Yoga Anatomy & Physiology Weekend with Katy Wallace & Alex Pfeiffer

This Weekend is for:

  • Those currently enrolled in Kaivalya’s Yoga Teacher Training Program.
  • Current Yoga Teachers who are looking to fulfill their Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Training Requirement (covers 16 of the 30 required hours) or ‘step up’ their Anatomy skills.
  • Anyone who wants a cutting edge understanding of human anatomy and physiology and (most importantly), how to apply it in on the yoga mat  (although it is not the primary focus of the weekend, application via diet will also be included in the instruction).
You Will
  • Have a deep understanding that will unravel the 7 Anatomy & Physiology Myths (Some Of Which, Even Your Yoga Teacher Likely Believes).  Read This Now, If you have not.  
  • Be able to execute the right breathing techniques to get yourself going or conversely, to help yourself relax and calm down.
  • Learn proper bone placement and how common yoga instructions such as “get your hips in one line” (triangle, warrior) or “push your shoulders down” actually create instability, strain, and tension.
  • Understand how both yoga and diet have the potential to promote or alleviate anxiety when the right combination of techniques are used.
  • Gain an understanding of how the human body is interconnected.  Not just that it is, but that some parts are more interconnected than others.
  • Practice meditation techniques that boost memory and reduce stress.
  • Learn to engage your muscles in harmony in poses with the right timing and the right way that hits the “reset button” on the negative patterns your body is holding.
  • Know the foods and yogic techniques that stimulate your body’s natural capacity for self-cleansing and detoxification.
  • Understand why the thyroid and adrenal glands are so important to stress recovery and how yoga and diet influence them.
  • Get a Practical Experience of All Learning.  A total of 6 hours of physical practice through the weekend!
  • A Yogic and Basic Human Understanding of the Following Body Systems:
      • Digestive System
      • Skeletal System
      • Endocrine System
      • Muscular System
      • Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
      • Myofascial System
      • Nervous System
      • Lymphatic and Skin Systems

Weekend Schedule

Friday, Feb 17,  7:30pm to 9:45pm :    Consciousness for Human Bodies, an Owner’s Manual  —   w/ Alex Pfeiffer

Saturday, Feb 18, 9am to 12:15pm:    Structural Anatomy in Practice w/ Alex Pfeiffer

Saturday, Feb 18, 1:50pm to 5pm:   Physiology for Yoga and Diet w/ Katy Wallace 

Saturday, Feb 19, 10am to 2:15pm:    Structural Anatomy in Practice & Teaching  w/ Alex Pfeiffer

Sunday, Feb 19, 4pm to 6:45pm:   Physiology for Yoga and Diet w/ Katy Wallace 





Katy Wallace is a traditional Naturopath and Registered Yoga Teacher. She teaches people to take control of their own health by eating better and utilizing natural remedies to support the healing process.

“I believe the body has the ability to heal and stay healthy if given the proper nutrition and care.   You’ll notice that all of the training I’ve chosen and the services I offer are rooted in that fundamental belief in our innate ability to be well.

I hold a Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) degree from Trinity College of Natural Health and have since completed over 200 hours of continuing education in the area of holistic nutrition. I also hold a Master’s degree from the Institute for Environmental Studies at the UW–Madison and a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and Environmental Sciences from Carleton College in Minnesota.

Because meditation and yoga practices contribute to keeping body systems balanced, I became certified in Kundalini yoga, completed over 200 hours in Yoga Alliance-approved teacher training, and am now recognized as a registered yoga teacher.

In 2006 I founded Human Nature, LLC, offering nutrition, naturopathy, and yoga services in Madison, Wisconsin.



Alex Pfeiffer is Teacher Training director at the Kaivalya Yoga Teacher Training.  Since yoga & bodywork certification in 2004, Alex has gained a reputation as one of Madison’s most reliable experts in bio-mechanics and usage of yoga for therapeutic healing.  With a total of 5 yoga & bodywork certifications, his teaching focuses heavily on understandable alignment, breath, action, & attitude for full human detoxification: physically, mentally, & emotionally. The result is a class to push your spiritual edge from struggle to ease; from intensity to peace; and from madness to clarity. “Life is a wild ride” he says, “you never know what’s just around the corner. All we can do is discover the parts of ourselves we never knew were there – and then: Blossom.”

Alex designs training weekends that synthesize cutting edge understanding of the human body with its correlate of action and meaning in the world. He brings together a team of some of the best teachers in Wisconsin to distill yoga’s creative core for teachers to be. “Whether we study yoga as a science or an art,” he says, “it all flows from a creative core. And when our energy flows from that core to all domains… we are unstoppable, happy, and free.”



Kaivalya Yoga Teacher Training Credit:   $279  /  weekend
Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credit:  $179 / weekend
General Public:  $179 / weekend

Ala Carte available but full weekend recommended.  To sign up, contact Alex at  

Sign up ahead of time and get free yoga anatomy & alignment videos! 


FAQ 1: What Style is this Yoga Teacher Training?

This training does not teach a particular style.  It will show examples of various styles and bring in teachers of various styles, but it does not center on one style. It centers on the ingredients that make up all styles.

This training will certify you and qualify you to teach a solid public yoga class that is grounded in the Foundations of all styles of yoga.

The training is Foundational and Integral.  The training drills down to the foundations of yoga and allows you to use your own creative potential to adapt it to your style (perhaps even one that’s uniquely you).  Here is the analogy I’d use:

A Yoga Class is a finished product.  As a student, you see the end result of many other pieces that are behind the scenes.  Its like going to a restaurant.  You get the final plate of food, but have not seen what has gone into creating that wonderful plate of food in front of you.  More accurately, if you’ve never done extended yoga training before, its more like you’ve never prepared or cooked food and have never been to a supermarket — as if you’ve only ever been in a restaurant and seen the final product.  Regardless of your background, your job as a yoga teacher to put that plate together behind the scenes so your students have something delicious and healthy to absorb.

Most yoga trainings will teach you to make a single type of food or plate.  These are called “styles”.  Some styles are like mashed potatoes and gravy, others are like a good curry, others are even a whole cuisine… like Mexican.  You will be trained to make a single dish.  You will be trained to make it quite well.  You will learn a recipe.

This is nice. And it is the right path for some, but in my opinion the growing edge of yoga is like that in food and everything else.  Creative.

It honors the lineage, but does not get stuck in it.

I want to teach you how to cook.  Creatively. Not to remake the same dish that’s been made 100000 times exactly the same by 1000 other people.  Rather than repeating something in lock step, I’d like you to be able to understand fundamental ‘flavors’ and ‘textures’ of the ‘food’, so that you know how ‘taste’ works and from there prepare your own food.  I want you to understand cooking and then rely on your own creative potential.  There are a few reasons for this:

1)  It gives you the potential to do your yoga and teach your yoga in a way that really works for you.

2)  Even if you really like and enjoy a particular style or two of yoga (flow, yin, hot, alignment, etc.), in my opinion, you will understand it better and teach it better by understanding how it fits together with everything else.  For example, by understanding flavors, even if your favorite food is mashed potatoes, you can probably give your mashed potatoes a very slight, unique little spice that still works as mashed potatoes.  This training is about fostering that sort of creativity whether you decide to train your teaching towards a particular style or not.

3)  Once you’ve been teaching for a year or few, if you trained in one style, you have no where to go, but start over — just as if you trained to learn to make only mashed potatoes, you might have to start over to learn to make Mexican food.  Where as, if you learn how texture, taste, and presentation fit together with food, you may not know exactly what to do right away, BUT you will have the ability to taste something new and say “Hmmm, I taste some cilantro…..   heirloom tomato sauce….”  you will have the tools to use your own creative potential to go after it.

In the training itself, I teach (1) the fundamentals and (2) how to apply the fundamentals.  (1) I teach the same every time.  (2)  I teach based on who is in the training weekend.  So (2) will be different for every single training class and is part of why there will be an interview before you enroll — the interview helps me understand your style experience is so that I can show the fundamentals in a way that will immediately fit and be understandable.

In other words, the training is tailor fit to you and others in the training.  The goal is to integrate fundamentals that will give you the ability to fully use every bit of your creative potential instead of a “paint-by-numbers” approach.

In the end this is what consciousness is about…. creative potential… not dogma or paint by numbers.   By bet is on your inteligence and creative capacity.

Lets Cook.