Embodied learning: The Anatomy of Yoga - YRK Magazine
 

Embodied learning: The Anatomy of Yoga

Writer michael vyskocil
Photographer Eric Forberger


Skin and muscle, bone and body systems … the practice of yoga begins from the inside out. Philomena Behmer, Evolution Power Yoga instructor, says that understanding the anatomy of yoga is essential to helping students position themselves in ways to avoid potential injury or wear and tear on joints.

Within Evolution’s anatomy of yoga course, Behmer’s primary objectives are for teachers in training to correctly use the language of anatomy and physiology, describe features of different tissues of the body and apply anatomy and physiology principles while learning to assist and instruct individuals. This course is part of Evolution’s 250-Hour ACCESS teacher training, but also open to all participants, no yoga or medical experience needed.

“Considering the amount of untrustworthy information widely available, now more than ever it is important for teachers to deliver accurate content to their students,” she adds. “It’s important for yoga teachers to understand anatomy so they can perpetuate accurate information and provide instruction to encourage sustainable body alignment.”

This focus on knowledge has led Behmer to conduct research for her dissertation on the impact of anatomy and physiology on students through Evolution’s yoga teacher training program. This fall, she’ll present her research at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health’s Symposium on Yoga Research.

Behmer, who has taught high school biology for 10 years and anatomy and physiology at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in Lancaster for 13 years, says she believes in the value of embodied learning.

“Embodied learning is knowledge constructed through the entire body. It’s not limited to only learning about muscle and bones. It also has emotional, symbolic and spiritual ways of knowing,” she says. “This type of learning bring us full circle to what yoga is about: the here and now. I think anatomy and physiology is helpful for anyone because it’s a way to presence yourself. You think about yourself and your movements. Your mind is here in the moment.”

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Evolution Power Yoga “Anatomy of Yoga” program is a CEU-approved course by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America, National Academy of Sports Medicine and Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy. Classes in York begin October 14; register online at evolutionpoweryoga.com/york-events or call 717.699.2000.

evolution power yoga
  • Queensgate Town Center 2093 Springwood Rd. York, PA 17403
  • 717.699.2000
evolution power yoga
  • Queensgate Town Center 2093 Springwood Rd. York, PA 17403
  • 717.699.2000