Understanding anatomy is a necessity for understanding and teaching yoga

Photo Cred: John O'Nelio/Alex O'Nelio

Photo Cred: John O'Nelio/Alex O'Nelio


In a study published in 2016, Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance found that the number of yoga practitioners increased by 50 percent since 2012 - to over 36 million people in just the United States alone. 

There are currently two people interested in becoming a yoga teacher for every one existing yoga teacher. 

This increase in participants and in newly trained yoga teachers has also seen an increase in yoga injury, unfortunately. A recent study found that more than one in every ten participants experienced musculoskeletal pain - which is comparable to the rate of injuries from all other sports. This is up to 10 times higher than previously thought. To add, yoga can also exacerbate existing injury and pain, with over 20 percent of existing injuries made worse by doing yoga. 

The good news is that we have the power to change these statistics going forward. By educating ourselves, educating current instructors, and educating future instructors we can build the body of knowledge that is required to prevent injury. We also allow ourselves to pass this knowledge onto the students themselves. 

Not only is anatomy knowledge useful, but it is critical to improving the yoga industry. 

Photo Cred: John O'Nelio/Alex O'Nelio

Photo Cred: John O'Nelio/Alex O'Nelio


1. Critical anatomy

Critical Anatomy has two parts - a handbook for both teachers and teacher trainees as well as an in person course. 

Critical Anatomy focuses on teaching you (the teacher) the in depth knowledge of anatomy that is needed to effectively improve your teaching, to allow you to teach anatomy safely in your own teacher trainings, or to teach anatomy to your yoga students. This handbook and course are also more than appropriate for the yoga student who wishes to deepen their own practice.

Please see the associated page on this website for details, 2017 locations, as well as how to order the book and sign up for the course

2. anatomy for your teacher training

Do you (or does your studio) host teacher training? How do you differentiate your training from the others in the area? 

One way is to bring in Lauren as an anatomy expert to teach the required anatomy portion of your 200 hour or 300 hour training. Lauren is a E-RYT 200 as well as a Yoga Alliance certified continuing education provider. She can bring her unique and extensive knowledge as a guest instructor for your training. You will receive the Critical Anatomy manual and your trainees will study from the Critical Anatomy student handbook.

3. anatomy workshops

Your studio can also use yoga anatomy workshops to bring an elevated level of knowledge to not only your teacher trainees, but also your current teachers and student/client base. 

A workshop environment allows both novice students and experienced teachers the time, space, and personal attention to deepen their knowledge of the body, understanding of their practice, and connection of the two.

Yoga anatomy workshop topics include:

- Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology

- Yoga Injury and Injury Prevention

- Practical Application of Anatomy to Yoga

- Intelligent Sequencing and Adjustments

- Applying Yoga to the Runner's Body

Photo Cred: John O'Nelio/Alex O'Nelio

Photo Cred: John O'Nelio/Alex O'Nelio

For pricing, information, or to book a teacher training or yoga anatomy workshop:

**Please Note: While Lauren is based in San Diego, she does travel and teach around the country (and world). 

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