Sadhana Mala
Anatomy & Physiology for Yoga Teachers

Fundamentals of Anatomy, Physiology & Kinesiology for Yoga Teachers.

As yoga teachers we have the role of guiding our students through a safe practice which facilitates their ability to grow and develop in terms of their physical abilities, their breath, and their peace of mind. Yoga has a unique role in integrating these three elements together in a way that brings great benefits to all students of the art.  The basic approach to the yoga journey usually starts through asana and pranayama and so it is important for a yoga teacher to know about the systems of the body which relate to these practices.

This course has been designed to equip yoga teachers with the understanding of how bodies work so that they are fully prepared to guide students through their practice safely, and to make intelligent modifications and variations in practice which are relevant to each student.  It is a study of applied anatomy(structure), physiology(function) and kinesiology(movement) rather than a purely theoretical approach to the subject.  The main systems of the body are explored in an appropriate level of detail for teaching yoga:

The main systems of the body are explored in an appropriate level of detail for teaching yoga:
  • Skeletal System including joints
  • Muscular system
  • Biomechanics
  • Flexibility theory
  • Respiratory system and the mechanics of breathing
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Nervous system, including stress and the autonomous nervous system
  • Endocrine system

The course will offer a balance of theory sessions, practical exploration and yoga practice designed to demonstrate the subjects we are exploring.

Forthcoming A&P courses

All courses will be taught by David Wilkinson unless otherwise indicated.

Fundamentals of A&P for Yoga Teachers - Malvern Fundamentals of Anatomy, Physiology & Kinesiology for Yoga Teachers Malvern 17-Nov-2018


About David

David has had many influences and experiences in his life - he has been a soldier, an engineer, a sports massage therapist, charity director and a teacher of sports and fitness therapies. He is a Director and co-owner of the White Horse Yoga centre in Wiltshire. He also has a black belt in Aikido, is a keen badminton player, and is, of course, a dedicated Yoga practitioner. David discovered the viniyoga approach to yoga around eight years ago studying initially with Paul Harvey. He has since graduated from the Sadhana Mala teacher training having studied with Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton. He has also worked regularly with some of the most inspiring teachers who are outside the viniyoga tradition, such as John Stirk and Peter Blackaby.

His fit and active life, built on spiritual foundations, coupled with a depth of knowledge about the human body and how it moves, has equipped him perfectly to deliver practical anatomy, physiology and kinesiology courses. David has delivered such courses as part of yoga teacher training programmes for some years and outside of yoga through VTCT (Vocational Training Charitable Trust, a Government-approved awarding organisation). We feel very fortunate to have David as part of our teaching faculty.