Yoga Biomechanics and Asana

Learn to view asana and the body through the lens of biomechanics and develop your reasoning skills so you can answer your own questions with students on the mat. This 3-part streaming course includes unlimited access to lectures and slides with 3.5 CEU’s upon completion.

Course Objectives

This course is for yoga teachers and committed students who wish to develop a basic biomechanics vocabulary and make better sense of your previous anatomy training.

This 3.5 hour course will teach you how to:

  • Distinguish the differences between anatomy and biomechanics
  • Determine specific outcomes for selected poses
  • Learn to adjust load parameters to meet desired outcomes
  • Challenge the conventional script and have confidence doing so
  • Improve flexibility without stretching

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.

Course Description

Asana meets biomechanics in this 3-part online seminar led by Jules Mitchell MS, LMT, ERYT500. This e-course approaches asana through a biomechanical lens, exploring how the musculoskeletal system responds and adapts to asana. Learn basic terminology in the field of biomechanics to help clarify what biomechanics is and how it can influence the way we teach and practice yoga. Through a combination of instructional slides and video clips of live teaching moments, key messages come to life, providing practical and useful tools for anyone curious about human movement. We will:

Course Topics

  • Analyze common cues, popular buzzwords, and pervasive alignment instructions to improve accuracy and clarify ambiguous instructions
  • Evaluate the 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
  • Why biomechanics matters
  • Newtonian physics
  • The role of foot flexibility in standing postures
  • The knee as a bicondylar joint
  • Spinal evolution and triplanar movement
  • 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

Course Includes

  • 3.5 hours of lecture. Practical applications are highlighted with videos of live teaching moments.
  • A rich slidedeck supporting the lectures for easy reference in downloadable PDF format. 
  • 3.5 CEU’s available upon completion of the course.
  • Unlimited 24/7 streaming access to the course materials. Also available from the Kajabi mobile app. 

Available for immediate streaming access, only $87. Jules’ entire 7 course online library with 15 hours of content (28 CEUs) is also available at a discount. Buy the bundle and get $150 off the total price of all the courses. Learn more here.

Force equals mass times acceleration.

Course History

Jules’ flagship course, Yoga Biomechanics and Asana, was created to bridge the gap between studying anatomy and teaching yoga. During her graduate work in biomechanics, she started developing educational content that satisfied a growing need for a greater understanding of how the body works in the ongoing debate of yoga safety versus yoga injury.

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.

Recommended Education Path

While each online course stands on its own and has no pre-requisite, you may consider the following information to get the most out of your experience. This course, Yoga Biomechanics and Asana will lay a foundation and help you get the most out of all my other work. The next foundational course I recommend is Beyond Yoga Alignment.

Building on your foundational training, my Resistance Stretching and Mobility-Based Conditioning courses will explore and teach specific methods of working with and improving range of motion.

In my years of working with teachers, recurring themes emerge which result in specialty courses. My courses Hypermobility and Yoga and The Incredible SI Joint dive deeply into these areas giving teachers a rich toolset and understanding to support their students.

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