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June 13–15, 2014 Friday–Sunday 2 nights
Continuing Education Credits

Anatomic Yoga: Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga

Ray Long and Chris Macivor
Ray Long

Ray Long, MD, FRCSC, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and author of The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientifc Keys, Volume I. Founder of Bandha Yoga, Ray has studied hatha yoga for more than 20 years,…
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Chris Macivor

Chris Macivor, illustrator of The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientifc Keys, Volume I, has been involved in the field of graphic design and digital illustration for more than 10 years. Chris is a graduate of…
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Program Details

For all levels of yoga experience (min. 6 months).

Led by orthopedic surgeon Ray Long and digital illustrator Chris Macivor, this highly interactive workshop involves a blend of Western scientific concepts applied to hatha yoga poses. Illustrations of the human body are projected in 3-D onto a large screen to illustrate the major posture categories. Questions are encouraged throughout the workshop. Areas of focus include

  • An overview of the spinal-cord reflexes related to yoga
  • The musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles
  • The cardiovascular and respiratory systems dynamically experienced through asana and pranayama.

Eight different categories of poses are explored in depth: Sun Salutations, standing poses, forward bends, hip openers, twists, backbends, arm balances, and inversions. Each category includes a mini-practice with relaxation, and one or two poses are analyzed in detail, including their therapeutic applications and adjustments. This weekend includes a full class of standing poses designed to awaken awareness of the psoas muscle.

Recommended reading Ray Long and Chris Macivor, The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume I and The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume II (Bandha Yoga Publications).

Note This program may involve deep emotional work.

CE Credits
This program is eligible for
  • 8 credits for Athletic Trainers (BOC), $30 additional charge
  • 8 credits for Yoga Alliance (YA), $30 additional charge