It’s no accident you are here! You are about to learn exactly what you need to know to be confident and successful as a yoga teacher!
No more doubting yourself! No more struggling with how to design a class! No more avoiding private sessions because you don’t know how to help an individual student!
I’ve been an educator for almost 40 years, teaching movement, athletic training, massage therapy, remedial exercise, anatomy, physiology, and Yoga!
If you’ve seen the free videos my partner and I create for social media, you know every video and post we make is aimed at one thing:
To give you more knowledge, insight, and confidence in the areas that are most intimidating for Yoga teachers – anatomy, biomechanics, alignment, injury prevention and recovery.
Putting a camera in the back of a room during a live workshop or giving an improvised lecture on a topic just doesn’t translate to the best quality online learning experience.
That’s why I designed the Movement Template to be an online course, from the ground up!
When I first started working on this course, I knew I wanted it to be more than yet another person’s opinion on the alignment of Trikonasana or a bunch of random tips and tricks that might help someone pop into a posture they were struggling with.
I wanted it to be a resource that gave teachers all the “tried and true” principles they need to know about movement. I wanted to give them a practical system that was designed to be implemented directly into the class.
This started me on a year long journey to compile all the medical and movement science research I’ve been following and teaching for decades into a simple, coherent set of principles that could be explained in a way that both yoga Teachers and their Students could understand!
It was more work than I could have imagined but it was so worth it!
Here are some of MY favorite teachers! Without their research and work this course wouldn’t have been possible!
My hope is that by the time you get through all the material, you’ll feel comfortable listening to world class leaders like these and applying what they say to your practice and classes!
Rolfer, Anatomist, author of Anatomy Trains
Dr of Physiotherapy, author, founder of MobilityWOD and The Ready State
Dr of Podiatry, founder of Evidenced Based Fitness Academy
Dr of Spinal Health, World Class Athletic Trainer, Rehabilitation Specialist
Yogi, Author of The Role Model, Founder of Yoga Tune Up
The vast majority of Teachers I’ve talked to don’t feel like they know enough “anatomy”. And while they may find it interesting, they can rarely translate what they’ve learned into a cohesive system that is easy to implement into their classes.
But the truth is, Teachers don’t just need “more anatomy” – they need something called “best practices”. These are the “fundamentals” – the things everyone working within health care and athletic training agrees upon. They are time honored and tested ways of doing things that get the best outcomes for the most cases.
I’ve taken the “best practices” from the movement science world and applied it to the asana practice. Believe it or not, there actually are “best practices” for stabilizing, strengthening and mobilizing the body in the yoga practice! I’ve built a bridge for you between “movement science evidence based protocols” and the yoga world.
One of the most important parts of this course are the Activations.
They’re kind of like turning on the ignition of an engine before you move. These Activations help you stabilize your joints, access your full strength and prevent injury!
Due to it’s slower pace, yoga is a fantastic place to feel these Activations, turn them off and on, and give your body a chance to experience the difference.
Once you know your Activations, you’ll have a small and effective set of tools that apply across all yoga postures. No more trying to memorize hundreds of cues!
Even better, these Activations apply to ALL human movement! You can easily apply the exact same principles to anything from hiking, to lifting weights, to carrying groceries!
I’ve been a big fan of Tom Myers’ work with the Fascial Lines which he called Anatomy trains ever since I was a student of Anatomy and Exercise Physiology.
Until now, the Fascial Lines were primarily used by bodyworkers like Rolfers and massage therapists to assess and treat imbalances in the body.
In my many years of teaching both Athletic training and Massage therapy, it was obvious to me that this concept needed to be applied not just to Anatomy but to teaching all kinds of movement and yoga, and that’s exactly what I did!
I have experimented extensively in my own practice and with hundreds of students in the last 10 years, and I can tell you it immediately improves alignment, stability, and precision.
When I introduce the Fascial Lines to yoga Teachers and Students it’s like flipping a switch and lighting up their body!! They can finally feel like they own their postures!
This is a much more practical way for yoga Teachers to learn anatomy and design practices that help their Students improve and prevent injury.
Did you know it’s perfectly normal to want to help your Students make progress and reach their goals?? It is!!
This module covers all the “Best Practices” that professionals like physiotherapists, strength coaches, and massage therapists use to get results for their clients.
This module is for you if you’ve ever had questions like:
Truth be told, there’s anatomy that teachers need to know and there’s anatomy that’ll never be useful in a typical class.
80/20 Anatomy gives you the bedrock of knowledge about anatomy that’s very unlikely to ever change.
You’ll learn things like:
This module takes inspiration from Tom Myers and his Anatomy Trains system.
Each Fascial Line has a lecture, a 30min sequence, as well an opportunity to actually feel the Line on a friend!
The Fascial Lines are a far more useful way for Teachers to learn about anatomy and you’ll learn about how:
Is yoga just a fancy stretch practice or can we use it to teach our Students how to move better in everything else they do?
Learn how the body is most likely to get injured from yoga and the Student mindset that leads to those injuries.
It’s ok to want your Students to get better at yoga! Learn how to tell if a Student is doing what’s required to improve, while making sure they stay safe!
This is a KEY lesson! Become familiar with how to Activate your Fascial System to help keep the body safe and stable! This will be the secret you teach all your Students!
How does the body decide it’s time to get stronger or develop better balance? How can we bake it into the practice? You’ll find those answers here.
Do your Students need to work on their strength, stability or mobility? How do we decide which one they need to work on first?
Now that we know how to induce the body to adapt and improve, let’s talk about how long that’s going to take.
Do all types of yoga give you the exact same outcomes and benefits? We’ll look at some different styles and see how they compare!
Get out your mat! Time for a nice 60min sequence that reinforces all the theory we covered in this module!
Wouldn’t it be nice to be told exactly what you NEED to know about the joints and nothing more? Let’s keep it simple and boil it down to the absolute essentials.
In this lesson we’ll learn how to tell when someone is so “bendy” that they can stop working on “opening and releasing”. We have limits for a reason, gang!
If you’re a huge cellular anatomy nerd, then this lesson is for you! Learn whether fascia and connective tissue are the same thing, as well as what they’re made of and what they can do.
The Nervous System is best understood as the governer of movement. Whether it allows it or not depends on how well it can sense it’s environment. Developing proprioception is one of our most important responsibilities as Teachers!
Now that we understand the outwardly focused Proprioceptors, we’ll learn about the inwardly focused Interoceptors. Developing interoception provides your Students with that calm, centered rejuvenation that yoga is known for!
We’ll learn the history of Tom Myer’s Anatomy Trains model and look at how tendons, ligaments and joint capsules come together to form what I’ve coined “The Fascial System”.
The “Backline of the Body” helps us maintain upright posture and walking. If there’s one Line you should know, it’s this one.
Our “Front Shield” is a fast, reactive Line that protects our most vulnerable parts.
The “Main Stabilizers” help channel our energy forward in movements like walking, running, climbing, lifting and carrying. They also keep the knees out of trouble!
These “Dynamic Stabilizers” are all about the rotational movements found in twists and revolved poses, as well as throwing, running, and racket sports.
The “Myofascial Core” of the body is like taking the idea of the “core” and extending it from the bottom of the foot to the top of the head. This Line is central to all yoga postures!
The “Strength and Power” Lines help us recruit our larger muscles like the latissimus dorsi and the glutes to create a powerful cross-body connection that ensures we’re using our full strength.
The Arm Lines connect our hands to our core, ensuring we keep our shoulders stable, safe and strong! Your Chaturanga and Crane will be forever changed!
Hot Topics covers all those burning questions and debates happening in the yoga community.
It’s not easy to talk about some of these topics but it’s important for Teachers to know! What is the difference between the marketing and the facts? You’ll find the answers here!
You’ll learn things like:
My Pose of the Week Glossary is a library of over 120 videos that give you tips and new inspiration for all your favorite poses – they are short and to the point! Everything is organized in alphabetical order so it’s easy to find the exact pose you are looking for!
#AskDenise includes over 30 videos that cover all kinds of pathologies and dysfunctions that can often leave yoga teachers feeling at a loss for how to help their students. From Achilles Tendon Rupture to Tennis Elbow, this series explains exactly what yoga teachers should and should not do!
I’ve recently collected all the full sequences that have recorded over the years and put them into one handy place. There’s over 20 sequences that will help you practice the skills you’ll be learning in the main course!
Looking to start or add on to a myofascial rolling practice? Enjoy over 1.5 hours worth of video from my live workshop and come away with all kinds of new ideas!
Two full sequences that combine yoga and physiotherapy style movements that can help both teachers and students get rid of hip and knee pain!
You can think of Activate Your Asana as a mini 30 day yoga challenge.
Each daily practice is only 10 minutes long and is designed to help you become more familiar with the Activations and the Fascial Lines. A little practice goes a long way!
You’ll also be able to drop these little segments into your own classes so it’ll be easy to get your Students practicing them too!
Works great on Desktop, Tablet, and Mobile!
Here’s why we can do a sale that offers so much at a fraction of the price of other “flagship” yoga courses:
Denise Yoga Co is run by just two people – myself and my partner Mark.
We design the curriculum, make the videos, build and manage our own membership site, and do our own marketing – it’s a ton more work, but we love it.
This approach keeps our production costs uniquely low and ensures the quality stays extremely high.
The Movement Template is much more than just another course that’s churned out alongside 5 other courses to hit a monthly quota – it’s something we’ve poured our hearts and souls into for 3 years.
Since we’ve created something we truly love and are proud of, it seems like a better idea to make it as accessible to as many Teachers as possible – we’re customer obsessed, not profit obsessed.
The feedback has been great so far and Teachers (and their students!) are seeing undeniably positive changes.
So come join us today on the path towards Anatomy Samadhi!
I am serious about Yoga Education, and I am investing my passion in Yoga Teachers. I believe Yoga Teachers have an important role to play in the health and wellness of their students!
That’s why for the last three years Mark and I have put over 250 free educational videos on Facebook and Youtube, and we’re just getting warmed up!
And, it supports the work we are doing to continue to bring you free educational resources and opportunities to grow personally and professionally.
Your purchase will help us develop new and better resources even faster and ensure you always have a reliable source of exactly the kind of information you need to make you the best yoga teacher you can be! Let’s do this!!
The vast majority of the course is done at your own pace by watching the pre-recorded (and lovingly handcrafted) videos. We do have optional live group coaching calls twice a month. These calls are recorded for those who can’t make it and we also make bite sized highlight clips as well.
Yes! I am a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education provider. This online course is credited with 40 “noncontact” hours. Yoga Alliance will credit it as 40 “in-person” hours until December 2021. Please use Denise Yoga Co Movement Template to locate the course on the Yoga Alliance website.
The course is “self-paced”, so you can take as long as you need. The content is very dense. You’ll likely want to revisit the lectures, practices and experiential exercises more than once. While the course is credited for 40 hours, it may take you more time to absorb the information depending on how much experience you have with anatomy and physiology.
Yes! My plan is to regularly add content such as a “Hot Topics” module regarding current issues of debate in yoga, new class sequences, a printable workbook and additional videos to help you integrate the Movement Template principles into your classes.
The membership site also has the capability to be our own little Facebook style site that will be geared specifically towards yoga – we’ll be turning that on after we get through the launch. As an owner of the Movement Template, you’ll automatically get all future upgrades for free!
This course is not based on a particular style of yoga, but it focuses only on the physical practice of asana. My goal was to bring principles and “best practices” from the movement science world into the yoga world. This approach can be used in any style of yoga asana practice.
This course is exactly for you! Building on what you learned from your previous training, I’ll teach you all the most important yoga anatomy concepts and practices that will ensure your success as a teacher! Let’s build your knowledge and confidence!
This course is focused on the physical aspects of the asana practice. You will learn how to apply the tools of asana to develop Stability, Strength, and Range of Control. We look at anatomy through the lens of movement science and the Fascial System.
I also cover many of the burning questions yoga teachers have about injury prevention and effective teaching methods that help their students make progress in their asana.
Absolutely! Teachers, students, and anyone who “exercises” will benefit from learning the essential system of “Organizing & Activating” through the Fascial Lines! This course is designed using examples and practices from yoga, but I’ve had many other types of students and therapists take the course and love it – strength trainers, coaches, massage therapists and acupuncturists to name a few! This is what everyone who moves needs to know!
Yes! This course is set up to work with any device – phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. You could even hook your computer up to your TV to get the cinematic experience!
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