Workshops

Yoga Anatomy Intensive Course

Kusagae Yoga, Fukuoka, Japan

November 15-17, 2019, 12:30-5:30 pm

November 15: The nervous system in yoga

The nervous system in yogaUnderstanding the nervous system is vital for understanding how yoga works. In this workshop, we will cover the basics of how the nervous system relates to yoga, including:

Understanding the nervous system is vital for understanding how yoga works. In this workshop, we will cover the basics of how the nervous system relates to yoga, including:

  • How the nervous system controls movement
  • Proprioception and balance
  • How the nervous system affects flexibility
  • How yoga affects the autonomic nervous system 

November 16: Anatomy of breathing and pranayama

Breathing and pranayama techniques are fundamental to yoga practice, but are often not understood well. In this workshop you will learn about:

  • The anatomy and function of the lungs, diaphragm and ribcage
  • How the abdominal wall and pelvic floor affect breathing
  • How various pranayama techniques work with the respiratory system
  • How pranayama practices affect the nervous system

November 17: Fundamental movement patterns

In this workshop, we will explore fundamental movement patterns such as flexion, extension, rolling, crawling, sitting and standing. These movements are important for our development as infants and children, but many adults struggle with them.

The workshop will focus on exploring these patterns in movement, drawing on sequences from the Feldenkrais method to help you learn how to move with more ease and simplicity.

This workshop will be helpful for both yoga teachers and practitioners


20 Hour Yoga Physiology Course

Tokyo Yoga, Shibuya

Friday-November November 22-25, 2019, 12:30-5:30 pm

Classes Will Include Lecture, Discussion And Some Asana And Pranayama Practice. 

Day 1. Nov 22: Introduction. Physiology of bone and connective tissue

Basic concepts of physiology, including homeostasis and stress, and how they relate to yoga.

Day 2. Nov 23: Physiology Of Muscle 

How muscles work and how to apply that information to yoga asana. 

Day 3. Nov 24: Physiology of breathing and circulation

Respiratory physiology and the circulatory system as it relates to yoga. You will learn how yoga asanas and pranayama practices affect breathing and the circulatory and lymphatic systems and how to practice to promote healthy circulation. 

Day 4. Nov 25: Physiology of the nervous and endocrine systems 

In this section, we will explore the body’s control systems, and how yoga affects them. You will also know how yoga influences hormones in the body, and how yoga practice can help keep you healthy.


Advanced Anatomy Training for Yoga Teachers

Kaia Yoga, Westport, CT

January 4-5

This training will help deepen your understanding of anatomy and how the body works in asana practice. We’ll cover the major joints and muscles of the body and use that knowledge to explore the biomechanics of common asanas. You’ll learn to see and feel anatomical variations between students and how to make individual modifications to help your students get the most out of their practice.


Dancer's pose (natarajasana) anatomy

Functional Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga

Now Yoga NY, New York, NY

Mondays and Tuesdays, January 6-March 10, 2020, 2-5 pm

Explore anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology for yoga in depth. This 60-hour course will cover:

  • Skeletal and muscular anatomy
  • Anatomy and biomechanics of major joints
  • Seeing and understanding anatomy in asana
  • How connective tissues and muscles work
  • Physiology of yoga
  • Respiratory and circulatory systems in asana
  • How the nervous system controls movement and how it’s affected by yoga practice

This course is designed for for yoga teachers as well as other movement teachers who want a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology. Yoga practitioners interested in deepening their practice are also welcome to attend. 

Yoga teachers are eligible for 60 hours of continuing education, or may choose to apply these hours toward Now Yoga’s 300 hour certification program.