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Yoga Anatomy and Practices with the Subtle Body (PHED 2002)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 3
Lab Credits: 1

Description: This Yoga Alliance approved course is for aspiring yoga teachers. You will study the anatomy, physiology and kinesiology of the physical body as well as the subtle body (koshas, chakras, prana vayus, and bandhas) in relation to yoga practices such as asana (postures), pranayama (breath control), and bandhas. You will learn the correct form of, and how to safely instruct others in the practices. You will observe and assist in yoga classes as well as design and teach yoga classes to others.

Topical Outline:
1. Anatomy: nervous, circulatory, endocrine, and respiratory systems
2. Subtle body: koshas, chakras, prana vayus, and bandhas
3. Kinesiology, form and cues for, at a minimum, the following asanas: upward hand pose, half standing forward fold pose, seated forward fold pose, chair pose, squat or malasana, revolved triangle, goddess pose, warrior three, eagle pose, crow pose, side plank, headstand, revolved side angle pose, locust pose, mariciyasana poses, revolved janu sirsana, cow-face pose, half lord of the fishes pose, fish pose, boat pose, thread the needle pose, gate pose, happy baby pose, reverse child's pose, etc.
4. Forms and cues for advanced pranayama techniques: surya bhedana, chandra bhedana, kaki, simhasana, and brahmari.
5. Forms and cues for three different types of moon salutations

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate proper performance of physical skills through body mechanics and personal and community safety techniques.
2. Design and implement behavior modification plans that strive for excellence in wellness through healthy behaviors and boundaries and positive decision making.
3. Observe and evaluate yoga practices taught by others and reflect upon best practices in teaching yoga.
4. Evaluate yoga practices from both a biomechanical and subtle anatomy perspective.
5. Critique their own use of the teaching principles and methods communicated and implemented during peer to peer and trainee to client teaching interactions.

Prerequisites:  Admission to the Yoga Teacher Training Program and Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052