London Yoga Workshops

Anatomy and Physiology Applied to Yoga:

A 4-part Immersion

with Andrew McGonigle (aka Doctor Yogi)


Sat 24 Nov 2018 | West London Buddhist Centre

London Yoga Workshops: Anatomy & Physiology


Saturday 24th November 2018

Sunday 25th November 2018

Sunday 2 December 2018

Sunday 13 January 2019

11:00am – 17:30pm


How much?


Andrew McGonigle teaches a four-day immersion for yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees, or yoga practitioners with at least a one year consistent practice. The immersion is ideal for those with an established practice, who want to learn more about the human body, go deeper in their yoga practice and develop alignment cues that are accurate and inclusive. We will explore anatomy to a depth that is appropriate for teaching yoga. We will explore in detail the anatomy and physiology of our body applied to practising and teaching yoga. All the areas covered are related directly back to the asana practice. The sessions are interactive and experiential with lots of group work and there is strong focus on using anatomy to make asana practices as inclusive as possible. A detailed manual is included and there will be homework to promote personal integration.


Day 1 & 2: An Overview of Anatomy Applied to Yoga + A Detailed Exploration of the Lower Limbs

Areas covered in day 1 include:

• An introduction to muscle looking at its structure and function and how we can apply the knowledge of stretch reflexes to deepen our practice

• The structure and function of bone and joints looking at why alignment is important and what limits our movement

• How a knowledge of fascia can impact our movement on and off the mat • Anatomical language and how this can help us to remember the names of some of our muscles

• An exploration of our feet and ankles looking at their structure and function and how we can apply this knowledge on and off the mat

• Why our knee joints may be vulnerable to injury and how to support them

• A detailed look at the hip joints focusing on what makes each of us so unique



Day 3 & 4: A Detailed Exploration of the Upper Limbs and Spine + Why Yoga Makes Us Feel So Good

Areas covered in day 2 include:

• The importance of shoulder girdle mobility and stability in our yoga practice • Shoulder impingement and hyperextension of the elbow joint

• An exploration of our pelvis and sacro-iliac joints and how to keep this pivotal part of our body supported during asana

• The lumbar spine and intervertebral discs

• The anatomy of our core musculature

• Our thoracic spine and tips to increase mobility here

• Keeping our cervical spine supported during inversions

• How yoga impacts our neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory system

By the end of the two days you will feel inspired and have the confidence to analyse any yoga asana with a clear understanding of the key actions and alignment principles and how to work with your own unique anatomy and that of your student. This immersion counts towards CPD requirements for Yoga Alliance US members (20 contact hours plus 2 non-contact hour).

“The workshops with Andrew were fantastic. I really got so much from them. My own practice and teaching has become so much more informed.” – Kylie P

“For anyone practising or teaching yoga who is keen to increase their practical understanding of anatomy within yoga I can’t recommend Andrew’s training enough. Really accessible, inspiring and enjoyable.” – Anna T


For more information about Andrew, visit our Yoga Teacher Training Faculty page.


West London Buddhist Centre
Royal Oak House
45a Porchester Road
London W2 5DP

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