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Anatomy in Yoga

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As yoga migrated from East to West it has been popularized into a growing wellness and fitness industry. Yoga in its modern (as in its traditional lineage) offers a variety of practices as a means to reach spiritual liberation, mental, emotional balance and mindfulness, and physical wellbeing. 

What is yoga anatomy?

Yoga anatomy covers the study of bone structure, muscles, joints, tissues, membranes, cells as the basis to understanding how the body moves and stabilizes through physical movement and the breath. Anatomy education within the yoga industry pre-COVID was more often taught in a person to person yoga teacher trainer course environment, with embodiment a desired educational factor. More and more online anatomy schools offer pre-requisite and specialized in-depth anatomy modules across a range of anatomy topics: 
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Why is a yoga anatomy education important?

As in Western medical science, and the ancient Vedic traditions, correct alignment of the body, mind and spirit leads to expansive, healthy and rehabilitating results. In Hatha Yoga, the eight limbs of yoga prescribe that spiritual ascension is rooted in the foundations of clear intention, breath/pranayama and physical movement (asana) as the base for deeper meditation.

So as a teacher instructing groups of people how do you open your students to the experience of deeper and more subtle spiritual pathways whilst ensuring safe and correct gross physical alignment of each individual?

Why learn anatomy for yoga?

So, whether you are training with more spiritual objectives in mind or using yoga applications in your bodywork clinical practices, understanding functional anatomy and how the body performs during yoga asana is key. Learning yoga anatomy from experts in their field will fascinate and excite you as you learn how to mitigate risk of injury, work with injury rehabilitation, make physical adjustments, modify asana based on practitioner experience, offer therapeutic advice and correct alignment in class for the physical ease, strength, flexibility and growth of each student on the mat. 

YogaBarnOnline.com Anatomy Programs

Start your love affair with Hatha or more modern styles of yoga on yogabarnonline.com and enhance your experience by learning what is actually happening in your inner world with our online education experts.
Meet the instructor

Rachel Ellery

Director of The Anatomy School, Rachel is a highly sought-after Osteopath, Pilates rehabilitation instructor and internationally recognized anatomy teacher since 2002. An anatomy nut she specializes in sharing her knowledge of human anatomy and movement principles to yoga students, yoga teachers, bodyworkers from around the world. 
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Passionate professionals like Rachel have adapted to create tailored courses, workshops and trainings to benefit yoga teachers worldwide. Understanding intimately from graduating thousands of Yoga Teachers across the years, her fun teaching methods and insight into functional anatomy make programs such as her online Anatomy of the Breath so accessible and valuable to everyone, even those just wanting to enhance their overall wellbeing by understanding the power of the breath and function of the diaphragm.

Courses such as these aim for each and every student to embody the integration of breath, movement, use of props, and improve their confidence with anatomical terminology for yoga studio, practitioner clinic or home environments.

 Our overall recommendation for selecting Yoga anatomy courses for continued learning or new yoga teacher training students is to apply for courses that offer industry accreditation with Yoga Alliance. The Anatomy School's Anatomy of the Breath Program is easily bookable below and builds towards the aspirational 500-hour YTT hours which larger global studios require in the recruitment of new teachers to their faculty. 
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The Anatomy of the Breath

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The breath is the most underutilized tool for physical, mental and emotional healing, and we can use it anywhere! Understanding diaphragmatic anatomy and how it functions is the link to becoming intimate with your breath and increasing your vitality. By completing this program you will enhance your capacity to self manage stress and self-heal.
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