Yoga Anatomy Workshop


David Keil

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th August 2024

Stillpoint Yoga, West Wing, Guys Campus, St Thomas St, London Bridge, SE1 9TL

Prices: £250  (early bird until 24th June: £220)

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About the David Keil Yoga Anatomy Workshop

This workshop gives participants an opportunity to understand anatomical concepts and principles that apply directly to yoga. The information is always presented in a simple and straightforward manner.

The Yoga Anatomy Workshop begins with shifting our understanding from the body as constructed of parts and pieces to the body as an integrated whole. We’ll also review how the body is discussed in Western scientific terms. It’s important to understand how the Western concept of the body can be used to help clarify and process what we’re doing in our asana practice. Combining that understanding with yogic principles makes for a well-rounded perspective of what’s happening in our bodies and why that may benefit us.

Part One

At the beginning of the workshop we start with creating a sense of how well integrated the body really is. We then define the four components that allow, restrict, and create movement in the body: namely the skeletal, muscular, connective tissue, and nervous systems. Understanding the nature of just these four components and how they function together can inform our understanding of movement and asana practice.

Part Two

In the second segment of the workshop we explore the leg as a whole and look at the major structures that make it up: the foot, ankle, knee, and hip joint.

Within the foot we look particularly at the arches. We discuss how they develop, function, and how they’re relevant to our practice. With the knee we focus on structure and function of this potentially vulnerable joint. We look closely at the knee’s dysfunctions, where they show themselves in the practice, and what to do with the knee in practice to prevent further dysfunction.

Part 3

In the third segment of the yoga anatomy workshop, we bring our focus to the center of our body’s structure, the spine and the psoas. The spine is the central structure of our torso and the line along which the energetic centers of the body align themselves. As a result of both the spine’s physical and energetic roles in the body, understanding the movements, structures and functions of the spine are essential on all levels of the practice of asana. Movements of the spine and the asanas that direct those movements can have a significant impact on the movement of energy in the body.

Also central to the body’s physical and energetic core is the psoas muscle. In fact, it is considered the single most important structural and postural muscle of the body. It is located around some of the most important energetic centers, and sandwiches the spine on either side, initiating flexion or forward movement of the legs. In this section of the workshop, we relate the psoas muscle to our exploration and understanding of the functional bandhas that are used in practicing asana.

Part 4

The last portion of the workshop includes two sections: a section on breath and a section on the arms and shoulders. Breathing is fundamental to life. Only a few minutes without breathing can put us in a very precarious situation! Breath is also an important focal point for concentration and meditation. It’s one of the most commonly used elements to bridge together mind and body. In this section, we’ll explore the anatomy of breathing and begin to understand how bandhas function as a component of breathing.

Finally, we’ll explore the shoulders and arms. They are our most mobile elements and with increased range of motion can come a loss of stability.  We’ll look at what muscles are used and how muscular effort is recruited by the body to support range of motion in the shoulder girdle. Understanding the complicated combinations of joints that create the shoulder girdle is the main focus here. In this section on arms and shoulders, we’ll also discuss, the hand and wrist. The wrist joint is a common area for strains among practitioners. We’ll look at why this area can sometimes be a problem.

What you will gain from the intensive?

  • Go beyond the overly simplistic version of anatomy
  • Have important concepts and principles explained in simple terms
  • Apply the anatomy to your own practice
  • Understand the most common problems and injuries
  • Gain confidence in your ability to teach
  • Be inspired to learn more anatomy

Who will benefit from this intensive?

This workshop is for all curious practitioners of yoga. You will learn many ways to understand how your body works in a yoga practice.

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About David Keil

David Keil was introduced to yoga in 1989 by his Tai Chi Chuan teacher. Both his Tai Chi and yoga practice at the age of 17 began his research into his own mind-body connections. His search continued through massage therapy where he discovered many insights and affirmations of what he’d been exploring and finding on his own through his practices. One of the most important elements was the specific understanding of the musculoskeletal system and how fascinating, beautiful and amazing the body is on the scientific level and how that directly played into his own understanding of the human body. He was given names and explanations for some of the things he’d been experiencing and feeling.

As an instructor of kinesiology (the study of movement and musculoskeletal anatomy) at Miami’s Educating Hands School of Massage from 1999-2003, David developed a fun, informal and informative style of teaching. By repeatedly teaching incoming students who had no prior understanding of anatomy, David was confronted with the problem of making such a complex and beautiful system accessible and understandable to the average person.

David brings his unique style and ability to make things simple to the yoga world. Because of his passion and desire to share the human body with everyone, he delivers this complex and sometimes frustrating topic in a way that is very accessible and understandable to yoga practitioners.

Over the years David has used his skills as a Neuromuscular Therapist to help people reduce their chronic pain patterns. He often brings this information into his workshops where students are regularly uncovering painful patterns or injuries in their bodies.

David was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in 1999, but it was in 2001 that he met John Scott in Penzance, Cornwall, presenting his anatomy workshops for the first time overseas. Two weeks of practising with John was transformational and he realised that he’d found his teacher. This began a relationship of both teacher/student as well as a collaborative colleague relationship that continues today.

It was also John who told David to go to Mysore in India the following year, which he did. David arrived in Mysore in 2002 where he studied with K. Pattabhi Jois in the “old” shala. In fact, it was the last year that the old shala was used for practice. David was authorised in 2004 and returned yearly for extended visits to Mysore with his wife Gretchen Suarez. They are both authorised level 2 to teach Ashtanga yoga.

David is owner of  Yoganatomy, a highly successful yoga anatomy education company that delivers online anatomy training to teachers and training providers.

David also owns 3D Muscle Lab, an innovative and groundbreaking new anatomy learning tool that will help you to deepen your understanding of the body.

Listen to the Stillpoints Podcast conversation with David Keil