Studying & Teaching Anatomy & Physiology (for Yoga Teachers)

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce best practices for approaching the general subjects of anatomy and physiology as they relate to yoga teaching.


Become familiar with priorities and guidelines for studying and utilizing knowledge of anatomy and physiology in teaching.


Define “anatomy,” “physiology” and “biomechanics.” Provide guidelines for effectively utilizing knowledge of anatomy in teaching, and a trick to help you stay conscious of your words. Explain specific ways to help ensure you’re being clear when referencing anatomy-related teachings and how developing your understanding of anatomy can make you a stronger teacher. Be aware of common teaching mistakes and of best practices for sharing anatomy teachings with students.

Questions Answered Here

  1. Define “anatomy,” “physiology” and “biomechanics.”
  2. What guidelines can help you to effectively utilize knowledge of anatomy in yoga teaching?
  3. What trick might  you use to help stay conscious of your words?
  4. What specific things can you do to help ensure you’re being clear when referencing anatomy-related teachings?
  5. Continuing to develop your understanding of anatomy and physiology is quite likely to make you a stronger teacher. How?
  6. What are some potential teaching mistakes when using anatomical language?
  7. Provide five wise tips for effectively sharing anatomy teachings with students.
  8. Give an example of a cue that is actually anatomically impossible. What might you say instead?

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