Anatomy for Yoga Teachers – Biomechanics: Pose Examples of Movement Types, Muscle Pairs in Movement, Agonist / Antagonist Relationship

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we define key muscle pairings and explain how this knowledge can inform class planning and teaching.


Acquire knowledge of key agonist/antagonist muscle pairs in major joint movements, and name poses that utilize them.


Name the agonist and antagonist muscles and give an example of a pose that utilizes each of these movements: elbow flexion & extension, shoulder flexion & extension, shoulder abduction & adduction, shoulder medial rotation & lateral rotation, spinal flexion & extension, hip flexion & extension, hip abduction & adduction, hip medial rotation & lateral rotation, knee flexion & extension, ankle dorsiflexion & plantarflexion, wrist flexion & extension. Explain how awareness of these muscle pairings impact students and provide examples of how this knowledge can inform sequencing and class planning.

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