40 Hour Yoga For The Spine Teacher Training

“Your training has had a profound effect on how I approach my own practice and teaching.  It’s one of the best trainings I’ve attended.”  Stephanie Turple, Yoga Teacher

This 40 hour teacher training will provide students with an overview of how to genuinely benefit and protect the spine in yoga – a subject generally misunderstood and even avoided in contemporary yoga education.  

Through an overview of anatomy, biomechanics, and sampling of yoga asana and exercises in the five categories of biomechanics, traction, strengthening, stretching, and relaxation combined with our knowledge of anatomy we will experience first hand how to make our bodies feel fantastic in asana and keep it free of injury.  

We will also discuss related concepts of non-violence and the modern context of yoga as it is generally taught in the west.  

Come prepared to have fun and learn how yoga can help the spine, theory and practice, as well as postural analysis for each student. This training is not only for yoga teachers but for anyone interested in helping themselves take good care of their spine, hips and pelvis. This training will be fun, easy to learn and wonderful for experienced anatomy students but not intimidating for students new to anatomy. Mostly we will just be having great experiences applying what we learn to our bodies.

Course Overview

  • Students will receive an overview of the physiology of how properly applied yoga helps the spineand how improperly applied asana can harm the spine, how the spine is impacted by daily life, and a special yoga routine for the spine.
  • From this foundation, students will move into experiencing elongation and natural curves of the spine.  Students will learn how to create length in the spineand to protect the vertebral column and organs.
  • We will be experiencing applied anatomy and looking at the spineas well as practicing yoga to understand the effect of gravity and mechanics.
  • Students will find a new sense of space, alignment, and length in their spineand pelvis.

Themes (as time allows) include:

  • Feeling Anatomy from the Inside Out: Understanding Standing, Walking, into Standing
  • Poses, Forward Bends, and Backbends
  • Yoga for the Lower Lumbar Spine, Sacrum and Pelvis
  • Protecting your Spinein the World
  • Upper Back, and Spinal Curves
  • Yoga for Thoracic, and Cervical Spine: Back bends that feel fabulous and help the spine.
  • Counteracting “computer-neck”

Understanding postural imbalances

Understanding the space we take up: reclaiming that space through the five exercises.

4 key outcomes for students participating in the course:

  1. Students will gain a working knowledge of the basics of appliedspine (vertebral column) anatomy as it pertains to the spine and understand how this is physically experienced so that they can pass this on to other students.
  2. Students will stop thinking of yoga asana as merely stretching the body but come to understand it in terms of the five key elements for balance:biomechanics, traction, strengthening, stretching and relaxation.
  1. Students will gain a personal understanding of creating an effect of balance in the body asana that lasts and is the result of asana and will be able to distinguish this from more confusing and less clear experiences after asana.
  1. Students will learn how to share core practices learned in this training.

About Andrea:

A passionate yoga student since the age of fifteen,  Andrea is a featured teacher with Yoga International and a trainer in Restorative Yoga, and Yoga. Her digital and live trainings are known across the world.

Andrea has an energetic, gentle and caring teaching style and seeks to make her classes educational, clear, fun and inclusive. Andrea is known for attempting jokes in class which are only sometimes funny, she has a passion for anatomy basics and finding yoga wisdom in the simple things in life.

Andrea has 18 years of teaching experience, 27 years of practice and over 2000 hours of yoga training with many senior teachers including Ramanand Patel, Francois Raoult, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty. She has more than 18 years of continuous study with Judith Lasater who she has assisted and studied with since 2004. She has a degree with distinction in Philosophy including courses in Eastern and Indian Philosophy.