Yoga Biomechanics and Asana Online Course
with Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT 500

3-Part Online Course (4.5 hours)
Includes PDF of the entire slide deck.

Available for immediate download, only $87

Course Description

Asana meets biomechanics in this 3-part online seminar led by Jules Mitchell MS, LMT, ERYT500. This e-course approaches asana through an orthopedic lens, exploring how musculoskeletal tissues respond and adapt to loads in asana. Develop a sense of how postures can be used as assessments, revealing how limitations in one plane of movement are overly expressed in another. Use this knowledge to explore alternative cueing and clever prop placement to limit such compensatory mechanisms in both active and passive postures.

  • Distinguish the differences between anatomy and biomechanics
  • Determine specific outcomes for selected poses
  • Learn to adjust biomechanical variables to meet desired outcomes
  • Identify prerequisites for common yoga poses to avoid compensation
  • Challenge the conventional script for even the most basic poses
  • Improve flexibility without stretching
  • Outline scenarios for purposeful and deliberate misalignment in asana
  • Establish approaches to mitigate injuries in asana
  • Discover why ancient yogic breathing practices can further exacerbate deficient breathing mechanics

Available for immediate download, only $87

Course Objectives

  • Analyze common cues, popular buzzwords, and pervasive alignment instructions to improve accuracy and clarify ambiguous instructions
  • Evaluate the orthopedic benefits and dispel many myths of yoga based on exercise science research
  • Incorporate practices in somatic education and breathing to balance the scientifically vigorous course curriculum, unifying the ha and tha of yoga
  • Conclude the webinar series with insights into the neural aspects of an asana practice highlighting the effects of novel activities and the importance of developing a rich movement repertoire

Course Topics

  • Why biomechanics matters
  • How Newtonian physics applies and does not
  • Foot flexibility as a prerequisite for many standing postures
  • The knee as a bicondylar joint
  • Spinal evolution and triplanar capacity and limitations
  • Dissecting the tree pose debate (vrksasana)
  • Pigeon pose with a purpose (eka pada raja kapotasana)
  • Breathing practices that set up your students for success
  • How mental imagery can alter the body
  • Strengthen to lengthen
  • Proprioception and interoception
  • Importance of variability
  • Introduction to motor control theories

Jules Mitchell, MS, LMT, ERYT 500 is a regular contributor to yoga teacher training programs worldwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in biomechanics.

Available for immediate download, only $87