Learn the anatomical foundations of a healthy, sustainable chaturanga (yoga's push-up pose)! Chaturanga tends to be practiced very frequently and repetitively in many yoga classes, and yogis commonly injure their shoulders, elbows, and/or wrists by performing this pose in a poorly-aligned manner.
Learn to practice and teach a chaturanga that builds true shoulder strength instead of one which wears our shoulders down!
This course was filmed live with yoga students, and the material is presented in an engaging, friendly manner with students' in-person questions included. The full course consists of a 55-minute experiential anatomy lecture on the shoulder girdle and how this area of the body moves well followed by an 85 minute yoga practice which applies this new anatomical knowledge directly to chaturanga and related yoga poses.
This course is designed for any yoga student or yoga teacher who is interested in learning more about their body in an experiential, embodied, and fun way. At the end of this course you will have deepened your understanding of your own anatomy and you will have greatly enhanced your knowledge and expertise as a yoga teacher.
Learn why practicing a properly-aligned chaturanga (yoga's push-up pose) is important, and why most yogis fail to align their pose well.
Learn why a working knowledge of anatomy will enhance your yoga practice.
A discussion of the bones of the shoulder girdle.
A discussion of the 4 separate joints of the shoulder girdle and how they move.
Proper shoulder positioning for chaturanga and an important discussion about joint hyperextension.
Learn the key muscles of chaturanga, their actions, and how gaining an understanding their function helps enhance our yoga practice.
Part 1 of Yoga Anatomy of the Shoulders for Healthy Chaturangas yoga practice.
Part 2 of Yoga Anatomy of the Shoulders for Healthy Chaturangas yoga practice.
Part 3 of Yoga Anatomy of the Shoulders for Healthy Chaturangas yoga practice.
Jenni Rawlings is a Yoga Alliance Certified Experienced Yoga Teacher, a Restorative Exercise Specialist™, and a Certified Yoga Tune Up® Teacher. She loves to weave her natural interest in anatomy and biomechanics into her yoga and movement teaching. Jenni also writes a popular blog on yoga anatomy & biomechanics, is a member of the YogaDork Ed. faculty, and has written articles for Yoga International, YogaBody Naturals, and Elephant Journal. Jenni is also the owner of Drishti, the nation's first stand-alone yoga store, which she opened in Santa Barbara in 2002.