The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: A 4-Day Training with Doug Keller - ONLINE via Zoom
We are thrilled to present this training in the fundamentals of bringing the therapeutic wisdom of yoga to your group classes or individual consultations with students or clients.
The online training carries special advantages because of its format - not only your ability to re-watch the lectures in high quality video with the course notes in hand; but also additional content videos including asana and yoga nidra practices which you can practice at a time that works for you, and additional lectures on the Vagus Nerve, and the history of Modern Yoga Practice, Sequencing, and Therapeutic Applications of Yoga.
This gives you even more content and learning than is normally possible in a live training, and in a way that is practical and not overwhelming - or exhausting.
The sessions will consist of live online lecture via Zoom, including demonstration of assessment and asana principles with ongoing opportunities for questions and interaction with Doug.
After the training, you will be able to:
- Recognize and assess imbalances in postural and movement patterns that are linked to common pain patterns in joints, muscles and fascia, with a firm grasp of helpful ‘body maps’ such as Janda’s ‘Crossed Syndromes,’ as well as the key myofascial meridians or ‘sutras’ governing posture and movement, as your guide in your observations
- Take in the ‘big picture’ of the body as a whole, as well as having the tools to focus on specific areas - feet, knees, hips, sacroiliac joint and low back, shoulders, elbows and wrists, and the neck and head - and have a foundation for knowing what poses, alignments, and actions are most beneficial for addressing these areas when there are pain problems.
- You’ll have a grasp of sequencing principles rooted in this knowledge, which you can apply to sequencing general classes, and also shorter remedial routines for working with individuals or small groups, focused on particular therapeutic problems.
- You’ll have a deeper understanding of yoga terminology as informed by contemporary understanding of the nervous system, breath, and fascial systems, and will be able to relate these terms to practice in common-sense language.
- You’ll have a grasp of the inner workings and logic of the asanas, and know how to explain them and their health value in a way that students can appreciate
- You’ll have a significant toolbox of remedial exercises and asana variations to address common complaints and devise simple protocols for students to work with.
Doug Keller has been teaching workshops and trainings in the therapeutic applications of yoga for a decade, and is known not only for his effectiveness in communicating this ever-evolving approach in these trainings, but also for his extensive writing on the topic in magazines, journals and his two-volume work on ‘Yoga As Therapy.’
He is also, in addition to his traveling and teaching, a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree program in Yoga Therapy. This program is state-approved and accredited for granting a Master’s degree in this field, and is fully accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
For more information please also check out Doug’s website www.doyoga.com
Doug Keller will offer this Yoga Therapy Training from Thursday, March 18, through Sunday, March 21, 2021 ONLINE VIA ZOOM - with live sessions each day from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm (with a break in the middle).
Schedule for each day:
Before 10 AM:
Each day offers a pre-recorded asana practice that introduces or incorporates ideas at the heart of the training, so that you will have an experiential example of how you can weave these ideas into your classes for the general benefit of your students - and introduce refreshingly new ideas for practice. The asana practices will be made available to you through links to Vimeo before the live stream session each day - and you have the freedom to either do the practice in the morning before the session, or at another time that is more convenient to you. And you can repeat or download the practices.
At 10 AM:
We will meet for our live session via Zoom to dive deeper into our training topic introduced in our asana practice. Questions can be asked through the chat function during the lecture, and there will also be time for live question and answer at the end of each session.
After 1:30 PM:
You have the opportunity to end the day with a pre-recorded yoga nidra. There is a different video for each day, and each video will include explanation of a particular aspect of yoga nidra - drawn from its early roots in the tantric or ‘laya’ form of the practice - that is being highlighted in the practice. The advantage of the pre-recorded video is that the sound quality is guaranteed to be of excellent quality - especially if you download the video - and you also have the freedom to take a break and do the practice whenever you want. The yoga nidra practices will be made available to you through a link to Vimeo before each day’s session.
Course Themes and Content
Aches and pains are a part of life. The causes of some - usually more temporary - are obvious to us, while the causes of those that linger and become more persistent over time are not so obvious.
Life throws us out of balance. Beyond what we hear of yoga being about ‘union,’ it is also about balance, particularly within the body, and offers us practical tools for reestablishing and better maintaining balance, stability, and freedom of movement.
Thursday, March 18, 2021: Pain, Body Maps and the Role of the Psoas in Low Back and Hip Pain
We’ll start with an understanding of pain syndromes, and how pain works in the nervous system - and the ways in which yoga specifically helps with pain problems.
This will lead to exploring fundamental ‘Body Maps’ that help us to envision pain-causing imbalances that can be addressed through yoga, as well as Foundational Principles in Myofascial Lines and Movement Patterns that help us to fine-tune our yoga practice to address these imbalances. An understanding of ‘kinetic chains’ will also help us to come up with modifications for making asanas more effective, as well as for understanding how different kinds of asanas fit into our sequencing.
The role of the iliopsoas muscle at the center of problems of back and sacral pain will also be introduced and explained, and will be carried forward in the next session. The practice video will center around release of the psoas through asanas, and how principles of practice can address the topics raised in the first session.
Friday, March 19, 2021: A ‘Body Map’ for ‘zig-zag’ Pains that ricochet through the two lateral Sides of the Body, and the Common ‘Short Leg Pattern’
This session adds more dimensionality and scope we look at the ways in which related aches and pains can ‘zig-zag’ crosswise through the body, from one foot and knee to the opposite hip, to the opposite shoulder and neck.
A special emphasis will be on the ‘Shorter Leg Pattern,’ which is a surprisingly common pattern in which one leg functions ‘as if’ it were shorter than the other - giving rise to some typical pain complaints throughout the body.
The second ‘body map’ involved in this looks at lateral shifts and rotations, in a way that guides us in our lateral poses (think Triangle), more complex poses such as Warrior 1, and twists.
We’ll spend time with principles for improving the health of the sacroiliac joint, and for understanding sacroiliac pain - as well as principles of practice, with specific examples in poses that will further be illustrated in the practice video.
Saturday, March 20, 2021: Shoulders and Neck
This session will look at the ‘Upper Crossed Syndrome’ for understanding upper back, neck and shoulder pain - whether you have developed a ‘computer neck,’ or are a ‘chin-tucker’ with a flat neck.
This will start with specific work with the shoulder girdle - the muscles controlling the movements of these three key bones of the shoulder girdle: how to warm them up and improve their function, to increase shoulder mobility and stability, and reduce pain problems. This will be expressed through simple principles of action that can be applied in your yoga practice. There will be plenty of ‘light bulb’ moments for working better with your shoulders in yoga poses - and in life.
Sunday, March 21, 2021: Going Deeper in Specific Areas of the Body
This session presents the opportunity to go further and more deeply into specific areas of the body - especially the joints of the arms - wrists, elbows, shoulders as well as more on the neck in the upper body - as a continuation of what we covered on Saturday.
Some other common therapeutic problems that draw people to yoga will also be addressed, especially sciatica and knee problems.
The lecture materials will be in the form of illustrated slides with text, which can be downloaded as pdf files; also you will have access to high quality video recordings of the lectures and demonstrations, with the slides included in the video - so you will be able to review the lectures to become fully confident in your grasp of the materials and their applications. You will be able to either view these online for three months after the training, or download them to your computer to keep permanently.
Additional Learning Materials:
Participants who attend at least two days of the training will also get:
- a pre-recorded 2½ hour video lecture on the history of how modern yoga practice, ideas about sequencing, and the therapeutic applications of yoga developed from the early 20th century onward in India.
- a pre-recorded 2½ hour video lecture on the most recent insights into the role of the Vagus nerve in our health, and its function in regulating our nervous system. This includes its relationship to breath and physical alignment, as well as relationship between ideas about the influence of the Vagus nerve and traditional yoga terminology (prana, gunas, granthis and so on). This will include practical techniques for ‘resetting’ our nervous system, having to do with releasing neck tension and simple practices of breath.
These videos will be available for viewing prior to the start of the training, as well as at any time that works for you.
Who the Course is for:
This online training is for everyone seeking a firm grounding in skills and principles for assessing and addressing therapeutic or pain problems through the practice of yoga - and through asana to address structural and musculoskeletal pain problems in particular. It will give solid skills and confidence to teachers who are relatively new to therapeutic work through yoga, and also provide fresh inspiration and insight to teachers who are more experienced with such work.
The training will carry the added value of CEU credit for both Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT)
4 days of 3 hour presentations: 12 hours
4 days of asana practice videos of 1¼ hours: 5 hours
4 days of yoga nidra lecture and practice of 1 hour: 4 hours
2 videos of extra lecture content of 2½ hours each: 5 hours
total hours credit: 26
Doug teaches in English.
The cost is:
Fr. 375.- for the entire training (including daily Asana and Yoga Nidra classes, plus Doug’s additional learning materials as described above)
Fr. 100.- per single day (including daily Asana and Yoga Nidra classes)
Participants who attend at least two days of the training will also get Doug’s additional learning materials.
AIRYOGA will send the zoom links for each day to all participants via email the day before. In addition, the participants will get the daily videos for the morning asana practice and the evening yoga nidra practice.
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