The Science of Stretch

by Tom Myers

Introducing a New Course by Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains

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The word “flexibility” is often associated with yoga. But what does it mean to be flexible? In this online course, Anatomy Trains founder Tom Myers walks you through the latest science on stretching, including the roles that fascia and your nervous system play, as well as common yoga injuries and postural patterns associated with both stiffness and hypermobility. You’ll learn how to work with both in your practice, or with your yoga students.

We all have either experienced injury, instability, or tightness; or we have had students who have come to us for solutions for them. This course will help you understand the basics of stretch—what anatomical systems are in play. But most importantly, body reading and postural clinics within the course will help you start to identify postural patterns in yourself and your students and adjust what you are teaching in ways that will lead to integrated wellness.

Available Course Credits

AASFP 1.20
ACE 1.20
ACSM 12.00
AFAA 12.00
AFPA 12.00
CHEK 12.00
FAI 12.00
IFPA 12.00
ISSA 12.00
NASM 1.20
NCCPT 12.00
NCSF 6.00
NESTA 1.20
NETA 12.00
NFPT 1.50
NIEW 1.20
PAI 12.00
PTAG 12.00
PTIA 12.00
REPs UAE 12.00
W.I.T.S. 12.00
Yoga Alliance 20.00

Learning Objectives

Here’s what you’ll learn:
  • The anatomy of stretch
  • New science on stretch
  • The relationship between fascial systems and stretch
  • The relationship between your nervous system and stretch
  • How to identify postural patterns
  • How to apply these principles to asana
  • Lectures that help you understand anatomical systems in the context of stretch
  • Body reading clinics and asana practices that help embody what you’ve learned
  • Homework to prepare you for the next lesson

Course Procedure

  1. Enroll in the course.
  2. View the course content.
  3. Take the test. (You must score 80% to pass. If you do not pass, you may retake the test.)
  4. Print your certificate of completion.

Course Content

Welcome to The Science of Stretch
The Anatomy of Stretch - What are You Stretching?
Focus on Fascia
Neurology of Stretching
Special Cases and Body Readings
Science of Stretch Final Exam
A Message from Tom

Module 1 | Welcome to The Science of Stretch

  • Welcome
  • Overview
  • Science of Stretch Manual
  • Webinar

Module 2 | The Anatomy of Stretch

  • Where stretch happens
  • Types of stretch
  • Systems that inform stretch
  • Homework

Module 3 | Focus on Fascia

  • Fascial basics
  • Fascial genetics
  • Stretching Fascia
  • Stretch injuries, overuse, and underuse
  • Homework

Module 4 | The Neurology of Stretching

  • The neurology of stretching
  • Fascial neurology
  • Neuromuscular stretching
  • Homework

Module 5 | Special Cases and Body Reading

Thomas Meyers


Thomas Myers is the author of Anatomy Trains (used around the world in yoga teacher trainings) and the co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance. He has also produced over 35 DVDs and numerous webinars on visual assessment, Fascial Release Technique, and the applications of fascial research. Myers has practiced integrative manual therapy for 40 years and is a member of the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI) and the Health Advisory Board for Equinox.

Based in Maine, Myers and his faculty provide continuing education in Anatomy Trains and holistic myofascial strategies for a variety of movement and manual therapy professionals worldwide, as well as professional certification in Structural Integration based on the Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians. He studied directly with Drs. Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Buckminster Fuller. He has also studied with movement teachers Judith Aston, Emilie Conrad, and in the martial arts. His Structural Integration program is influenced by cranial, visceral, and intrinsic movement studies with European schools of osteopathy.

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