Anatomy studies can be a powerful tool in the yoga teacher’s utility belt, but I know many of us don’t know where to start or how to apply it to a teaching practice. There is so much to learn and it can feel overwhelming! Today I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Dr. Ariele Foster, a yoga instructor for 16 years and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Dr. Foster is passionate about making yoga anatomy accessible to everyone, which is why she started the Yoga Anatomy Academy.
Ariele’s deep understanding of the human body enables her to integrate movement and medicine into one practice and she offers us all some nuggets of wisdom we can take into our teaching right away. In general, I think we all hope to support our clients and students with compassion and discernment. Supporting your teaching with knowledge of anatomy is an important part of that equation.
Also in this episode:
- Ariele shares her unusual journey to yoga teaching and why the practice supports physical therapy so well.
- Placing a priority on strengthening over flexibility.
- Learn the 10 Principles of Anatomy Informed Yoga.
- Should yoga teachers be learning anatomy? Ariele and I discuss what is helpful for instructors to know.
- Teaching discernment to our students is difficult but worthwhile.
- We break down yoga poses and how to take some of the weight off of your overworked joints.