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Oblique Abdominal Muscle AnatomyFUNCTIONAL ANATOMY

with Tra Kirkpatrick

September 15-19, 2017
Friday Evening and Saturday - Tuesday
30 CEUs

This is a required course in the Discovery Yoga
500-hour Master Yoga Teacher Certification Program.

The course is open to experienced students as well as teachers.

Transform your own personal practice and improve your ability to “read” your student’s practice as you learn how to integrate the knowledge of anatomy into yoga asana. Learning anatomy has the capacity to deepen your experience of each posture and to learn how to get the most optimal stretch or engagement of your body. This workshop will also leave you with an improved ability to help your students deepen their experience of each posture. This is an experiential course where we explore the major muscles and how they relate to yoga practice. Through observation, hands-on exercises, and practice of specific asanas, you will learn the location and function of the key anatomical regions of the body and understand how they relate to asana, as well as how asana can in turn affect the body. By employing these techniques, you will become proficient at understanding and identifying imbalances in your practice as well as your students' practice. Common stresses and injuries for each part of the body will be addressed. You will learn how to apply asana therapeutically for specific injuries, as well as modifications (providing appropriate hands-on support and protection) to maximize the healing and strengthening that is possible from the practice of yoga.  The impact of pranayama and meditation on the nervous system will also be addressed. 

Each day consists of exercises to experience the anatomy as well as posture flows to incorporate the information:

Friday Evening: 6:00-9:00 - Introduction to Anatomy

Saturday: 8:30-6:00 - The Leg: Learning the muscles and joints of the hip, knee and foot. Learning about common injuries of the leg and how to apply asana to prevent and heal injury

Sunday: 8:30-6:00 - The Arm: Learning the muscles and joints of the shoulder, elbow and wrist. Learning about common injuries of the arm and how to apply asana to prevent and heal injury

Monday: 8:30-6:00 - The Spine: Learning the muscles and joints of the spine. Learning about  the breath. 

Tuesday: 8:30-12:30 - Learning about common injuries of the spine and how to apply asana to prevent and heal injury.  The nervous system, pranayama and meditation.

($400 if paid in full one month before the start date)


Tra Kirkpatrick, E-RYT 500 is a certified Pranakriya Yoga Therapist, Thai Bodyworker and teacher who has a private practice and teaches in Atlanta, GA. Inspired by the healing powers of Yoga ~ not just the “stuff” we do on the mat, but the deeper, magical qualities that help us unfold ~ Tra has spent the past decade sharing the practices of healing and wholeness that come from our willingness to go within.

As a therapist, body/energy worker, and teacher, Tra’s approach to healing combines the love and compassion inherent within Thai bodywork with the tools and techniques of Pranakriya yoga to restore balance, increase vitality, and improve mental and emotional well-being. 

Tra is the Yoga Therapy Internship Director with the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts and teaches advanced modules in Functional Anatomy and Therapeutic Yoga, Holding Space, assessment and yoga therapeutics, as well is a co-Director for the school’s 200-hour teacher training program.

Find out more about Tra and her classes and events at www.growithin.com.

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