Beyond Basic Anatomy, a Biomechanics Intensive

This course highlights the fundamentals of anatomy and biomechanics through the lens of up to date research. Research has changed how we see the body - prior notions of “wear and tear” have been replaced with concepts of viewing the body in terms of robustness, repair, and regeneration. Understanding the properties and adaptability of musculoskeletal tissues can greatly inform our teaching. While anatomy is essential to understanding how the body functions, this course goes beyond memorisation. You will learn to inquire, asking “how and why,” and take time to reflect on how the answers can impact on your teaching of yoga.

Jules Mitchell

Course Description

This course offers a grounding in basic anatomy, whilst also incorporating modern research into bio-mechanics. Most yoga teacher training provides only limited training in anatomy and bio-mechanics, and the study of the effect of mechanical forces on structure and function is often overlooked and/or misunderstood. Aesthetic cues (for example, instructing students where to place their hands and feet in yoga asana) may not be bio-mechanically appropriate for everyone. You will learn how to fit the pose to the student, rather than making the student fit the pose.

The course is modelled on research findings that help us as teachers to avoid clinical assumptions. By understanding how our body tissues mould and adapt to applied loads, we can approach teaching asana in a more intelligent way. By understanding the bio-mechanics of anatomy, rather than simply memorising how the body functions, we can become empowered to make wise choices in how to instruct asana in for a variety of students and physical abilities.

Course Structure

This course is led live online and totals 6.5 hours, over three consecutive afternoons on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

What Will I Learn?

The Basics of Yoga Anatomy

  • Language of Anatomy
  • Regions of the Body
  • Anatomical Orientation
  • Planes of Movement
  • Bones, Joints, Muscles, Connective Tissue
  • Breathing
  • The Nervous System

Yoga Biomechanics

  • Kinetics and Kinematics
  • Mechanical Behaviour
  • Tissue Structure and Composition
  • Adaptation
  • Capacity
  • Alignment
  • Stretching

Who is this Course For?

This course is open to all students, teachers and teachers in training who are interested in looking beyond the common script for anatomy.


The workshop will be recorded and replay access offered to all students for a limited time after the event.

Meet the Teacher

Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, ERYT500 is a San Francisco-based yoga teacher, educator and massage therapist. Her unique approach incorporates her extensive study in biomechanics with the modern application of yoga asana to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. Jules’s methods intend to achieve ease in movement through deliberate loading, thus her teachings integrate numerous modalities, balancing the somatic aspects of yoga with the most current exercise science.

Jules authored a widely – acclaimed book, Yoga Bio-mechanics: Redefining Stretching, which is expected to become available in 2018 through Handspring Publishing. She is also adjunct faculty at Arizona State University where she serves as the yoga consultant on various research studies.

She leads workshops and continuing education courses worldwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in bio-mechanics.

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You will receive a Yogacampus certificate of completion on finishing the course, which totals 6.5 CPD hours.