Spine & Back: Anatomy & Posture
Objectives at a Glance
Spinal Regions & Vertebrae
Become proficient in the anatomy of the spine including each of the five regions, the spinal curves and the vertebrae.
Learn the anatomical terminology and function of superficial, intermediate and deep back muscles.
Learn the functions of the spine and the attributes of a healthy spine.
Become proficient in using accurate terminology related to spinal movements and how to apply knowledge of the movements to inform teaching of the various categories of asana.
Learn terminology and considerations related to “anatomical position,” “neutral,” and the attributes and implications of healthy posture.
Postural Issues & Conditions
Become knowledgeable about postural issues such as thoracic mobility issues, hyperlordosis and kyphosis, and the vast variety of potential causal factors.
The Spine Teaching Considerations
Apply knowledge of a healthy spine and compensatory movement patterns to support effective teaching of asana.