This comprehensive course consists of twelve lectures covering:
- the anatomy and physiology of muscle tissue;
- the location, attachments and actions of all the major muscles (including reverse actions!);
- how to strengthen and stretch all of the major muscle groups through yoga asana and other exercises;
- important peculiarities of selected muscles (i.e., the piriformis changes from a lateral rotator to a medial rotator when the thigh is flexed beyond 90 degrees; adductor magnus acts like a 4th hamstring but doesn’t cross the knee, etc.);
- the roles muscles play (i.e., agonist, antagonist, neutralizer, stabilizer, support muscle);
- the neuromuscular system, including important reflexes and PNF stretching techniques; and
- massage moves for yoga teachers! A special workshop introducing a handful of helpful myofascial massage techniques.
Contact Hours: 36
Non-Contact Hours for Homestudy Students: 18*
Prerequisites: ASFYT-1, or strong background in skeletal anatomy and common injuries
Required Book: The Muscular System Manual, 3rd Edition, by Joseph Muscolino
*A Note on Non-Contact Hours: We estimate that home-study students will study about 7-8 hours per lecture, which works out to approximately 90 hours total for the twelves lectures. Yoga Alliance gives one hour of credit per 5 hours of independent study, which works out to 18 non-contact hours.
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