• 300HourAdvancedStudies_AYC

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.


Libby Hinsley

Libby Hinsley

Libby Hinsley, PT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, is a Licensed Physical Therapist in NC and Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has been teaching yoga in Asheville for over 10 years. In 2008 she was fortunate to study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar. Since that time, she has focused her study on therapeutic yoga in the viniyoga tradition. Her teaching style is down to earth and invites the practitioner to deeply investigate breath and movement in order to achieve a greater understanding of the body and the self and create habits that support well being. She teaches components of the Asheville Yoga Center’s 200 Hour Teacher Training programs, and is the Director and Lead Instructor of our 300 Hour Therapeutically Oriented Teacher Training Program. In addition to teaching yoga, she is co-owner of Asheville Holistic Physical Therapy, where she integrates Yoga Therapy with Myofascial Release and other manual therapy techniques to address a wide variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular complaints including back pain, chronic pain, and pelvic floor dysfunction. www.AshevilleHolisticPT.com

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.