This course will provide an introduction to the basic anatomical and physiological principles essential for yoga training and teaching. A cadaver dissection will further deepen our understanding of the harmonious way the body functions anatomically. We will also explore the body’s “energetic” anatomy from a yoga perspective and how the subtle body helps us better understand physical alignment in all areas of our lives. Topics covered will include the basics of:
Myology: the muscular system, which consists of skeletal muscles that move or position parts of the body (e.g., the bones that articulate at joints), and smooth and cardiac muscle that propel, expel, or control the flow of fluids in the body
Osteology: study of the structure of bones and skeletal system, including the spinal column from both a structural and energetic perspective
Other body systems: including: organic, nervous, and endocrine systems. The diaphragms and respiration will also be discussed as preparation for pranayama practice and instruction.
Energetic Anatomy principles: koshas, chakras, nadis, etc.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
To provide students with an understanding of anatomy and physiology within the context of yoga practice. To see the body as a living and evolving system and to view the yoga poses and practice from this perspective. To make adjustments in poses from this internal perspective. To encourage each student to explore their personal experience of these systems by focusing on an area where they have been injured or experienced difficulty in their own body.
REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED READING
Naada Yoga Anatomy and Physiology 101 Manual, Judith Hanson Lasater: Yoga Body, “Yoga Anatomy” by Leslie Kaminoff.
Basic understanding of yoga asana and a consistent yoga practice of at least one consecutive year. Attending regular classes at Naada Yoga and/or another institution. Attending the full-day dissection lab training. Reading all required assignments. Keeping a practice journal and in-class notes, and discussing practice-related questions.