Anatomy

Learn essential concepts in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology as it applies in the yoga classroom.

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Does alignment make your classes safer?

Does alignment make your classes safer?

Yoga teachers often feel responsible to protect their students from injury during their classes. This is a big reason why many focus on guiding proper alignment during practice. But how much does alignment really protect students from injury? And are misunderstandings about safety, pain, and discomfort actually causing more harm to our students than good? In this must-listen episode, my guest Dr. Libby Hinsley sheds light on the relationship between alignment and safety.

How to Promote Body Autonomy in Your Classes

How to Promote Body Autonomy in Your Classes

Want to promote body autonomy in your classes but aren’t sure what that looks like? Featuring Dr. Libby Hinsley, this episode covers ways that yoga teachers may be unintentionally hindering body autonomy for their students and strategies for making your classes a self-empowering space for your students.

Is alignment important for asana?

Is alignment important for asana?

Let’s talk about alignment. Some teachers center their entire teaching technique around alignment, while others argue that it does more harm than good and that students should be encouraged to explore asanas in a more open-ended way. In this episode, Mado shares how her own relationship to the concept of alignment has evolved over the past 20 years and her thoughts about how alignment can be both useful and potentially harmful.

ANATOMY PLAYLIST

ANATOMY PLAYLIST

As yoga teachers, we spend a lot of time guiding our students through moving their bodies. Knowledge of the human body is one of the best tools we have to help us give our students a positive movement experience. Enjoy this anatomy playlist of episodes designed to help you make sense of the human body as it relates to yoga asana.

Are Cues Gender Specific?

Are Cues Gender Specific?

Are cues gender specific? A podcast listener called in to ask if she should cue men differently around the hips and hamstrings. In addition to answering the specific question, Mado’s answer touches on how yoga teachers can best navigate the rapidly changing landscape of sex and gender.

Hip Labral Tears & Yoga Practice

Hip Labral Tears & Yoga Practice

What are some ways to help a student with a hip labral tear? In this episode, Dr. Libby Hinsley explains how a hip labral tears can affect a yoga asana practice and how to support students who have them while staying in your scope of practice.

Osteoporosis & Spinal Flexion

Osteoporosis & Spinal Flexion

Should we modify spinal flexion for osteoporosis? Osteoporosis affects approximately 20% of women over the age of 50 and increases the risk of bone fractures. In this episode, Dr. Libby Hinsley and I continue our 3 part mini-series highlighting common medical conditions.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease

Today’s episode is the first of a mini series about some of the most common conditions that will show up in a yoga classroom. Dr. Libby Hinsley demystifies the misleading diagnosis of “degenerative disc disease” – and shares the tools you will need as a yoga teacher to confidently help any student who tells you they have it.

Is Yoga Bad for Bendy People

Is Yoga Bad for Bendy People

Ever been told that hypermobile people shouldn’t practice yoga? Yoga is not bad for bendy people, but there are different considerations for people with hypermobile joints. Dr. Libby Hinsley, author of Yoga for Bendy People joins us to debunk some myths and talk about the ways that yoga is amazing for bendy people.

Back Pain and the Koshas with Lillah Schwartz

Back Pain and the Koshas with Lillah Schwartz

Back Pain and the Koshas  with Lillah SchwartzHow do the koshas relate to teaching yoga to people with back pain? Lillah Schwartz shares wisdom from her 40 plus years of teaching and advises an integrated, multi-layered approach. Psst. Want to get an email each time a...

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