Anatomy for Yoga

Types of Courses

Having taught Anatomy, Kinesiology, Physiology and Neurology for Yoga students since 2005. Beginning with small groups and eventually travelling to 6 continents to present to groups as large as 60 people. This is one aspect of my work which has connected me with the Yoga Community around the world.

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The lens of Anatomy: Seeing Form and Function in Asana
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Physiology and Neurology: Connecting Anatomy with ``Reality``

Human Anatomy and Yoga Studies for Asana Teachers

Understanding anatomy is provides essential information yoga teachers and practitioners. In our own practice we develop a keen intuitive understanding of our bodies, yet without the language to communicate this knowledge teaching can be frustrating and problem solving endless.

In Sukhashanti Yoga verbal communication is the key to sharing an intelligent process of human movement. The basic terms of Anatomy describe the positioning and movement of the human form in three dimensional space. With clarity and consistency teachers will develop confidence that comes from knowing rather than guessing.

The limitations of the body must be respected for progress in asana. To understand the basis of these physical limitations Anatomy provides the answers. Bones, muscles and tissues have various inherent properties relevant to physical strength and flexibility.

With his background as a chiropractor Noah presents this subject with a therapeutic view in mind. Drawing from years of teaching experience coupled with a bachelors degree in anatomy, physiology and neurology.

My clinical experience has been distilled into presenting this material in a relevant and interactive way. This is original work that has come from years of teaching, therapeutic case studies and a discriminating analysis of the practice.

Yoga Anatomy

We explore this deep and engaging content with wit and simplicity, drawing from more than 20 years of yoga experience. Through intense study under multiple teachers in many varying styles Noah is uniquely able to present an open-minded broad perspective of yoga in both India and the West. Noah keeps both the content and the energy of the workshop moving at a brisk yet comprehensible pace, improvising examples and metaphors to always keep explanations relevant to asana practice.

Sessions are in pairs of 2 or 2.5 hours per day, making for a total of 8-10 hours over a full weekend. All material is presented in a lecture/tutorial-style which allows for brevity when necessary and discussion as needed.

Noah projects slides for clarity and utilizes skeletal structures for demonstration. Participants may also engage directly as Noah demonstrates in a hands-on approach to many asana and their function. All attendees will have a chance to exercise kinesthetic awareness as Noah puts concepts into the context of asana.

Sessions combine spoken dialogue with a slideshow, whiteboard diagrams and supplementary notes. The group practical exercises use experiential asana to bring anatomy to life. Noah is an engaging teacher both entertaining and interesting. The workshop has time for demonstration from participants and Q & A.

Anatomical terminology

The body in space.

The different planes and how to feel them in asana.

The sagittal plane, mirror imaging and trance.

The multiplicity of the planes in anatomy.

Cognition the basis of clear speech as an asana teacher.

The illusion of symmetry.

Posture, Scoliosis and Patterning.

Understanding bodies other than our own.

Connective tissue

The genesis of the fibres.

Embryology and ayurveda.

The prominence of collagen.

Types of structure.


Flexibility and plastic deformation.

Injuries, prevention and healing.

Effects of temperature, hydration, hormones and diet.


Types (Fibrous, Cartilaginous and Synovial) and examples.

Spectrum of mobility and stability.

Range of motion.

Barriers to flexibility (muscle v. connective tissue).

Proprioception, mechanoreceptors and feedback to muscles.

Special types of movements.


Bone density, Wolfs law, electromagnetism forces and fields.

Alignment of skeleton

Tropism and potential shape change.

Weight bearing exercise and asana.


Morphology of muscles macrostructure.

Microstructure of filaments.

Muscles, homeostasis and metabolism.

Titin the missing key to understanding muscle extensibility.

Fast Twitch and slow twitch fibres.

Muscle tone, muscle balance and posture.

Tonicity and stress

Strength: Concentric, eccentric and isometric.

Length: Range of motion.

Agonist and antagonist pairing.

Prime movers and synergists.

Postural Muscles and tension.

Polyarticular muscles and tightness.

Nervous System

Structures and cells.

Peripheral nervous system: afferent and efferent nerves.

Central nervous system morphology: Spinal cord, hypothalamus and cortex.

Proprioceptors, body awareness and the role of asana in yoga

Special receptors and reflexes

Movement and postural patterning

Therapeutic Concepts

Reciprocal inhibition.

Post-isometric relaxation.



Visual Reflexes: How drishti works.

Smart practice for comfort and longevity.

Realistic outcomes from asana practice.

Intelligent sequencing in vinyasa.

Student Testimonials

Dina Kingsberg Yoga Teacher

Noah's presentation is clear, accessible and thought provoking. A gift to yogis both new and seasoned.

Dena Kingsberg

Owner Byron Bay Yoga Shala
Michael Gannon Yoga Teacher

Noah brought an amazing presentation of yoga anatomy with him to the GAVY Teacher Apprenticeship. I recommend him 100% to any yoga practitioners and teachers that want to understand what is going on within the body during asana practice. All in an exciting, dynamic way. Noah Rocks!

Michael Gannon

Michael Gannon Yoga