Functional Anatomy: Common Injuries of Lower Back, Asana Solution and Manual Therapy for Yoga Enthusiasts

PranaShanti is pleased to welcome Adnan Tahirovic back to Ottawa after teaching in Asia. Long time Ottawa Yoga Teacher, Yoga Studio Founder, Trainer and now an Osteopath, you will be in good hands with Adnan for a weekend packed with valuable information for both Yoga Students and Teachers.

Date and Time:

2 Days
Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7, 2016
11:30 am to 5:30 pm each day


photo 1aTeachers and students of yoga are often confronted with difficulties and challenges associated with yoga teaching and practising. Injuries are common and may cause frustration, anger, irritability and other negative emotions, which, in turn, may interfere with the practice, causing students/patients to alter or even abandon it. Such practice alteration or abandonment are often the consequences of the lack of understanding of the mechanism of a particular injury, incorrect alignment (asanas “do” and “don’t”), over-enthusiasm and impatience.

One of the very important aspects of yoga teaching and practising is the solid knowledge of functional anatomy and biomechanics. Unfortunately, nowadays, in yoga circles, these subjects are not sufficiently studied. Anatomy may appear overwhelming, boring and too difficult to digest; yet, it is extremely important, particularly, when it comes to therapeutic yoga, specially designed classes, the creation of healthy sequences and development of private classes.

In this two-day workshop, several topics will be reviewed and practised:

  • Functional anatomy and biomechanics of major joints in our body (spine, shoulder and pelvic girdles, knee, ankle), including physiology and the role of specific muscles and muscle groups in relationship to movement and asana.
  • Special functional movement as well as muscle strength tests will be demonstrated, explained and practised in order to understand what it means to develop healthy movement patterns and balanced, coordinated muscle work.
  • Several common musculoskeletal injuries will be explained along with their signs and symptoms, basic special (orthopedic) tests and their rationale (explanation), as well as possible asana solutions.

During the two days of the workshop, special emphasis will be put on learning and practising a selection of manual therapy techniques. A myriad of such techniques exists and they are used by health professionals to treat different types of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. The techniques that will be presented in the workshop have been chosen for their simplicity and efficiency, and are relatively easy to learn. They are drawn from my own experience (Osteopathy, Tui na [Chinese medical massage], Shiatsu and Taiwanese traditional manual therapy).

Most of these techniques are normally used with a patientphoto 2/student positioned on the table. In the workshop, these techniques will be slightly modified so that we can perform them on the floor. The techniques include a selection of soft tissue techniques, muscle energy techniques (MET), positional release techniques, assisted stretches, and some joint mobilization techniques. Although they may appear simple to perform, they require regular practice, patience, and a basic knowledge of anatomy in order for a practitioner/patient/student to use them efficiently and effectively. All of the techniques used in the workshop will be explained in detail, demonstrated and then practised.

This Master Class is suitable for yoga teachers and yoga students alike as well as anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of anatomy, common injuries of lower back, asana solution to these injuries and manual therapy suitable for treatment of these injuries.


$295.00 per person. Handouts provided.