Join internationally acclaimed yoga teacher and scholar Paul Grilley for Anatomy for Yoga, the DVD that has become a paradigm-shifting modern classic in the years since it became Pranamaya’s first-ever release. Added to the curriculum of yoga teacher training programs across the country, this DVD is a must-see for yoga practitioners of all levels and a compelling viewing experience for anyone interested in understanding their own body.
It’s In Your Bones
An invaluable resource for both yoga students and teachers, this comprehensive DVD includes nearly 4 hours of in-depth lectures, demonstrations and special features on human anatomy as it relates to yoga practice. The focus of the DVD is comparative skeletal anatomy: understanding the underlying skeletal structure of the body, how the shapes and sizes of the bones differ significantly from person to person, and how to use that knowledge in gaining a much deeper understanding of our individual yoga practices.
Paul Grilley explains the key concepts of compression, tension, proportion and orientation with the help of a wide range of yoga students. These concepts help us to understand why no two people will ever experience the same yoga posture in exactly the same way. Paul’s light-hearted yet provocative approach will challenge many misconceptions about yoga while providing the foundation for the development of a truly personal yoga practice grounded in safety and respect.
Highlights from this DVD include:
- Nearly 4 hours of presentations, comparisons and special features
- Interactive Skeleton feature as an anatomy study aid
- Bonus lecture: differences among real human femur bones
- Q&A: real yoga teachers ask Paul common questions about anatomy and yoga
Anatomy presentation topics include:
- Tension vs. Compression
- The Eight Major Joints of the Body: an overview using comparative anatomy
- The Shoulder vs. the Spine
- The Femur and the Pelvis
- The Importance of Skeletal Proportion
- Orientation to Gravity
- 4 hours
- 1 DVD
- ALL regions
“…this new DVD from Paul Grilley is such a welcome arrival. Grilley is best known as one of the foremost proponents of Taoist or Yin Yoga, which combines the meridian modalities of China (for example, acupuncture) with the yogic and Tantric methods of India. But judging from this DVD, he also knows a thing or two about the Western understanding of human anatomy.
“…The great thing about the DVD is that the presentation, unlike the usual two-dimensional anatomy book, is visually striking and experiential. Grilley illustrates his points not only on a skeleton but on living bodies, with helpful graphic overlays to emphasize certain points… Teachers, serious students, and anyone running a teacher training program worth it’s salt will want a copy of this DVD.”
– Yoga Journal
“Paul Grilley’s message is very simple yet very profound. Teachers and students alike need to understand that people’s anatomical structures are very different and can determine their ability to do various yoga poses. In fact, I think this message is so important that viewing Anatomy for Yoga or taking a workshop from Paul should be a requirement in all yoga teacher training programs.”
— Yoga Chicago Magazine
About Paul Grilley
In the summer of 1979 Paul Grilley was inspired to study yoga after reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. After two years study of anatomy with Dr. Garry Parker, he relocated from his home in Montana to Los Angeles to continue his studies at UCLA.
During his thirteen years as a yoga teacher in Los Angeles, Paul studied Taoist yoga with martial arts champion Paulie Zink. He also had the opportunity to study with Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama in Japan, as well as host seminars with him in the United States. After twenty years of reading and study in the philosophies Taoism and Yoga, Paul took a sabbatical from teaching and completed a Master’s Degree from St. John’s College in the study of the Great Books of the Western World. Paul enjoys reading in esoteric subjects and science, continuously looking for bridges between these two fields of study. He lives in Oregon with his wife Suzee.