112: Anatomy Of The Hip

Yoga is a very special practice because - unlike our usual movements of walking, sitting, or running - it provides opportunities to mobilize the hip all directions. However, every hip is different, and understanding the anatomy of this important joint will help you to more skillfully support your students in their alignment and asana practice. 

Note for CE Credits: If you are a current teacher taking this course for Yoga Alliance CE credits, you may submit for 3 hours of Anatomy and Physiology credit via the Yoga Alliance website.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the general anatomy and the structure of the hip.

  • Demonstrate how the shape of your hip joint will affect movement and asana practice.

  • Identify poses that stretch and strengthen the muscle groups surrounding the hip: flexors, extensors, adductors, abductors, and rotators.

Course Curriculum

112: Anatomy Of The Hip

  • 1
    WELCOME AND COURSE ORIENTATION
    • START HERE
    • HOW TO TAKE THIS COURSE
    • SYLLABUS
    • ABOUT YOUR FACULTY
    • COURSE MATERIALS
    • Q&A
  • 2
    LESSON ONE: OVERVIEW OF THE HIP
    • JOURNAL REFLECTION #1
    • INTRODUCTION
    • WHAT IS THE HIP?
    • HIP: SELF-PALPATION
    • PELVIS AND GENDER
    • SKELETAL VARIATION & JOURNAL REFLECTION #2
    • SKELETAL VARIATION - APPLIED
    • THE SACRO-ILIAC JOINT (SI JOINT)
    • QUIZ
    • LESSON SUMMARY
  • 3
    LESSON TWO: HIP FLEXORS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • HIP FLEXORS (FRONT OF HIP)
    • JOURNAL REFLECTION #3
    • JOURNAL REFLECTION #3 DEBRIEF
    • QUIZ
    • LESSON SUMMARY
  • 4
    LESSON THREE: HIP EXTENSORS
    • INTRODUCTION TO LESSON THREE
    • GLUTEUS MAXIMUS
    • JOURNAL REFLECTION #4
    • HAMSTRINGS
    • JOURNAL REFLECTION #5
    • QUIZ
    • LESSON SUMMARY
  • 5
    LESSON FOUR: HIP ADDUCTORS
    • INTRODUCTION TO LESSON FOUR
    • HIP ADDUCTORS (MEDIAL HIP)
    • ​JOURNAL REFLECTION #6​
    • QUIZ
    • LESSON SUMMARY
  • 6
    LESSON FIVE: HIP ABDUCTORS & DEEP ROTATORS
    • INTRODUCTION TO LESSON FIVE
    • HIP ABDUCTORS: LATERAL HIP & THE DEEP SIX
    • HIP ABDUCTORS & ASANA
    • EXTERNAL ROTATION AND ASANA
    • THE STRETCHING RIDDLE
    • JOURNAL REFLECTION #7
    • JOURNAL REFLECTION #7 DEBRIEF
    • QUIZ
    • LESSON SUMMARY
  • 7
    CONCLUSION
    • FINAL ASSESSMENT
    • ACADEMIC HONOR
    • CONCLUSION & OUTSIDE PRACTICE

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  • Rachel Scott

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    Rachel Scott

    Rachel is a teacher trainer, mentor, and author based in Vancouver, BC. Meticulous and funny, she loves sharing her love and knowledge of yoga with others. Also an instructional designer, she helps develop yoga curriculum for yoga schools globally. Her favorite place to be is the yoga teacher training room.