Teaching Anatomy of the Spine & Healthy Posture — Considerations for Health & Wellness Coaches, Yoga Therapists, Yoga Teachers, Holistic Healthcare Providers

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Lesson Overview

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


Apply knowledge of spinal anatomy, posture and compensatory movement patterns to support effective teaching of individual students, and review sequences that may help with teaching healthy posture.


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 them. Review sequences that may help with teaching healthy posture and awareness of subconscious postural patterns.

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