AVI is pleased to offer our students and alumni an opportunity to take the YogaAnatomy.net Principles On-Line Course with Leslie Kaminoff for a special discount.

Kaminoff’s YogaAnatomy.net Principles Course has helped teachers and practitioners from yoga, dance, Pilates, and somatic therapy backgrounds improve their teaching, enhance their personal practices, and provide better experiences for their students and clients. Previously available only to students live at his studio, The Breathing Project in New York City, you can now enroll in the course online.

As a graduate of this course, you will enhance your teaching, protect your students, and deepen your personal practice with a comprehensive understanding of how the human body actually works.

Leslie Kaminoff’s teaching is inspired by his studies with T.K.V. Desikachar, T. Krishnamacharya’s son.

How you’ll learn in this course…

The three twelve-week trimesters cover the essentials of Yoga Anatomy from the perspective of the breath, the spine, and the limbs. The core concepts of yoga: prana/apana, sthira/sukha, brhmana/langhana serve as a lens through which the vast subject of anatomy becomes focused, fascinating and immensely practical.

Because the course focuses on grasping fundamental concepts, rather than memorizing endless details, students can easily embody the material and put it to practical use immediately. In addition, there is a high level of student interactivity through questions, demonstrations and homework assignments.


Leslie Kaminoff, co-author of the #1 best-selling yoga book “Yoga Anatomy,” is a world-renowned Yoga Educator with over 35 years of experience in bringing the study of anatomy to life.

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Build an Encyclopedic Knowledge of Yoga Anatomy in Three Trimesters

We offer full support, personalized homework interactions, and access to a like-minded community as you work your way through the material.

This course is offered entirely online, but if you decide to print out all the documents and save hard copies of the videos, above is what your resource collection will look like.

We will send you links to download binder covers, inserts, and the foundation of your library. You’ll fill it out with class notes, observations, downloadable class transcripts, and reminders of your own journey. (You will receive all materials in digital, not hard copy.)

In Leslie Kaminoff’s 9-month intensive Online Yoga Anatomy Course, you will discover:

  • The evolutionary science of supporting body-weight on your arms.
  • A simple body measurement you can teach your students to help them set up for a safe and successful headstand.
  • How many yoga-related lower body pains really boil down to what Leslie has termed “Yoga Butt,” and how you can avoid it or heal it.
  • How to get more effective hip-opening from standing postures and why floor work can be counterproductive.
  • How to help older students re-gain their sense of balance (and how to keep younger students from losing it!)
  • Warning signs that you are pushing a joint too far.
  • The truth about Ujjayi breath and when you should stop doing it.
  • Little-known factors that could affect your asana longevity.
  • Why more students are getting injured in yoga class than you think and what you can do to change it in your class.
  • Leslie’s top 10 tips for individualizing student experience in group classes.
  • How to identify knee problems before surgery.
  • How to resurrect fallen arches.
  • How breath re-patterning can transform your practice.
  • How to tell when repetition will heal and when it will injure.
  • Learn the Warrior Series and how you can modify it in any context.
  • One simple trick to protect the knees in (almost) any posture.
  • And more…

Trimester #1: Breathing

  • Introduction to core concepts of yoga and anatomy
  • Breathing as shape change
  • SLOIRA – The Diaphragm Formula
  • Relations and Actions of the Diaphragm
  • The Diaphragm as the Engine of 3-D Shape Change
  • The Accessory Muscles: The Steering Mechanisms of Breath
  • Brhmana / Langhana – Fundamental Energetics of Breath
  • A Guided Tour of the Pelvic Floor
  • The Vocal Diaphragm & the Anatomy of Sound
  • The Role of Bandhas in Support and Movement
  • Kundalini – Energy or Obstacle?
  • Breath – Centered Practice

Trimester #2: The Spine

  • An evolutionary and developmental history of the spine
  • Architectural principles of spinal structure – tension/compression as sthira/sukha
  • The spine’s major curves
  • The spine’s major movements
  • How to recognize and analyze spinal range of motion
  • A yogic perspective on asymmetry
  • A breath-centered approach to twisting, and why we need to protect T11/T12
  • Healing the cervical region with “drishti” and other sensory-driven movement cues
  • Disc structure, function and dysfunction – Why most back pain is not discogenic in origin
  • Symmetry vs. Balance – Special scoliosis presentation
  • Detailed range of motion practice and observation – strategies for teaching and healing
  • The special case of axial extension – Mahamudra

Trimester #3: The Articular Body

  • Evolution and development of the limbs
  • The architecture of the foot – bones and arches
  • The musculature of the foot – pulleys, cables, fulcrums and layers
  • How to analyze and re-pattern gait
  • Teaching strategies for awakening and integrating the arches
  • Yoga and the knee – includes surgical videos
  • The hip joint and pelvic articulations – The truth about “Yoga Butt”
  • The shoulder girdle – using the hand as a foot
  • Arm support strategies – headstand analysis
  • Arm balances: a new perspective
  • The warrior series: fundamentals and modifications
  • Strategies for individualizing group practice

Here’s what is included in your registration:

  • 9 months of intensive training in all aspects of yoga anatomy, practice, & breathing. (A $2,400 value)
  • Streaming and downloadable video files of each class. (A $1,440 value)
  • Streaming and downloadable audio files of each class. (A $1,350 value)
  • Full text transcriptions of every class (English.) (A $720 value)
  • PDFs of class outline / notes. (A $650 value)
  • Weekly PDF downloads with course visuals. (A $360 value)
  • Video Q&A with Leslie and the international online community. (Private sessions with Leslie start at $140/hr, so personal access on an ongoing basis is worth $1000s…)
  • Direct access to a members-only interactive site where Leslie will answer your questions personally. (Access never expires – worth $1000s over time…)
  • Homework to take you deeper into the material, and personal dialogue about your discoveries. (A $900 value)
  • Access to like-minded Yogis around the world, and their experience with the course. (Have a yoga cohort in every city you visit…)
  • Continuing education credits applicable to Yoga Alliance standards. (A $550 value)
  • Certificate of Completion from the course, exactly as if you had been sitting in the NYC studio (upon completion of all homework.) (Invaluable for future employers and prospective students…)
  • PLUS! Your access never expires. Each and every time we update the course, you benefit from the new information. Need to sharpen your skills? Sign in and watch any video you’d like! (This is an ongoing value of $1000s…)


AVI has negotiated a substantial discount for AVI students and alumni only. If you are a prospective student, a current student or an alumni, contact info@viniyoga.com for more information.

How to Register

If you are a student in an AVI Professional Training Program, preparing for the Viniyoga Therapist Training or an alumni of any of the AVI Professional Training Programs, you are eligible to register for this course through AVI to receive a special discounted price. Contact info@viniyoga.com for the Special AVI Discounted fee and the registration link.

Note about Prerequisites

This course fulfills the Anatomy prerequisite for the AVI Viniyoga Therapist Training (50 hours of self-directed study). It does not fulfill the Viniyoga Foundations Program requirement for 20 CONTACT hours of anatomy and physiology.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a timeline for the course?

There is no fixed timeline or deadline for the course. You can sign up whenever you want, watch the classes as it works for your schedule, ask Leslie questions and get answers on your own time, and finish the homework whenever it fits in your schedule. We wanted this course to be as flexible as possible because we have so many students enrolled from all over the world, and there’s really not a one-size-fits-all structure.

How much homework is there? What kind of weekly time commitment am I looking at?

As discussed above, you can go through the course at your own pace. If you’d like to finish the course in the 9-month time frame that Leslie uses to teach the live class, here’s what it would look like:

  • One 2-hour video class per week
  • plus optional homework, consisting mostly of review questions and additional activities to help enhance the learning experience. Most of our graduates say the homework took them 30-60 minutes per week.

The classes are structured in three 12-week trimesters for a total of 36 weeks, and there is a short break between each trimester (like a holiday break and spring break.)

Sometimes things get "lost in translation" on the internet. How do you guys handle that?

We agree! That’s why we have made the interface as personal as possible, and we have just added a new feature for this round of the course. Leslie is now offering Video Q&A so he can give his online students the same level of demonstration-based feedback that you’d receive if you were in the room.

Still not sure if Leslie Kaminoff’s YogaAnatomy.net Principles Course is right for you?

Students of Leslie Kaminoff’s training have unanimously found this course worth the investment – for over 30 years. As an online student, you’re receiving the same level of knowledge, interaction, and expertise – with the added benefit of learning on your own schedule, as well as the ability to revisit the course as much as you want, at any time, without limitation.