Anatomy for Yoga People

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The Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Basics

Presented by Jennifer Herring, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

This introductory anatomy course is specifically geared toward yoga practitioners.  Over four modules, we explore how the body fits together and functions in a yoga practice. Our goals are to learn about inner workings and interconnectivity of our amazing bodies and to further understand and prevent injuries.

Course topics include:

Lesson 1: Bones, Joints and Ligaments

  • The what and why of bones and ligaments
  • Joint types and movement
  • Vertebral curves, development and movement
  • Movement barriers

Lesson 2: The Soft Stuff – Muscles and Fascia

  • Muscle types, muscle functions and how muscles work
  • Influences on the muscular system
  • The function and form of fascia

Lesson 3: NAVL (Nerves, Arteries, Veins & Lymphatics)

  • The Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) and the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
  • The Pain Pathway – How do we feel pain?
  • Functions of the arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels
  • Fluid dynamics within the body

Lesson 4: The Viscera and Hormones

  • Systems and functions
  • Visceral relationships to the musculoskeletal system and nervous system
  • Hormone production, movement and influence

Course Presenter

Jennifer Herring, M. OMSc., OOA (cert.), B. Des. (Hons.), CYT

After many years of observing the form and function of the human body through art, design and motion, Jennifer decided to pursue a deeper understanding of the body’s anatomy and physiology by completing her Masters of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy. This is an extensive 4-year academic and clinical program that is rooted in the treatment principles established by osteopathy’s founder, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still.

Outside of her clinic, Jennifer enjoys stand up paddle boarding and rock climbing. She is also interested in photography and art, and has numerous anatomical illustrations published in osteopathic manual therapy texts. Jennifer is a certified yoga teacher, with additional certification in prenatal yoga.

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