I teach how your body works.

And how it can move and feel better!

Anatomy Trainings

I teach anatomy, physiology for yoga and movement teachers around the world...

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Private Sessions

Private sessions can include yoga or Feldenkrais Functional Integration...

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Blog Posts

Read about yoga, anatomy, physiology and the science of moving better...

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Upcoming workshops

 Teacher's enhancement: Anatomy of breathing

Kaia Yoga, Westport, CT

Monday, October 23, 2-5pm

Yoga physiology course

Tokyo Yoga, Tokyo, Japan

March 9-12, 2018

Yoga anatomy: Advanced teacher training

Sacred Sounds Yoga, New York, NY

Aug 11, 2018 Anatomy of the foot, knee & hip

Sept 15, 2018 Anatomy of the spine and trunk

Sept 16, 2018 Anatomy of the shoulder, elbow & wrist

Sept 29, 2018 Anatomical adjustments

Sept 30, 2018 Physiology of yoga and injury management

Recent blog posts

Pull ups and yoga: An important movement most yogis miss out on

Pull ups and yoga: Are you missing out? If you only practice yoga, you’re probably missing out on an important type of movement that can help you find more balanced strength and stability in your shoulders—upper body pulling exercises. While yoga helps develop upper body pressing strength--with

How does stretching make you more flexible?

How does stretching make you more flexible? Intuitively, it seems that it must have something to do with your muscles—that they must lengthen or that the tissue must become more pliable over time. Yet, as we’ve seen, the evidence doesn’t bear that out. Stretching makes muscle tissue more pliab

Do yoga inversions help drain lymph?

Do yoga inversions help drain lymph? Basically, yes. In the same way that inversions, such as headstand and shoulder stand, help return blood to your heart, turning upside down can assist lymph drainage from your legs. However, it isn’t necessary to invert to keep lymph moving. Your body has other

Do yoga inversions reverse the flow of blood?

Do yoga inversions reverse the flow of blood? Although yoga teachers sometimes say this, the answer is no. The blood in your body only flows in one direction. From your heart’s left ventricle, it’s pumped through a network of arteries to the capillary beds that surround the cells of your body.

The glutes and hip pain in yoga

“Don’t contract your glutes.” I’ve heard this instruction many times from yoga teachers, especially during backbending poses, but it’s always puzzled me. The gluteus maximus – the large muscle of your buttocks -- is the prime mover in actions that require hip extension against gravity, s

Celestial cycles, health and yoga (wow!)

Today is the new year, although personally I think of the winter solstice as the real start of the year. From that point until the summer solstice, the days get longer and the nights shorter (at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere). That’s probably only the most trivial way in which w

What happens when you stretch a muscle? (Part 2)

In the previous post in this series, I described how stretching temporarily affects muscle tissue. This segment begins a discussion of long-term changes in flexibility. Ultimately, lasting gains in flexibility have more to do with your nervous system than with your muscles. More on that in the ne

What happens when you stretch a muscle? (part 1)

  “What happens when a muscle stretches?” This frequently asked question -- a perennial query during anatomy trainings -- deserves a few blog posts, especially as the mechanism is often misunderstood. Stretching targets muscles in two ways. First, it directly affects muscle and connectiv