The following are actual questions that have been asked and that come up relatively frequently. If you have a question that's not listed here, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Q: I'll be traveling for a few weeks and will miss several classes. Is there a minimum attendance requirement? How do I make up the material that I've missed?
A: There is no minimum attendance requirement. Of course we encourage you to attend class as much as you are able to, but if you have previous commitments and need to miss we have made it very possible for you to make up the material. You'll be able to download the lecture notes and presentation slides, watch/listen to the video lecture, and then complete the online quiz from the Student Resources Website. All you'll need is an internet connection and you can keep studying with us while you're away, and then jump right back into class when you return.
Q: I don't know very much anatomy, and don't feel that I learned very much from the anatomy workshops in my teacher training. Will I be okay in this course?
A: You'll definitely be okay. You're in the same boat as most yoga teachers who have come out of their first teacher training. The courses offered by ASFYT start with the basics, and then gradually build from there. All that is required is the motivation to learn.
Q: I've taken a lot of anatomy workshops over the years and am concerned that this course may be too basic for me. How deep does it go?
A: We've had many people take the course with strong backgrounds in anatomy… recently including an E.R. doctor and an Occupational Therapist. They both speak very highly of the course. While the first couple of lecture modules may be somewhat of a review of basic terminology, the course is layered and goes quite deep. It's also comprehensive, so it will likely fill in whatever gaps there are in your education if you have primarily learned anatomy piecemeal through small workshops. In addition, the frequent references made between the material being studied and yoga asana practice make the course extremely unique.
Q: I'm trying to make a decision about which anatomy course I should take, as there are a few different courses out there now… including Yoga Tune-Up with Jill Miller and the course that Leslie Kaminoff teaches at the Breathing Project. Is this course different from what they offer?
A: Well, the first point to make is that all of these courses definitely ARE different. It's difficult to compare and say that one is better than the other, as I'm sure that all of them would be beneficial and great learning experiences in some way. But I would just say that our course has several unique strengths:
- it's comprehensive and well-organized,
- it is somewhat academic and provides a well-rounded education in musculo-skeletal anatomy that will serve as a great foundation for future learning;
- it covers ALL of the common musculoskeletal injuries and pathologies, including disc herniation, SI joint dysfunction, torn meniscus, torn ACL, torn rotator cuff, shoulder impingement syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, fallen arches, flat feet, bow-leggedness, knock-knees, elbow and knee hyperextension, scoliosis, hyper- and hypo- kyphosis and lordosis, and more;
- it includes a lot of materials in the form of the lecture notes, presentation slides, online videos (over 60 hours worth), and the online quizzes;
- it is a great value for both the quality and the quantity of the information you receive, especially considering how much other programs cost and how much a similar series of courses would cost in a college setting
Q: How much study-time will I need to set aside for this course?
A: Most students spend 5-8 hours studying each week outside of the lectures. One of the first things we do on Day 1 is make a study vow. We have you reflect on the times you have available to study, and then commit to studying during those times and share your study vow with the class. Creating this study time and then sticking to it is important, as it will help you get more out of the course.
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