10: How Anatomy Studies Changes Our Teaching with Guest Teacher Jason Ray Brown

A deep study of anatomy will change the way you teach. It is empowering, clarifying and fascinating! For example, let’s talk about Warrior 2 alignment. 🙂

Specifically, I want to talk about that front knee and how on many of our students it drifts towards, and sometimes past, the big toe. What do you suggest your students do when you see that? Do you have a sense of why that might be happening?

Whether you have a few ideas, but you’d like some more suggestions about what to do…
You are 100% sure you know the one reason that happens and exactly what to do about it…
You have no idea why someone’s knee might be doing that in Warrior 2…

…then I’ve got something for you. In today’s episode I’m chatting with my friend and teacher Jason Ray Brown. Jason is a long time yoga teacher and the creator of Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers. It is a year long anatomy course that I took in 2010 and it had a HUGE impact on my teaching!

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • All about warrior two leg architecture, several reasons why a student’s knee might drift toward the midline and what to do about it
  • What to look for in tadasana to get an idea of imbalances in strength  
  • Many options for shifting alignment and sequencing to best help our students
  • What Jason sees at the traditional benefits of vinyasa yoga practice  
  • A discussion of pushing and pulling motions and how to incorporate both in an asana class


Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers
Jason Ray Brown

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6 Responses to “10: How Anatomy Studies Changes Our Teaching with Guest Teacher Jason Ray Brown”

  1. Susan Fleck Feiner

    I loved this Podcast. I took Jason’s ASFYT class in 2014 and cannot recommend it more!!! It changed my teaching and like you said EMPOWERED me in My teaching practice. Thank you Francesca and Jason!

    • Francesca Cervero

      I am so happy to hear this resonated so well! Thanks for being here and learning with us.

  2. Raquel Scalon

    Another super interesting and thought provoking podcast. I’m noticing a common denominator among all the podcasts in the sense that all the teachers interviewed use the yoga asana as a canvas, as a background, almost like a space holder for mindful movement and breath centered practices. I’m really enjoying to listen how all the teachers, in one way or another, have started questioning how asana is taught and are blending in more strength based movement. Thinking outside of the box, mixing and matching, borrowing from cross-fit, massage, dance, martial arts and other practices but without loosing touch with the more inward and traditional aspects of yoga. Their teaching sounds relevant and coherent with their own experience, in tuned with what’s happening now. And we know that what’s happening NOW is always changing, and to me that’s the catch that we sometimes failure to recognize. Let us always be curious students!

    • Francesca Cervero

      This is SO beautifully said. Thank you for sharing! I think you do all this *so well* in your own teaching. 🙂

  3. Gail

    I love to walk or do stretches on the floor as I listen to podcasts. Is it too much trouble to make them downloadable? I like to be away from the Internet and the EMFs as much as possible.

    • Francesca Cervero

      I love to listen to podcasts that way also! Do you listen to them on Apple podcasts? If so, they are easily downloadable there! Let us know if you have any trouble with that.


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