a good foundation in anatomy is essential for yoga teachers.
We're passionate about this at mm…Yoga! and we've teamed up with Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews, authors of the internationally bestselling book, Yoga Anatomy, to bring you an amazing, amazing, 30+ hour training in anatomy as a foundational part of your yoga teacher training.
You can only do this anatomy course if you are enrolled in our FULL teacher training.
There is no other way to get this education.
Using what they've learned in their combined 50-years of experience training yoga teachers, they've created a unique online + in-person course: YogaAnatomy.net Fundamentals.
This is not your average anatomy training.
Don't expect hours of "which bone is which" that make you feel like you're back in high school science classes...
Leslie & Amy spend time on the things that matter most to a yoga teacher and skip the memorization.
They'll help you establish a broad base of knowledge by sharing examples, analogies, stories, and guiding you through physical experiments that make the material helpful and applicable to teaching yoga to students.
Leslie & Amy will also share their own favorite teaching strategies like...
- How to make poses accessible for any student
- What to do when students have an injury and still want to practice
- Simple cues that help every student find success on the mat
Leslie and Amy's unique blend of humor and expertise make them the absolute best team to guide you through this phase of your journey.
How does it work?
You'll join Amy & Leslie at home via your computer for 20-hours of guided lesson content, reflection, personal exploration, and teaching preparation.
They'll lead you through movement experiments that will help you apply anatomy ideas to your own practice, and give you tools you'll be able to access as a teacher. You'll have time to soak up the material and try it out it in your own asana practice.
This means that each time we come together as a group, you'll already have a strong foundation in that unit's content and we'll be able to dive even deeper into the material, rather than spend valuable group time on basic concepts and memorization.
Our group time will be spent in hands-on application.
We'll break into discussion groups, share movement exercises, and observe exactly how this information interweaves with our tradition.
By the time we're finished, you'll have a broad understanding of the anatomical concepts that are most important to a yoga teacher so you can begin teaching with confidence.
Want a closer look at the curriculum? Here's a preview:
- Unit 1 - Building Blocks: Sthira & Sukha / Connective Tissue / Bones / Muscles
- Unit 2 - Breath: Prana & Apana / Diaphragm / Ujjayi / Bhandas
- Unit 3 - Muscle Physiology: Strength / Flexibility / Movement / Joints
- Unit 4 - The Spine: Curves / Disks / Backpain
- Unit 5 - The Lower Limbs: Foot / Knee / Hips / Pelvis / Walking / Alignment in Standing Postures
- Unit 6 - The Upper Limbs: Hands & Wrists / Forearm / Elbow / Shoulder / Alignment in Inversions
Application Units: Anatomy in Asana
- Unit 7 - Anatomy in Asana and Asana Philosophy: Introduction to working with Asana / "Benefits" of a Pose / Asana Analysis / Begin Standing Poses
- Unit 8 - Anatomy in Asana and Pain & Sensation: A Body-Mind Perspective on how to work with pain / Complete Standing Postures / Begin Seated Postures
- Unit 9 - Anatomy in Asana and Vinyasa: Breath + Movement / Continue Seated Postures / Move to other Floor Postures
- Unit 10 - Anatomy in Asana and Arm Supports: Arm Support Poses / Final Words of Advice for a budding teacher from Amy & Leslie
Included, you'll have access to the YogaAnatomy.net Asana Library (a collection of 20 poses, each examined in 3 ways):
- Breath-Centered Approach: with Leslie
- Joint & Muscle Actions: with Amy
- Pose-Specific Workshops: each workshop is different, and includes themes like examining how different traditions might approach each pose; talking students through strategies for different body types, etc.
You'll be able to take the concepts we explore here and apply them to any pose in any tradition.
Want even more? there's bonus reference materialtoo:
- Video Glossaries: here is where you'll find specific names of bones and muscles and learn about common anatomical terms you might hear in teaching / training / therapeutic contexts
- Additional Discussions / Workshops: these come from the live taping that were too valuable not to include, but didn't fit into the body of the curriculum.