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Anatomy, Physiology + Biomechanics Applied to Yoga: A Two Day Immersion, Saltaire, Yorkshire


  • Heather Yoga Holding Space Saltaire, Yorkshire, BD18 3HU UK (map)

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

£200 (£180 Early Bird if booked before 19th January 2020)

“The most useful and informative days that I have spend in years!” Jo W, Yoga Teacher

In this two-day immersion we will explore in detail the anatomy and physiology of our incredible human body applied to practising and teaching yoga. Each topic that we delve into will be related directly back to the asana practice. The sessions will be interactive and experiential and will vary between discussion, lecture, small group work, personal reflection and group asana practice. There will be a strong focus on using knowledge of anatomy to make asana practices as inclusive as possible. A detailed manual will be included.

The immersion is ideal for yoga practitioners with an established practice, who want to learn more about the human body, go deeper in their own yoga practice and develop a teaching style that is up to date, empowering and inclusive. We will explore anatomy to a depth that is appropriate for teaching yoga.

By the end of the weekend you will feel inspired and empowered to teach yoga to the best of your ability. You will have the confidence to breakdown any yoga asana with a clear understanding of the key actions and movements and know 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 as a breath-led practice and why breath is so important

  • Yoga for cardiovascular and lymphatic health

This immersion counts towards CPD requirements for Yoga Alliance members (14 contact hours).

Each day will run from 10.00am - 1.30pm + 2.30pm - 6.00pm