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.

When:  March 31 – April 9, 2020 and Aug 18 – Aug 27, 2020.

Venue: These units will be hosted at the Mt. Madonna, a retreat center in Watsonville, California. USA

Room, board and tuition:  $2510 double occupancy, $3000 single occupancy.

Registration:  If you are interested in either of these courses, please contact Margaret Hartman, the Teaching Training Coordinator.

email Margaret for information about Unit 1:  March 31 – April 9, 2020.

email Margaret for information about Unit 1:  Aug 18 – Aug 27, 2020.

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

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

Course description:  Unit 1 gives yoga instructors an alternate paradigm of teaching. It replaces the arbitrary and unscientific “rules of alignment” with the “14-10-7” paradigm of anatomically based functional analysis.

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.