Yoga Anatomy with Paul and Suzee Grilley

Yoga Anatomy with Paul and Suzee Grilley

Yoga Anatomy: the Joints
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 human body can be analyzed as fourteen different moving segments. All yoga poses are simple combinations of these fourteen segments. This course offers hours of guided practice identifying these segments in ourselves and our classmates.

These anatomical principles apply to all Yoga postures – no matter the style.

The Fourteen Segments are:

  • Six Movements of the Scapula
  • Six Movements of the Humerus
  • Four Movements of the Ulna
  • Two Movements of the Radius
  • Four Movements of the Wrist
  • Four Movements of the Fingers
  • Six Movements of the Cervical

  • Six Movements of the Thorax
  • Six Movements of the Lumbar
  • Six Movements of the Pelvis
  • Six Movements of the Femur
  • Four Movements of the Tibia
  • Four Movements of the Ankle
  • Four Movements of the Toes

Key Concepts:
Tension and Compression
Axis and Extremity
Proportion and Orientation

Yoga Anatomy: the Muscles
After learning to analyze the 14 segments of the body we move on to explore how muscles move these segments and how they are affected by postures. There are over 600 muscles in the body but by focusing on the four segments of the thighs and the six segments of the torso we will learn most of what is important for a yogi to know. These muscles are involved in nearly every yoga pose and the most important to understand. Once a student grasps how these core muscles work it is a simple matter to understand all the muscles of the body.

Key Concepts:
Four quadrants of the Hips and Thighs
Six Segments of the Torso
Muscles only contract
Joint Space Closure
Muscles and Tendons
Shortening, lengthening and stable contractions