Anatomy for Yoga Teachers – Anatomy of the Spine, Spinal Curves, Spinal Regions & Vertebrae

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce the anatomy of the spine.


Become proficient in the anatomy of the spine including each of the five regions, the spinal curves and the vertebrae.


Name the regions of the spinal column, the number of vertebrae in each region, and how vertebrae are labeled/numbered. Explain where we experience the most movement in the spine, and why. Describe the shape of each spinal curve. Understand the primary and secondary curves and why they are given those names. Describe vertebra and the joints related to vertebrae.

Questions Answered Here

  1. What are some other names for the spine?
  2. What regions make up the spinal column? How many vertebrae are in each region? Which are fused?
  3. How are vertebrae labeled/numbered?
  4. Where do we experience the most movement in the spine, and why?
  5. What is the shape of each curve?
  6. What is the sacrum?
  7. What are the “primary curves” and why are they given that name?
  8. What are the “secondary curves” and why are they given that name?
  9. How can Savasana be used to identify spinal curves?
  10. What are vertebrae?
  11. Describe the general structure of an individual vertebra.
  12. What are intervertebral discs?

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