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Anatomy 101: Making Muscles Meaningful


Muscles and their attachments to our skeletons forge an astounding array of breathtaking asana. However, yoga practitioners are vulnerable to injuring muscle and tendon as we play at these potent edges of our capacity, sometimes even in simple postures. Yoga…

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Yoga teachers are among the most gifted modern educators of the body. We are considered by yoga students to be leaders in health and wellness. Yet in group and private sessions, we are often asked to address complex real-life physical challenges for which teacher trainings have not necessarily prepared us.

Even for yoga practitioners who do not teach, an understanding of anatomy can open up all kinds of new possibilities in your practice!

Why Is Basic Anatomy Education So Important For Teachers (& Yoga Practitioners)?

  • It gives you a better understanding of anatomical principles behind each asana.
  • It will give clarity and accuracy to your verbal cues for teachers.
  • It will improve your capacity to understand your own and your students’ current limitations and potential.
  • It will prepare you for deeper studies in therapeutics and biomechanics, prevention of injury, healing yourself and others!
  • It gives you and your teaching more credibility, expertise and professionalism.

This course is designed to root your teaching and yoga practice in the solid ground of anatomic understanding. Foundational anatomy can feel abstract or tedious, but when applied to something you love, like yoga asana, it transforms into enriching fuel for your teaching and practice.

This course helps you to overcome barriers to grasping anatomy in a way that involves your passion, your senses and invites kinesthetic experience.


What’s in this eCourse?

Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT 500 takes you through a step by step orientation to the vocabulary for proficiency in basic anatomic medical terminology with specific application to asana. You will build confidence and harness the common language of doctors and other healers. The course includes diagrams, anatomical images, a Terms Glossary with definitions of basic terminology with practical examples, three paced knowledge assessments to solidify your understanding and credit you as completing the course, and a real life model (Jack Cuneo) to demonstrate anatomical movement in asana.


In this eCourse, you will learn:

  • Anatomic position, the universal basis for describing the human body
  • Orientation terminology: language to clarify locations each body part in asana
  • Planes of movement: spatial understanding during transitions or static poses
  • Movement terminology: describing precise placement pose to pose
  • Hyper- and hypomobility, and how to see and address the spectrum in your teaching
  • Ways to translate and cue asana anatomically without intimidating students or talking in a “different language”
  • Valuable knowledge to support your own asana practice.

… all while referencing asana to keep the content alive for you!


How does it work?

The course content is delivered via online streaming video and organized in 5 Modules with 10 lesson videos total, plus a full downloadable glossary of terms. The course also has a knowledge assessment at the end to help gauge your learning and to credit you as having completed the course. A discussion feature on the first page of the course under the video is included so you can interact with Ariele and other 90 Monkeys yoga teachers about your insights and questions. The total running time is just under 1 hour.



This course is designed specifically for all yoga teachers wishing to gain more credibility and expertise in their field and inspire their students through a more thorough understanding of the human body, and how it lines up. It is also great for dedicated yoga practitioners wishing to deepen their practice through a greater grasp of human movement and asana.

This eCourse meets Yoga Alliance’s non-contact hours requirements for continuing education.


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