Yoga Biomechanics & Asana

with Jules Mitchell

3-part online course


“I loved this course and learned a lot despite being a long time teacher. I highly recommend it.”

– Trina Altman, ERYT500, PMA®-CPT


Course Highlights


Asana meets biomechanics in this 3-part online seminar led by Jules Mitchell MS ERYT500. This e-course approaches asana through an orthopedic lens, exploring how musculoskeletal tissues respond and adapt to loads in asana. Develop a sense of how postures can be used as assessments, revealing how limitations in one plane of movement are overly expressed in another. Use this knowledge to explore alternative cueing and clever prop placement to limit such compensatory mechanisms in both active and passive postures.
  • Establish approaches to mitigate injuries in asana


  • Discover why ancient yogic breathing practices can further exacerbate deficient breathing mechanics


  • Distinguish the differences between anatomy and biomechanics


  • Determine specific outcomes for selected poses
  • Improve flexibility without stretching


  • Identify prerequisites for common yoga poses to avoid compensation


  • Outline scenarios for purposeful and deliberate misalignment in asana


  • Learn to adjust biomechanical variables to meet desired outcomes
Jules Mitchell, MS ERYT500 is a regular contributor to yoga teacher training programs worldwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in biomechanics.
Course Objectives


  • Analyze common cues, popular buzzwords, and pervasive alignment instructions to improve accuracy and clarify ambiguous instructions.


  • Evaluate the orthopedic benefits and dispel many myths of yoga based on exercise science research.


  • Conclude the webinar series with insights into the neurological aspects of an asana practice highlighting the effects of novel activities and the importance of developing a rich movement repertoire.


  • Incorporate practices in somatic education and breathing to balance the scientifically vigorous course curriculum, unifying the ha and tha of yoga.



This course challenges the conventional script for even the most basic poses. You’ll become a more resourceful and competent yoga teacher or student.

Course Topics Include

  • Why biomechanics matters


  • The shortcomings of Newtonian physics


  • Foot flexibility as a prerequisite for many standing postures


  • The knee as a bicondylar joint


  • Spinal evolution and triplanar capacity and limitations
  • Dissecting the tree pose debate (vrksasana)


  • Pigeon pose with a purpose (eka pada raja kapotasana)


  • How mental imagery can alter the body
  • Strengthen to lengthen


  • Breathing practices that set up your students for success


  • Proprioception and interoception


  • Importance of variability


  • Introduction to motor control theories
This course is designed for both teachers and yoga students. No background is necessary, although knowing basic yogic anatomy will help the course move faster.

About Jules Mitchell, MS ERYT500

Jules Mitchell, yoga educator, combines the tradition of yoga with her masters level of education in biomechanics to help people move better, age well, and feel supple. Her approach to asana is multi-modal and skill based, balancing the somatic (moving from within) aspects of yoga with exercise science. Jules writes on yoga biomechanics and references the exercise science literature on topics (such as stretching) where the yoga research is lacking. She is a regular contributor to yoga teacher training programs worldwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in biomechanics, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of tradition. Her most influential teachers include Leeann Carey (Yapana Yoga), Gil Hedley (Integral Anatomy), John Casey (yoga philosophy and Sanskrit), and the many dedicated scientists who collect, analyze, and publish data so we may continue to ask more questions. In collaboration with Arizona State University, she serves as the yoga consultant on various studies and grant proposals to quantify the effects of yoga therapy on special populations.


Jules is currently writing her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching, which is expected to become available in 2017.
You will be able to download the videos to your computer and watch anytime you like. They are yours to own forever.


  • Watch immediately upon purchase


  • Videos are yours to own forever


  • 4 Hours total / video & slide presenation


  • Questions? Email us at mettaversity@gmail.com


  • BONUS: Q&A Video download


  • 4 CEUs via Yoga Alliance


You will receive an email with links to download the videos from this course immediately after purchasing.
Questions? Email us at mettaversity@gmail.com

Only $79

(+ $1.87 processing fee)


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