Ashtanga Yoga Anatomy Workshop

The Ashtanga Yoga Anatomy Workshop explores key areas of anatomy that are essential to cultivating a safe and transformative practice.

Topics Covered:

Learn key anatomical principles
Anatomy of bandhas
Anatomical relationships between asana
Anatomy of lift-up – jump back
Anatomy of the knee
Techniques of backbending

In the Ashtanga Yoga Anatomy Workshop, we will work with and talk about those pieces of anatomy that feed doing practice correctly. What “correctly” is can certainly be debated. What would Guruji mean by correctly? I think he would mean effort and attention on the core elements of the practice: breath, bandha, and dristhi (tristana), while practicing asana.

There are anatomical components that support breath, bandha and even dristi. Without these elements, how can one truly develop in the practice? Understanding these components anatomically will give our mind a new way to envision them. The more depth of understanding we have of the core elements of the practice, the more we can trust the practice in the moment.

In addition, we can use physical technique, supported by anatomical understanding, to help get us to a more comfortable place in the asana. This allows for better breath and bandha. In the Ashtanga Yoga Anatomy Workshop, we will pick apart some of the more difficult aspects of the practice from an anatomical perspective, including, but not limited to, backbending, lotus, and jump backs.