Welcome to Summer School

  • Movement Literacy

    Designed by yoga teachers, for yoga teachers, our brand-new targeted summer school training is about more than just yoga for back pain.

  • Guided Learning

    Immerse yourself in six weeks of guided learning focused on the vertebral column - the central axis of movement in asana and in life.

  • Teach Smarter

    Are you ready to practice and teach yoga in a healthy sustainable way? Learning more about anatomy and therapeutics is the first step.

Welcome to movement literacy.

A short video about our flagship course.

Course Overview

  • Six weeks of guided learning starts July 16th.

  • Weekly study plan emails keep you on track.

  • Learn in diverse ways: webinars, home practice videos, class language for teachers, homework, suggested reading, and more.

  • Access to our private community discussion group.

  • Live video Q&A sessions on Facebook.

  • Two months of live support.

  • And two years of course material access. This is nice psychological nudge to help you focus on this learning.

Meet Our Team

  • Judith Hanson Lasater

    Ph.D., Physical Therapist

    Judith Hanson Lasater

    Judith Hanson Lasater has been practicing yoga since 1970, teaching yoga since 1971, and helping to train teachers since 1974. Her credentials include: author of nine books on yoga, Co-Founder of the Yoga Journal Magazine, received a Senior Teaching Certificate personally from BKS Iyengar, Co-Founder of the California Yoga Teachers Association, early board member of YogaAlliance, Ph.D in East West Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.
  • Mary Richards

    M.S., Certified Yoga Therapist

    Mary Richards

    Mary began practicing yoga in 1992, and teaching in 2002. She holds a Master's of Science in Yoga Therapy and a Bachelors degree in International Affairs. Richards is passionate about sharing her experience in yoga therapeutics and other healing modalities to help others cope with -- and ideally, prevent -- injury. Her practice and teaching are informed by personal experience from a decade of joint pain and repair. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, two teenagers, dog, and Penelope the cat.
  • Lizzie Lasater

    M. Arch., E-RYT 200

    Lizzie Lasater

    Lizzie Lasater researches the pleasure of deceleration through teaching Restorative yoga workshops and retreats. Trained as an Architect at Columbia University in New York City, her design practice includes a line of spirit jewelry and producing digital yoga trainings. Raised in San Francisco, Lizzie lives in the Alps with her tall Austrian.

6 Week Curriculum

Week by Week

  • Week 1: Normal Curves

    Did you know that standing with all your normal curves out of alignment can effect every organ system in your body? Did you realize that standing with all your normal curves intact is one of the healthiest things you can do? Posture affects you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Turns out our grandmothers were right. We all need to stand well. Explore your curves and their perfection. Stop disturbing your curves and you will stop disturbing yourself. Find out how.

  • Week 2: Direction and Range of Motion

    What limits movement in the vertebral column? Certainly neuromuscular resistance is a factor. However, bony features and shapes tell us a lot about the direction and range of motion possible in each segment of the column. Time to grab your x-ray goggles! Let’s take a look at the joints, processes, and tensile structures of the vertebral column. Then, let’s get on the mat and debunk some anatomical and movement myths that undermine our kinetic integrity.

  • Week 3: Sidebending and Rotation

    We tend to think of vertebral movements in terms of flexion, extension, sidebending and twisting. But there is an intimate relationship between the last two that is fascinating, and when you understand how these two movements work together, you will have a much greater understanding of scoliosis and how to work with yourself if you have scoliosis, as well as with your students who present with it in class. Revelatory.

  • Week 4: Body-Brain Communication

    Some 80 percent of adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Dysfunction may arise anywhere in the posterior kinetic chain, from the base of the skull to the tip of the tailbone. Maybe the pain originates from compressed nerves or disorganized muscle activation patterns. Maybe it is related to past trauma. Regardless of origin, back pain often challenges people to look at the road behind them. Many folks will come to the mat, seeking relief and a return to the rhythm of their daily lives. Let’s use asana and pranayama like tuning forks, to adjust the body-brain vibration.

  • Week 5: The Pelvis is Everything

    The pelvis is the basin of birth, the source of our power, the initiator of walking and the foundation of standing. It is the site of the melding of the vertebral column (sacrum) and the lower extremity (femurs). The more we live in the deep belly of the pelvis, the more we are in touch with our intuition, our feelings, and our deep Knowing. This week we will look at the SI joint and learn its part in walking. Did you know that Westerners walk differently than indigenous cultures? Do you know why carrying on the head is actually good for your posture? Let’s talk pelvis.

  • Week 6: Back Care Series

    We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: Our grandmothers were right. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to our back-body health. Whether we’re driving our desks, carrying heavy packages, or running errands while wearing impractical shoes, life takes a toll on our vertebral column. Now that we understand what’s normal and what’s not, let’s practice some asana and movement fundamentals to keep our discs plump and juicy, our facet joints sliding and gliding, and our belly soft and back strong.

Reviews from Experiential Anatomy

  • Best Online Course I Have Taken!

    Nai

    This is a fantastic course with scientific, evidence-based materials that explain the work of the poses. The teamwork between Judith, Mary and Lizzie is grea...

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    This is a fantastic course with scientific, evidence-based materials that explain the work of the poses. The teamwork between Judith, Mary and Lizzie is great. Lizzie is a good moderator and at times I felt she was speaking my mind asking questions for me. Mary's enthusiasm is contagious. Judith is as always the guru of yoga. This course truly is the best online course I have taken.

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  • So Amazing!

    Dorlene

    I have been teaching yoga for over 20 years. This course is just so amazing -- the level of detail! And, articulating the Truth that the body is like an orc...

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    I have been teaching yoga for over 20 years. This course is just so amazing -- the level of detail! And, articulating the Truth that the body is like an orchestra and the fundamentals of body design and intelligence is so important to emphasize! Thank you!

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  • Worth Every Penny!

    Monica

    I am halfway through the course and I am blown away by the knowledge, wisdom, and humor I've been experiencing so far. The anatomy workshops I've taken in th...

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    I am halfway through the course and I am blown away by the knowledge, wisdom, and humor I've been experiencing so far. The anatomy workshops I've taken in the past have been inadequate and how lucky for me to participate in this course. Judith Hanson Lasater is the godmother of yoga; Mary Richards is the bomb when it comes to anatomy and her ability to break down the anatomy -- yes, she's the real deal and best anatomy nerd out there; Lizzie Lasater asks all the questions in such a way that we yoga teachers can relate! Highly recommend this course and worth every penny. I've even talked one of my fellow yoga teachers to take a look at this course the next time it is offered! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the time and effort you put into creating this course.

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  • Highly recommended!

    Maria

    Coming to the end of this course, feeling at each step highly excited about the discoveries it’s offering when I felt the urge of writing a review. The world...

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    Coming to the end of this course, feeling at each step highly excited about the discoveries it’s offering when I felt the urge of writing a review. The world needs to know!!. Anatomy can be somehow daunting as we are made of hundreds of pieces, intertwining muscles, nerves, organs ….! This is a very complete course where Lizzie Lasater is guiding us into an anatomy journey with Judith Hanson Lasater and Mary Richards and with the help of volunteer students and ‘Skeleton’. I have known of Judith Hanson Lasater’s work as her Anatomy book 'Yoga Body' was part of reading material of my 200hr teacher training and I have always used it as a good anatomy guide. Judith Hanson Lasater alongside with Mary Richards makes these teachings approachable and highly clear whether you have previous anatomy knowledge or not. This course furthermore takes that knowledge to another level, where through high quality produced videos, podcast discussions and ‘live’ tutorials, teach us how the body is constructed, its functionality and more importantly makes us aware of causes of injuries and how to best avoid them. It is full of ‘Aha!’ moments which are my favorite part about yoga practice; it’s a continuous exploration that never ends. I can see this course not only beneficial to yoga teachers, yoginis but also to therapists and healthcare professionals as it will provides clarity of what we are made off and the impact that our structure has in who we are and how we carry ourselves around. This course is not only filled with knowledge but also with humor and lightness which makes it very enjoyable. It has definitely changed the way I see and feel my body not only in my yoga practice but in my everyday life. Big thanks to Judith, Mary and Lizzie for putting together this amazing piece of work. Highly recommended!

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  • 10 out of 5 stars

    Julie

    This course is excellent and so professionally done. I have just completed Chapter 7 on the sacrum and have already learned SO much that I am able to feel i...

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    This course is excellent and so professionally done. I have just completed Chapter 7 on the sacrum and have already learned SO much that I am able to feel in my own body and share with the students that come to my classes. So wonderful. What has helped the most is actually looking at the vertebral column to see how it moves with my own eyes in the talks, podcasts and in the key pose video for each chapter and in the pocket anatomy examples. I LOVE the anatomy mantras for each chapter because it really helps me remember in a sentence what the key focus is in each chapter. I also LOVE the ability to listen and watch the segments over and over and over again. This really helps me. Finally, I thought I knew how important back-bending is as you age, but now I know WHY. I would rate this course as a 10, but since there are only 5 stars....

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  • Bravo! Lets have every yoga teacher take this course!

    karen

    This course (and the philosophies of all three of you) should be required to be accomplished by every yoga teacher. Thank you Mary, Judith, Lizzie for this ...

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    This course (and the philosophies of all three of you) should be required to be accomplished by every yoga teacher. Thank you Mary, Judith, Lizzie for this outstanding course! I took an Experiential Anatomy workshop in 2016 Vancouver with Judith ... wonderful ...but so so very much to absorb!!! Thus I have been thrilled to take it again In this format - where I can review and practice and review some more. And know I can always have it all as reference. I am the yoga practitioner/teacher who gave up teaching because I didn’t feel I had enough anatomy/physiology/training to meet my students needs. (Ahimsa)

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  • Loved this course!

    Jacquie

    Loved this course, I want to watch the tutorials over and over, I learn something new each time. The webinars were great. I was very hesitant to take an onli...

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    Loved this course, I want to watch the tutorials over and over, I learn something new each time. The webinars were great. I was very hesitant to take an online course and have always preferred hands on and in person classes. But I could find no local classes with the knowledge and experience of Judith, Mary and Lizzie. I felt the information was very successfully presented and there was more than adequate support throughout the course for questions, answers and demonstrations. I look forward to their next project.

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  • Beyond wonderful

    Xulia

    Such immense gratitude for this Experiential Anatomy Course. Whilst I am moving slowing through (and will move through it over and over again), it is simply ...

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    Such immense gratitude for this Experiential Anatomy Course. Whilst I am moving slowing through (and will move through it over and over again), it is simply the brilliant. Lizzie's gift of bringing the content together in such a digestible format — the podcasts, the clear insightful videos and tutorial (which are perfectly not too long), and the gentle considerate questions that draw out the essentials from the wisdom of your Judith and Mary, is beyond wonderful. Thank you thank you for all the love, energy and time that you have all poured in to the course — It is received with a full hearted thank you!

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  • Excellent course for experienced yoga instructors!

    Deborah

    Dear Judith, Lizzie and Mary, It is with a touch of sadness that I complete this course. You’ve all been an important part of my life these past months and...

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    Dear Judith, Lizzie and Mary, It is with a touch of sadness that I complete this course. You’ve all been an important part of my life these past months and I’m sad to see you go. Although that is not entirely true as I know I will be accessing highlights from this course on many occasions! I’m an RYT with 13 years of teaching experience and I still have a good deal to learn. I loved the way the course was structured and really had many AHA moments. I hear your voices in my head when I practice and teach-in a good way! I highly recommend this course for all yoga instructors and practitioners-you are guaranteed to learn something and have some laughs as well. I enjoyed your camaraderie and the care you all took in designing and presenting this course in addition to reminding us that we are all human after all. My only criticism is that as a non Facebook user I felt a bit left out...it wasn’t a showstopper but you may want to adjust the way you incorporate Facebook into your future courses for those of us who have no desire to use it. Thank you for all that you continue to do to promote the safe and educated teaching of yoga- with deep gratitude...