anatomy for yoga instructors











An anatomy course like no other.


Understanding the structure and key components of our physical body anatomy enables us to connect more deeply to our subtle body anatomy.  Feeling and experiencing movement as energetic potential before it actualizes into mobilizing us is a profound way to develop a strong and centered yoga asana practice that spontaneously moves us into the realm of the subtle body and allows this deep and crucial connection to the central channel which is the core objective of yoga practice.  Asana is ultimately intended to draw us deep within to the deepest states of meditation.


Through extensive workshopping and hands on training, learn how to feel and then teach the muskuloskeletal, neuromuscular and other physical body connections to the subtle body  that must be intact for evergy in the body to flow smoothly and for optimal, pain free function - homeostasis.  Experience what it is to find perfect alignment in your body from the inside out and then teach it to your students from the outside in. Perfect the perfect assist that makes them go "ahhhh." Discover how a complete yoga practice addresses all body systems through its various components of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha and ultimately, meditation.  Our study includes all the physical and subtle body systems. 


This course or adaptations of it are also offered as the accredited anatomy component of a 200 or 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.  Learn more with Padma Yvonne Jaques  who served for four years on the faculty of Langara College Yoga Teacher Training Program, including two years as the anatomy/physiology instructor, and has taught yoga philosophy and asana methodology on the faculty of the Yoga Studies Institute.  Starting in November 2017, Padma will be on faculty at Open Door Yoga teaching this course for their YTT program.  Padma teaches motor control re-education and functional movement including Diane Lee's ("The Pelvic Girdle") and Linda-Joy Lee's Connecting to Your Core and Postpartum Health for Moms courses.  She has more than twenty years of experience as a C.H.E.K Practitioner (Level 3) and an exercise therapist with her own successful practice in Vancouver, Canada.


Next offering at Dayaalu Center, Bainbridge Island, WA in 2020.   




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Here's what they say about this course:

First of all, thank you for making the Anatomy part so enjoyable, it was very interesting and fun!  I am very grateful I could meet you as you are a very inspiring teacher!!!   I loved your classes and I will miss you a lot.  I hope our paths will cross again some day so I can learn more from you!!!  THANK YOU for everything!

Always sincerely,



It was really amazing have you as my teacher over the last 6 months.  I'm sure our paths will cross again in the near future!



Thank you so much. I am so grateful to have had you as my instructor and cannot wait to learn more with you one day!   I'll be thinking of you along and all throughout my yoga journey!! 




Thank you so much for your guidance and support for the past several months.  I sure will return to your class since I have so many questions to ask you on asanas.  Each asana seems to have its own universe, so deep and so vast.  The more I get to know them, the more I get fascinated by them.  And I am still at the starting point in my journey.



You are such a great teacher!!! The anatomy class was just WOW! So important to understand, so helpful and so necessary to teach yoga. I don’t think I have fully understood all of your classes but I still keep studying with those books. I am so grateful to have met you. It’s been really hard for me but I have never doubted about taking this course. And it is almost ending but I have you! I will come to your class. I’m really looking forward to.




I am very glad to have you as my teacher!  Honestly I felt the anatomy class boring at the beginning because of my language problem: Sanskrit & lots of anatomical terminologies. And then, I found myself starting to taste out something and getting interested in it more and more. But it ended so quickly! I would like, someday, to have a chance to learn from you again! You are so nice and helpful. We all love you!




Thank you so much for your instruction, your wisdom and your beautiful sense of humor. Looking forward to your yoga class.




Thank you so much for your beautiful energy and enthusiasm around anatomy. It is a subject I am very passionate about and you succeeded in increasing my interest!!! I also feel like I have integrated the information very well. Thank you.