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Anatomy for Yoga

by Paul Grilley

From internationally renowned yoga teacher Paul Grilley, Anatomy for Yoga is the paradigm-shifting, best-selling, contemporary training course celebrated by senior yoga teachers and collected by tens of thousands of students around the world, offering an extraordinary experience and study for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of anatomy and yoga practice.

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The Best-Selling Definitive Anatomical Guide for Yoga!

An invaluable resource for all yoga students and teachers who seek a deeper understanding of structures and principles underlying each posture, movement and of yoga itself. This Anatomy for Yoga workshop provides nearly 4 hours of in-depth exploration, demonstrations and special features on the human anatomy as it relates to yoga practice. The DVD course offers specialized teaching on comparative skeletal anatomy: understanding the underlying skeletal structure of the body, how the shapes and sizes of the bones differ from person to person, and how to use that knowledge in gaining a much deeper understanding of our individual yoga practices.

Paul Grilley instructs the key concepts of compression, tension, proportion and orientation with the help of a wide range of yoga students. These concepts help us to understand why no two people will ever experience the same yoga posture in exactly the same way. Paul's light-hearted yet provocative approach will challenge many misconceptions about yoga while providing the foundation for the development of a truly personal yoga practice grounded in safety and respect.

Highlights from this DVD include:

  • • Nearly 4 hours of presentations, comparisons and special features
  • • Interactive Skeleton feature as an anatomy study aid
  • • Bonus lecture: differences among real human femur bones
  • • Q&A: real yoga teachers ask Paul common questions about anatomy and yoga

Anatomy for Yoga workshop includes:

  • • Tension vs. Compression
  • • The Eight Major Joints of the Body: an overview using comparative anatomy
  • • The Shoulder vs. the Spine
  • • The Femur and the Pelvis
  • • The Importance of Skeletal Proportion
  • • Orientation to Gravity

Special Limited-time Offer! Buy this Anatomy for Yoga DVD and add Paul's downloadable Online Course Anatomy for Yoga: Shoulderstand to your order for just $10!

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Great tool for teachers Review by tina
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Every Yoga Teacher should review this (Posted on 11/21/2011)
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Very insightful and helpful Review by Victoria, Berkshire, UK
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I absolutely loved it! It is very insightful and helpful. Thank you very much. Paul does a great job at communicating his knowledge to the audience. (Posted on 2/16/2011)
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Very insightful and helpful Review by Victoria, Berkshire, UK
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I absolutely loved it! It is very insightful and helpful. Thank you very much. Paul does a great job at communicating his knowledge to the audience. (Posted on 2/16/2011)
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This is such a wonderful way to start learning with Paul, or reviewing after a workshop with him. I've watched this with Yoga friends and massage therapist pals - everyone who sees this is impressed by the simple explanations about differences in bodies people are curious about. Love the format, which allows review for pertinent information before teaching a series or workshop, and use it to bolster my notes from training with Paul. (Posted on 6/14/2010)
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I loved it! Review by Janet Schriever, Aliso Viejo, CA
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I loved it! I found Paul's lecture extremely clear, easy to understand and enlightening. And I so much agree that we all need to let go of whatever yogic dogma we have been trained to believe and start teaching individuals instead of styles. I thought his lecture and message was perfect. (Posted on 4/15/2009)
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Wow! Review by Storme Van Rassel, Ontario, Canada
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Wow! I picked up my copy last night at the post office, took it home, immediately unwrapped it and watched the whole thing from start to finish. This is the greatest thing! The concepts of compression and tension are so simple... we are what we bring structurally to the mat. I can hardly wait to start my 2004 classes so that I can share this with my students. It was as though I was an active participant in a Paul Grilley workshop. Thank you Paul for having this idea... and thank you Mark and Ian for bringing it to life. (Posted on 4/15/2009)
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A great service to the yoga community Review by Ramji - Mick Goodman, Kansas City, MO
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We started a teacher training program last year and we were looking for a different approach to anatomy. We hired an instructor for our anatomy sessions... and he is very knowledable, but I kept thinking there has to be a more practical approach. This is it. You've done it. I'm suggesting all of the students in the program order the DVD. You've done a great service to the yoga community. (Posted on 4/15/2009)
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"...this new DVD from Paul Grilley is such a welcome arrival. Grilley is best known as one of the foremost proponents of Taoist or Yin Yoga, which combines the meridian modalities of China (for example, acupuncture) with the yogic and Tantric methods of India. But judging from this DVD, he also knows a thing or two about the Western understanding of human anatomy.

“...The great thing about the DVD is that the presentation, unlike the usual two-dimensional anatomy book, is visually striking and experiential. Grilley illustrates his points not only on a skeleton but on living bodies, with helpful graphic overlays to emphasize certain points... Teachers, serious students, and anyone running a teacher training program worth it's salt will want a copy of this DVD."

- Yoga Journal



"Paul Grilley's message is very simple yet very profound. Teachers and students alike need to understand that people's anatomical structures are very different and can determine their ability to do various yoga poses. In fact, I think this message is so important that viewing Anatomy for Yoga or taking a workshop from Paul should be a requirement in all yoga teacher training programs."

-- Yoga Chicago Magazine

"... The production quality of this DVD is outstanding. The graphics are beautiful. The menu structure is easy to navigate. If you are looking to sit with a compassionate and knowledgeable teacher who communicates well to deepen your understanding of anatomy and your yoga practice ... I can think of no better DVD. Anatomy for Yoga is an excellent resource in every yoga teacher's library!"

-- Megan McCarver, YogaEverywhere.com

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About A Paul Grilley DVD Can Change Your Approach to Yoga

A Paul Grilley DVD Can Change Your Approach to Yoga

Paul Grilley’s insightful yoga DVDs and online courses break yoga down to its fundamentals and stress the importance of looking at each unique body. Since no two human bodies are exactly alike, Paul  offers that yoga cannot be taught in a uniform way; instead, it needs to be tailored to the individual and our unique bone structure.  A Paul Grilley DVD will not only inform you about yoga, it might also change the way you practice or teach it.

Paul Grilley’s Background

Paul Grilley began practicing yoga in 1979 after reading The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananada. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982 where he studied and taught yoga for 12 years. In 1988 he read Theories of the Chakras by Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama. Paul and his wife Suzee have been active students of Dr. Motoyama ever since.  

Paul started his studies of anatomy with Dr. Garry Parker in 1979. He continued his studies at UCLA where he took courses in anatomy and kinesiology. He earned a M.A. from St. John's College, Santa Fe in summer 2000 and an Honorary Ph.D. in 2005 from the California Institute for Human Science for his efforts to clarify the latest theories on fascia and its relevance to the practice of hatha yoga. He enjoys reading science and esoteric literature, trying to find connections between the two.

Paul and his wife Suzee now spend their time administrating and teaching the Yin Yoga Teacher's Training program both in the USA and abroad.

Learn from the Classic Lesson Anatomy for Yoga

The Paul Grilley DVDAnatomy for Yoga is an especially useful tool for teachers looking to gain a deeper understanding of how specific postures change depending on a specific student’s body composition. For example, a student whose arms are naturally a bit shorter may have a harder time reaching their hands to the floor in Dhandasana (staff pose). At the same time, a student with naturally longer arms may have to bend their arms to comfortably sit in this very same pose.

Yoga for Students of All Shapes and Sizes

Paul’s approach to yoga is of paramount importance when teaching yoga to students of all shapes and sizes, as well as with varying levels of physical fitness. Purchase one of his DVDs, such as the Paul Grilley DVD entitled Yin Yoga or Chakra Theory and Meditation DVD, to see how versatile your teaching style or personal yoga practice can be, and how much more welcoming this approach is to students of all types.

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