Announcing Yoga Anatomy Academy

learn yoga anatomy online with a doctor of physical therapy


I’m so excited to announce my newest project, an online learning site:

Yoga Anatomy Academy.

This new website is a hub for intelligent, individualized information on yoga anatomy.

It will offer a signature 10 week online mentorship in yoga anatomy (first round starts Jan 2016!).

The mentorship will be open to dedicated yoga practitioners as well as yoga teachers. It’s highly recommended for anyone who leads yoga teacher trainings, as well as anyone who feels blocked trying to learn yoga anatomy.

We are grounded in evidence, which means you will hear thoughtful analysis of what is actually known from Western clinical research. And we incorporate the valid weight of evidence from complementary and eastern medicinal traditions (Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine), all while referring back to relevant yoga philosophy as a guide.

Yoga Anatomy Academy will take you from that uncertain feeling about the cues you are giving or hearing in yoga classes, to genuine understanding of the biomechanics behind our cues (and why or why not to use them with different students).

One majorly distinguishing characteristic of this offering from much of the yoga anatomy teaching currently available is that you are being taught by a doctor of physical therapy (me!). The rigor of the physical therapy doctoral degree and the national exam holds legitimacy and substance, but it is much more than that.  I have been teaching yoga for 15 years, and I continue to actively treat 30-40 patients a week as a physical therapist. I am immersed in resolving musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain and dysfunction for a wide variety of bodies.

What’s more, physical therapists specialize in dynamic (not static) biomechanics. Static or passive biomechanical issues are things like trigger points that show up when you are on a massage table or bony kinks that resolve through chiropractic adjustments. The symptoms temporarily resolve through these treatments, but the underlying causes are not necessarily addressed.  

Maybe you can hold a squat with fair form (static), but can you climb stairs repeatedly while carrying your small child and not experience pain in your knees or misalignment that may cause future pain? Can you complete 20 chaturanga dandasanas in a vinyasa class, and not shred your shoulders? This is my dynamic detective work, and this is what makes me able to resolve issues on the yoga mat for many of my students and fellow yoga teachers and make what we practice on the yoga mat truly medicinal. I am excited to share that with you.

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