Avalon’s Teacher Training Cadaver Lab

cadaverlab01Nearly five years ago we added a Human Anatomy & Dissection Lab to Avalon’s 200 hour University-Level Teacher Training Program — a first in similar Programs anywhere. The Lab is meant to accelerate yoga’s shift away from pre-scientific directions into a serious branch of behavioral medicine.

One of northern California’s top Human Anatomy Labs runs technical sides of the classes, which are led by a professional anatomist with many decades of experience in medical anatomy as well as advanced training in body-work traditions like yoga.

Heavy focus in the lab is currently on fasciae (connective tissues), which among many other physiological functions link distant organs in the body and are central to yoga’s immunological benefits. That focus reflects recent findings involving the regulatory role played in the immune system by stretching or compressing specialized cells (especially fibroblasts and osteoblasts) found in fasciae, as well as muscle and bone tissue.

The immunological functions of human connective tissues, unknown until a few years ago, are discussed in part in this separate article in our Research section on how all sides of yoga modulate chronic inflammation.

Our introduction of the Dissection Lab in our long-running Teacher Training Program is another step in Avalon’s increased emphasis on yoga and behavioral medicine, which — especially given the increasing age of the population —  is where we think the most promising future of the field lies.

Want more information on the place of the Lab in our Teacher Training Programs? Write us at Human Dissection Lab.