Yoga Anatomy

In the Yoganic Teacher Training course we have studied this excellent book, authored by Ray Long MD, as the text for our Yoga Anatomy course. Dr. Long describes the book as “Your guide to Functional Anatomy”. As any student of Anatomy can testify, it is a subject that may seem tedious with the memorization of Latin terms. The following photos depict the book’s use of  computer graphic imaging, which offers the yoga student a clear break down of the muscles and bones and their actions in the yoga asanas. I highly recommend this book, which can be purchased at


Virabhadrasana II:  skeletal bones; muscles of the torso


This posture opens the hips and helps to develop strength and stamina in the limbs. Virabhadra is an aspect of the Hindu god, Shiva, in his role as a warrior and protector. The psychological attitudes developed by this asana are courage and fearlessness.

Siddhasana:  muscles, bones of the lower leg, abdominal organs


A siddha is one recognized as having developed a high level of control over the mind and body. This intermediate posture requires flexibility in the hips and knees. It provides a stable base for extended periods of pranayama and meditation.

Massage Circle


Our Teacher Trainees practice palpating the muscles of the shoulder girdle, a fun way to learn the location of various muscle groups.

Anatomy course instructor, Dave Garza, demonstrates flexion of the ankle. Dave has an extensive background in a diverse range of massage techniques, martial arts, and yoga. An instructor in the massage schools of San Diego, he is a talented and passionate lecturer. Thank you, Dave, for your insightful and fun Anatomy instruction!


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