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Virtual Yoga Anatomy & Kinesiology Course

Seven workshops designed for dedicated students and teachers of Yoga, all levels welcome

Taught by Tish Hegel, BS Kinesiology, E-RYT, ACSM CPT

Spring Program: Feb 10, 24 | Mar 9 & 23 | Apr 6, 20 | May 4 

Fall Program: Aug 24 | Sept 7, 21 | Oct 5, 19 | Nov 2, 16 

Workshops held live, every other Saturday from 1:00-4:30 PM PST. Each class will have 2.5 hours of lecture and 60 minutes of practice. Recordings available throughout the program through June 4th. Links for recordings, with key points from class, will be emailed after each 

RYT's earn 4.5 CEUs per workshop towards the Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Requirements (total of 31.5 CEUs) 


299.00 early bird discount through Feb 1st

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SEVEN WORKSHOPS to help you better understand the anatomy and mechanics of the body with application to Yoga asana (postures). Each workshop will target a specific region of the body and category of asana. The workshop content will build throughout the series, beginning with how to use the thee cardinal planes of motion to analyze movement and Yoga asana.


Throughout the course we will focus on injury prevention during Yoga asana practice, safe and effective modifications, applying the anatomy & kinesiology knowledge to improve verbal cues and understanding movement patterns. Previous study in anatomy is helpful, but not required. Those with no previous studies in anatomy should plan additional study time in between workshops. 

WORKSHOP PREPARATION: Two weeks prior to each workshop you will receive a study packet with a study guide to be completed prior to the workshop. This will greatly enhance your learning, creating a more meaningful experience for you, and maximize our time together in class. Please have the study guide provided in your packet complete before each class. 

TEXT:  Manual of Structural Kinesiology, Twentieth Edition*, by R.T. FloydClem Thompson

*Lots of used copies of this book are available at Better World Books, Thrift BooksAbe Books, and other used books stores for a much lower price than new copies (which can be found on Amazon). If you are unable to find a used copy of the 20th edition of the text contact me here.


All classes meet online. Zoom links are provided upon registration. Recordings will be available 24 hours after class, until June 4. 

Live, online workshops held Saturday's 1:00 - 4:30 PM PST . Each session includes 2.5 hrs discussion & lecture and 60 minutes of asana practice (3.5 CEU's per class)

Study guide and worksheets will be provided for each workshop. (One per study guide, study guides must be turned in to receive non-contact CEUs)



I. Universal Principles to Analyzing Movement & Foundations to the Study and Application of Anatomy

Learn what to look for when observing your own body, or your student's bodies in the asanas and how to deconstruct postures from an anatomical and bio-mechanical perspective. This session is the foundation for the next six workshops, principles introduced here will be used throughout the series. Excellent content for teacher to improve verbal cues and in creating safe, well-balanced and intentional sequences. This one workshop can help you to teach and practice with more clarity and awareness of the body alignment during both static and dynamic practices.


  • Planes of Motion

  • Joints: Types and Range of Motion

  • How Muscles Work & Types of Contractions

  • Reciprocal Inhibition & Preventing Injury in Yoga Asana

  • Analyzing Posture: Tadanasa & Anatomical Position

  • Tips for studying anatomy

Saturday Feb 10, 2024

1-4:30 PM PST

*Those registered before Jan 20th will receive the study guide for Session I on Jan 20. If you register after the 20th a study guide will be emailed within 24 hours of registration. 


II. Anatomy & Motions of the Spine

Improve safety and effectiveness in nearly every asana by increasing your understanding of how the spine moves and the muscles that support it. We will cover each of the three spinal segments in twists, forward bends, back bends and extension postures. Particular attention will be paid to twisting asanas in this workshop. (See workshops #3 & 6 for more in-depth coverage of back bends, and workshop #5 for in-depth coverage of forward bends.)


  • Axial Extension and Yoga asana (postures)

  • Normal ranges of motion of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine

  • Five movements of the spine

  • Stabilizer muscles of the spine

  • Upper Cross Syndrome

  • Lower Cross Syndrome

  • Thoraco-lumbar rhythm and the spine

  • Relationship between the spine and core strength

  • 'Yogic Breathing' and the Spine

  • The spine in meditation

Saturday Feb 24, 2024

1-4:30 PM PST


III. Deep and Superficial Muscles of the Back


Learn how to create sequences that will open the back effectively by targeting individual muscles with specific asanas, or using adaptations within an asana. Particular attention will be paid applying the content introduced in this workshop to back-bending postures, how to do them with great comfort and effectiveness, compensations in back bends and how to correct them


  • Layers of muscles in the back and their functions

  • Strengthening and stretching the superficial & deep muscles of the back in Yoga

  • Protecting the low-back and neck in back bends

  • Breathing in back-bends

  • The spinal discs and vertebrae in back bends

Saturday, Mar 9

1-4:30 PM PST 

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IV. Muscles and Functions of the Core

The core of the body is not just the abdominals, it includes the gluteals, adductors (inner thighs), pelvic floor and back muscles. 


  • Muscles of the abdominal wall and how to target each on in Yoga

  • The pelvic floor and lower abdominal activation

  • Moving with awareness of the center of gravity

  • Bandhas 

  • How posture affects the core activation

  • How the gait is affected when core strength starts to decline. 

Saturday Mar 23

1-4:30 PM PST

HIPS (Part I)

V. Muscles and Movements of the Posterior and Lateral Hip Quadrants

Learn why the gluteal muscles are strong stabilizers of the body and how to harness their strength in Yoga asana practices. Find immediate improvement in nearly every standing asana by understanding these powerful muscles. Particular importance will be paid to forward bending asanas in this workshop.


  • Deep & Superficial Gluteal Muscles

  • 'Deep 6' External Rotators 

  • Hamstrings & effective stretching of 

  • Relationship between the low back pain and the hips

  • Improving Hip opening sequences and balance postures by activating the gluteal muscles.

  • Dormant Glute Syndrome (AKA Dead Butt Syndrome')

  • Piriformis Syndrome

Saturday, April 6

1-4:30 PM PST

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HIPS (Part II)

VI. Muscles and Movements of the Anterior and Medial Hip Quadrants

Increased time sitting in chairs leads to both tightness and weakness in the anterior hip. Learn how to both build critical strength in this region and how to release tightness effectively, without triggering low back or knee pain.  


  • Understanding the lumbar-pelvic rhythm in Yoga asana and how is affects the spine, shoulder and neck

  • Muscles of the anterior and medial hip

  • Signs of a weak anterior hip

  • Stretching the iliopsoas muscles without aggravating the low back

  • Stretching of the inner thigh (adductors)

  • Safe and effective anterior/medial hip opening sequences

  • Compensations in Yoga asana when the anterior hip is weak

  • Relationship between the anterior hip and low back pain

  • Relationship between the big toe, medial hip and pelvic floor

Saturday, Apr 20

1-4:30 PM PST


VII. Shoulders & Neck | Muscles, Movements, Alignment and Injury Prevention in Yoga

With the use of smart phones, devices and computer usage, the request for neck and shoulder focus in classes has increased.  Learn the differences in the anatomy and function of the shoulder girdle and the shoulder joint. Create a sustainable practice by increasing shoulder strength and stability while holding postures with weight bearing in the arms. Reduce neck and upper back pain with effective sequencing, targeting the correct muscles with proper alignment.


  • Muscles of the neck and shoulders

  • Understanding the movements of the shoulder joint and shoulder girdle

  • Importance of the shoulder girdle muscles in protecting the shoulder joint

  • Improving shoulder stability to prevent injury

  • The four muscles of the rotator cuff and how to protect them in Yoga

  • Creating effective neck and shoulder sequences

Saturday, May 4

1-4:30 PM PST

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