Unit 1: Bones, Muscles, Poses

Students receive 50 credit hours every time they take or repeat this unit. If a student completes 500 hours of course work with us they will be awarded a 500 hour certificate.

Venue: This unit will be hosted at the beautiful Land of Medicine Buddha, a retreat center in Soquel, California. USA

Room, board and tuition: $2275 double occupancy, $2900 single occupancy.

Registration: Unit 1 will be presented twice in 2018. Please select the dates of the unit you are interested in and you will be put in touch with Margaret Hartman, the Teaching Training Coordinator.

email Margaret for information about Unit 1: March 6-15, 2018 

email Margaret for information about Unit 1:  June 12-21, 2018.

Prerequisites: Two years previous yoga experience. Prior viewing of “The Bare Bones of Yoga”. This course is available online  at Pranamaya.com.

Required text:  Yin Yoga: principles and practice by Paul Grilley. ISBN 1935952706

Suggested text: General Anatomy and the Musculoskeletal System by Schuenke, et al. Second Edition: ISBN 160406922

Course description: To analyze why a yoga student can or cannot do a posture we must learn to look past the surface of the body to see it as a moving skeleton. Learning to identify which joints are involved in a Yoga posture and determining their ranges of motion is essential if we are to understand why every person practices poses differently.

The Guiding Sutra:  “14-10-7”. Explaining and applying this sutra is the heart of our program. The full sutra is:

“When you learn to see the body as 14 Skeletal Segments being moved by 10 Myofascial Groups you will be able to skillfully adapt the 7 Archetypal poses to suit every student.”

14 Skeletal Segments. There are over 200 bones in the body but only 14 skeletal segments that are relevant to yoga practice. Once a teacher understands these 14 segments then all the various poses of yoga become transparent combinations of a few fundamental movements.

10 Myofascial Groups. There are over 600 muscles in the body but only ten primary muscle groups that are relevant to yoga practice. Once a teacher understands these ten muscle groups it is very easy to guide a student into the most effective variation of any pose.

7 Archetypal Poses. There are thousands of yoga poses but the vast majority of them are variations of seven archetypal poses. This is why ancient books on yoga listed so few postures. Understanding these seven archetypes is the key to teaching variations, using props, and making adjustments.

Daily Schedule:

07:00am Meditation
07:30 Breakfast
09:00 Asana, Lecture, Meditation
12:30pm Lunch
04:30 Asana, Lecture, Meditation
07:00 Dinner