Functional anatomy for Hatha yoga: upper body

MODULE 2 - 40h

Functional anatomy for Hatha yoga: upper body

Module 2 (40h)


We believe that each person is unique, and so should be your yoga. We also believe that practising poses (asanas) becomes even more satisfying if we understand them and can make informed choices.

Therefore, we would like to give you keys to the anatomical and energetic principles behind Hatha and Yin yoga poses, so that you are able to practice in a way that suits You best.

In this module, we will learn the amazing anatomy and function of Hatha yoga poses, using the method of internationally renowned yoga anatomy teacher Paul Grilley (so called “Grilley’s method”). For each target area, our analysis will include both popular Hatha yoga poses and Yin yoga poses.

You would be able to APPLY ABOUT 80% of what we will learn TO ANY HATHA YOGA STYLE.

This module is part of 120h functional anatomy and Yin yoga TT. While each module can be taken separately, we recommend attending the full programme in order to gain a more rounded understanding of the functional approach to asana practice.

Successful students will receive a certificate of Yoga Alliance continuing education hours.

Extended anatomy training for yoga practitioners is rare in Brussels. We expect considerable interest. Therefore do sign up to our infrequent newsletter, as well as follow Mandala of Life FB page, so that you are among the first ones who hear about the new dates!


  1. Two years of consistent asana practice of any Hatha yoga style (for example, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Power, Iyengar, Hatha, Sampoorna, Sivananda, Anusara, Restorative or Yin yoga).
  2. Open mind and curiosity to learn new concepts.

 If you are not familiar with Yin yoga, we recommend taking at least three classes with any competent Yin yoga teacher prior to the beginning of the course.

    Mode of delivery

    The main language of instruction will be easy-to-understand English. Questions can be asked also in French or Dutch.

    The course will take place mostly on weekends. Each bloc will be a mix of lectures, interactive exercises and both passive (Yin) and active (Yang) asana practice.

    Between the study weekends you might be assigned homework and/or reading. Homework is an integral part of the training and counts towards the hours on your certificate.

      Reserve your place

      By enrolling in the programme, you are making a very good choice – you will become one of still very few yogis in Belgium who are informed about the importance of skeletal variations, practicing asana functionally and the potential of yoga poses to affect our energy body.


      The fees will be announced once the next dates are fixed and registration is open.

      Course Registration

      Registration form will be activated once the next dates are fixed.

      For inquiries about the registration, payments etc., please send an email to If you have questions about the course content, please write to or call +32 (0)497 252 959.

        Cancellation policy

        Plans sometimes change. We understand that. For cancellations received until 31 October 2020, we will refund the full amount. From 1 November till 15 December 2020 we will reimburse EUR 1400 (that is Early Bird price minus EUR 100 administrative fee). As of 16 December 2020, there would be no more refunds.

          What you’ll learn

          Module 2 Functional anatomy for Hatha yoga: upper body (40h)

          • “The Grilley’s method”: 14 skeletal segments + 10 myofascial groups = 24 target areas, with emphasis on the upper body
          • Anatomy of torso, shoulders, and arms
          • Skeletal variation and its implications
          • Asana archetypes for the upper body and their variations
          • Tension vs compression
          • Functional yoga sutras by Paul Grilley

          This module is a prerequisite for attending module 3 on teaching functionally and energy body.

          Schedule and venue

          In 2020, the training took place in the Brussels Yoga Loft, rue Fernand Neuray 14b, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels, mostly on Saturdays (13:00-19:30) and Sundays (10:00-16:30) over eight weekends from January till early June.

          The schedule for 2021 will be announced later, partly depending on how the sanitary situation in Brussels evolves. We would much prefer teaching a TT in person in studio and hope that it becomes possible again relatively soon.

          Should you have a difficulty with attending a particular day, please contact us and we might be able to find a solution.

          Required reading

          • “Yin Yoga – Principles and Practice” by Paul Grilley (the blue book with one picture on the cover)
          •  “Your Body, Your Yoga” by Bernie Clark

          Recommended reading

          • “The Complete Guide to Yin yoga” by Bernie Clark
          • “Insight Yoga” by Sarah Powers

          “Those 20 hours of anatomy class changed my mind and the way I treat my body and other’s bodies. A new passion was born with this introduction and Dace’s method is awesome allowing us to learn as much as possible in only a few hours. Thanks!!”


          Dace Ošleja

          Certified Yin yoga teacher by Paul Grilley (500h), almost 900h of total TT-level courses, plus many workshops