Functional Anatomy for Mastering Vinyasa – Lower Body
4th – 6th October
£600 (£500 early bird if booked before 20th September)


In this 3 day course we will delve deeply into our structural and bio-mechanical anatomy possibilities, identifying exactly how all these differences play out within our Vinyasa postures within a dynamic practice. Any questions about the training? Please contact

Course Content

In this course we will delve deeply into our structural and bio-mechanical anatomy possibilities, identifying exactly how all these differences play out within our Vinyasa postures within a dynamic practice. It will encompass Lower Body anatomy as a focus with connected upper body considerations for further understanding where appropriate.


Designed for committed practitioners and teachers, this course will look at each posture functionally, asking what each posture practically addresses, what could be more efficient and most importantly, what is safe.


Our analysis will strip back the layers of a pre-conceived alignment one size fits all approach and really delve into seeing, understanding and therefore effectively practicing and teaching what is appropriate for the individual.


Each training day will be structured in three parts. In the morning there will be an Yin Yoga practice and joint range analysis, to experience our personal anatomy and skeletal variation differences. In the afternoon there will be Vinyasa posture clinic & correspondent adjustment mastery, where we will the insights of the morning into our dynamic yoga practice to learn functionally, what is most optimal and effective for each practitioner. In the evening there will be functional language for teachers and a second practice delving deeply into the art of practicing with functional purpose.


This three-day course will challenge and transform even the most seasoned of practitioners, guiding participants to interiorizing their practice inwards to their experience, thus realising and re-connecting to the true essence of the yoga discipline. Come with an open mind and a courageous heart.

Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciation of Yin Yoga as a functional practice and as a method to understand skeletal variation
  • Proficiency in Lower Body range of motion comparisons and testing methods
  • Proficiency in the anatomical principles of Tension & Compression
  • Proficiency in the Theoretical Anatomy Framework 14-10-7, as a structured approach to understanding all Yoga asana
  • Proficiency in understanding the different practitioner experience- related to individual anatomical differences.
  • Proficiency in Functional Teaching Methodology for Vinyasa Yoga
  • Proficiency in applying skeletal knowledge (tension and compression) to Vinyasa Yoga Postures
  • Skills of ‘functional adjusting’, intelligent use of props and how to work with ‘difficult bodies’, as a practitioner or as a teacher
    • Proficiency in teaching and communicating Vinyasa Yoga within a functional method
    • Proficiency in utilising functional tools & techniques including adjusting & language emphasis, as part an individualised approach to Vinyasa yoga

Your Teacher

Jamie Clarke

Jamie has been teaching Yoga for more than twenty years. He is inspired by yoga as a means of mind and body integration, as well as psycho-emotional and spiritual transformation. His intention is to seek the deepest truth within himself and to support others in their search.


He has been mentored by several of western Yoga’s most renowned pioneers and masters in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Rocket, Tripsichore, Yin Yoga & Applied Anatomy. He currently focuses his teaching on Yin Yoga and Chakra Meditation and has developed a method and orientation of the Yin practice, which activates and harmonises an individual’s inherent elemental constitution. This strengthens or supplements the elements and their related chakras that are out of balance, bringing awareness and healing to all layers of the Self.


His teaching approach combines yin and yang, east and west. In this way, his appreciation of eastern philosophies of Tantra, Buddhism, Daoism and the cultural practices of Shamanism, come together with the observations and thinking of the great depth psychologists of the west. The result is a yoga and meditation philosophy and practice combined with transpersonal psychology, context and process.


This course is for current teachers and yoga students who have a committed yoga practice.


A typical day

9:00-9:15:   Meditation / Pranayama
9:15-11:00:  Functional Yin Practice
11:00-11:30: Theoretical Anatomy Analysis
11:30-12:30: Applied Anatomy Analysis
12:30-1:30:  Lunch
1:30-2.30:    Applied Anatomy Review & Functional Teaching Methodology
2:30-3:30:   Vinyasa Anatomy Laboratory
3:30-4:30:   Functional Methods and Language
4:30-5:30:    Core Belief Work & Breathing Pranayama
5.30-6:00:   Short Functional Vinyasa Practice