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Anatomy + Physiology Applied to Yoga: A Three Day Immersion, London


  • 11 Pember Road London, England, NW10 5LN United Kingdom (map)

For yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees or yoga practitioners with at least a one year of consistent practice

£240

Limited to 20 students

In this immersion we will explore in detail the anatomy and physiology of our body applied to practising and teaching yoga. All the areas covered are related directly back to the asana practice. The sessions are interactive and experiential with lots of group work and there is strong focus on using anatomy to make asana practices as inclusive as possible. A detailed manual is included and there will be homework to ensure personal integration.

The immersion is ideal for those with an established practice, who want to learn more about the human body, go deeper in their yoga practice and develop alignment cues that are accurate and inclusive. We will explore anatomy to a depth that is appropriate for teaching yoga.

By the end of the three days you will feel inspired and have the confidence to analyse any yoga asana with a clear understanding of the key actions and alignment principles and how to work with your own unique anatomy and that of your student.

An Introduction to Intelligent Movement Principals: 

  • An introduction to muscle looking at its structure and function and how we can apply the knowledge of stretch reflexes to deepen our practice

  • The structure and function of bone and joints looking at both the importance and limitation of alignment and what limits our movement

  • How a knowledge of fascia can impact our movement on and off the mat

  • The Nocebo Effect and choosing empowering language

  • What causes muscle tightness

  • Flexibility vs mobility

  • Anatomical language and how this can help us to remember the names of some of our muscles

A Detailed Exploration of the Lower Limbs:

  • An exploration of our feet and ankles looking at their structure and function and how we can apply this knowledge on and off the mat

  • Why our knee joints may be vulnerable to injury and how to support them

  • A detailed look at the hip joints focusing on what makes each of us so unique

  • Piriformis Syndrome

A Detailed Exploration of the Upper Limbs:

  • The importance of shoulder joint and girdle mobility and stability in our yoga practice

  • An evidence-based approach to Shoulder Impingement

  • Hyperextension of the elbow joint

  • Why wrist pain is so common in yoga

A Detailed Exploration of the Spine:

  • An exploration of our pelvis and sacro-iliac joints and how to keep this area supported during our asana practice

  • An evidence-based approach to back pain and prolapsed discs

  • The anatomy of our core musculature

  • Increasing thoracic spine mobility

  • Supporting our cervical spine during inversions

  • An evidence-based approach to releasing neck tension

The Science Behind Why Yoga Makes Us Feel So Good:

  • How yoga impacts our nervous system and relieves stress

  • Yoga a breath-led practice

  • Yoga for cardiovascular health

Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February, 11.00am – 5.00pm

This immersion counts towards CPD requirements for Yoga Alliance US members (15 contact hours plus 1 non-contact hour).

"The workshops with Andrew were fantastic. I really got so much from them. My own practice and teaching has become so much more informed." Kylie P

"For anyone practising or teaching yoga who is keen to increase their practical understanding of anatomy within yoga I can't recommend Andrew's training enough. Really accessible, inspiring and enjoyable." Anna T