing and workshops are devoted to making this emerging context for human movement applicable and clearly understood. “It makes sense of how we make sense of our world, literally and symbolically

BioTensegrity is an emerging context for what I refer to as “biomotional integrity”. That is – how we move the way we do. Understanding the fascia and the fabric of our form is relatively meaningless, without the architectural organisation of that fabric, explaining how it permits movement and indeed manages the movement forces we move (that move us). We are formed under tension; pre-stressed or pre-stiffened – but what does that mean to us as movement teachers or manual therapists? What are the implications of tensional forces through the matrix of our living, animated form? The fascia is a force transmission system. Biotensegrity offers a very compelling paradigm that makes sense of its many structures and functions and multifaceted assets. It also transforms our understanding of connection and resonance; with ourselves and others”

Body, Mind, Being; simply move better.

Structural Integration (S.I.) is the work of Dr Ida Rolf; who understood the soft-tissue (fascial) system of the human body and how profound its impact can be upon the moving being. Joanne Avison is a practitioner with over 20 years experience, as well as a teacher of this art and craft, based in established wisdom and always updated by the latest science and research of the connective tissue system. Joanne is also author of YOGA: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement and translates her understanding through her hands using manual therapy S.I., (Structural Integration) C.S.T., (CranioSacral Therapy), F.S.M., (Frequency Specific Micro-current) and Posture Profiling to ensure that clients are met exactly where they are. Joanne is also a Yoga Therapist and integrates movement and manual therapy to help clients move better, at all ages and stages of health and fitness. This all comes together to inform her lively presentations in ABC courses. It also reflects in the Posture Clinic and Adjustment Classes that are optional ABC courses being launched in 2020.

Many physical injuries, strains, sprains and movement restrictions reside in the soft-tissues and, along with scar tissue, have a major impact on movement ability. As a yoga teacher and therapist, Joanne combines the hands-on skills of the manual practitioner with those of a movement teacher and works with each client to integrate self-regulation, so they can move more easily. This is also the foundation of what she teaches.

If you want your performance improved, or pain removed, S.I. can hold the key to restoring a spring in your step or optimising your range and scope of movement. Growing pains, joint pains, lower back pain, stiffness and a host of other aches and insults can be relieved in sustainable ways, via the appropriate treatment of the soft tissues, or the fascia. Famous for the renewed sense of congruency, calm and self-containment that S.I. can produce, the sessions are uniquely designed to help you feel and move better in sustainable changes.
You can visit A Simple Practice, for more information about one-to-one sessions or go to EVENTS for details of the ABC Classes.


If you wish to take or facilitate an ABC course in your area, please contact us.