Types of Courses


1. Theory: Anatomy And Kinesiology: 8-10 Hours.

2. Theory: Regional Anatomy 8-10 Hours.

3. Theory: Physiology 8-10 Hours.

4. Theory: Asana 8-10 Hours.

5. Practical: Special Asana Class Putting Anatomy And Kinesiology Into Practice 8-10 Hours.

You may also choose to customize the content of your workshop for specific areas which you or your students would like to investigate further.

Teacher Training Guest: teaching contributions are very welcome.

6. Anatomy And Kinesiology: 8-10 Hours

Understanding anatomy is probably the most useful information available to a yoga teacher. In our own practice we develope a keen intuitive understanding of our bodies, yet without the language to communicate this knowledge teaching can be frustrating.

In Sukhashanti Yoga verbal communication is the key to sharing an intelligent process of human movement. The basic terms of Anatomy describe the positioning and movement of the human form in three dimensional space. With clarity and consistency teachers will develop confidence that comes from knowing rather than guessing.

The limitations of the body must be respected for progress in asana. To understand the basis of these physical limitations Anatomy provides the answers. Bones, muscles and tissues have various inherent properties relevant to physical strength and flexibility.

In fact the riddle of the many and varied asana can be comprehended by knowing what areas of the body are being targeted. By understanding the articulations of the body movement is clarified.

With his background as a chiropractor Noah presents this subject with a therapeutic view in mind. Drawing from years of teaching experience coupled with a bachelors degree in anatomy, physiology and neurology and his clinical exprience Noah has distilled the essentials into an interesting and interactive experience. He presents an explanation of kinesiology which meshes perfectly with the definition of vinyasa to describe how asana works therapeutically. This is original work that has come from years of personal practice and a desriminating analysis of the practice from years of study.


Travis Bedel
Juan Gatti
Travis Bedel

Anatomy And Kinesiology - Content

1. Anatomical terminology

  • The body in space.
  • The different planes and how to feel them in asana.
  • The sagittal plane, mirror imaging and trance.
  • The multiplicity of the planes in anatomy.
  • Cognition the basis of clear speech as an asana teacher.
  • The illusion of symmetry.
  • Posture, Scoliosis and Patterning.
  • Understanding bodies other than our own.

2. Connective tissue

  • The genesis of the fibres.
  • Embryology and ayurveda.
  • The prominence of collagen.
  • Types of structure.
  • Interconnectedness.
  • Flexibility and plastic deformation.
  • Injuries, prevention and healing.
  • Effects of temperature, hydration, hormones and diet.


3. Joints

  • Types (Fibrous, Cartilaginous and Synovial) and examples.
  • Spectrum of mobility and stability.
  • Range of motion.
  • Barriers to flexibility (muscle v. connective tissue).
  • Proprioception, mechanoreceptors and feedback to muscles.
  • Special types of movements.


4. Bones

  • Bone density, Wolfs law, electromagnetism forces and fields.
  • Alignment of skeleton
  • Tropism and potential shape change.
  • Weight bearing exercise and asana.

5. Muscles

  • Morphology of muscles macrostructure.
  • Microstructure of filaments.
  • Muscles, homeostasis and metabolism.
  • Titin the missing key to understanding muscle extensibility.
  • Fast Twitch and slow twitch fibres.
  • Muscle tone, muscle balance and posture.
  • Tonicity and stress
  • Strength: Concentric, eccentric and isometric.
  • Length: Range of motion.
  • Agonist and antagonist pairing.
  • Prime movers and synergists.
  • Postural Muscles and tension.
  • Polyarticular muscles and tightness.


6. Nervous System (somatic sensation and movement)

  • Structures and cells.
  • Peripheral nervous system: afferent and efferent nerves.
  • Central nervous system morphology: Spinal cord, hypothalamus and cortex.
  • Proprioceptors, body awareness and the role of asana in yoga
  • Special receptors and reflexes
  • Movement and postural patterning


7. Therapeutic Concepts (how yogasana and the body respond)

  • Reciprocal inhibition.
  • Post-isometric relaxation.
  • Co-contraction.
  • Bandhas.
  • Visual Reflexes: How drishti works.
  • Realistic outcomes from asana practice.
  • Smart practice for comfort and longevity.
  • Intelligent sequencing in vinyasa.
Juan Gatti
Travis Bedel