Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham Bangalore

Online/Offline 12 hours – Yoga, Anatomy & Physiology Certificate Course

12 hours – Yoga, Anatomy & Physiology Certificate Course

What is Yoga Continuing Education Courses (YACEP)

We offer various training programs to deepen knowledge and improve teaching skills through various yoga teacher training courses. Continuing education is a post-learning, formal learning program for yoga practitioners that can have credit courses as well as non-credit courses. These courses are intended to allow an individual to extend their insight and develop their abilities in a particular field. Numerous callings even expect individuals to take up Continuing Education to have the option to recharge their permit and seek after their training.

Continuing education in yoga mainly serves two purposes

  • To deepen your existing knowledge and skills.
  • To teach you new skills and techniques related to teaching yoga.

Yoga Alliance Registered Continuing Education Provider, Courses Open to Everyone.

This course is eligible for Continued Education (CE) credits with Yoga Alliance. It is accredited by Yoga Alliance and it can be used as a continuing education course (YACEP) for Register Yoga Teachers with Yoga Alliance

Deepen your practice and your knowledge

Are you are yoga professional or a curious practitioner and wish to deepen your yoga knowledge and techniques? Then a continuing education course may be something for you! You will learn selected specialized yoga topics that will allow you to expand your horizons when it comes to your personal practice or that of your students. With the knowledge you will acquire, you will gain a deeper understanding of the functioning of anatomical and energetic body layers, and develop a more complete insight into yoga.

International Certification

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion of the Yoga, Anatomy & Physiology Certificate Course, that you can count towards your continuing education. Our yoga teacher training courses are accredited by Yoga Alliance USA.

About the course facilitator

Dr. S. Karuna Murthy, M.Sc., Ph.D., E-RYT 500, YACEP

Dr. S. Karuna Murthy is one of the most experienced Yogi practicing the ancient and the greatest Yoga tradition since he was 18 years of age. Following in the footsteps of his inspiration Swami Sivananda who was also the founder of Divine Life Society, has mastered the ancient Yoga traditions that only a few in this world are familiar with.

He completed M. Sc from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samasthana University and Ph. D from Bharathidasan University. Besides, Dr. S. Karuna Murthy has also completed TTC and ATTC and is registered E-RYT-500 with American Yoga Alliance. Those qualifications depict his expertise in the context of Yoga and mastering Yoga Teaching methodology.

With the immense interest to serve the people with the ancient Yoga techniques, he also served as a Yoga therapist at S-VYASA, Bangalore. He has also served as a Yoga lecturer at Bharathidasan University and at overseas in the Cali Wow fitness Center.

With these impressive accomplishments, throughout his journey to being a master Yogi and an expert in Multi styles of Yoga, Dr. Karuna Murthy has developed an incredible scientific view of every Yoga practice. So, now he is a rare expert in Yoga anatomy physiology, biomechanism kinesiology, and Yoga philosophy.

YACEP Profile

Karuna Yoga Vidya Peetham (Dr. Karuna)

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Yoga, Anatomy & Physiology Certificate Course

The certificate courses in yoga, anatomy and physiology will not only make you an expert, but will also introduce you to some yoga treatment methods that will enable you to take yoga teaching to a new level. In the course, you will learn about all the “yoga” muscles, their positions and the degree of participation in yoga asanas, as well as the contractions and stretches that occur during asana exercises.  You will be able to better comprehend the role and movements of bones and joints that are utilised in yoga asana practice.

Understanding the basic functions of body organs, spinal cord, knee joints, and arches will enable you to consider all safety aspects of asanas, such as balance and handstands. As you learn more about muscle imbalances and safety regulations, you will be able to improve alignment and prevent injuries.

After successfully completing the yoga, anatomy and physiology certificate courses, you will receive a certificate. You will be able to carry out yoga classes with more confidence because you will have the ability to modify asanas to meet personal needs, diseases and  correct alignment  yoga students’ postures. This course will enable you to understand which muscles are stiff and can help students perform stretching exercises to release them. Using the knowledge learned from the anatomy course in the classroom will also develop your yoga teaching.

What is Yoga Anatomy?

  • Anatomy is a medical term that involves the study of the basic structure of the human body.
  • Its teaching content includes the study of bones, muscles, joints and other internal organs of the body.
  • All yoga teachers need to understand the structure of the human body to enhance the effectiveness of asanas and protect the body from harm.
  • Armed with this anatomical knowledge, you will be ready to deal with injuries in an effective and protected way.

What is Yoga Physiology?

  • Yoga physiology is a science dealing with body parts and their specific roles.
  • Its teaching content includes studying the functions of different organs, such as breathing, reproduction, and digestion.
  • This is a dynamic study that reveals how different systems in the human body work together as a single unit moved by energy.

 Important aspects of yoga anatomy and physiology 

  1. Understanding Skeletal Structure of the body
  • The human skeleton consists of 206 bones, which support and form an adult’s body.
  • However, as a yoga teacher, you should mainly understand the main bones of the body, such as legs and arms.
  • Another major skeletal structure that teachers should know is the spinal cord. In addition to being the skeleton and support of bones, the spine also plays an important role in fixing muscles.
  • Understanding the bone structure will help the yoga teacher, which posture is effective for which part of the body.
  1. Understanding the movements of the body
  • Knowing how your body moves will help make it stronger, safer and more balanced.
  • Yoga teachers can gain relevant knowledge by understanding the three anatomical planes of exercise.
  • Once you understand how these plane work, you can determine which plane is most comfortable to move your body on.
  • As a yoga teacher, this understanding will help you include some postures that will guide students through these planes of movement and allow you to determine the best posture for you.
  1. Understanding Muscles of the Body
  • In addition to bones, teachers should also understand the muscle anatomy of the body.
  • When your body enters a yoga pose, all the muscles of the movement joints are at work, regardless of their length.
  • Understanding the muscle structure related to body movement will enable teachers to focus on the effectiveness of asanas for specific muscle groups and treatments.
  1. Major Joints of the Body
  • A joint is a part of a bone where two or more bones intersect. By convention, joints can be classified as the tissue connecting two bones.
  • This may include the cartilage, fibrous tissue, synovial fluid, or any combination of the three.
  • By knowing the types of human joints, you can determine the set of movements that are safe for the body and prevent joint injuries.
  1. Understanding Body alignment during Yoga
  • Understanding and identifying the main bones, muscles, joints and movements of the body will enable teachers to know their body functions.
  • Based on this functional anatomy, the teacher will learn how to move the body in yoga poses and maintain the correct posture.
  • Therefore, this can prevent discomfort or injury caused by incorrect body posture.

Anatomy education for yoga teacher

  • Understanding human anatomy can not only make you a better yogi, it can also make you a better yoga teacher.
  • As a yoga instructor, you must be able to help students fully adapt to yoga poses easily and safely.
  • Some students in your class may have previous injuries or other health problems.
  • As a yoga teacher, when students do poses with you, it is your responsibility to ensure their safety.
  • Therefore, it is extremely important to understand the various parts and functions of the body through anatomy.

Importance of understanding and studying anatomy in yoga teacher training course

  • If you want to practice or teach yoga confidently, clearly, and have a comprehensive understanding of body structure, then a yoga teacher training course is the right choice for you.
  • The main purpose of these courses is to teach human anatomy and the effects of yoga exercises on the human body.
  • Through the anatomy study in the yoga teacher training, you will have a deep understanding of the execution and alignment of asanas.
  • Knowledge of yoga anatomy and physiology will increase your teaching credibility and will be very helpful to your future yoga students.

What you will learn from this course?

  • Strengthen yoga practice and improve yoga teaching.
  • Learn to avoid harm in your practice or to students.
  • Familiar with knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
  • Understand the effects of exercise on all body systems.


  • This course is open to all students who wish to deepen their knowledge and application of some of the highest teachings of yoga anatomy.
  • Participants do not need to be yoga
  • Mastery of any yoga practice is not
  • Only yours sincere desire for knowledge and your commitment to personal
  • Love for Yoga is the most important eligibility factor for learning this course.
  • Students who want to know Yoga in totality and move beyond Asana and Pranayama, Mudra & Bandha.

Assessment and Certification

The students are continuously assessed throughout the course at all levels. There will be a written exam at the end of the course to evaluate the understanding of the philosophy of Yoga and skills of the students. Participants should pass all different aspects of the course to be eligible for the course diploma.

What do I need for the online course?

  • Yoga mat
  • Computer / Smartphone with camera
  • Internet connection
  • Yoga Blocks
  • Pillow or Bolster or Cushion
  • Strap
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Zoom

Recommended Texts

  • Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews.
  • Key Muscles of Yoga, Ray Long.
  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Niranjananda Saraswati
  • B.K.S. Iyengar, Light On Yoga.

What’s the language of the course?

Our courses will be held in English Medium.

Duration: 12 hrs

Self-Paced/ Flexible Duration: Online or Regular Mode.


  • Indian citizens INR 15,000 (non-refundable) advance towards the course fee.
  • Foreigners USD 300 (non-refundable) advance towards the course fee.

Course Dates: Please Contact Us (karunaayoga@gmail.com  or +91 9686549129)

Training Venue:

No. 1271, 20th Main, 2nd Phase, J. P. Nagar, Bangalore -78

Land Mark: Behind Central Mall & Near Samatvam Diabetic Centre

Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction to the applied anatomy and physiology of yoga
  2. Respiratory system

       2.1. Gaseous Exchange

       2.2. Respiratory System

       2.3. Lungs

       2.4. Pleura

       2.5. Bronchi

     2. 6. Pulmonary Ventilation

        2.7. Respiration mechanism

                 a)Shallow breathing

                 b)Deep Breathing

                 c)Unconscious  breathing

                 d)Conscious  breathing

        2.8. Lung Volume

  1. a) Total air volume
  2. b) Tidal volume
  3. c) Vital capacity
  4. Muscular System

3.1. Muscular tissues can be classified into

  1. Smooth, non-striated or involuntary muscles
  2. Cardiac muscle or myocardium
  3. Skeletal, striated or voluntary muscles

3.2. Characteristics of skeletal muscles





      3.3. Functions of Muscles

  1. Movement
  2. Maintaining posture

iii.  Producing Heat & Temperature Regulation

  1. Circulation

     3.4. Skeletal muscle structure

     3.5. Properties of skeletal muscle

4. Skeletal System

  1. i) Cartilage
  2. ii) Tendon

                 iii) Ligament

     4.1. Bone

     4.2. Functions of the Skeletal System?

     4.3. The main bones of the human skeleton

     4.4. Classification of Bones according to shape

     4. 5. Bone structure and formation

     4.6. Human Skeleton Bones

  1. a) axial skeleton
  2. b) appendicular skeleton

     4.7. Skeleton Joints

      4.8. Synovial joints classifications

      4.9. Movements occurring at joints

  1. Gliding movements.
  2. Angular movements.
  3. a) Flexion
  4. b) Extension
  5. c) Adduction
  6. d) Abduction
  7. Rotation or circular movements.

                               a)Medial rotation

                               b)Lateral rotation


  1. Spinal Cord and Yoga

      5.1. Elements Of linkage between the vertebrae

      5.2. Discs and ligaments

      5.3. Weight Bearing Activities

       5.4. Push & Counter push

  1. 5. Types Of spinal movement

       5.6. Axial Rotation

       5.7. Flexion and extension

      5.8. Forward and Backward-Bending Poses

       5.9. Lateral and twisting movements

       5.10. Axial extension

       5.11. Intrinsic equilibrium, Spine, rib cage, and pelvis

  1. Applied functional anatomy and physiology

Terms & Conditions:

After the payment of the course fee, you will receive a link to access the classes through zoom. This short term course is only meant for sincere students of Yoga practitioner. Without submitting the required assignments, you will not receive a certification. Please note that the course fee is non refundable. However, if you can’t start the course due to severe circumstances, please get in touch with us and we’ll find a solution for you.

How to Register?

You can apply online with the application, fee of INR 10,000 (non-refundable) advance towards the course fee or

Please Contact Us (karunaayoga@gmail.com  or +91 9686549129)



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