Teaching anatomy to yoga teachers can be fun, simple, and thorough! The trick is to not overwhelm with memorization while introducing relevant biomechanical principles. Rather than just learning that tendons connect muscles to bones, understanding what tendons are made of, how they adapt, and their role in force transmission helps guide a yoga teacher to deeper understanding of anatomy. Anatomy, after all, is a lifelong study! A program for yoga teachers should provide the essentials while setting them up for future study.
This mini course is geared toward two types of yoga teachers. First, those who teach anatomy programs or run their own yoga schools. Second, current yoga teachers who know they don’t teach with an anatomical focus and just want a clear and useful reintroduction to the essentials. These two groups will work together to explore creative yoga pose modifications, clever use of props, and instruction that accurately reflects the intent of the pose. Session One is lecture and Session Two is on the mat; you’ll put the course content into action right away.
Includes an anatomy handout and a copy of the slide deck.
November 13-14, 2021
Saturday - Sunday
10am - 2pm Pacific Time
Course is online in a livestream format with breakout rooms. Real time participation is expected and appreciated. Recordings will be available for viewing for 14 days after the completion of the course.
Topics to be covered:
Language of Anatomy
Regions of the Body
Planes of Movement
Bones, Joints, Muscles, Connective Tissue
Kinetics and Kinematics
Tissue Structure and Composition
Muscle Contraction Types
Adaptation and Capacity