Anatomy for Yoga Teachers – The Spine Teaching Considerations

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we apply knowledge of spinal anatomy and movement patterns to teaching.


Apply knowledge of a healthy spine and compensatory movement patterns to support effective teaching of asana.


Explain two primary objectives of asana that relate to the spine. Understand compensation as it relates to spinal curves and why it’s important. Be aware of three initial teachings related to the spine that may be effective with students and how to teach students to feel their natural spinal curves. Describe a simple exercise for students to learn more about their particular body and potential compensation patterns. Name two common compensation-related issues and teachings that can help students to address the them.

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