Understanding anatomy is a necessity for understanding yoga
Critical anatomy - An anatomy intensive
In a world that is increasingly populated by yoga studios, with each studio hosting and producing teacher trainings throughout the year, how does your studio stand above the rest?
Creating a strong yoga anatomy program as an integral part of your curriculum will not only elevate your program, but will ensure your studio produces the best teachers in your area.
Lauren is available to guest lecture and instruct the anatomy portion of your 200, 300, or 500 hour teacher training.
She also has created and hosts Critical Anatomy - An Anatomy Intensive for Yoga Instructors. This 2 day anatomy course will prepare you (or your yoga teachers) to teach the anatomy portions of your teacher training, provide them with a certificate of completion, and (pending approval) be available for Yoga Alliance continuing education credits.
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
For pricing or to book a teacher training or yoga anatomy workshop:
While Lauren is based in San Diego, she does travel and teach around the country (and world).
Anatomy Blog Posts
What I've learned about life, and yoga teacher training.
"Tuck your tailbone." Ah, the most dreaded of all verbal cues. By now, most educated yoga instructors can agree that this cue is lazy, at best, and needs to go. But what can we use in it's place? Below are 5 verbal cues to add to your repertoire.
As both instructors and students, we hear the phrase "hip opener" thrown around quite frequently in yoga classes. But what exactly are we doing when we state that we are opening the hips?
Heart openers are a large part of a well rounded yoga practice. They offer many benefits, both physical and beyond. But opening the heart space is much more than stretching the chest.
The hip flexors are a large muscle group on the anterior (front) portion of the hip joint. Quite frequently, due to the increased amount of sitting in our modern culture, this muscle group lacks length and flexibility. Contrary to much popular belief, it is a tightness of the hip flexors that contributes greatly to low back pain (not hamstring tightness). But stretching the hip flexors isn't as easy as it sounds.
Forward folds are one of the staple groups of yoga asanas. Whether standing or seated, forward folds can create length in the spine, combat the compression of gravity, and promote inward reflection and introspection.
The benefits of twists during a yoga practice are many: improving mobility in the spine, bringing blood flow to the digestive organs, stimulating the digestive system, detoxifying the body, strengthening the abdominals, and relieving anxiety - just to name a few.
When chaturanga is properly performed, the transition to upward facing dog is seamless. From the low pushup position the transition is simply straightening the arms, sending the chest through the arms, rolling over the feet to the toenail side, and pressing down through the toenails to lift the thighs off of the mat.
This post is going to focus on the chaturanga (high plank to low pushup) specifically. The chaturanga is one of the poses that most commonly leads to shoulder discomfort, pain, or injury.