Oct 11, 2017: Yoga Anatomy & the Musculoskeletal System

Graduate Studies in Yoga Therapy

Course Dates

Face to Face Intensive Block:
Wednesday 11th – Wednesday 18th October  2017

Live Online Webinars: Dates TBC

Module Content

Knowledge of structural and functional anatomy relevant to a Yoga Therapist. Areas to be covered include:

  • Whole vertebral column, pelvis, upper limbs (arm- shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand), lower limbs (hip joint, knee, feet)
  • Knowledge of biomechanics and movement as they relate to the practice of yoga and the work of a yoga therapist.
  • Musculoskeletal assessment. Including history taking, observation and palpation. To include understanding common individual structural and functional differences
  • Understanding of common musculoskeletal disorders relevant to a Yoga therapist. To include vertebral column disorders- excessive or reduced Lordosis and Kyphosis, neck pain, intervertebral disc problems, nerve impingements, facet joint problems, scoliosis, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and osteoporosis. Hip, knee and feet conditions. Shoulder conditions such as Rotator cuff tears, impingement conditions of the shoulder, Epicondylitis and Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • The typical presentation, cause, progression and contraindications of the listed common musculoskeletal disorders as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist
  • Knowledge about foundational yoga therapy practices with an emphasis on functional -oriented practices.
  • A Yoga Therapy perspective on Chronic Pain
  • Relevant tools of Yoga covered will include but not limited to: body awareness techniques, functional movement, static posture (asana) and relaxation techniques
  • Knowledge about common western medical terminology, approach to treatment, including familiarity with commonly used drugs and surgical procedures


Module Components

Who are the teachers?

This module will be taught by Kaye Tribe and Lisa Grauaug.

Kaye offers a diverse range of clinical experience in Functional Anatomy and Myotherapy combined with a professional background in adult education, making her a highly sought after Lecturer in Yoga Therapy & Functional AnatomyRead more.

Lisa GrauaugLisa has been practicing and teaching yoga since the mid-90s. Lisa values individuality and working with students and clients to facilitate a better understanding of their unique and changing needs. Her understanding and personal practice has since been strongly influenced by the teachings as translated by Sri T Krishnamacharya. Read more.

Prior Learning & Course Recognition

If you have already completed an Anatomy for Yoga Therapy course with us please contact us to discuss Recognition of Prior Learning for that training.

This Module can be taken as a stand alone professional development program, or it can be taken as part of the complete Yoga Therapy Training Course qualification. Yoga Teachers who attend this module as a standalone unit receive Yoga Australia CPD points equivalent to 100hrs.


This is a competency-based unit, so students will be assessed to demonstrate competency. In the circumstance where competency is not demonstrated on first submission, re-submission will be possible.

Assessment of this module includes:

  • Full attendance at all face to face classes *
  • Full attendance at all live webinars *
  • Undertaking pre and post lecture study tasks as directed
  • Successful completion and submission of reflective journal questions following all classes and webinars
  • Successful completion of two Case Studies relevant to this Module
  • One other written assessment task related to the Module content

* Where any face to face or live webinar sessions are missed (under exceptional circumstances only) the student will be required to complete adequate ‘make up’ tasks as set by the teacher for that class, including but not limited to viewing of any recordings of the class session (where available), and answering reflective questions set by the teacher. An additional cost will be incurred by the student for these sessions.

Registration & Payment

The fee for this Module is $1950 (inc GST), which involves 100+ hours of training, including:

  • 70 hours of classes (face to face and online)
  • access to the online learning portal
  • 2 hours of individual Mentoring with your Program Mentor
  • resources to facilitate 30+ hours of self-directed learning
  • reading material and other learning tools
  • assessment of your written work
  • partial completion of the registered Yoga Therapy Training Course

The requirements in order to register for this unit are:

  • all registration enquiries are welcome, this Module maybe attended as a stand-alone.
  • Level 1 Yoga Australia membership or equivalent experience as a Yoga Teacher
  • see requirements as specified in the Yoga Therapy Training Course Requirements

Payment Options:

Full Fee Payment:

$1950 paid in full on registration for the module


Instalment Payments:

Available to students who enrol more than 2 months in advance of the module commencement.

Registration deposit = $750
+ 2 Direct Debit instalment payments of $625 each

  • A signed authorisation is required for this Direct Debit payment option
  • Deposit payment and completion of authorisation secures your place
  • First instalment is due 1 month after deposit date
  • Second instalment is due 2 months after deposit date
  • All payments to be completed prior to commencement of the module

Ready to Enrol?

This module can be taken as a standalone unit for registered yoga teachers. If you are taking this module as part of the full Yoga Therapy Training Course you need to complete the course application and have it approved prior to booking into this module. No payment is required until your application has been accepted.




More Information:

To find out more about this module please contact Kirstie Christensen at yogatherapytraining@yogainstitute.com.au or on (02) 9929 2774.

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