Embodied Anatomy, Physiology and Movement for Yoga Teachers by Gwen Yeager, C-IAYT is a a modern anatomy training that meets and exceeds the content requirements for Yoga Alliance-certified 200-hour teacher trainings. It covers the 30-hour 2020 Yoga Alliance required topics below *, and can be adapted to meet the pre-2020 requirements:
Types of joints
Major muscles involved in asana
Types of muscle contractions
Stress response (fight/flight/freeze)
Respiratory system (physical, voluntary vs. involuntary)
Types of joint movements
** Safe movements (as pertaining to balancing, stretching, awareness, trauma)
** Contraindications, misalignments, adaptations
* Yoga Alliance requires that a minimum of five hours be spent applying anatomy and physiology principles to yoga. Embodied Anatomy, Physiology and Movement for Yoga Teachers has been developed so students spend more time applying these principals to the practice of yoga. As a senior yoga teacher and C-IAYT certified yoga therapist, Gwen Yeager strongly believes yoga teachers need more than five hours of application to yoga to teach with intelligence, confidence, inspiration, and safety—and the studios that hire her for their trainings agree.
** Most 200-hour teacher trainings have their Lead teachers cover 1.) Safe movements (as pertaining to balancing, stretching, awareness, trauma;
and 2.) Contraindications, misalignments, adaptations; during the Asana and other portions of the trainings. Hence, this anatomy training covers those topics but does not instruct some of them in great detail and hence a portion of the Yoga Alliance required anatomy hours are taught by the lead teacher. If needed, this training will include all of the required hours.
This training also introduces the concept of Tensegrity, a three-dimensional view of human movement and the fascial system, where when one movement in the body is adapted to by the whole body.
Movement is another unique element of Embodied Anatomy, Physiology and Movement for Yoga Teachers. There is much carefully curated movement that kinesthetically connects anatomical dots in a unique way that helps students make deep and long-lasting connections between the material and the practice of yoga. It also makes anatomy more personal and fun to learn for many students who do not innately have a strong interest in the topic.
Embodied Anatomy, Physiology and Movement for Yoga Teachers produces teachers with a solid anatomical foundation; ready to instruct yoga with an understanding of their own anatomy, a respect for the uniqueness of the students in front of them, and reverence for how much more there is to learn about these incredible vessels we inhabit.