Deane Juhan eloquently brings alive and makes accessible and intriguing the subjects of anatomy and physiology. These workshops allow us to develop new images and new language in order to more deeply understand the anatomical, physiological, and philosophical aspects of the body-mind.

These workshops are designed to address the particular needs and concerns of bodyworkers of all kinds: yoga teachers and students, pilates and movement instructors and students, and any one interested in understanding more about the body.

The Spine is the structural and neural axis of our bodies. It supports all the sensations and movements of our entire organism.It is the most complex of our skeleto-muscular systems—it consists of 25 vertebrae with more than one hundred separate joint articulations, and it is supported and moved by hundreds of muscles, including some of the largest and some of the smallest muscles in the body. Its structural integrity, alignment and freedom of movement are essential to everything we do.

  • What is the skeletal and muscular anatomy of the spine?
  • How does the alignment of the spine effect all of the neural transmissions to and from the brain and spinal cord and facilitate all sensations and movements?
  • How does the spine effect our process of breathing?
  • How are the asanas designed to create proper alignment and freedom of movement for the spine?


This is a 2.5-hour Lecture

Course Curriculum

  The Spine
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Deane Juhan


Originally trained in-residence at Esalen Institute from 1973 to 1990, Deane Juhan has been a professional bodyworker for 30 years. He is a Trager practitioner and instructor, with a private practice in the Berkeley area. The author of "Job's Body: A Handbook for bodywork," and "Touched by the Goddess: The Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Dimensions of Bodywork," he has long had a passion for understanding the relations between mind, body and spirit and the creative forces at work in all self-development, healing and artistic expression. His workshops have been presented all across the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. Their content is focused on both cutting edge research into many aspects of the body-mind and his years of experience as a practitioner.

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The Spine with Deane Juhan