Yoga Akasha are delighted to have partnered with world-renowned Yoga Educators & best-selling authors of Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews.

This course is ideal for Yoga teachers and students who would like to delve deeper into anatomy with a view to practicing/teaching yoga with a greater understanding of the body and how it works.

If you have enrolled on Yoga Akasha’s 230 hour TTC, this is included in your program.

Using what they’ve learned in their combined 50-years of experience training yoga teachers, Leslie and Amy have created a unique online + in-person course that’s exclusively available through Teacher Training programs: Fundamentals.

This is not your average anatomy training.

Don’t expect hours of “which bone is which” that make you feel like you’re back in high school science classes…

Leslie & Amy spend time on the things that matter most to a yoga teacher and skip the memorisation.

They’ll help you establish a broad base of knowledge by sharing examples, analogies, stories, and guiding you through physical experiments that make the material helpful and applicable to teaching yoga to students.

Leslie & Amy will also share their own favourite teaching strategies like…

* How to make poses accessible for any student

* What to do when students have an injury and still want to practice

* Simple cues that help every student find success on the mat

Leslie and Amy’s unique blend of humour and expertise make them the absolute best team to guide you through this phase of your journey.


You’ll join Amy & Leslie at home via your computer for 20-hours of guided lesson content,  reflection, personal exploration, and teaching preparation.

They’ll lead you through movement experiments that will help you apply anatomy ideas to your own practice, and give you tools you’ll be able to access as a teacher. You’ll have time to soak up the material and try it out it in your own asana practice.

By the time we’re finished, you’ll have a broad understanding of the anatomical concepts that are most important to a yoga student/teacher so you can practice/teach with confidence.


“Foundational Units”

Unit 1 – Building Blocks: Sthira & Sukha / Connective Tissue / Bones / Muscles

Unit 2 – Breath: Prana & Apana / Diaphragm / Ujjayi / Bhandas

Unit 3 – Muscle Physiology: Strength / Flexibility / Movement / Joints

Unit 4 – The Spine: Curves / Disks / Back pain

Unit 5 – The Lower Limbs: Foot / Knee / Hips / Pelvis / Walking / Alignment in Standing Postures

Unit 6 – The Upper Limbs: Hands & Wrists / Forearm / Elbow / Shoulder / Alignment in Inversions

“Application Units: Anatomy in Asana”

Unit 7 – Anatomy in Asana and Asana Philosophy: Introduction to working with Asana / “Benefits” of a Pose / Asana Analysis / Begin Standing Poses

Unit 8 – Anatomy in Asana and Pain & Sensation: A Body-Mind Perspective on how to work with pain / Complete Standing Postures / Begin Seated Postures

Unit 9 – Anatomy in Asana and Vinyasa: Breath + Movement / Continue Seated Postures / Move to other Floor Postures

Unit 10 – Anatomy in Asana and Arm Supports: Arm Support Poses / Final Words of Advice for a budding teacher from Amy & Leslie

Included, you’ll have access to the Asana Library (a collection of 20 poses, each examined in 3 ways):

* Breath-Centered Approach: with Leslie

* Joint & Muscle Actions: with Amy

* Pose-Specific Workshops: each workshop is different, and includes themes like examining how different traditions might approach each pose; talking students through strategies for different body types, etc.

Here’s a list of the poses in the library. You’ll be able to take the concepts we explore here and apply them to any pose in any tradition:

  1. Tadasana / Mountain Pose
  2. Virabhadrasana I / Warrior 1
  3. Virabhadrasana II / Warrior 2
  4. Virabhadrasana III / Warrior 3
  5. Utthita Trikonasana / Extended Triangle Pose
  6. Prasarita Paddotanasana / Wide-Stance Forward Bend
  7. Vrkshasana / Tree Pose
  8. Pashchimottanasana / Seated Forward Bend
  9. Janu Shirsasana / Head to Knee Pose
  10. Ardha Matsyendrasana / Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
  11. Sukhasana / Easy Posture (& other seated postures)
  12. Bhujangasana / Cobra Pose
  13. Balasana / Child’s Pose
  14. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana / One foot King Pigeon Pose
  15. Setu Bhandasana / Bridge Pose
  16. Urdhva Dhanurasana / Wheel Pose
  17. Adho Mukha Svanasana / Downward-Facing Dog Pose
  18. Chaturanga Dandasana / Four-Limbed Stick Pose
  19. Salamba Shirsasana / Supported Headstand
  20. Shavasana / Corpse Pose

Want even more? We invite you to explore the bonus reference material:

* Video Glossaries: here is where you’ll find specific names of bones and muscles and learn about common anatomical terms you might hear in teaching / training / therapeutic contexts

* Additional Discussions / Workshops from their live taping that were too valuable not to include, but didn’t fit into the body of the curriculum.

This is the most comprehensive, most useful anatomy training available to teacher training programs today, and this full online + in-person experience is available only through TTP’s like this.