Hips: Yoga Anatomy, Strength & Mobility [Online Course]


Can we have hip healthcare and hip openers? Indeed. Two hours of solid advice for hip health on the yoga mat from physical therapist and yoga teacher of 20 years, Dr. Ariele Foster.

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Everything you need to know for strong and open hips on the yoga mat. 

  • Hips are a popular topic in yoga. But are we obsessed for the wrong reasons? What can we do that lines up with the science?

Hip opening is the most popular request of yoga teachers.

But does what we do on the yoga mat make sense given our anatomy?

Tight and weak muscle patterns become embedded into our bodies through furniture, lifestyle and these patterns don’t ONLY follow us onto the yoga mat (no matter how many sun salutations we do):

…these unserving patterns can also be created on the mat.

Discover specific ways to move your hips mindfully on the mat to unlock hip flexors and awaken hip stabilizers. Dive into the deep world of “hip healthcare” including rotational strength, joint centricity, stabilization, muscular activation and so much more.

From tight hip flexors to the distance between your knees and the floor in cross-legged, explore and play with movement-science informed ways to enhance true, sustainable mobility (openness + strength) in this pivotal part of your body.

Guided by a doctor of physical therapy and yoga teacher, you will get to know the muscles surrounding your hips, understand the role of the hips in balance and core stability, and find new levels of ease and freedom in yoga asana.

This workshop is all levels and is designed for anyone who sits for any length any day of the week, for cyclists, for runners, for truckers, and of course, for yogis. 

2 contact hour CEUs for Yoga Alliance, IAYT, and more.

What you’ll find in this course:

  • 2 hours of lecture+ (75%) and practice (25%)
  • Originally recorded live with interactive Q+A sections
  • Self-quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Certificate of Completion to download when you are done

What makes this course unique:

Your instructor, Dr Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT 500(+) has a unique perspective on hip strengthening after she herself needed surgery to correct hip instability – likely brought on by asana.

Ariele is also a yoga teacher and movement educator of over 20 years and a practicing Doctor of Physical Therapy.

What will this course do for me?

Learn the introductory science of hip mobility, stability, and strength. Understand the basics of hip labral tears, and the latest knowledge about optimizing hips in the modern world.

Find true “opening” of your hips through understanding range of motion, and reduce pain and feelings of impingement or pinching.

What props are required?

You can complete the practices in this course with no props (a throw pillow can substitute). Some moves will require 1 yoga block. (We like these pretty cork blocks).

Yoga blocks may also be fashioned out of household items like stacks of books.

Who is this course for? Do I have to be a yoga teacher?

Though it is geared toward yoga teachers, this course is for everybody. Although it will make more sense if you have a solid background in yoga.

ALL BODIES / ALL AGES ARE WELCOME. Some positions require ability to lie on your back or on your abdomen.

Will I get continuing education credit?

YES! 2 CE credit hours (downloadable certificate at the completion of the course) for Yoga Alliance-registered teachers and Yoga Therapists  through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Check with your other accrediting bodies for continuing education credits for personal trainers, physical and occupational therapists, and others.

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts whenever you sign up and is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

Who is the Instructor?

Your teacher, Ariele, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, founder of YogaAnatomyAcademy.com, a long time yoga teacher, creator of the Yoga Journal online course Fascia Release for Yoga, and an advocate for depth and quality in yoga practice and instruction. For more information on Ariele, see https://wellilo.com/ or https://yogaanatomyacademy.com

Can I use this course as a substitute for physical therapy?

This is a complement to physical therapy, and not a substitute.

Physical therapy is a licensed profession, and physical therapists (physiotherapists outside of the US) provide individual evaluation for your unique situation. Nothing replaces that. So we suggest: don’t shortchange yourself and skip PT.

Take this course AND see a physio.

May I pay with my FSA / HSA Card for this course?

Yes, but your enrollment will be manual and may take up to 72 hours. Please email info@yogaanatomyacademy.com with your request to enroll in this way.