Thursday Class

Instructor: Phyllis Eckler


NOTE: Page numbers referenced below for asanas pertain to the book Hatha Yoga Illustrated*,

Pages referenced for muscles pertain to the book The Key Muscles of Yoga**



Topics Covered

Feb. 13


Handout: Yoga I Course Outline

                 Yoga II Course Outline

Self-assessment page and ice breaker

Feb. 20

Handout: Skeletal Terminology

Corpse pose (Savasana) (p.196), Bridge (Setu Banda Sarvangasana) (p. 106), Reclining Big Toe (Supta Padangusthasana) (p. 184), Knees to chest (Apanasana)(p. 180)

YOGA 2 Muscles: Explain: origin, insertion, agonist, Antagonist, synergist

YOGA 2 Muscles: Hamstrings (p. 59), Iliopsoas (p.57), Psoas,

Feb. 27

Bound Angle w/side and front stretches (Baddha Konasana), Baby Cradle (p. 160), Incline Plane (Purvottanasana)(p. 78), Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)(p. 136),  Boat (Navasana) (p.64),

Handout: Yoga Glossary

YOGA 2 Muscles: Abdominals (p.118), Romboids (p.157)

March 5

Cat & Cow (p. 116), Child's Pose (Balasana)(p. 194), Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)(p. 30), Cobra (Bhujangasana)(p. 100), Plank (p. 86)

YOGA 2: Extended variations

Handout: Yoga  I Reading Schedule

Yoga II Reading Schedule

YOGA 2 Muscles: Pectoralis (p.148), Erector Spinae (p. 128-129)

March 12

Crescent Moon/Lunge (Alanasana) (p. 38), Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I) (p. 40), Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)(p. 36), Extended Side Angle (Utthita Parsvakonasana) (p. 32), Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)(p. 118), Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskara) P. 210 (with variation)

YOGA 2 Muscles: Quadriceps (p. 96), Piriformis (p. 91)

March 19

Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) (p. 74), Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana) (p. 138),  Lateral Incline Plane (Vasistasana) (p. 80), Tree (Vrksasana) (p. 60),  Sun Salutation

Handout: Chakras

YOGA 2 Muscles: Gluteus maximus (p. 68), Latissimus dorsi (p.135)

March 26

Triangle (Trikonasana)(p. 34), Intense Side Stretch (Parsvottanasana) (p. 54), Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III) (p. 70), Chair (Utkatasana)(p. 46), Upward Facing Bow (Urdva Dhanurasana)(p.112), Bow Pose (Dhanurasana) (p. 108),  Upward facing Dog (Urdva Mukha Svanasana)(p.102), Sun Salutation

Handout: Yoga Overview

YOGA 2 Muscles: Rotator Cuff (p.174) Shoulder biomechanics (p.183-184) Deltoids (p. 172), Triceps (p. 190), Biceps (p. 188)

April 2 Spinal Twist (pretzel), Open Angle (Upavistha Konasana) (p. 144),  Dancer (Natarajasana)(p. 72), Revolved Extended Side Angle (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana) (p. 42), Revolved Half Moon (Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana) (p. 66), Sun Salutation

YOGA 2 Muscles: Pectoralis (P.148), Trapezius (p. 139) Levator Scapulae (P. 152)


April 16

  Plow (Halasana)(p. 92), Shoulder stand (Sarvangasana)(p. 90), Fish (Matsyasana)(p. 114), Cow Face (Gomukhasana) (p. 168), Standing Intense Spread Leg Pose (Prasarita Padottanasana)(p. 48), Crane (Bakasana)(p. 82), Sun Salutation 


 April 23

Standing Intense Spread Leg Pose (Prasarita  Padatonasana) (p. 48), Warrior III (with partner), Downward facing dog on elbows, Eagle pose (p.58)

Go over what is going to be on mid-term

Games for Mid-term prep.

Online handouts:

Mid-term Study Guide for Yoga I

Mid-term Study Guide for Yoga II

April 30

Mid-term Test


Assignment Yoga 1: Preparing a Short Vinyasa

Assignment Yoga 2: Group Yoga Vinyasa

May 9

Distribute and Take up mid-term quiz.

Take up Mid-term Test.

Yoga 1 Presentation: Preparing a Short Vinyasa

 Yoga 2 Workday for: Group Yoga Vinyasa

Yoga 3 Workday for: Group  Yoga Vinyasa



May 7

Warm up

Yoga 2: Group Yoga Vinyasa Presentation taught to class


May 14

Swaying palm, Camel (Ustrasana)(p. 104), Upward facing Dog  (Urdva Mukha Svanasana)(p.102), Garland/Basic Squat pose (Malasana) (p.150), Crane (Bakasana) (p. 82)



Yoga 1 Final: Yoga Practice Final Exam

Yoga Final Self-Reflection Paper

 Yoga 2 Final: Vinyasa Final Exam for Yoga II,

Final Written Paper for Yoga II

Check schedule for your final exam time!

May 21

Standing Intense Spread Leg Pose (p. 48), Warrior III (with partner), Downward facing dog on elbows, Eagle pose (p.58)



May 28 Final Exam Prep
June 4 Final Exam
*Kirk, Martin, and Brooke Boon. Hatha Yoga Illustrated. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2006. Print. ISBN-10: 0736062033

**Long, Ray, and Chris Macivor. The Key Muscles of Yoga: Your Guide to Functional Anatomy in Yoga. S.l.: Bandha Yoga Publications, 2006. Print. ASIN: B00JS50UHQ