SRJC Course Outlines

12/6/2023 5:13:56 PMKINES 73 Course Outline as of Fall 2024

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  KINES 73Title:  ANAT & PHYSIO FOR YOGA  
Full Title:  Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga Teachers
Last Reviewed:8/28/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum2.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum2.00Lab Scheduled04 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total2.00 Contact Total35.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 105.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
Untitled document
Students will learn the principles of human anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics as they relate to yoga practices.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Students will learn the principles of human anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics as they relate to yoga practices.
(Grade Only)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2017Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
Untitled document
1. Apply concepts of yoga anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics to a yoga practice.

Objectives: Untitled document
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Identify basic human anatomy and body movement terminology.
2. Describe evidence-based physiological benefits of yoga practices.
3. Analyze breath anatomy and how it relates to yoga pranayama (breathing) exercises.
4. Analyze the physiology of the nervous system and stress response related to yoga mind-body practices.
5. Apply biomechanics principles to address common misalignments and effective joint stabilization and mobility, safe movement, balanced practices, and adaptations.

Topics and Scope
Untitled document
I. Fundamentals of Anatomical Movement and Positions
    A. Anatomical directional and positional terminology
    B. Planes of motion
    C. Movements of the spine
    D. Types of joints
    E. General movement terms
II. The Musculoskeletal System
    A. Skeleton
    B. Types of joints
    C. Articular structure
    D. Muscles of the body, their action, and types of muscle contractions
    E. Attachments
    F. Muscle agonist, antagonist, and synergist in yoga movements
    G. Ligaments, tendons, and fascia
    H. Types of stretching
     I. Muscles involved in respiration
     J. Common yoga injuries
III. Physiology of Yoga
    A. Scientific research
     B. Common injuries
    C. Injury prevention
    D. Adaptions in anatomy and physiology in response to yoga training
    E. Evidence-based physical and mental benefits of yoga
    F. Yoga for special populations/conditions (e.g. athletes, veterans, pregnancy, trauma-informed, kids, and seniors)
IV. Dynamics of Breathing
V. Biomechanics Principles
   A. Joint stability and mobility
   B. Safe movement
   C. Addressing common misalignments
   D. Balancing practices
   E. Adaptations
VI. The Nervous System
   A. Central nervous system
   B. Peripheral nervous system
   C. Vagus nerve
   D. Golgi tendon organs (GTOs) and muscle spindles
VII. Using Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga Instruction
    A. Theme-based classes
    B. Special populations
    C. Balancing planes of motion, movements of spine, muscles engaged and stretched
    D. Creating safe and effective practices
    E. Providing multi-level options with modfications, and progressions for deepening
     F.  Properly warming up
    G. Protecting the joints, spinal discs, and common yoga injuries
    H. Addressing tight areas and injuries
    I. Common spinal conditions and cautions
    J. Sequences focused on therapeutic practices or specific conditions

Untitled document
1. Read from textbooks and instructor-prepared materials (10-25 pages per week)
2. Written yoga evidence-based scientific research assignment
3. Asana analysis
4. Quizzes and exams
5. Practical skill demonstrations
6. Attendance, punctuality, and participation at all class meetings

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 20%
Research assignment; asana analysis
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 30%
Practical skill demonstrations
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Quizzes and exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
40 - 50%
Attendance, punctuality, and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
Untitled document
Yoga Anatomy 3rd ed. Kaminoff and Matthews. Human Kinetics, 2021.
Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga, Wei. Publisher: Da Capo, 2017 (classic).
Instructor prepared materials

Print PDF