Anatomy for Yoga Teachers – The Pelvic Girdle, Pelvis & Hips: Introduction

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce anatomical terminology for the hips and pelvic region.


Become familiar with the foundational anatomy of the pelvic region including naming conventions, the bones and joints, the female pelvis, and the important functions of the pelvis.


Define “pelvis” and give some different names for the pelvic region. Describe physical functions of the pelvis and ways that it’s related to energetic practices in yoga. Name the bones and joints of the pelvis and provide three different ways that hip muscles can be categorized. List categories of hip muscles and the muscles included in each. Explain how the female pelvis is different from the male pelvis.

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