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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: 

  • Skeletal System
    Major bone
    Types of joints
    Major muscles involved in asana
    Types of muscle contractions

  • Physiology
    Nervous System
    Stress response (fight/flight/freeze)
    Vagal theory
    Mind-body connection
    Cardiovascular/circulatory systems
    Respiratory system (physical, voluntary vs. involuntary)

  • Biomechanics
    Types of joint movements
    Joint stabilization
    ** 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.

As a yoga teacher and a studio owner, I’ve attended many yoga anatomy trainings, and Gwen’s hands down is the best.  She has a deep understanding of yoga and anatomy, and her enthusiasm for the topic is contagious for all the students in the classroom.  

Her anatomy training is unique because it’s playful and filled with movement.  Movement is part of the curriculum, so students experience the muscles and actions they are studying, and they truly understand them in relationship to yoga asana in a way they don’t in other trainings. They somatically experience anatomy and yoga, and the material is absorbed both mind and body.  

It’s very important to me that teachers in my trainings be the best of the best: safe teachers who deeply understand movement, the nervous system and the human body.  I highly recommend Gwen’s Embodied Anatomy for Yoga Teachers training for any studio that wants the highest quality anatomy instruction for their 200-hour teacher training.
— Sheryl Utal – Red Diamond Yoga, Founder; Creator of Badass Beginners

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.