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Comprehensive Yoga Anatomy Course

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Deepen your knowledge of yoga anatomy?
Understand the relationship between postures?
Go beyond just knowing muscles?
Learn principles that can be applied to anyone?
Take your teaching to the next level?

Isn't anatomy complicated?

"The Comprehensive Yoga Anatomy course was absolutely amazing, very accessible and efficient way to do a course online and it made a difficult subject so much more easy and fun to understand."

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Here's how it works...

1. Purchase a copy of Functional Anatomy of Yoga
2. Complete 81 online lessons which include:
3. Receive the following:
119 Downloadable Videos
36 Months Access
50 CE hours with Yoga Alliance
1 Certificate of Completion

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$345 USD

Required Book: Functional Anatomy of Yoga available on Amazon

Help your students

"David Keil's Comprehensive Yoga Anatomy Course was excellent. Together with his book it has deeply increased my knowledge and understanding of human anatomy thereby informing my teaching and helping me to resolve the physical issues my students are dealing with."

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Gwyneth Saxton
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$345 USD

Required Book: Functional Anatomy of Yoga available on Amazon

Your Instructor: David Keil

david keil yoga anatomyWe often interact with anatomy in two key places. The first is relative to injury, either in a preventative way, or after some type of injury has occurred. The second is when we want to do a particular asana, but can’t, and want to know why. In other words, you’re looking for the technique or anatomical restriction that limits your ability to do a pose. This is where the Comprehensive Yoga Anatomy Course comes in.

We often want “the answer” to the problem or the injury. Unfortunately, there is often no single answer or simple solution. This is exactly why knowing your anatomy is critical. When you understand the underlying parts and pieces of anatomy as it relates to yoga, you can find the answer for a specific problem for a specific student. In this way, you are teaching and working with the student as they are in the moment.

This is exactly how I have used the anatomy in my own teaching since 1998. It is my goal to bring simple and understandable explanations of how anatomy and yoga are related so you can apply it to your own teaching.

Complete Comprehensive Yoga Anatomy Course Outline:

Module 1 - Introduction to the Comprehensive Yoga Anatomy Course
Unit 1 - Overview and introduction to the course​

Module 2 - Fundamental Anatomical Concepts
This lesson covers the most fundamental concepts and information to start you on the journey of learning anatomy for yoga.​
Unit 1 - What is Anatomical Position?​
Unit 2 - Basic Directional Terms for Anatomy
Unit 3 - Basic Movements from Anatomical Position​
Unit 4 - Basic Movements in Yoga Asana
Unit 5 - Quiz on Fundamental Anatomical Concepts in Yoga​

Module 3 - Connective Tissue & Muscular System
This lesson will help you understand how a broad array of components can affect movement in the body. You will learn how connective tissue forms the basis for most tissues in the body. You will also learn the structure and function of several particular types of connective tissue: ligaments, tendons, and fascia. Additionally, this lesson will help you understand how these tissues work to either allow or restrict movement. You will also learn the components of a muscle and how they come together to create a functional muscle.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to Connective Tissue and The Muscular System
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - The Muscular System
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - The Muscular System
Unit 4 - Quiz on The Muscular System

Module 4 - The Nervous & Skeletal Systems
This lesson will introduce you to basic neuromuscular principles including the ‘Principle of Opposing Muscles’ and the technique of ‘Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation’. You will also learn the basic structures that make up the nervous system and skeletal system and allow them to function. You will gain an understanding of the structure, composition, and function of bones and joints. In this lesson we will also explore the concept of tensegrity and how it can be used as a model for the interconnectedness of body systems.
Unit 1 - Introduction to The Nervous and Skeletal Systems​
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - The Nervous and Skeletal Systems​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - The Nervous and Skeletal Systems​
Unit 4 - Quiz on The Nervous and Skeletal Systems​

Module 5 - The Foot and Ankle
In this lesson, you will learn the basic structural anatomy and movements of the foot and ankle. An understanding of how the structures are put together will help you understand how they allow for or prevent the functions of the foot and ankle. This lesson will help you understand why the foot is the foundation for overall posture. You will also learn in this lesson how the components of the foot and ankle, like the arches of the foot, can contribute to the energetic qualities we see in overall movement.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to The Foot and Ankle​
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - The Foot and Ankle​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - The Foot and Ankle​
Unit 4 - Quiz on The Foot and Ankle​

Module 6 - The Knee Joint
This lesson will introduce you to the way the anatomical components of the knee come together to create its function. In this lesson you will learn the three bones that come together to create the knee joint. Additionally, you will learn how the structure of the patella (one of the knee bones) helps to makes the function of the knee possible. You will be introduced to the four main ligaments in the knee, their locations, and their functions. Similarly, you will learn about the structure and location of the meniscus and how it contributes to overall function at the knee joint. This lesson will also help you become familiar with the movements that are possible at the knee joint. In this lesson you will become familiar with the muscles that surround the knee joint (the quadriceps, hamstrings, iliotibial band, and gastrocnemius). You will be introduced to the location and functions of each of these muscles, which together, allow movement to happen at the knee joint.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to The Knee​ and Structures
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - The Knee​​ and Structures
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - The Knee​​ and Structures
Unit 4 - Quiz on The Knee​ and Structures

Module 7 - The Hip Joint
This lesson will explain the basic structure and function of the hip joint. Specifically, we will explore the muscles of the quadriceps group, muscles of the hamstrings group, the adductors, the gluteal muscles, and the deep six lateral rotators. You will learn the names, locations, and functions of each of these important components of the hip joint. You will also learn how these key muscle groups at the hip joint impact the possible movement at this joint.
Unit 1 - Introduction to The Hip Joint and Muscles
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - The Hip​ and Muscles
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - The Hip​ Joint and Muscles
Unit 4 - Quiz on The Hip​ Joint and Muscles

Module 8 - Psoas, The Pelvis, and the SI Joint
This lesson will explain the basic structure and function of the hip joint. Specifically, we will explore the muscles of the quadriceps group, muscles of the hamstrings group, the adductors, the gluteal muscles, and the deep six lateral rotators. You will learn the names, locations, and functions of each of these important components of the hip joint. You will also learn how these key muscle groups at the hip joint impact the possible movement at this joint.
Unit 1 - Introduction to The Psoas, Pelvis, and The SI Joint​
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - The Psoas, Pelvis, and The SI Joint​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - The Psoas, Pelvis, and The SI Joint​
Unit 4 - Quiz on The Psoas, Pelvis, and The SI Joint​

Module 9 - Anatomy of Energetics: Breath & Bandha
This lesson we’ll explore the links between breath and bandha. You will learn which anatomical structures represent the physical aspects of mula and uddiyana bandha and how you might begin to actively look for bandha in asana practice. Additionally, this lesson will explore the purposes of bandha in asana practice. Finally, this lesson will examine methods of breathing and how the breath can be influenced by the activation of mula and uddiyana bandha.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to Breath and Bandha​
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - Breath and Bandha​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - Breath and Bandha​
Unit 4 - Quiz on Breath and Bandha​

Module 10 - The SpineIn this lesson, you will be introduced to the structural components of the spine. You will learn how these components are connected in a way that allows for all the movements of the spine. You will also learn about the differences in structure and corresponding function in each of the three main areas of the spine. This lesson will explore the muscles that surround and move the spine. You will learn the location and function of the muscles of the spine. Additionally, this lesson will introduce you to the vertebral discs.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to The Spine​​ and Structures
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - The Spine​ and Structures​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - The Spine​​ and Structures
Unit 4 - Quiz on The Spine​ and its components

Module 11 - The Shoulder GirdleIn this lesson you will also learn about the structural components of the shoulder girdle and how they come together to allow the movements of the shoulder. You will be introduced to the main muscles of the shoulder girdle which move the humerus, the scapula, and the clavicle. You’ll learn where each of these muscles is located and what movements they are responsible for or assist with.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to The Shoulder Girdle​
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - The Shoulder Girdle​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - The Shoulder Girdle​
Unit 4 - Quiz on The Shoulder Girdle​

Module 12- The Hand, Wrist, and ElbowIn this lesson we will explore the kinetic chain of the upper body extremities: the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. You will be introduced to the structural components of these parts of the body and the movements that they can initiate. This lesson will also cover some of the differences in movement types between the kinetic chain of the upper and lower body.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to The Hand, Wrist, and Elbow​
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - The Hand, Wrist, and Elbow​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - The Hand, Wrist, and Elbow​
Unit 4 - Quiz on The Hand, Wrist, and Elbow​

Module 13- Anatomy of Forward Bending and Variations
In this lesson you will learn the anatomy of forward bending. You will begin to apply your knowledge of functional anatomy to understanding what prevents and allows depth of movement in forward bending. This lesson will explore how the anatomy of forward bending changes depending on the particular type of forward bending pose.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to Forward Bending​
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - Forward Bending​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - Forward Bending​
Unit 4 - Quiz on Forward Bending​

Module 14 - Common Patterns in Forward Bending
This lesson will explore some of the common patterns that show up when there is some kind of restriction that prevents moving fully into a forward bend. In this lesson, you will learn where in the functional anatomy these restrictions likely arise from as well as how to work with them. We'll explore techniques to help students open those tissues and evolve their pose.
Unit 1 - Introduction to Patterns in Forward Bending​
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - Patterns in Forward Bending​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - Patterns in Forward Bending​
Unit 4 - Quiz on Patterns in Forward Bending​

Module 15 - Anatomy of External Hip Rotation
In this lesson you will begin to explore poses that rely on external rotation at the hip joint. You will learn how differences in the anatomy of standing versus sitting impact the available range of motion externally at the hip joint. Additionally, the lesson will discuss differences in observed range of motion when both hips are externally rotated compared to working through one side at a time.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to External Hip Rotation​
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - External Hip Rotation​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - External Hip Rotation​
Unit 4 - Quiz on External Hip Rotation​

Module 16 - External Rotation in Lotus & Leg Behind Head
In this lesson you will learn about common patterns in two categories of poses: half-lotus/lotus and leg-behind- head poses. Common patterns of tension that restrict range of motion in these poses will be described as well as suggestions for working through these tensions to evolve the poses in the long term.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to Lotus and Leg Behind Head​
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - Lotus and Leg Behind Head​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - Lotus and Leg Behind Head​
Unit 4 - Quiz on Lotus and Leg Behind Head​

Module 17 - Anatomy of Twisting
In this lesson you learn about the basic anatomical components that allow for twisting in the body. This lesson will explore how both pelvic movement and spinal movement contribute to depth of movement in twisting poses. A method of helping students evolve the revolved side angle pose is then discussed.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to Anatomy of Twisting​
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - Anatomy of Twisting​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - Anatomy of Twisting​
Unit 4 - Quiz on Anatomy of Twisting​

Module 18 - Variations on Seated Twists
In this lesson we’ll further explore the movement of twisting in the body. This lesson will explore how binding impacts the depth and stability of seated twisting postures. Additionally, this lesson will cover methods of assisting students whose body proportions make twisting postures challenging.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to Variations on Seated Twists​
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - Variations on Seated Twists​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - Variations on Seated Twists​
Unit 4 - Quiz on Variations on Seated Twists​

Module 19 - Anatomy of Arm Balancing
In this lesson you will learn the foundational patterns for developing steady arm balances. Specifically, we’ll explore working with bakasana and titthibasana. In this lesson we'll also cover how we can use the general arm balancing pattern to evolve jump back and jump through.
Unit 1 - Introduction to Anatomy of Arm Balancing​
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - Anatomy of Arm Balancing​
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - Anatomy of Arm Balancing​
Unit 4 - Quiz on Anatomy of Arm Balancing​

Module 20 - Taking Arm Balancing Upside Down
In this lesson you will learn about some additional steps for building a solid arm balancing pattern once we take arm balancing upside down. In addition to learning about the techniques of moving in and out of handstand, this lesson will provide some methods for developing strength in the tissues needed to support the body when you begin to apply the handstanding technique.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to Arm Balancing Upside Down
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - Arm Balancing Upside Down
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - Arm Balancing Upside Down
Unit 4 - Quiz on Arm Balancing Upside Down

Module 21 - Anatomy of Backbending and Patterns in Upward Facing Dog
In this lesson you will learn how to set the foundation for working deeply in backbends over the long-term. This lesson will explore how the body works in prone backbending positions where the limbs are not used to assist the range of motion. Additionally, this lesson will help you examine common patterns in upward dog that often influence other backbending postures. Common patterns of restriction and tension will be explained and then you will learn some potential methods for working intelligently with these patterns to set a good foundation for developing additional backbending poses. In this lesson we will also apply the basic principles of backbending to urdhva dhanurasana (wheel pose). You will learn about the anatomical patterns that allow movement into urdhva dhanurasana as well as common restrictions for this movement. This lesson will explore ways to work with these common restrictions in a way that allows students to evolve urdhva dhanurasana into a deeper pose over the long-term.​
Unit 1 - Introduction to Backbending and Patterns in Upward Facing Dog
Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - Backbending and Patterns in Upward Facing Dog
Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - Backbending and Patterns in Upward Facing Dog
Unit 4 - Quiz on Backbending and Patterns in Upward Facing Dog

Invest in yourself and your students!

$345 USD

Required Book: Functional Anatomy of Yoga available on Amazon

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"The Comprehensive Yoga Anatomy course launched my “nuts and bolts” understanding of anatomy from the yoga tool box, to the actual use and building of a yoga posture, a practice, and to an applicable understanding."​

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