Tissue Mechanics Anatomy Lab
3 Days and In-Person in Colorado Springs

Explore connective tissue mechanics, musculoskeletal anatomy, and breathing mechanics in a hands-on in-person cadaver lab. Eligible for 20 CEU’s upon completion.

 Thurs. – Sat.  Oct 27-29, 2022

 $1500 USD until July 1 and $1800 USD after
Registration CLOSES July 27, 2022


Course Objectives

This course is for yoga teachers and committed students who wish to observe the mechanical properties of human connective tissue and get a visual and tactile sense of human movement. The program includes a group Zoom meeting before and after the lab plus content related reading.

3-day in person anatomy lab with Jules Mitchell in Colorado Springs text against an unfocused plastic skeleton rib cage

In this 3-day course, we will dissect:

  • Superficial fascia
  • Deep fascia
  • Muscles and tendons
  • Joint surfaces
  • Joint capsules and ligaments
  • Bones
  • Heart and lungs

If you wish to explore a specific structure not on the list above, that can be arranged as a personal side project for you with prior communication.

Course Description

In this lab, you will dissect specific anatomical structures of an embalmed cadaver. Jules and her team will prepare the cadaver prior to your arrival each day to reflect and present the specific structures noted on the course itinerary. You will have the opportunity to touch, feel, and dissect yourself, although some prefer to spend most of their first time in the lab watching and listening. However you choose to take in the content, you’ll walk away with a greater understanding of anatomy and biomechanics, especially as it relates to how we teach yoga. Jules will host a Zoom meeting prior to the lab, as well as after the lab, and will assign small sections of reading for discussion during the lab. You can expect to engage in discussion such as:

Course Topics

  • Connective tissue behavior and stretching
  • Muscle continuity, fiber direction, and function
  • Specific joints such as the shoulder, knee, hip, and more
  • The psoas and whether it deserves its fame
  • The incredible SI joint
  • Synovial fluid and joint capsules
  • Anything and everything about the spine and vertebral discs
  • The connection of the heart, lungs, and diaphragm
  • Layers of the abdominal wall
  • The role and evolution of the IT band
  • Identifying capsular muscles
  • Labrums, menisci, and bursae

Course Includes

  • 2 x 60 minute group Zoom meetings led by Jules
  • 3 full days in the lab led by Jules
  • Several lab assistants for extra support
  • Lab tools and equipment
  • Suggest reading from Jules’ book related to the course work
  • Access to a private social network for this special cohort 
Not Included
  • Lab coat and gloves
  • A copy of Jules’ book
  • Travel to and accommodations in Colorado Spring, CO

Jules Mitchell, MS, LMT, ERYT 500 is the author of Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined. She leads continuing education courses both online and worldwide, runs her own 300hr yoga teacher training program, is a mentor and coach, and leads the occasional yoga retreat. Her time spent in the lab over the years has informed much of how she teaches and she is thrilled to have to opportunity to share the experience with you.