Advanced anatomy Yoga Teacher Training


This intensive anatomy course will dive deeper into the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular and digestive systems and shed light on why a basic understanding of these systems is essential for yoga instructors:

  • Musculoskeletal system: review of major muscles, muscle groups, bones, and fascia, a closer look at joints, curves of the spine, vertebrae (cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral), important bony landmarks. Special interest topic: inflammation.

  • Nervous system: you will gain a general understanding of the central vs. peripheral nervous system, efferent vs. afferent nerves, reflexes (stretch reflex, reciprocal inhibition, deep tendon reflex), sympathetic vs. parasympathetic nervous system, a closer look at the cranial nerves and spinal nerves (brachial, lumbar and sacral plexus). Special interest topic: cranial nerve 10, the vagus nerve.

  • Cardiovascular system: A deeper look at the heart, arteries and veins, oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange in the lungs and capillaries, the lymphatic system. Special interest topic: deep belly breathing and its effects on anxiety and hypertension.

  • Digestive system: A look at the major organs of digestion: stomach, pancreas, liver and gallbladder, small and large intestine and the importance of digestive health. Special interest topic: how can yoga and its effects on the nervous system influence digestion in a positive way?

  • Common Injuries: Sprain vs strain vs neuropathy, common injuries of the ankle, knee, hip, spine, shoulder, elbow and wrist, appropriate modifications will be provided where applicable. Special interest topic: Upper and Lower Cross Syndrome


About the instructor

Nicola is a yoga teacher and naturopathic doctor living and thriving in East Vancouver’s artistically rich Commercial Drive neighbourhood. She was introduced to yoga by her gymnastics coach at age 16, where she instantly fell in love with the practice and knew that she would eventually become a teacher. Her interest in the human body and its movement brought her to UBC where she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science. Nicola went on to earn her 200h YTT in Hatha with Open Door Yoga in 2011. She began teaching shortly afterwards and has been at Unity Yoga ever since.

Although Nicola had always wanted to be a doctor, she realized along the way that the conventional medical system was not for her. Yoga was the key that unlocked the door to a whole new world of Eastern philosophy and healing traditions, and she soon realized there were more paths to good health than those offered by western medicine. She decided to pursue another four years of school at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where she became a naturopathic doctor. Her studies have enriched her yoga teachings and her classes often focus heavily on anatomy and physiology. She is particularly interested in the nervous system and how one can use breath and mindfulness to calm the autonomic nervous system and come into a state of rest and digest. It is in this state where the body’s innate ability to heal itself, or the Vis medicatrix naturae, is active. Nicola has extensive training in anatomy and physiology from both her undergraduate and doctorate degrees, additional training in SmartYoga with Jesse Enright, and has done 2 week-long intensive cadaver dissections, where she contributed to 16 full human dissections.




  • COURSE COST: $425 + GST





Mondays 8AM-12PM

January 14th, 21st, 28th & Feb 4th w/ Weekly Homework (5 Hours)

(4 hours per day)

This program counts towards Karma Teacher’s 300hr Yoga Alliance program. If
you are already a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and not a part of the 300 hr, you may also count this training towards your continuing education units.

More details to come soon. Please e-mail with any questions.

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