Clay Anatomy Intensive

He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.  —Francis of Assisi

On the weekend of March 22nd, 2019 we will be become exploring artists for 16 hours as we approach the human muscular skeletal anatomy.  As future teachers of movement, it is helpful to delve in to see how we are connected, how we begin to see, sense, feel patterns and why.  We will need this multi-sensory approach to help us and our students discover and instill the sacredness of “the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.” Parker Palmer.

How we move starts to  unravels its secrets. This method of constructing muscles on an beautifully accurate skeleton imbeds in our mind, on a multi sensory level, with understanding and retention, human anatomy.

In my life, this method of learning anatomy continues to reveal insights.  Come and experience with your hands, heart and mind.

Learn the basics of musculoskeletal anatomy in this 16 hour workshop by building muscles in clay on a specially designed to-scale skeleton while being introduced to the magic of how our body works.  Yes, this is as cool as it sounds!

This is a pre-requisite for the Yoga Teacher Training program, for the Pilates Equipment Teacher Training program and for folks who want to explore and understand anatomy

DATES AND TIMES: Must attend all 3 sessions
Friday, March 22 from 3 to 7pm
Saturday, March 23 from 9 to 4pm
Sunday, March 24 from 9 to 4pm

COST: $480 ($432 EARLY BIRD until February 22nd – SAVE 10%) plus The Trail Guide to the Body (5th Edition)



Monica Anderson started teaching eons ago. Life is movement–movement of ideas, bodies, minds, spirits.  Breath is vital and the subtle thread through it all.

The awe of being human!

Connecting with private clients, group art and movement classes for over 40 plus years, and years of cultivating new teachers has opened a lifetime of observation and inquiry. Breath is profound.  Western and ancient methods of healing are tools. Healing happens naturally when there is a convergence of community, consciousness, relationship, information, respect, joy, hope, and breath.

Degrees in Art, Biology, Education, Special Education

Active Certifications include Personal Training, Group Fitness, Pilates, Yoga Therapy

Participates in ongoing Yoga Sutra studies  and monthly meetings with my teacher Robert Birnberg at in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya and Desikachar (and currently committed to the pursuit of this study for the unforeseeable future)

The greatest education has been afforded by my family, especially my three incredible children and their partners, physician husband, and now, a new generation–my 2 grandsons AND brilliant business partner, Alyson Dobbert, incredible teachers, friends, and colleagues.

Forever grateful.

Sonya McVay-Straub, MP,  is a certified ART (Active Release Techniques), NKT (NeuroKinetic Therapy), AiM (Anatomy in Motion), PMT (Performance Movement Taping by RockTape), and ICT (Integrated Cranial Therapy) provider. She is also a certified master Pilates Instructor and a PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) and NKT credentialing author and continuing education provider.

ART is a clinical soft tissue therapy system used to treat pathologies and/or movement restriction with muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Alongside manual therapy, she specializes in Neuro-Gate, functional/movement assessment, sports injuries, spinal pathologies, “special-populations” and post-treatment exercise.

Her practice combines multiple methods and provides incredible results. Her clients include internationally competitive athletes (Ferrari’s Racing team), professional baseball players, both pro golfers and tennis players, triathletes, cyclists, PTSD, competitive marathoners,  IronMan/ToughMudder and Spartan athletes, avid and competitive CrossFitters, Olympic lifters, business executives, chronic pain patients, senior citizens, and youth.