CSPH 4311: Foundations of Hatha Yoga: Alignment & Movement Principles

This course is offered in remote online format. Please see the Schedule Builder for synchronous meeting dates and times.

Undergraduate students with junior status or above, Graduate students, or instructor consent. College level human anatomy course or instructor consent (course may be taken concurrently).
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Course Description

This course will introduce students to the anatomical considerations and understanding critical to executing safe and effective Hatha Yoga instruction. This course includes, as essential to Hatha Yoga, an overview of human gross anatomy and bodily systems (specifically neuro-musculoskeletal and respiratory systems). Students will learn and practice foundational concepts of Hatha Yoga and movement, as related to Yoga Asana. Additionally, students will be introduced to methods of effectively communicating these principles as a Hatha Yoga instructor. If you do not have experience with yoga, it is recommended you complete DNCE 1331 as a prerequisite.

This course is the first course in a sequence of three (3) courses in the University of Minnesota Yoga Teachers’ Education & Training Sequence. Students who successfully complete these courses A-F or S-N are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). Students who only audit the course cannot use the course to be registered with Yoga Alliance.

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