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. Lizzie is a good moderator and at times I felt she w...

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    This is a fantastic course with scientific, evidence-based materials that explain the work of the poses. Lizzie is a good moderator and at times I felt she was speaking my mind asking questions for me, and Mary's enthusiasm is contagious.

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  • So Amazing!

    Dorlene

    I have been teaching Yoga for over 20 years and I find this course so amazing - the level of detail! And articulating the truth that the body is like an orch...

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    I have been teaching Yoga for over 20 years and I find this course 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!

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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. Judith Hanson Lasater is the godmother ...

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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. Judith Hanson Lasater is the godmother of Yoga; Mary Richards is the bomb when it comes to anatomy and her ability to break down anatomy - yes, she's the real deal and best anatomy nerd out there; Lizzie Lasater asks all the questions in a way that we Yoga teachers can relate!

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  • Highly Recommended!

    Maria

    Judith Hanson Lasater alongside Mary Richards makes these teachings approachable and highly clear - whether you have previous anatomy knowledge or not. This ...

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    Judith Hanson Lasater alongside 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 videos, podcast discussions and live tutorials, it teaches us how the body is constructed, its functionality and more importantly makes us aware of causes of injuries and how to best avoid them.

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  • 10 Out of 5 Stars

    Julie

    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 in my classe...

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    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 in my classes. What has helped the most is actually looking at the vertebral column to see with my own eyes how it moves - in the talks, podcasts and in the key pose video for each chapter and in the pocket anatomy examples.

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  • Bravo! Let’s Have Every Yoga Teacher Take This Course!

    karen

    This course (and the philosophies of all three teachers) should be required to be completed by every yoga teacher. I took a wonderful Experiential Anatomy wo...

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    This course (and the philosophies of all three teachers) should be required to be completed by every yoga teacher. I took a wonderful Experiential Anatomy workshop in 2016 in Vancouver with Judith so I’ve been thrilled to take it again in this format - where I can review, practice and review some more and always have it for reference.

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  • Loved this Course!

    Jacquie

    I want to watch the tutorials over and over as I learn something new each time and the webinars were great. I felt the information was very successfully pres...

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    I want to watch the tutorials over and over as I learn something new each time and the webinars were great. I felt the information was very successfully presented and there was more than adequate support throughout the course for questions, answers and demonstrations.

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  • Beyond wonderful

    Xulia

    I highly recommend this course for all Yoga instructors and practitioners - you are guaranteed to learn something and have some laughs as well. Thank you for...

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    I highly recommend this course for all Yoga instructors and practitioners - you are guaranteed to learn something and have some laughs as well. Thank you for all that you continue to do to promote the safe and educated teaching of Yoga - with deep gratitude.

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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...

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  • Inspired My Curiosity

    Debi

    As a new teacher of Yoga I found this course helpful, inspiring and interesting to boot! I so enjoyed the wisdom of Judith Hanson Lasater that she so generou...

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    As a new teacher of Yoga I found this course helpful, inspiring and interesting to boot! I so enjoyed the wisdom of Judith Hanson Lasater that she so generously and lovingly shared with us and Mary Richards’ lectures are so full of passion for anatomy, while her explanations are clear and easy to understand.

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