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Sun, 27 Oct



Practical Yoga Anatomy Training 20 Hours

In person 20 hour post graduate Diploma for yoga teachers, yoga practitioners and keen yoga anatomy nerds.

Practical Yoga Anatomy Training  20 Hours
Practical Yoga Anatomy Training  20 Hours

Time & Location

27 Oct 2024, 10:00 – 01 Dec 2024, 17:00

Weston-super-Mare, 33A Swiss Rd, Weston-super-Mare BS23 3AX, UK

About the Event


Sacred Space Yoga Studio

Swiss Road 



Sunday 27th October

Sunday 1st December


Couse costs £300


This course is 12 hours live sessions in the Studio

5 hours yoga classes incorporating what you have learned as you go along. Plus

3 hours home study.  (further reading, exploring concepts we have introduced)


This course is certified by Shanticentre Training School and Accredited as 20 hours towards your 300/500 hour Advanced Teacher Training Qualification by Yoga Alliance Professionals. 

For more details on the Advanced Programmme see here:


Who this training is for:

  • Already qualified Yoga Teachers looking for an Anatomy refresher
  • Yoga Teacher Training students 
  • Yoga Practitioners who are looking to geek out at anatomy knowledge
  • Massage therapists who have a home yoga practice, looking to familiarise themselves with anatomy for deep tissue work. 

This training guides guides through from basic to more challenging concepts of the way the body works and shows how different bodies work differently.

In this way, this course helps to prevent teachers giving careless cues to all bodies, and helps them to see the student practising in front of the and enabling them to understand that body from a knowledgeable point of view, to help individuals from the right pose for their body grounded in a sound understanding of the anatomy.

This course shows that there is no right or wrong way to practice necessarily and gives the yoga teacher or practitioner the tools needed to deliver sound anatomical advice, including many different options to promote safe practice with total respect for what feels right to the practitioner. 

In this way, I feel that by studying this course teachers have less risk of causing injury in yoga classes and are given tools to help the yoga practitioner learn for themselves what feels right for their body.

The first Yama of ahimsa is respected throughout this course as it delivers a means for practising safely and carefully, moving away from standard cues and a 'one pose fits all' way of delivering yoga classes.

Day 1 

  • covers the bones and bony prominences found in the body, anatomical terms, connective tissue, the function of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons, an introduction to fascia, muscle movements, types muscle contractions and the structure of the spine. 
  • looks at the shoulder joint and the deep stabilising muscles of rhomboids, serratus anterior, subscapularis, supra spinatus, infraspinatus and teres minor.
  • looks into muscles of the hip joint: gluteus maximus, psoas, gluteus medius and the tensor fascia latae, the IT Band and the adductors and external rotators.

Day 2 

  • looks into the muscles of the back: the erector spinae and the quadratus lumborum, and then the muscles of the core: the rectus abdominis, the obliques and the transverse abdominis. We also look at the diaphragm.  
  •  looks at the muscles of the legs: the Quadraceps and hamstrings, gastrocnemius and soleus.  
  •  looks at the muscles of the arms and trunk: the latissimus dorsi, teres major, pectoralis major and minor, the trapezius, the deltoids, biceps and triceps.  

There are also 5 pre recorded yoga classes included for you to do in between our sessions together so that you can fully integrate what we are learning in your own body as you go along.

3 hours Home study is included to try to help integrate this knowledge. Reading and re reading the notes, Recommended reading and implementing the knowledge as soon as possible.

Here is a video explaining a few details of the course:

Please note this video refers to a previous online version, we will be LIVE IN PERSON!

Practical Skills

This course gives many practical skills for putting anatomy concepts into an experiential realm.

We have theory sections which include experimentation with and palpation of the muscles, looking at specific yoga poses and breaking them down in a group setting, as well as chances to experiment in yoga practice.

The yoga teacher or practitioner is given the practical skill of knowing which muscles are working in the poses, which direction the muscles fibres are moving and all in relation to gravity.

The skills they learn on this course help them to be able to break down poses and bodies in a practical way and decide what might work better.

As well as this it gives them the practical skill of being able to convert a pose into a much more accessible version for the person in front of them if they are struggling in some way and in danger of injury.

Being able to understand which muscles are working, how and why, they are then able to translate that back to alternative poses better suited for the practitioner.

We have lectures, palpation of muscles,  'asana labs' and experiential yoga classes to put it all into practice.


I have studied over 100 hours of Anatomy on top of my Yoga trainings, with David Kiell, Tiffany Cruikshank and Judith Hanson Lasater and wish to honour all of them in my teaching of this course.

The knowledge given on this course is of certain specific muscles and their function in familiar yoga poses.

Of course, there are many more muscles that can be taught but this course presents only 6 main muscles (or groups of muscles) per section, starting from the more unfamiliar deep stabilisers and moving towards more familiar superficial muscles.

We recap every section before we go on so gradually the unfamiliar concepts become much more familiar as the course moves forward.

We look at the muscles specifically in the realm of yoga poses and even more specifically in the 'intention' of the yoga pose.

We come to understand that cue-ing the pose is the way to bring forward different intentions you may have for the pose in different teaching circumstances.

The students of this course gain a sound knowledge of the mechanics of the body in relation to yoga postures and adjustments and learn how to look ever deeper into the magical world of anatomy, knowing that the body is constantly evolving and the anatomy of it is extremely complicated the deeper you delve into it.

I strongly recommend that the students continue to learn anatomy as I have found from experience that you have to learn and relearn the concepts before they take hold. There is further reading offered, as well as a chance to repeat the training at their leisure as the sessions will be recorded.


I am passionate about anatomy, but this came from my severe lack of knowledge about it following my initial Yoga Teacher Training. I realised how little I knew and when I started studying it seemed so complicated.

I initially believed that anatomy was just not for me, that I was a much more spiritually based yoga teacher and left it at that. But I continued to slog away with it as I realised that ironically my spiritual approach to teaching yoga was sending me students who were much less physically able and sometimes quite ill.

I realised that I needed much more knowledge to be able to help them to safely practice yoga and to use yoga for their own healing. The more I delved into the anatomy the more excited I became about being able to reach more people and use yoga to help more people.

I have also come to realise that sound anatomy knowledge gives people the tools to be able to help themselves, to move away from total surrender of the body to 'guru', and more towards people taking their bodies into their own hands.

This enables people to say no to practising damaging types of yoga for their own bodies, and gives them permission to do things differently in classes without feeling guilt or shame.

In short, I find this whole area liberating, fascinating and deeply spiritual as we experience the sense of awe and wonder the complicated systems that make up this human body. The more I learn the more I want to learn, and I hope this inspires people to learn more self awareness of this divine form we have.


I attended this CPD course on applied anatomy from @stephanie_shanti whom is such a gifted, knowledgeable and expert teacher who makes sense of something soooooo complicated and VAST. And boy can she teach.

Sandie Garrad Parry

Absolutely loved our yoga Anatomy training with @stephanie_shanti these past few months. Stephanie’s passion and understanding of the body is so inspiring. This course has given me far greater confidence to teach my students in a safe and experiential way. Thank you so much to you and our anatomy crew

Melanie Smithson

" In this course you will be amazed to discover that our body is an amazing engineering work. How to work safely with it and with the different injuries we might face at some point as Yoga teachers. You might not remember all the complicated names of the different parts, however surprisingly you will remember many of them thanks to how Stephanie teaches it. For sure,you will be able to see a better picture of the body".

Neffer Garcia

If you are looking for an accessible, engaging, thoughtful and inspiring anatomy course then I highly recommend the Practical Yoga Anatomy course with Stephanie Shanti.

The six-week course was really well paced with excellent resources for studying in between the live seminars. Stephanie has a gift for guiding her students through the material and such a passion for the subject.

I found this course inspiring for my own practice (learning to love and respect my body and the changes that are happening) and for my yoga teaching. As most of my classes are online (at the moment) this training has given me more confidence in guiding my students through postures when I can't physically be there, and in turn hopefully giving them more autonomy in their asana practice.

I am looking forward to attending more trainings with Stephanie and the Shanticentre.

Laura Tovey

Thank you so much for an amazing course - I really loved being part of this group and enjoyed the way you taught very much, making it as clear as you could for those of us non-scientific people.  The human body is truly a miracle .I have learned so much and will definitely be joining you for some more training in the near future.

Leone Hartnell

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