Human Anatomy and Physiology 


Course Description:

Human anatomy and physiology provides an overview of the structure and function of the human body and how the systems work together to support homeostasis – the body’s natural tendency to maintain a stable internal environment. By looking at the body from a systems framework, students learn levels of organization from the whole body to the parts – organs, tissues, cellular level. Using an integrative framework students learn how each system functions separately and together as a whole. Seeing the body in an organized way allows yoga therapists to be able to connect knowledge about anatomy and physiology to provide a solid foundation for working with clients with dis-ease, or disease, associated with common pathologies and disorders.


Morning 10 am – 1 pm

Review of systems from an anatomical perspective:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Skeletal
  • Muscular
  • Integumentary
  • Endocrine (includes reproduction)
  • Digestion
  • Urinary
  • Lymphatic

Afternoon: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Discuss the physiology of those structures, both singularly and in conjunction with one another and review characteristics from scientific standpoisnt and that of Prāṇā (life force) and the five vayus.

  • Absorption: the passage of nutrients from digested food through membranes and into body fluids
  • Assimilation: the ability to change nutrients of absorbed substances into chemically different forms
  • Circulation: movement of substances throughout the body via body fluids such as blood – source of nourishment for organs, tissues and cells throughout the body
  • Digestion: chemically breaking down food into its molecular components and getting rid of wastes
  • Growth: in general, defined as increasing in size without changing basic shape
  • Movement: the ability to change position or internal structures
  • Reproduction: creating offspring
  • Respiration: can mean the act of breathing and on a cellular level it is a metabolic process whereby oxygen provides energy for cell function
  • Responsiveness: reacting to one’s environment, such as pupils contracting in light, the rush of adrenalin when confronted with danger or fear
  • Excretion: the removal of wastes created by metabolic activity

Instructor: Lorrie Jacobsohn

Fee: $90