Advanced Anatomy: The musculoskeletal system in yoga

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Advanced Anatomy: The musculoskeletal system in yoga; applied anatomy, intelligent sequencing and accommodating common injuries and conditions

Part of Yoga Hero’s 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course

Tuesday 18th – Sunday 23rd May 2021, 8:30 – 4:30pm

An understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy is absolutely fundamental for yoga teachers. When you’re teaching people how to move, it’s non-negotiable that you have a framework of understanding about how the body moves.

Angela Jervis-Read will take us on a deep dive in to the inner workings of the musculoskeletal system, including a refresher of the more ‘important’ muscles covered (hopefully!) on your 200 hour qualification, before looking at the make up of muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones and how this make up affects how we move.

This module really focuses on the uniqueness of each person’s body, but how to still use averages to teach safely, whilst ensuring all are welcome in your classes. We’ll cover common injuries and conditions, such as lower back pain, wrist pain, rotator cuff issues and more.

Finally, this module will apply this anatomy to sequencing; how to build intelligent, effective and wonderful sequences that make your students feel amazing! This will also include breaking down some of the more advanced asanas such as inversions and arm balances.

This 50 hour module can be attended as part of our 300 hour course, or on its own.

Course content:

A refresher

Reviewing the more ‘important’ muscles of the musculoskeletal system, including:

  • Muscles of the hips and thighs
  • Muscles of the trunk
  • Muscles of the shoulder and upper arm
  • Different ways a muscle can contract
  • Different ways a muscle can stretch


Building on this refresher

With the fresh knowledge and revisiting of the more important muscles, we’ll layer in supporting muscles that help the body move around in a yoga class, looking at the function and make up of the muscles of the arms, legs, neck and head, and how they interact with the muscles from our refresher.


The make up of muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones

We know that tendons mainly connect muscles to bones; but it isn’t as simple as bone > tendon > muscle > tendon > bone… In fact, the body of the muscle starts to integrate a few tendon cells, then a few more, then more and more until it’s almost all tendon. Think of it as a sliding scale rather than a dividing change. Understanding the make up of these different types of tissues will take your musculoskeletal understanding from good to excellent; ready to apply that straight to our teaching.


Common injuries and conditions

As we know; yoga is so much more than just the physical! The positive impact that practicing physical yoga has on all the systems of the human body is vast. Therefore, whilst we have to prioritise safety first, in an ideal world; we wouldn’t turn people away from our classes because they have an injury or condition, but rather we’d work with them to help them enjoy the vast benefits of yoga, without exacerbating their injury further.

Full disclaimer: this module will not teach you, or qualify you, to diagnose or treat injuries or conditions, but it will furnish you with the knowledge to work with your students to allow them to benefit from yoga whilst still being safe.


Applying anatomy to sequencing

This deeper level of anatomical understanding will be part of what takes your classes from safe and beneficial to therapeutical, wonderful and completely enjoyable.

Diving deep into the make up of muscle tissues, an understanding of the different ways a muscle stretches and contracts, and the musculoskeletal system as a whole is really creating a bed of knowledge on which to build your sequences on. Intelligent sequencing with a body part, or a theme, or a energetic focus at the heart, really makes such an impact on those who are practicing; we can really make people feel like they’ve had a workout, and a massage, and a talking therapy session, and a good rest!


Advancing your asana 

To complete the course content, we’ll be playing around with, and breaking down, some more advanced asanas such as inversions and arm balances. Having an understanding of how the body moves; how the body holds strength and where space is needed, is absolutely vital if you’re ever planning to teach people to take their weight through their shoulders and wrists, or their neck.

Looking at these advanced asanas really helps to apply the deeper level of anatomical knowledge that we’ve indulged in so far, in a fun way!

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Tuesday 18th – Sunday 23rd May 2021, 8:30 – 4:30pm


The price for the course is £775

The price for Yoga Hero teacher trainees and graduates is £700

Payment Plan

Payment in installments is available:

This can certainly be paid in installments as follows:
* £150 non-refundable deposit
* £300 to be paid by 1st February 2021
* Balance to be paid by 1 July 2021

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If you book on to two modules of our 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course, we will offer a 5% discount on the total cost

If you book on to three modules of our 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course, we will offer a 7.5% discount on the total cost

If you book on to four modules of our 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course, we will offer a 10% discount on the total cost

If you book on to all modules of our 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course, we will offer a 15% discount on the total cost

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Course Leader

Angela Jervis-Read

Angela Jervis-Read Advanced Teacher Training

Angela Jervis-Read E-RYT 500 has been immersed in the world of yoga since 1998. She stumbled upon the science while seeking out a way to manage her chronic back back. Within a only a few months of practising her physical pain and attitude towards life had shifted dramatically. It was at this time, that she realized, that her mission in life was to spread the magic of yoga around the world.

Known as a pain specialist , Angela’s intuitive nature fuels her ability to manipulate the relationship between mind and body. She holds a private practice in Toronto, where she works one-on-one with people suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, arthritis, repetitive strain injuries and other mental and physical discomforts. Compassion and kindness define her approach, setting her clients at ease — allowing for the greatest potential for change.

Sought out by studios around the globe, Angela leads international teacher trainings, retreats and workshops in the both the yin and vinyasa traditions.   She contributes to health and wellness magazines, has appeared on national television networks, speaks at conferences and is currently completing her first book.

Inspirations both and on and off the mat are: Jeannine Woodall, Hali Schwartz, Sarah Powers, Tom Myers and Rishi Sudhir of the Sampoorna Yoga School in Goa – India.

300 hour Advanced Teacher Training Course Information

The advanced yoga teacher training course comprises the following modules:


Advanced Yin: Diving deeper in to the myofascial lines, meridians, the chakras, and the relationship between the three along with five element theory
50 hours
Led by Angela Jervis-Read
19 – 25th June 2020
Held online


Advanced Training: Philosophy, Sanskrit and Chanting
100 hours
Led by Hali Schwartz
15th – 25th October 2020


Advanced Anatomy: Systems of the body; nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, respiratory, cardiovascular, and yoga’s impact on these
50 hours
Led by Pip Waller
Tuesday 20th – Sunday 25th April 2021


Advanced Anatomy: The musculoskeletal system in yoga; understanding the musculoskeletal system in asana, intelligent sequencing, accommodating common injuries and conditions
50 hours
Led by Angela Jervis-Read
Tuesday 18th – Sunday 23rd May 2021


Advanced Training: The business of being a yoga teacher
50 hours
Led by Holly Mcfee
Tuesday 19th – Sunday 24th October 2021


How it works:

Each module can be booked and attended individually, or attend 300 hours for the full 300 hour accreditation.

Modules will be re-run in 2021 and beyond, and new modules may be added at any point. All modules and their associated assessments must be completed within four calendar years in order to gain the accreditation.



To apply for a space on this course, you must have completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training qualification. If that’s true for you, please click on the button below.

Alternatively, email to ask any questions, or call 07743513225.

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Coronavirus Contingency Update

Updated 9th April 2020

Should social distancing and / or lock down measures be in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, we will offer part, or all, of this course online, using ‘Zoom software’; or something similar.

Our priority would be to hold the teacher training altogether in the Yoga Hero studio, however, should part or all of the training move online, it’s great to know that there are many benefits to attending an online training including:

  • You get to attend from your own home, so no travelling each morning and evening
  • We’re able to share slides with images and text in a digestible format
  • There’s real clarity to all the information
  • You’re able to record lectures for future reference

If part or all of the training will be held online, in advance of the training, we will hold a ‘test’ online session for all to attend; to get a feel for the software and for the format. It can feel alien at first to consider learning online, but we’ve experienced great success with this so far.

Our Teacher Training team will keep you posted at all stages, and if learning online is not something that works for you, we would happily postpone your place to a future training.


About Yoga Hero

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Hero has been established since March 2013. Initially, classes were ‘popping up’ in church halls, arts galleries, cafes, skateparks… you name it! Over time, we eventually found a beautiful home in Leeds Dock.

At Yoga Hero, we passionately believe in the value of continued learning, and we strive to provide an exceptionally high level of training, in all the courses that we offer, at the studio and internationally.

About Leeds Dock

Leeds Dock

Yoga Hero is based in a beautiful part of Leeds called Leeds Dock. Leeds Dock is a 10 minute walk from Leeds Train Station, or there’s a free water taxi service between the train station and the Dock!


Around Leeds Dock are many affordable hotels, such as:
* Holiday Inn Express (Two minutes’ walk)
* Jury’s Inn (Five minutes’ walk)
* Ibis (Five minutes’ walk)
* Malmaison (Ten minutes’ walk)


There are also many very reasonably priced AirBnBs on the Dock


Leeds is a quite small city with loads going on. The whole city is walkable by foot, probably 40 minutes’ walk from one end to the other at a steady pace. There’s many independent restaurants and cafes, with our favourite North Star Coffee Shop just two doors down from the studio, serving incredible coffee and food during the day.


If you have any questions about Leeds; what to do, where to stay, or how to get here, just ask the team: // 07743513225.