Anatomy for Yoga Teachers – Core Form & Function

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce fundamental core anatomy.


Gain an understanding of the foundational anatomy of the core, including the function of the individual muscles and the core as a whole.


Define the anatomy of the core. Provide an example of an asana that works each of the following: the rectus abdominis, the obliques and the TA. Explain the function of the erector spinae and the multifidus muscles. Explain the functions of the core as a whole. Describe a way for students to experience the feeling of the abdominal muscles as stabilizers.

Questions Answered Here

  1. What makes up the core?
  2. What are the superficial / outermost abdominal muscles?
  3. What does the rectus abdominis do? What is an example of an asana that works it?
  4. What do the obliques do? What is an example of an asana that work them?
  5. What does the TA do? What is an example of an asana that works it?
  6. Where are the erector spinae muscles? What do they do?
  7. What are multifidus muscles? What do they do?
  8. Describe four functions of the core.
  9. What simple exercise can give students the experience of feeling the abdominal muscles in their role as stabilizers?

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