Asheville Yoga Center is one of the most popular yoga schools in the Southeast. Our foundational programs are designed to enhance your personal knowledge, deepen your practice and provide you with the confidence and skills necessary to safely experience or teach yoga.

We offer three types of event:

  • Yoga workshops (non-certification events) 
  • 200 Hour RYT  training courses
  • 300 Hour certified training courses (Advanced Study and Therapeutically-Oriented)

Yoga and Anatomy

Yoga and Anatomy
Libby Hinsley
Asheville Yoga Center
June 1, 2018
12:00 am - 12:00 am

June 1 - 3, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $50 if you register by April 20, 2018
$250 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after April 20, 2018)

Friday 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday 9:00am – 12:00pm

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…

Friday 6:00-9:00 Structural Anatomy Foundations
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.

Saturday 8:00-12:00 Tadasana is Every Posture
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.

Saturday 1:30-5:30 Nitty Gritty Muscle Anatomy and Low Back Therapy
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.

Sunday 9:00-12:00 Nitty Gritty Muscle Anatomy and Shoulder Therapy
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.

Required Reading (click on book title to purchase): (please bring to class)
The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Vol. I by Ray Long

Recommended Reading (click on book title to purchase):
The Key Poses of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Vol. II by Ray Long
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners by H. David Coulter (any edition)

Move Your DNA by Katie Bowman

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More Info: Anatomy and Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

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200 Hour (200 RYT)
Yoga Teacher Training

Become a Yoga Teacher — Our 200 Hour program is lead by an expert faculty who inspire future yoga instructors and those simply looking to deepen their practice. Gain skills, knowledge and experience to be great yoga teacher.


300 Hour (500 RYT)
Advanced Teacher Training

Begin Anytime – 11 Required Modules (mostly weekends). Our most popular and flexible program: you have several years to pick and choose your courses to most enhance your own teaching style.


Therapeutically Oriented 
Teacher Training

10+ Weekends over 9 months – This course is geared mostly towards working one-on-one in private yoga sessions that contain strong therapeutic elements, with each weekend building upon the next.

300 Hour Advanced Studies Teacher Training Modules