A solid understanding of functional anatomy, biomechanics and how the body moves in asana is integral in keeping yourself and your students safe in the practice.
This section of the course will take you on an exciting journey deep into the magical workings of your own body via the Annamaya Kosha (physical sheath). We will focus primarily on the Human Movement System and will learn about key muscles and joints. We will explore what “alignment” means and learn about common postural misalignments and how they affect movement.
You will come to understand the importance of sequencing grounded in functional anatomy and learn the art of giving precise, clear and concise instruction to ensure optimal alignment and healthy movement patterns so that students are safe, appropriately challenged and empowered.
We will learn the benefits and contraindications for poses so that you can offer props, variations and regressions as needed.
We will look at how the various aspects of the practice (asana, pranayama and meditation) affect your organs and systems and you will be introduced into the energy system of nadis and the chakras.
You will become familiar with the “language of anatomy” which will assist you in ongoing studies and research. You will learn how to weave anatomical words and instructions into your teaching vocabulary in a fun and interesting way.
Drawing on this knowledge teachers can create sequences that are appropriately challenging, empowering and transformational
These hours will lay a solid foundation for the 300hr YTT Anatomy Training which entails a deeper study of functional anatomy, human movement impairment syndromes, sequencing for correcting postural and movement impairments, and sequencing for specific groups.