• Anatomy and Yoga

Anatomy and Yoga

This event is a 300 Hour RYT Teacher Training module.  They are open to all, though you will get the most out of them if you have some yoga experience. We consider these advanced yoga studies. You do not need to be working on 300 hour certification to take this training. Full attendance required for 300-hour credit.

Yoga and Anatomy: Anatomy Matters!

At its best, asana practice can be a mirror to help us see our structure more clearly so that we can transform it according to our highest intentions. Developing a strong foundation in anatomy will serve you in many ways, including helping you understand the “why’s” or “why not’s” of common asana cues, whether you are a student or a teacher. This is a weekend designed for yoga teachers who want to deepen their understanding of structural anatomy and bring a stronger foundation to their teaching, but most of the weekend is highly valuable and useful for the serious practioner as well. We will cover the basics of anatomical language and movements, and then dive more deeply into muscle anatomy of 35 major muscles. We will gain an understanding of common structural habits appearing in the Western body and learn ways to transform, rather than reinforce, those habits in our practice and our teaching. There will be teamwork, drawing, dancing, and embodying as we strive to integrate our newfound knowledge. The weekend will be interactive and fun. You will leave inspired by the magic that is the human body, and empowered to speak more confidently about it as you inspire others with your teaching.

By attending this weekend training, you will:

  • Learn to speak the language of anatomy so that you feel more confident in your teaching and in your communication with other healthcare practitioners
  • Understand how to optimize the body’s boney support
  • Refine your understanding of postural alignment and how to optimize this in asana practice
  • Understand how optimal boney alignment makes way for optimal muscle function for dynamic core stability
  • Put to rest some of those nagging anatomy questions you may have, such as whether you should be telling your students to “tuck the tailbone” or not, and why sometimes, “tight” muscles won’t yield, no matter how many years you spend stretching them!
  • Build a solid foundation for muscle anatomy by getting to know 35+ key muscles in the body – their attachment sites, actions, and targeted yoga asana to stretch and strengthen each one
  • Develop basic tools to address some of the most common structural challenges occurring in our shoe-wearing, sitting culture, including psoas tension, rib thrusting, thoracic kyphosis, gluteal amnesia (yes, that’s a thing), tight calves, and more…

Bones, joint movements, and anatomical language. Deepen your understanding of the basics, so that you can say what you mean, and mean what you say as an asana teacher. Speaking the language of anatomy is critical when interacting with other health care providers. The evening will include a fun interactive tour of the body and will finish with an anatomy dance party that you won’t want to miss.

Refine your ability to observe posture. We will begin with tadasana, exploring simple alignment principles to help students establish a neutral posture that maximizes boney support. We will then bring these principles into an asana practice in which we will learn to spot common compensatory postural “cheats.” We will use this practice as a mirror to show us how, if we aren’t very mindful, our asana practice can reinforce our dysfunctional habits, digging even deeper grooves in the body-mind. With mindfulness, we can begin to unravel those habits and use our asana practice to develop new habits that serve our goal of increased postural stability and integrity. We will finish the morning with an introduction to muscle anatomy and physiology.

This afternoon we will use a participatory method to dive into the nitty gritty of key musculature acting on the spine and lower body. There will be teamwork, artwork, and embodiment. The afternoon will include an asana class for low back therapy. We will also use this practice to integrate our learning of anatomy, so that we can experience the actions of each muscle in our own body.

This morning we will use a participatory method to dive into the nitty gritty of key musculature acting on the upper body. There will be teamwork, artwork, and embodiment. The morning will include an asana class for shoulder therapy. We will also use this practice to integrate our learning of anatomy, so that we can experience the actions of each muscle in our own body.


Healing with Yoga Anatomy and the Breathing Body
Healing with Yoga Anatomy and the Breathing Body

September 15 - 17, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Friday 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm | 2:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday 9:00am – 1:00pm

Join Yoga Anatomy pioneer Leslie Kaminoff in an interactive lab that will transform your practice by re-examining asana and vinyasa in light of a basic tenet: “Healthy movement is well-distributed movement.” The most common source of movement-based injury is the opposite: too much movement from too few places, repeated too many times – something many commonly used alignment cues may unintentionally promote by putting stress on vulnerable joints. Taking a fresh look at the anatomical basis for alignment in asana practice, Leslie will challenge and re-imagine many long-held assumptions about how to make practice safe and effective.

Starting with clear, simple principles that govern musculoskeletal function, he will help you put your yoga on a solid foundation literally from the ground up and from your head down. Topics will include:

– Functional, anatomical principles of alignment
– Breath-centered cuing to achieve alignment objectives
– The relationship of bandha to support and movement
– Why instructions like “tuck your tail,” “lengthen your spine,” “square your hips” may be doing more harm than good
– The use of gazing (drishti) and imagery to foster increased neuromuscular integration
– How to teach individual modifications in a group environment

Practical modifications to familiar postures and movements, and the creative use of breath, language and imagery will be explained and practiced. Bring your mat, your practice and your questions. During Sunday’s “Case Studies and Clinical Observation Lab,” ample time will be devoted to individual concerns.

Friday Evening: 6:00 -9:00
A Brief History of Alignment in Asana
Historical and Anatomical context, definitions and application

Saturday 10:00 -1:00 | 2:30 – 5:30
Morning vinyasa practice: Principles of breath and movement, principles of alignment in standing poses
Afternoon asana practice: Principles of breath and alignment in forward bending, back-bending and twisting asanas

Sunday 9:00 – 1:00
Clinical Observation and Case Studies
Embodying principles of alignment and breath practice in observed, one-on-one case studies drawn from workshop participants

Required Reading:
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff (do not need to bring to class unless you would like it signed)

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Cancellation Processing: $75

More Info: Anatomy and Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

Upon registration you will receive an immediate email confirmation containing details about the workshop and information regarding the studio. If you are currently enrolled in our 300 Hour Advanced  Studies Teacher Training Modular program, will receive immediate credit after attending the module. You do not need to do anything, however, please feel free to contact events@youryoga.com with any concerns.

Home Practice:

Because this is an Advanced Studies course, we are assuming you have or have had in the past a daily practice. We recommend continuing, or re-starting this and practicing at the same time each day, as the body craves regularity. Practicing in the am or pm is entirely up to you–both have their own benefits. Try to stay on your mat 30-120 minutes and enjoy your practice!

No refunds for cancellations given with less than 24-hours notice.
Please review our Cancellation and Transfer Policy for full details.
100% attendance required to all 300 Hour modules.

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What are Advanced Study Modules?

Benefits-05We’ve built our Advanced Study Modular Program around the drop-in concept. There are 11 required modules you need to take, each lasting anywhere from 2-5 days long, generally over a weekend. Modules are taught either by one of our experienced staff members or an international yoga teacher. We bring some of the biggest names in the industry to our studio and programs. In this very flexible modular program, you get to decide which particular module you take, at what time and taught by whom. And you have 5 years to complete 11 modules (some students do it within 2 years though). Modules are generally open to the public as well, so you will be joined by experienced teachers as well as aspiring enthusiasts. Modules can be taken by someone not going after a 300 Hour Certification–though if they decide later to pursue the 300 Hour Certification, they can retroactively include the modules they’ve already taken in the past 12 months only.