Applied Anatomy in Yoga

50 hours, led by Holly Mcfee

Tuck your tailbone! 
Push through your hands more!
Engage your abs… 

Have you ever wondered what we’re trying to achieve with alignment cues like these? 

An understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy is vital for guiding yogis through a safe and beneficial yoga practice, not to mention that this understanding and confidence can take your classes from good to amazing and thoroughly beneficial. 

Expect to graduate the course feeling grounded in your anatomical knowledge, inspired to share with others and confident in offering safe cues to your yogis who are in front of you, to ensure they get the very best from their practice. 

You may have covered this information in the past and you’re struggling to remember some (or all!) of it, or it might be that you never really have felt confident with anatomy, or maybe you never learnt it full stop… If that sounds like you, this course is perfect for you! 

What we cover:

  • What does ‘safety first’ mean, and how does this relate to ‘ahimsa’
  • Anatomical terminology
  • Key muscles, bones, joints and actions in the body
  • Using musculoskeletal knowledge for safe and beneficial sequencing
  • Common alignment pitfalls, and how to use our knowledge to create strength and flexibility to avoid them
  • Understanding fascia; connective tissue, and it’s importance in our yoga practice
  • How our Yoga practice and specifically the breath affects our nervous system

Who is this course for?

  • Yoga teachers; in training, new and experienced
  • Passionate yoga practitioners with over two years’ regular practice 
  • Aspiring yoga teachers

Ready to book your space?

Confirm your place with a £175 deposit payment

Register your interest in this Applied Anatomy in Yoga Teacher Training Course


    All dates are 2024:

    Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th February
    Friday 16th – Sunday 18th February

    08:30 – 16:30


    The price for the course is £775

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

    This can be paid in instalments.

    Ready to book your space?

    Confirm your place with a £175 deposit payment

    Course content

    An introduction and refresher of anatomical terminology

    Whilst anatomical terminology can be a lot to get your head around first, it really is worth taking the time to do this, as it really speeds up the rest of our understanding and learning. 

    We learn the terminology by repetition, by functional movement, more repetition, drawing it on printed skeletons and so much more. And once it’s clicked, you’ll remember it for life! 

    An introduction and refresher of key bones and their important landmarks

    Processes, tuberosities, tubercles… we’ll cover them all and why they’re important.

    An introduction and refresher of key muscles 

    Knowing the muscles; the origin, insertion and action can put the fear in to us yoga teachers, but there’s really no need to be fearful! Our training breaks down key muscles in to simple learnings that are immediately translatable and useful in your yoga practice and your teachings. 

    Healthful movement 

    How and why does yoga make us feel so strong, flexible, capable AND calm? We’ll break this down, including how to keep joints, bones and muscles healthy, with asana and off the mat too. 

    Integrating all learnings in to your teachings 

    Enjoy a practical guide to crafting classes and workshops that people really need, and that make the most of your new knowledge. Plus, putting it in to practice straight away will really contribute to long term memory. Expect to graduate the course with at least three classes or workshops that you immediately feel confident teaching. 

    Course Leaders

    Holly Mcfee

    Holly Mcfee is the owner of Yoga Hero Ltd. Holly has been practicing yoga since 2010, and teaching since 2013. Holly embarked upon her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training here in Leeds, and after balancing a full time job and teaching yoga for just six months, went full time in to teaching.

    In August 2015 Holly opened the Yoga Hero studio in Leeds Dock, and in June 2017 this studio expanded to become one of the largest dedicated yoga spaces in the North of England.

    Holly’s experience in opening two busy studios, and years of self-employment, will be shared to help trainees build a thriving yoga business, should you wish to. Holly is an experienced Ashtanga, Rocket, Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Restorative Yoga teacher, and the diversity across these disciplines combined with her passion for spreading the benefits of yoga, her dedication to make teachers be the best they can be and her ongoing study of philosophy, anatomy and asana, mean that teacher trainees will receive a vital combination of learning about the many aspects of yoga practice, philosophy, and teaching.

    Aside from teaching and practising yoga, Holly loves to walk her pug, see friends and family, have the odd beer and explore the world.

    Register your interest in this Applied Anatomy in Yoga Teacher Training Course

      Further course information including all policies >

      Coronavirus Contingency Planning 

      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

      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.

      Yoga Hero has three studios, one with a capacity of up to 80, one with a capacity of 20, and the third is perfect for small private groups or one to one sessions. At Yoga Hero, we offer everything from Introduction to Yoga Courses, Pay As You Feel Classes, up to 200 hour Foundation Teacher Training Qualifications and Further Training, such as Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and much more!

      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 servicebetween 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: hello@yogahero.co.uk // 07743513225

      300 hour Advanced Teacher Training Course Information

      The advanced yoga teacher training course comprises the following modules:

      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 2023 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.

      Course Policy Documentation

      Please note that this course is subject to our Course Policy Documentation, please read >