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Seeing and Understanding Bodies

For yoga teachers, yoga therapists, bodyworkers, dancers, and serious yoga students with min. 6 mos. yoga experience.

Refine your ability to observe subtleties of anatomical alignment, breath, and even the elusive flow of prana, or life-force energy, in a wide variety of poses. Learn to view the body holistically, looking at the ways bones and muscles work together and how to assess tensegrity, which includes alignment, the smooth flowing of breath, and the balance of effort and ease in a posture.

This training develops your ability to see the body by systematically examining in detail the feet, ankles, knees, hips, spine, ribs, neck, shoulders, skull, jaw, hands, and wrists in different poses, looking for energetic patterns and unconscious postural habits. Explore ways to work with imbalances and abnormalities, allowing you, your students, and your clients to go more deeply into poses for improved health, balance, and well-being.

In addition to lectures, a review of relevant anatomy, and twice-daily yoga practice, this training features partner and group work. Practice your observational skills and hone your ability to adjust the practice to each person’s unique needs.

This program may be taken as part of Kripalu’s 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training or as a standalone program.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Min 6 month
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Yoga


Timothy McCall, MD, is a board-certified internist, medical editor of Yoga Journal since 2002, and coeditor of The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

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Ginny Jurken, PT, is a physical therapist, yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and practitioner of the Myofascial Release (MFR) bodywork technique.

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