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Yoga Anatomy and Physiology

How does Shanti Yoga School teach Yoga Anatomy?

Have you been in a class where the teacher asks you to extend your arm laterally?


Almost all schools approach anatomy & physiology in an academic way. But at Shanti Yoga we teach our trainees only what they need to know. As a result, you will become an effective yoga practitioner and instructor.

We call our method applied anatomy & physiology for yoga.

In the end, our teachers learn to use clear, concise language. Therefore, they teach yoga safely and effectively. This results in – well, results – not confused looks.

Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Yoga – An Example

What does “applied anatomy & physiology for yoga” mean? First of all, this phrase is a bit of a mouthful. So, here’s an example:

Did you know a chemical surfactant helps keep the shape of your lung’s alveolar sacs optimal? Furthermore, this surfactant develops from birth til the age of 12?

Sure, this sounds like a cool anatomy fact. -But what does this have to do with yoga?

If you’re teaching an open drop-in yoga class and a mother decides to bring her 8 year-old – and he wants to participate (which is amazing) – what would you do?

How would you alter your class?

Because the lungs are still developing until the age of 12, you’ll want to steer clear of advanced pranayama for this 8-year-old.

In other words, until the lung’s surfactant is fully developed at age 12, any overly-strenuous pranayama – especially ones where you hold the breath – could be harmful.

Therefore, rather than ending class with Kapalbhati and Anuloma Viloma, you pivot. So, you guide your students through a modified Anuloma Viloma without breath retention. Consequently, everybody is safe and happy.

Knowing you’ll use what you learn

Doesn’t it feel good to have the confidence to teach others and know what you’re talking about?

That’s an example of applied anatomy & physiology for yoga.

And it’s just one small fact of the many you’ll learn at a Shanti Yoga teacher training. Our aim is to teach you what you need to know to share yoga with the world. Safely. Responsibly. Ethically.

Want to learn Yoga Anatomy with us? Learn about our teacher trainings here.

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