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Anatomy for Yoga Teachers – The Spine & Back: Introduction

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Lesson Overview

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

Objective

Gain an understanding of the foundational anatomy of the spine and back.

Description

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 the superficial, intermediate and deep back muscles, and what they each do. 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?
  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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