Hips: Yoga Anatomy for Strength & Mobility

Understand the balance of strength and openness in our hips with doctor of physical therapy and renowned yoga teacher, Dr. Ariele Foster

Can we have both hip healthcare and hip openers?

Hips are a popular topic in yoga. In fact, ip opening is the most popular request of yoga teachers.

But are we obsessed for the wrong reasons? What can we do that lines up with the science and our own anatomy?

Dive into the deep world of “hip healthcare” including rotational strength, joint centricity, stabilization, muscular activation and so much more. Play with movement-science informed ways to enhance true, sustainable mobility (openness + strength) in this pivotal part of your body.

What you’ll find in this course:

Two hours of solid advice for hip health on the yoga mat from physical therapist and experienced yoga teacher (E-RYT 500+), Dr. Ariele Foster.

  • 2 video hours of lecture (75%) and practice (25%)
  • Originally recorded live with interactive Q+A sections
  • Self-quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Certificate of Completion to download when you are done conferring 2 CEUs for Yoga Alliance or IAYT - International Association of Yoga Therapy

What makes this course unique:

Your instructor, Dr Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT 500(+) has a unique perspective on hip strengthening after she herself needed surgery to correct hip instability – likely brought on by asana.

Ariele is also a yoga teacher and movement educator of over 20 years and a practicing Doctor of Physical Therapy.

What will this course do for me?

Learn the introductory science of hip mobility, stability, and strength. Understand the basics of hip labral tears, and the latest knowledge about optimizing hips in the modern world.

Find true “opening” of your hips through understanding range of motion, and reduce pain and feelings of impingement or pinching.

What props are required?

You can complete the practices in this course with no props (a throw pillow can substitute). Some moves will require 1 yoga block. (We like these pretty cork blocks).

Yoga blocks may also be fashioned out of household items like stacks of books.

Can I use this course as a substitute for physical therapy?

This is a complement to physical therapy, and not a substitute.

Physical therapy is a licensed profession, and physical therapists (physiotherapists outside of the US) provide individual evaluation for your unique situation. Nothing replaces that. So we suggest: don’t shortchange yourself and skip PT.

Take this course AND see a physio.

May I pay with my FSA / HSA Card for this course?

Yes, but your enrollment will be manual and may take up to 72 hours. Please email [email protected] with your request to enroll in this way.



Your Instructor


Dr. Ariele Foster
Dr. Ariele Foster

Ariele Foster, PT, DPT, E-RYT 500 is a doctor of physical therapy, yoga teacher since 2001, an anatomy teacher for yoga teacher trainings, and founder of Yoga Anatomy Academy. She has a passion for creative, intelligent yoga instruction and for making yoga anatomy accessible.

Her interdisciplinary teaching is grounded in both the compassionate approach of Kripalu Yoga and her deep understanding of musculoskeletal well-being from working with thousands of patients.

Ariele has completed yoga teacher trainings and immersions in Kripalu, Anusara, Therapeutics, Hatha Yoga and the tradition of Maty Ezraty / YogaWorks and is an ambassador for KiraGrace clothing. She teaches yoga and movement online and practices physical therapy telehealth from her home (and in person in her clinic) in Washington DC.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What props will I need?
A yoga mat and a block will be helpful, but not mandatory for the practice segments.
Who is this course for? Do I have to be a yoga teacher?
This course is for everybody who wants to continue practicing yoga asana and keeping their hips healthy. ALL BODIES / ALL AGES ARE WELCOME, and beginners in yoga are welcome. Some positions require ability to lie on your back or on your abdomen.
Do I get Continuing Education Credits for this course?
YES! 6 CEU hours are available (downloadable certificate at the completion of the course) for Yoga Alliance-registered teachers and Yoga Therapists through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Check with your other accrediting bodies for continuing education credits for personal trainers, physical and occupational therapists, and others.
What is your refund policy for this course?
We have made the certificate of completion of this course easily downloadable - on the honor system. For that reason, refunds are not offered for this course. Your purchase of the course indicates your understanding of this policy. If you are displeased for any reason, please email the Yoga Anatomy Academy customer care team at [email protected]

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