A Modern Yogi's Practical Guide to the Physical and Energetic Anatomy of Your Amazing Body

Kristin Leal


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A gifted teacher reveals the miracle that is your body, combining science, yogic wisdom, and liberating movement practices.
Updated all-new illustrations, chapters, and content.
“Meta” means “beyond”—and in MetaAnatomy, celebrated yoga teacher Kristin Leal takes us far beyond our limited understanding of our amazing human bodies. In this information-rich and accessible resource, you’ll do more than label parts of your physiology and identify your energy systems. You’ll develop a new level of “body literacy”—a deep and vital relationship with the physical, emotional, and energetic aspects of your being.
Kristin writes in an inviting, lighthearted style that makes complex concepts imminently understandable. Here, you’ll explore:
• The Physical—meet the marvelous “meat suit” of your body’s bones, muscles, joints, and nerves
• The Poetic—a deep dive into your breath, brain, heart, and the subtle energy systems that bring it all to life
• The Practical—how to make lasting changes to your health, spirituality, and relationship with the world around you
• Mini-practices, meditations, insights for students and teachers of yoga, and much more
What makes Kristin’s approach so powerful is that you’ll be learning about yourself as more than a collection of parts, but as a unified being of body, mind, and soul—interwoven and interdependent with the world around you. “You are a symphony of synapse and strength; valves and vulnerability; potential, power, and promise,” she teaches. “It is my hope that these teachings and practices will ultimately lead you to remember and honor your fundamental wholeness.”


Kristin Leal:
Kristin Leal is a 500 E-RYT yoga teacher and a sadhaka in the ISHTA lineage, as well as a licensed massage therapist, Reiki practitioner, and renowned author. Her popular MetaAnatomy workshops, classes, and online trainings blend serious scientific knowledge with a sense of humor and a deep connection to the divine within us all.
A licensed massage therapist since 1995 (Swedish Institute), Kristin also holds certifications in Reiki, Thai massage, and neuromuscular and myofascial release, and she helped design and teach the ISHTA Yoga Marma Point Therapy training. She is the author of MetaAnatomy and coauthor of The Yoga Fan. For more, please visit