The long-game for the stuff that normally gets glossed over.
Did you take a yoga teacher training, or have you undertaken manual therapy training in the holistic realms and wondered if you’ll ever understand (or care about) anatomy and physiology? Most of the time A&P is either glossed over or really crammed in quickly in an effort to either meet minimum educational requirements or to try and pack you with as much as possible within such a vast field.
If that sounds about right, or if anatomy and physiology is something that you’re consistently finding confusing, this online resource is built especially for you.
Here’s what people are saying about the course:
“I can’t thank you enough for doing such a thorough job of explaining EVERYTHING. I have taken so many anatomy courses and still am learning quite a bit here.” ~ Marianne
“Taking Drew’s online A&P course seriously is the best, clearest A&P course I have ever taken (and I trained as a massage therapist and yoga teacher multiple times). This course goes way beyond just memorizing the names of the muscles and bones. You’ll learn HOW IT ALL WORKS too!!! If you’re a professional yoga teacher or movement educator, you need to be able to communicate like a pro.” ~ Noémi
Hello and welcome! I’m Drew and I’ll be the one guiding you through this curriculum.
Many movement educators and manual therapists feel that the anatomy & physiology education within YTTs and Thai yoga massage training is not enough. When I took my training in both these fields I was shocked at that anatomy and physiology education was barely contained within these programs. For disciplines that are working directly with the human body there really should be more solid information taught on the bodies mechanisms.
Since then, Navina was created in an effort to get you this information – to fill the gaps. And it’s been incredible to see how much more clarity (and confidence) people leave with after studying this content. It’s been the missing link for so many. It also means that when someone comes to you with an injury or concern, once you’ve taken this course you can actually work on a treatment plan or a movement regimen that properly accounts for these things.
This online program here so that you can feel grounded in understanding how the body moves, what drives movement, what prevents it, and what you can to do about it. It is NOT a regional anatomy course – you will not learn muscles and bones in this course. Regional anatomy can only be properly understood once you learn the content housed within this intro course – so this course sets you up for further study. This course is just the beginning, but it’s the beginning that most of us never got in our YTT or manual therapy education.
Here’s an Introduction:
Why do you need this training?
As a movement educator or manual therapist it’s up to you individually to expand your base of knowledge and to deepen your study continuously. Especially in an age where people come to us often because they’re in pain. You should know where it could be coming from before you begin to start working with them (or refer out to someone else). And for that, you need to delve into the realms of the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system, pain referral, injury management, rehabilitation science and so much more.
And that’s why this is the long-game online resource. Because there is SO MUCH to learn, and there’s no way to “hack” the system I’m afraid. This course does not cram words and concepts into your brain in as short a time as possible. The intent if for you to actually have the time to get the background pieces of information required for understanding the human organism AND who knows, you may actually enjoy nerding out on this stuff with by the time we get cracking!
What if you’ve taken A&P training before?
Be prepared to have some of your ideas and previous things you’ve learned challenged within this online library. Even if you’ve studied A&P before, you’ll learn something new here, or be asked to unlearn something.
This resource is for both beginners and those who have taken a good handful of steps into A&P study. It’s designed especially to either begin your journey with the best possible foundation, or to return to the foundation and fill in gaps that you didn’t even know where there.
Here’s Hannah – the prime example of exactly that:
“I thought the course was one of the most important course I’ve taken, from the perspective of someone who teaches movement and teaches teachers…I love how it filled the gaps that I wasn’t aware needed filling…It’s been invaluable in the development of our own Yoga Teacher training here in the UK!”
Unless you have a degree in human biology or studied anatomy & physiology at a university level, this course has value to offer you by:
- • explaining how pronation isn’t really what’s happening in the foot/ankle unless you’re in Europe 😉
- • teaching you the real role of lactic acid (and how it doesn’t create muscle soreness)
- • understanding what people really mean when they talk about muscle memory (hint, the muscle itself does not remember movements)
- • dispelling the idea that muscles are “too short” as a reason for a lack of flexibility and mobility
- • digging into pain science, and showing you why “listening to your body” isn’t really a useful or clear suggestion
Here’s What You’ll Find Inside:
Lecture 1: Anatomy & Physiology Overview, Locating terms & Planes of Movement (Video: 48 min)
Start at the start. Not many A&P course cover this stuff in any real depth or with any real clarity because they want to jump to the juicier stuff. But we’re going to pause and spend some good time here because we have to know this stuff before we can ever unlock movement therapeutics.
Lecture 2: Planes of Movement & Action Definitions (Video: 43 min)
Planes can get tricky, so we’re starting with it now in order to repeat it enough so that it feels comfortable. Defining movements also gets us immediately questioning the words we use to guide movement.
Lecture 3: Proprioception, Reactive & Preactive Movement (Video: 74 min)
When it comes to coaching movement or providing remedial exercise for manual therapy patients, it’s critical that we understand how to position and load the body effectively in order to get the desired result (for example, isolating a particular muscle or group)! This lecture also gives you a glimpse of how interlinked the body is, especially when it comes to muscle recruitment.
Lecture 4: Introduction to Systems (Video: 90 min)
Well isn’t this a HUGE world of possibilities?! I think it’s important to visualize how global we can get once we study the body in a granular way. I think it’s also good to keep this in mind when you feel a little lost or overwhelmed with the details and you’re questioning why it’s important – it’s important because of SYSTEMS, and this is something we’ll take a while to build to.
Lecture 5: The Reciprocal Relationship Between the Tissues & Movement (Video: 98 min)
Moving our bodies has a profound effect on our tissues. And so too do our tissues have a profound influence over our movement. From this lecture, we’ll touch on future topics that range from pain science, to adhesions and movement restriction, to rehabilitation and training. There are many seeds of thought here to digest and don’t worry – we’re going to expand upon this over time!
Lecture 6: Starting to Understand Muscles (Video: 31 min)
Taking something as visual as a muscle contraction and peeling back the layers to take a bit of a deeper look. This lecture provides a platform for further exploration of ideas surrounding muscular contractions, AND as a result we can start to talk more heavily about musculoskeletal conditions, pain syndromes and so much more.
Along with the video content, there’s written content for each lecture, live video calls you have the option of joining, a brief quiz and bonus content along the way…totalling approx. 12+ hours of additional work (on top of the 6.4hrs of lectures).