The key to standing out as a studio or an instructor is to have and provide the best knowledge of yoga and the human body - and how they work together.
Critical Anatomy - An Anatomy Intensive is a certification program geared towards yoga studio owners, teacher training leads, and yoga instructors.
This 2 day course will provide you with the anatomy for yoga knowledge of a Doctor of Physical Therapy with 8+ years of practice who has been in the yoga industry for over 13 years.
The accompanying handbook and student workbook can be purchased separately on Amazon. The link will be available soon. These books are provided free of charge to you if you take the course.
You will learn the necessary functional anatomy to properly educate yoga teachers. This includes, but is not limited to:
- The musculoskeletal system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, and endocrine system.
- The most common injuries seen in yoga classes (both pre-existing and due to yoga) and how to address them.
- How to teach alignment and sequencing from an anatomical perspective.
Upon completion of the course you will receive a certificate of completion, a bound Critical Anatomy textbook and a student workbook that you can distribute to your teacher training students.
This course is eligible for 14 contact continuing education hours from Yoga Alliance.
**Please note that you do not have to be a certified yoga teacher to take this course. It is excellent for associated disciplines (such as pilates) as well as for students looking to deepen their yoga knowledge.
Date: October 28th and 29th, 10AM - 5PM.
Location: The Physical Therapy Effect, Little Italy, San Diego, California.
- Full Price - $595
- Early Bird Price (sign up before October 1) - $545.
- Early Early Bird Price (sign up before August 1) - $495.
- The Earliest of Birds Price (sign up before June 1) - $445.
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.