Anatomy for Yoga Teachers – The Spine & Back: Introduction

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Questions Answered Here

  1. What are some other names for the spine?
  2. What regions make up the spinal column?
  3. How many vertebrae are in each region? Which are fused?
  4. How are vertebrae labeled/numbered?
  5. Where do we experience the most movement in the spine, and why?
  6. What is the shape of each spinal curve?
  7. What is the sacrum?
  8. What are the “primary curves” and why are they given that name?
  9. What are the “secondary curves” and why are they given that name?
  10. How can a student use Savasana to identify her spinal curves?
  11. Describe two ways that back muscles may be categorized.
  12. What are the superficial back muscles? What do they do?
  13. What are the intermediate back muscles? What do they do?
  14. What are the deep back muscles? What do they do?
  15. Name four parts of an individual vertebra.
  16. What is the name given to the cartilage between the vertebrae?
  17. Describe the joints related to vertebrae.

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