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Anatomy & Alignment: Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers

Add anatomical fluency to your practice as a yoga instructor!

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The Anatomy & Alignment course is a comprehensive look at both topics through an exclusively yogic lens. You learn key muscle, bone, joint and connective structures along with terms of movement and alignment principles that foster both understanding and the safe application of asana (yoga postures) for a wide range of considerations and abilities.

In this training, you learn:

  • Anatomy through the lens of yoga, providing you with skillful "x-ray vision" of the poses
  • All the key structures of the body: bones, muscles, joints and more...in a dynamic, fun way to increase understanding and application within your practice
  • Comprehensive alignment guidelines that give you the tools to unlock the alignment of any posture
  • How to address a wide variety of body types and challenges in order to use asana as a therapeutic and transformational tool
  • Recognize basic injuries and how to modify postures accordingly to promote healing

This comprehensive continuing education course features video and written content covering all aspects of anatomy for yoga, so that you hone and refine your skills as a practitioner and teacher.


Upon successful completion, you receive a certificate saying you have demonstrated proficiency in the skills learned throughout this module. This course counts as 45 hours of Continuing Education non-contact hours for Yoga Alliance, or 45 continuing education credits for The Kaivalya Yoga Method.


This course is for continuing education purposes only. To be eligible for certification in The Kaivalya Yoga Method with YogaDownload.com at the 500+ hour level and be entered in our online registry of approved teachers, you must enroll in the full program.


Your Instructor


Alanna Kaivalya, Ph.D.
Alanna Kaivalya, Ph.D.

Often referred to as the "Yoga Doctor," Alanna Kaivalya, Ph.D., helps yoga teachers embody their knowledge, up-level their skills and create more impact in the world. She gives you clear pathways to earning a living with your spiritual practice and help others with your gift.

On this principle she founded The Kaivalya Yoga Method, a fresh take on yoga emphasizing the individual path while honoring tradition. Teaching students since 2001, teachers since 2003, Alanna has written and developed teacher trainings worldwide for top studios and independently. In 2015, she debuted a comprehensive 500hr-online teacher training with YogaDownload.

She holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, has authored numerous articles and three books: Myths of the Asanas, an accessible practitioner’s guide to stories behind beloved poses; Sacred Sound, a yoga “hymnal,” illustrating the role of chant and mantra in modern practice. Her third book, Yoga Beyond the Mat, is a guidebook showing practitioners how to make yoga their spiritual practice.

She lives in New York City with Roxy the Wonderdog. Visit her website at: alannak.com


Class Curriculum


  Alignment Guidelines: Core Postures
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the materials?
Forever! That’s right, once you’re in, you’re in. You always have access to the materials, and can refer to them, or check back whenever you’d like. You also will be privy to any additions or enhancements to the course as I continue to build upon it in the future.
Is there a money back guarantee?
Absolutely. I would never want you to be unhappy with your experience. There is a 14-day money back guarantee for this course....and I know this course profoundly changes your personal practice, and your teaching practice. If you complete the first two modules, and show that you've immersed yourself in the material and given it your best shot, and your yoga practice isn't positively affected by a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy, then I will happily give you your money back. Simply shoot me an email, and I’ll refund you and un-register you from the course. No questions asked...and hopefully, no hard feelings, either! :)
How much time does it take?
It really is up to you! If you plan to go module by module, then it’s a good idea to commit 5 - 7 hours per week to the course. There is plenty of information in this course, so you are certainly able to spend more time with the material, and also gain support via the Facebook group. Remember, once you opt in, you have access to the course materials forever. Don’t worry if you fall a little behind!
Does this course give me credit toward Yoga Alliance registration?
This course counts for 45 hours of Yoga Alliance non-contact continuing education credits for teachers.
Do I need anything special to access this course?
Nope! This course is on an extraordinarily user-friendly platform that you gain direct access to upon registration. You get a unique log-in that allows you access to the course at any time, and from any internet-ready device. The videos do stream, so a good internet connection is recommended.
Alanna, what makes you qualified to lead this course?
My background in yoga spans nearly two decades, and I have been leading teacher trainings for 15 years. In 2011, I founded The Kaivalya Yoga Method, and in 2015, I launched the 500 hour online yoga certification program with YogaDownload. I have written three books on the field of yoga: Myths of the Asanas, Sacred Sound and Yoga Beyond the Mat. I also have a Ph.D. focused on this material and my expertise includes mythology, alchemy, depth psychology and yoga. I integrate all these into my understanding of yoga to develop a complete, integrative approach that brings the ancient practice into modern life. Really, though, the thing that qualifies me the most is the extensive amount of trial and error I have been through in my own personal practice over the years. I’d like to save you the time and effort and help you create immediate tools for lasting spiritual connection and transformation...right now.
Is there a payment plan?
Yes! I know how hard it is to shell out a chunk of dough, and I want to make this possible for you. You have the option to pay in full for a slightly reduced price, or make a payment in two monthly installments. Both of these options are available to you upon checkout.
Who is this course right for?
This course is right for any yoga practitioner who wants to learn about anatomy to understand their body, asana, and their practice better. It is also ideal for yoga instructors looking for a thorough education in anatomy to increase anatomical fluency, safety, and therapeutic applications of anatomy in their classroom.
Does this course certify me to be a yoga teacher?
No. This course does not certify you to be a yoga instructor, nor does it count towards certification. This course is for continuing education purposes only. If you would like to be certified at the 200, 300, or 500 hour level, please join the full program by visiting: http://onlineteachertraining.yoga

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