Functional Anatomy for Vinyasa Yoga

25 hours with Dr. Karina Smith

Join one of Australia’s leading Yin Yoga teachers and expert in applied functional anatomy for yoga, Dr. Karina Smith.

 The intention of this course is to refresh the basics of skeletal variation for all major joint complexes in the human skeleton, as well as the actions required in the soft tissues of the body for when we are practicing a yang style of yoga.

 This training aims to build confidence in teachers when cueing a yoga sequence from a functional rather than aesthetic intention. By applying this functional intention, this training also aims to continue offering yoga in an accessible and inclusive format, rather than a prescriptive “one size fits all” format.

There will be useful conversations around important topics such as:

  • Why do we stabilise our joints?
  • When to give options in a sequence and when to give a universal cue?
  • How do skeletal variations and physical proportions impact a yoga asana?
  • Compression as a healthy inclusion of physical movements.
  • Do you really understand what you are saying with your cues?
  • Can you start to find your own language for common cues?
  • Being mindful of cueing the students according to what you feel in the posture.
  • What is the intention of the asana as opposed to what it “should look like?”
Dr. Karina Smith

This training is only available to already qualified yoga teachers. Please feel free to contact karina@australianyogaacademy.com with any questions.

Course Dates 2021
10-11 July + 17-18 July

+ Zoom Q&A Fri 9 July 6:30-7:30pm


11am to 5pm each day

$625 (for for TTs and grads)