For this section, you will need to:

  • In the textbook “THE ART OF VINYASA: Awakening Body and Mind through the Practice of Ashtanga Yoga” textbook by Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor read the below sections. Be sure to highlight important sections and/or take notes. The information in the chapter below provides an overview of anatomy in regards to Yoga. *The Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology – Multiple Choice Quiz is based off the information in this reading.
    • In PART ONE: Foundation: The Roots and Depth of Yoga read Chapter 4 “Mechanics: Essential Anatomical Perspectives.”

  • In the textbook “YOGA Anatomy – Second Edition” textbook by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthew read the below. Be sure to highlight important sections and/or take notes. The below chapters go more in-depth on the information covered in the in the above textbook chapter. *The information in this textbook, along with the information in the above textbook, can be used for the assignment for this section, the Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology Essay.
    • Chapter 2: YOGA AND THE SPINE (*Note: If you are utilizing the textbook “YOGA Anatomy – Third Edition” textbook by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews, the chapters are slightly different. In the Third Edition, this is Chapter 5: YOGA AND THE SPINE)
    • Chapter 3: SKELETAL SYSTEM (*Note: If you are utilizing the textbook “YOGA Anatomy – Third Edition” textbook by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews, the chapters are slightly different. In the Third Edition, this is Chapter 2: SKELETAL SYSTEM)
    • Chapter 4: MUSCULAR SYSTEM (*Note: If you are utilizing the textbook “YOGA Anatomy – Third Edition” textbook by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews, the chapters are slightly different. In the Third Edition, this is Chapter 3: MUSCULAR SYSTEM)
  • Once you read the above, watch the below video on back bends and compression fractures of the spine. Be sure to take notes.


  • After reading the above and watching the above video, watch the below video “Yoga and Muscle Contractions.” Be sure to take notes.

Once you review the above information, complete the assignment and quiz below.

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