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Western Anatomy

Have a Blast learning Western anatomy with a Yogic spark!

ATTENTION YOGA TEACHERS AND TEACHER TRAINEES: Are you ready to fearlessly and safely teach in exciting and exotic venues worldwide?


Then join me to learn the principles of Western musculoskeletal anatomy. You’ll be empowered to teach your passion, be a respected stand-out in your profession, and earn Yoga Alliance approved CE hours.

  1. Are you seeking to refresh and expand on the anatomy you were taught in your teacher training and see immediate and dramatic improvements in your ability, confidence and effectiveness as a Yoga teacher?
  2. Do you want potential employers to contact YOU with exciting opportunities based on your experience and solid reputation alone?
  3. Are you ready to embrace the fun and enriching aspects of  anatomy without having to spend a small fortune on training  or sit through boring and complicated courses?
  4. Do you have the desire to make a significant impact onothers by capitalizing on the trend towards incorporating Yoga programs into schools, athletics, corporations, luxury resorts, etc.?

If You Answered “Yes” Then,  keep reading:

I’ve taught Hatha Yoga for the past 25 years in dynamic venues including:

  • The Gopher football team, Concordia College football team and pro athletes from the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Wild
  • The U of M dance department and U of M/Guthrie Theater actor training program
  • Inner-city high school students
  • I’ve also taught at luxury resorts worldwide, studios, health clubs and corporations

In 1991, I was teaching my very first Yoga class to a college football team. These were big, stiff guys on football scholarships who were trusting and depending on me. When I was about to apply the Yoga adjustments I was taught, it hit me, “Good God! I need to get my booty into an anatomy class, pronto!”

As someone who struggled BIG TIME with science in high school and college, I now had an urgent and specific need to grasp anatomy and physiology. I immediately enrolled in massage school to take basic science courses and then signed up for more college level science classes.

So, over the course of 20 years, I worked as a rehabilitative massage therapist in a renowned healing center, a chiropractic clinic and a leading orthopedic center. I also taught anatomically-precise rehabilitative massage techniques at a massage school and was mentored by the founder of the institution, an expert in anatomy.

I learned to teach Yoga from an anatomical standpoint, and I became an interpreter of anatomical information for others who were struggling with the content. I had been there and knew the exhilaration that comes with finally “getting it.”

I had the highest quality teachers and mentors who instilled in me the true value of passing this knowledge of anatomy and physiology on to people who have that same love, awe and respect for the human body as I do.

This is the Same Course Content that I Teach in Local Yoga Teacher Training Programs – Here’s What You’ll Learn:

  1. The major structures of the musculoskeletal system in relationship to asana and how to design a class in your particular style of Yoga.
  2. We will further this knowledge by artfully creating these structures in the classroom and making our own models to use as a visual.
  3. You will then take what you’ve learned and create lesson plans to teach in the style of Yoga you love to teach.


Section 1: Super-basic Vocabulary & The Major Structures of The Feet to the Legs
You’ll learn about the basic types of muscle contractions and stretches. This information will extend through the rest of the sections offered. We’ll also work with how the arches in the feet and the shins and calves move in asanas.

Section 2: Pelvis, Thighs & Glutes
From identifying the relationship between the quads and hamstrings to establishing the difference between hip flexors and hip rotators, you’ll discover how these areas relate to asana.

Section 3: Abs, Back & Neck
From establishing the difference between the transverse abdominus and the rectus abdominus, to delving into the tension-filled areas of the quadratus lumborum and the trapezius, you’ll design your own sequences of asanas to address these areas.

Section 4: Shoulders, Chest & Arms
We’ll examine the rotator cuff and learn why it’s often injured. We’ll then study the pecs, biceps and triceps and learn how this area all comes together to form some “mighty fine” asanas.


Are you ready to dive into learning the major musculoskeletal structures of the human body and use that knowledge when instructing your students?

If you answered “YES,” then contact Julie for current dates, venues, prices and to register.

See you in class! CONTACT ME

Julie Schmit, MA, LAMFT, Brennan Healing Science Practitioner, E-RYT.