Functional Movement for Yogis 101

The Functional Movement for Yogis "WHY"

To present information regarding functional movement and rehabilitation and their application to the practice of yoga in a non-dogmatic, open-minded, and learning-focused environment to help bridge the gap between the clinic and the yoga room.

This intro course will lay the framework for a deeper exploration into movement, anatomy, and biomechanics as they apply to the everyday yoga class for the seasoned yoga student, yoga teacher, or movement professional.  This course is a great starting point and will act as the foundation for further continuing education workshops that cover more specific topics. 

Course objectives:

  • To establish a deeper understanding of general biomechanics and movement patterns.
  • To filter out common misconceptions in the yoga and fitness communities.
  • To raise the bar for information about "WHY" yoga is physically beneficial.
  • To review how yoga can help today's human move with more integrity.
  • To review how yoga can help and also hurt when it comes to injury rehabilitation and prevention.

About the Course:


  • What is your WHY?
  • Why Yoga?
  • What are the physical benefits of yoga?
  • Does yoga improve flexibility? 
  • Is flexibility good?


  • Which areas of the body "need" stability (aka. controlled mobility).
  • Which areas of the body "need" mobility.
  • Discuss regional interdepence aka. the "Joint by Joint" approach.
  • How each region of the body interacts with each other.


  • Most common injuries in yoga.
  • How the "2017 Human" moves and how yoga can help them.
  • Acute vs. Chronic pain
  • Repetitive stress on the body and injury mechanisms
  • The case for regeneration/recovery
  • The site of pain vs. the source of pain
  • General principles when you are working with someone in pain.

About the Instructor:

Dr. MaryAnne Harrington Dimak DC, MS

Doctor of Chiropractic     |     M.S. in Sport Science and Rehabilitation     |     M.S. in Nutrition and Human Performance

As I developed my clinical skills in chiropractic school, I realized the correlations between yoga and rehabilitation and decided to complete a 200-hour yoga teacher training program.  

Throughout the next few years of teaching yoga classes, I was asked to lead the anatomy, anatomy and physiology, or injuries portion of various teacher trainings.  THIS WAS IT.  I absolutely love sharing information and having discussions about movement with a group of yoga teachers/trainees.  What I have noticed is that, which essential, the actual teaching of anatomy is quite redundant and could be a self-led learning experience.  What I found the most beneficial is sharing how to apply the knowledge that you've achieved in your trainings, and how movement and yoga applies to the 2017 Human (you'll learn about what that means in the course) students that are in your yoga classes and, most of all, how you can help them improve themselves physically so it has a positive impact on their life.

About the Experience:

  • I have had nothing but wonderful feedback from all of the teacher trainees that I've talked to and how much they've enjoyed it (your workshop) and how they are making subtle changes and paying attention to the cues you spoke about and trying them out in their own body. It was really cool. They were all very fired up and very inspired!

    — Live Workshop Host, CA Mar 2017
  • This is exactly what I've been missing in my yoga journey.

    — Participant, Oct 2017

About the FAQ's:

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, that would be a bummer. I think you'll find value in the course. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

Will I be eligible for continuing education credits?

Yes! If you are a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance, you can count this course as one hour under the "qualified professional" CE category.

Can I learn more about who you are and what you do?

Sure! Please take a look at my website: for more info!