7th September, 2021: Yoga Anatomy & the Musculoskeletal System

Graduate Studies in Yoga Therapy

Course Dates

The dates below relate to students enrolled in the 2021 course.  New dates for the next course   -starting Springtime 2022 – will be published soon! 

Combination of Face to Face & Live Online Webinars


ONLINE (2021) 

Tuesdays: 9:30am – 12:30 & 1:30pm – 4:30pm 
7th September
14th September
5th October


Saturdays: 9:30am – 12:30 & 1:30pm – 4:30pm

25th September
23rd October


Saturday 12th February – Wednesday 16th February, 2022
(These are rescheduled face-to-face dates for students enrolled in the 2021 course)

Course Timings

Weekdays: 8:30 am  – 4:30 pm

Weekends: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Module Content

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

Anatomy & Physiology

  • 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 & Disorders

  • 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- for example: 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
  • Knowledge about common western medical terminology, approach to treatment, including familiarity with commonly used drugs and surgical procedures
  • The typical presentation, cause, progression and contraindications of the listed common musculoskeletal disorders as relevant to the work of a yoga therapist

Therapeutic Application of Yoga Practices

  • 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

Working with the physical body is very often the starting place in Yoga Therapy – therefore this module provides valuable tools for developing skills as a Yoga Therapist . Lisa G

Ready to Enrol?

Enrolment for our next course starting Springtime 2022 will open soon.

Please Note: This 100hr module is part of our full Yoga Therapy Training Course. It is open to yoga teachers who have completed Foundations of Yoga Therapy (or equivalent) or have graduated from The Yoga Institute’s Yoga Teacher Training program. If you meet these pre-requisites this Module can be taken as a standalone module or as part of the full Yoga therapy training course.

Step 1: Deposit

Pay today to secure your place = $550

Step 2: Balance Payment

Remaining Balance = $1,400

Total Course Fee: $1,950

Module pricing includes:

  • 8 x Face-face days at The Yoga Institute (Cammeray, Sydney)
  • 4 x Live & interactive evening webinars
  • 2 x individual mentoring sessions to support practicum and module completion

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 clients who are seeking a better understanding of their unique and changing needs. Her understanding and personal practice has 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 is part of the complete Yoga Therapy Training Course qualification which is registered with Yoga Australia.


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.

Training Components & Prerequisites

This Module is part of the Yoga Therapy Training Course and 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:

More Information:

To find out more or get your questions answered, contact Lisa Grauag at yogatherapytraining@yogainstitute.com.au or call us on 0477 021 219.

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