Want to deepen your knowledge of anatomy?

our comprehensive yoga anatomy course will take you there.


Here’s how…

Most yoga teachers are satisfied with the little bit of anatomy they got in their teacher training. But maybe you’re different?

    • Are you always asking why?
    • Do you wonder what lies beneath the surface?
    • Do you want to know what makes student’s bodies work differently from one another?
    • Do you appreciate the complexity of both yoga and the human body?
    • Do you want to be an above average teacher?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you’re in the RIGHT place. The Comprehensive Yoga Anatomy course is for you!
We both know that the better you understand anatomy the more you can help your students.

This course includes:

  • 81 Lessons
  • 40 Activities to Follow
  • 119 Downloadable Videos
  • 415 Minutes of Video
  • 20 Quizzes
  • 36 Months Access
  • 1 Certificate of Completion
  • 50+ Hours Yoga Alliance
"The Comprehensive 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."
ariane pieper
Ariane Pieper
Yoga Instructor

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This course is designed as a comprehensive look at anatomy related to yoga asana. We’ll go from learning anatomical language to applying anatomical concepts to complex yoga poses and we’ll cover everything in between.

Ultimately it is my goal not to just share a bunch of anatomical sound bites, but instead to share a way of observing and thinking critically about what you see.

"David Keil's Comprehensive 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."
Gwyneth Saxton

Online 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
  • 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
  • Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - The Knee
  • Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - The Knee
  • Unit 4 - Quiz on The Knee
  • Module 7 - The Hip
    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
  • Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - The Hip
  • Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - The Hip
  • Unit 4 - Quiz on The Hip
  • Module 8 - Psoas, The Pelvis, and the SI Joint
    This lesson focuses on a final group of muscles that move the hip joint. In this lesson you will learn which muscles make up the iliopsoas, where they attach, and what their functions are. You will also learn to identify the structures that make up the pelvis as well as learn how the structures are connected. In this lesson you will also learn what movements are made possible in the pelvis by the way in which the structural components come together. This lesson will also introduce you to the location and function of the sacroiliac joint (SI joint). You will learn about the types of movement that can happen at the SI joint as well as what causes 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 Spine
    In 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
  • Unit 2 - Reading Assignment - The Spine
  • Unit 3 - Exploration Exercises - The Spine
  • Unit 4 - Quiz on The Spine
  • Module 11 - The Shoulder Girdle
    In 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 Elbow
    In 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

A comprehensive approach to learning anatomy for exceptional yoga teachers

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"As a plastic surgeon, ashtanga teacher, and student I can say that this course is unique and bring a deep understanding of the anatomy for yogis."
"I really liked this course because it is referring to all the fundamental parts of the body and the ones we use the most in yoga. It has really helped me to start teaching and I am really grateful."
Delphine
"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."
ReBeca Drury, BS, MA, ND
Certified Traditional Naturopath

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