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Anatomy & Physiology as Applied to Yoga

  • Central Wellness 2 Allenby Business Village, Crofton RD Lincoln, LN3 4NL UK (map)

A Guest Teacher Workshop with 'Dr Yogi', Andrew McGonigle

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For yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees or yoga practitioners with at least a one year consistent practice

In this immersion we will explore the anatomy and physiology of our body applied to practising and teaching yoga. All the areas covered are related directly back to the asana practice. The sessions are interactive and experiential with lots of group work and there is strong focus on using anatomy to make asana practices as inclusive as possible. A detailed handout is included.

The immersion is ideal for those with an established practice, who want to learn more about the human body, go deeper in their yoga practice and develop alignment cues that are accurate and inclusive. We will explore anatomy to a depth that is appropriate for teaching yoga.

A Detailed Exploration of the Upper Limbs:

  • The importance of shoulder joint and girdle mobility and stability in our yoga practice

  • An evidence-based approach to Shoulder Impingement

  • Hyperextension of the elbow joint

  • Why wrist pain is so common in yoga

A Detailed Exploration of the Spine:

  • An exploration of our pelvis and sacro-iliac joints and how to keep this area supported during our asana practice

  • An evidence-based approach to back pain and prolapsed discs

  • The anatomy of our core musculature

  • Increasing thoracic spine mobility

  • Supporting our cervical spine during inversions

  • An evidence-based approach to releasing neck tension

The Science Behind Why Yoga Makes Us Feel So Good:

  • How yoga impacts our nervous system and relieves stress

  • Yoga a breath-led practice

  • Yoga for cardiovascular health

This immersion counts towards CPD requirements for Yoga Alliance US members (6 contact hours).

10.30am – 1.30pm + 2.30pm – 5.30pm

"The workshops with Andrew were fantastic. I really got so much from them. My own practice and teaching has become so much more informed." Kylie P

"For anyone practising or teaching yoga who is keen to increase their practical understanding of anatomy within yoga I can't recommend Andrew's training enough. Really accessible, inspiring and enjoyable." Anna T

After originally training to become a doctor, Andrew moved away from western medicine to pursue a career as a yoga teacher, massage therapist and anatomy teacher. Andrew has been practising yoga and meditation for over 13 years and teaching strong, grounding and inclusive classes since 2009. Andrew combines all of his skills to teach anatomy and physiology on Yoga Teacher Training courses across London and internationally. His teachers include Hamish Henry, Paul Dallaghan, Eileen Gauthier, Kristin Campbell and Anna Ashby. For more information visit:

Cost: £65 (refreshments included, please bring light lunch with you)

Earlier Event: February 16
S.O.S - Somatics On Saturday