October 7 - 24, 2021  

12 Hours of Learning

Live Interaction

12 CEUs

6 Months of Access


Marina Deetjen, RYT 500, Germany

"Amazing course! One of the best I've ever attended- very well prepared, carefully structured, and full of valuable information! Mark is unbelievably knowledgeable and has a talent of explaining most difficult concepts with clarity and ease. I didn't know anatomy could be so interesting! I highly recommend this course to any new or experienced yoga teacher who wants a better understanding of the human body and to learn how to put this theoretical knowledge to practice. Having completed the course, I now feel more confident when preparing my own yoga classes and guiding my students. Thank you so much!" - Marina



Teaching yoga invites us to guide our students in their postural practices in informed ways, with insights and techniques that help ensure that their practices are safe, sustainable and transformationalOur ability to do so is greatly enhanced by a deeper and practical understanding of the body – its basic structures and their functions, how it all optimally works, the very real differences across humanity, and how as teachers we can translate anatomy into refined guidance of our beautifully diverse students.


This course provides a complete introduction to basic human anatomy and physiology for yoga teachers. Like a forest hike, we explore deeply in the beautiful internal world of our bodies and the nature of our tissues, starting with the basic question: what are our tissues?!

With deep bows of respect to the traditional “subtle” yoga anatomy that describes humans in terms of gunas, prana-vayus, nadis, and chakras, here we take the path of scientific knowledge. From the histology of our tissues to the nature of our bones, ligaments, tendons, and joints, we explore in ways that highlight what both allows or inhibits our ability to cultivate stability, ease and healthy changes in our bodies in doping yoga asanas.

Along the way we make constant reference to real human beings, to the unique people doing postures in yoga classes, not merely idealized forms as typically presented in yoga anatomy books and websites.



Provide Your Students With Clear & Well-informed Guidance In Their Practice
Through A Deeper Understanding Of Anatomy & Physiology


Knowing the names of muscles, bones, joints and other tissues is a good start. Here we expand that learning with how they optimally function together in the practical realities of asana practice, including how as teachers we can best apply our knowledge of anatomy. 


Just as yoga is a holistic practice, yoga anatomy must always be considered as part of the whole fabric of yoga practice. We integrate yoga anatomy in ways that make it a natural part of practicing and teaching.


Bringing it all together, your expanded and refined knowledge will increase your confidence and ability to teach safe, sustainable and deeply transformational classes to a diverse array of students.


In looking closely at how the body works (and sometimes doesn’t work so well), we focus on every part of the human musculo-skeletal system, beginning with the spine and always keeping it in mind. We look closely at each of our major joints, how they are actively mobilized and stabilized, and how these qualities of action are best approached in a wide array of asanas. We address healthy range of motion, hypermobility and hypomobility, how long to hold postures for different effects, the role of connective tissues such as fascia and ligaments, differences in bone structure among different students (and differences by age and conditions such as pregnancy), and how best to communicate about anatomy with individual students and entire classes in clear and plain language.

We also address common myths and misunderstandings about the human body that arise from archaic and overly imaginative sources, thereby further highlighting the practical realities of real human beings doing yoga. In all of this, we directly connect the study of anatomy with our growing understanding of yoga asana practices and how best to guide them: it is, again, practical yoga anatomy. We move from the abstract and theoretical to the very practical applications of anatomical knowledge in yoga classes, workshops and private sessions.


  • The Basic Elements of Human Physiology
  • Overview of the Human Musculoskeletal System
  • The Nature of Our Tissues
  • Bones, Joints and Connective Tissues
  • Skeletal Muscles and How They Move and Stabilize the Body
  • The Spine: Overall Structure, Segments, Disks and Movements 
  • The Pelvic Girdle, Hips, Thighs, Knees, Ankles and Feet 
  • The Shoulder Girdle, Three Shoulder Joints, Arms, Elbows, Forearms, Wrists and Hands
  • Postural Observation and the Application of Anatomy to Practice and Teaching
  •  Alignment, cueing, and hands-on adjustments
  • Working with injuries and special conditions



As an online course, this course requires a strong and consistent internet connection, as all the video content is streaming (not downloadable). 


  • Provided: Printable Workbook with images & ample space for notes (PDF), Course Syllabus (PDF)
  • Highly Suggested: Yoga Therapy, by Mark Stephens, modeling clay, & a citrus fruit 


  • Watch all of the course video content
  • Attend the live sessions OR watch the recorded replays 
  • Pass the Certification Exam 

Please note: if you do not wish to receive a Certificate of Completion and/or Yoga Alliance CEUs, you do not need to complete the above requirements for certification. Simply consume the course content however you wish. 



  • October 7, 2021
    Course opens 
  • October 7-24, 2021
    3-week Interactive portion of the course 
  • April 7, 2022
    Course closes


  • October 7, 2021
    (9:00-10:00am PDT) 
  • October 14, 2021
    (9:00-11:00am PDT)
  • October 24, 2021
    (9:00-11:00am PDT)
Time Zone Converter:
9am PDT = 12pm EDT | 6pm CEST 

The Live Format of this course features 12 hours of online learning that blends self-paced video lecture with live interaction. The self-paced portion of this course includes seven hours of video learning that you can move through at your own pace and according to your personal schedule. The 3-week interactive portion of this course incorporates three live sessions via Zoom in which you can engage with me and other course participants. 

To make the most of attending the live sessions, it would be wise to complete the video learning during the 3-week interactive portion, so you can ask me any questions that arise for you during the video learning.

That said, I know your schedule can change at any given moment and that you may need more time to complete the course. Which is why all the live sessions are recorded and available for you to watch at your convenience, and why I give you 6 months to complete the course. Thus, you can either attend the live sessions in real-time or you can watch the recorded replays if you cannot attend live

This flexibility allows you to complete the course in as little as three weeks or as long as 6 months. I suggest you take a close look at your schedule and create a timeline for completing the course.


I’m deeply passionate about yoga and teaching it in the best possible ways. Practicing yoga for over 30 years and training teachers since 1998, I’m here to help you develop your knowledge of anatomy in entirely practical ways.

I started teaching yoga anatomy in the early 2000s as part of Yoga Inside Foundation, helping yoga teachers in serving students in prisons, mental health facilities, drug rehabs, inner city and rural schools, and other settings where we encounter the fullest range of human conditions.

From my first textbooks on Teaching Yoga (2010, second edition forthcoming in 2022), Yoga Adjustments (2012), and Yoga Sequencing (2014) to my comprehensive 720-page text on Yoga Therapy (2017, including 10 chapters on human anatomy and physiology), the theme is the same: give all yoga teachers a rich set of thoroughly researched resources that meet the practical tests of teaching and guiding a diverse array students in their yoga practices over a long period of time.

I bring a non-dogmatic, accessible, and integrated perspective to my teaching, always striving to make yoga a more refined practice for healthy living, including through guidance that is deeply informed by a plain and accurate understanding of anatomy for yoga. I also take the risk to point out the common distortions and misunderstandings found in much of yoga anatomy instruction, whether in popular books and online offering, this in abiding pursuit of jnana (knowledge), satya (truth) and ahimsa (non-hurting).



Designed for new and experienced yoga teachers (& yoga teacher trainers), this course builds upon your current knowledge and helps you develop the refined skills for guiding students far more safely and effectively in their practices.

As the vital foundation that informs alignment, cueing, hands-on adjustment and sequencing, this course is for teachers who want to guide the practice from their own knowledge and understanding of how the body is structured and functions (instead of simply repeating what they've been told).     

  • If you've ignored learning anatomy or struggled with retention...
  • If the anatomy curriculum in your Yoga Teacher Training was inadequate or you've forgotten what you learned...
  • If you want to improve your knowledge of alignment and cueing...
  • If you want to learn more about helping students with injuries and special conditions... 
  • If you want to teach from a well of your own knowledge...




Both in-person and online workshops and trainings come with their own strengths and weaknesses, and neither one is superior. My online workshops and trainings offer the same quality as my in-person offerings do, and even include some added benefits. When deciding what's a good fit for your development as a yoga teacher, consider your options and what will best suit your unique needs. 


Not everyone can take time off work (or from other responsibilities) to advance their learning and deepen their studies. If you are juggling multiple commitments and responsibilities, the flexibility of online learning offers you an opportunity to study when it works best for your unique schedule. In lieu of taking time off work or missing family dinners, you can log-in and learn when it’s convenient for you, making it easier to balance all that you do and love in life.


Unlike in-person workshops or trainings, online learning allows you to pause, rewind, re-watch and even slow the speed of video lectures and classes. This playback control helps to ensure you don’t miss any critical information being presented when you need to pause to take notes, do additional research or contemplate an idea. Those who don’t speak English as their native language especially find value in slowing down the video speed to help with translation. Plus, you can re-watch the videos repeatedly to make sure you fully understand the material before moving onto the next topic. This added control allows you to work through the material at your own pace and get the most out of your learning experience.


Traveling for in-person workshops and trainings can present many challenges, including an added cost and time commitment, that prevent teachers from being able to study with Mark. Online learning means you can train with Mark from anywhere in the world, without the need to travel and from the convenience of your own home. Plus, online learning attracts a wide range from participants from all over the world which lends itself to a deeper, global perspective that enhances the learning experience during live group sessions on Zoom.


For most people, learning requires repetition, but in-person workshops and trainings are live which means you can’t “rewatch” the material or access it again. With online learning, you can watch the video lectures and classes as many times as you like during your time of access (generally 6 months or more). Not only does this improve your ability to understand the material, it also provides ample time for integration of the information; you have time to go out and apply the teachings, methods and theories in your classes and then revisit the material or ideas that didn’t make sense during application or that you didn’t fully grasp.

Heidi Nelson, RYT 200, USA

Mark's vast knowledge about Yoga and Anatomy (combined with his many years of experience teaching yoga and training teachers) is a huge asset for anyone who is serious about the path of teaching yoga." - Heidi



Early Bird Price Has Expired

$300 USD


  • 12 hours of convenient & flexible online learning 
  • 3 Interactive Live Group Sessions with Mark via Zoom  
  • Printable Anatomy Workbook with anatomical images (PDF download) 
  • 6 months to complete & access the course 
  • 12 hours Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units (+ Certificate)


Jimmy Corneyre, RYT 200, France

"Thank you Mark, for your knowledge, support and practical experience on Yoga. 
Your wisdom confirmed to me how responsible we all should be on processing a safe and enjoyable yoga class. Proud to be part of your community, Thank you so much! Shanti." - Jimmy (Power Hatha Yoga & Kriya