• 12 modules released over 3 months

  • Foundational, relevant anatomy

  • Injury prevention

  • 15+ hours of video

  • Worksheets, quizzes and reading

  • Interactive (your questions will be answered for each module)

  • Constitutes 25+ hours of study

  • Study when it suits you

  • Study at your own pace (you have 1 full year to complete the course)

Jean's practical and simplified approach to anatomy through years of study and learning experience, has enabled her to structure this course in a way that is specially designed to help you integrate and comprehend this usually complex topic.

Principles of injury prevention will be given in a concise and practical manner - meaning that you will be able to apply this knowledge immediately into your yoga.

This Level 1 course is foundational. It covers the basics of anatomy in a way that is specifically designed for yoga practitioners and teachers. You may be wishing to refresh your previous anatomy study or just want to know more about the body and how to prevent injury.

You may choose to complete each section as it is released, or study at your own pace (you have 1 full year to complete the course).

Course Content

BANDHAS AND CORE STRENGTH
We discuss the Bandhas (core muscles) and how to use them to protect your spine during yoga practice. We also cover the skeletal system and how the joints of the body move. We look at pelvic tilt relative to posture and the problems that imbalance can cause. We discuss some general principles to ensure safe practice of yoga.

HIP JOINTS AND PELVIS
We discuss the structure of the hip joints and pelvis and how these joints move. We also look at how the muscular system works and how we can improve our practice knowing these general principles. We look at how imbalance around the hip joints can impact on the lower spine and the knees causing many of the injuries and restrictions we commonly see in yoga classes. We look at ways to correct these imbalances.

ABDOMINAL MUSCLES AND BREATHING
We look at the layers of the abdominal muscles and how they function in movement. Related to this we look at the core muscles (Bandhas) again and how our abdominal muscles play their role in stabilising the spine. We study the process of breathing and how breath and Bandhas are linked together. Strong abdominal and core muscles allow you to practice in a safe and efficient manner and your poses will feel lighter with less effort.

SPINE AND PELVIS
We look at the structure and function of the spine. We learn movements of the spine and how to ensure your spine is safe during yoga practice. We discuss common injuries and how to avoid/recover from them. We look at the pelvis again and how it relates to the spine in that imbalance in the pelvis can potentially cause injuries and restrictions in the spine.

SHOULDERS, NECK AND UPPER BODY
We look at the structure and function of the shoulders. We discuss ways to strengthen and mobilise the shoulders and upper body. We learn how to visually recognise imbalance in the shoulders, neck and upper body in general. We discuss common injuries and restrictions and the appropriate progressions and modifications to correct these imbalances.

KNEES, ANKLES AND FEET
We look at the structure and function of the knees, ankles and feet. We discuss common reasons for injury in a yoga class and daily life and how to modify postures as well as how to practice (and teach) in a way that prevents injury in the first place.

Cost

Option 1: $290 AUD
Option 2: 3 monthly instalments of $113 each ($339 AUD)

 
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My injury affected the way I taught yoga and did daily tasks

"I started coming to Melbourne Yoga Shala as I had hurt my back and needed to find a way to relieve pain as I am also a yoga teacher. Jean helped me not only learn an entirely new style of practice, with Mysore Ashtanga, but in addition to this there was an immediate reduction in pain after my first time in her Beginners Course. 

Jean took great care to ensure that my practice was pain free and on the right track right from the first interaction. Her depth of knowledge and years of experience meant that I felt reassured, supported and understood at a time when an injury affected the way I taught and did daily tasks. 

I initially thought that an old hamstring injury was the cause of my pain, but Jean showed me that it was referred pain from my back and we could fix it with a change of practice and awareness of my body/posture.

As of today I do not experience pain in my lower back and am able to complete a full practice without fear of reintroducing the injury. Jean is always able to help when it comes to progressions and her thorough explanations enable me to understand my body more and more each time I practice.”

— Lauren Hull


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