Fundamentals in the Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga

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 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.

Doug Keller

Course Structure

  • 20 hours of live on line over 6 days
  • You will get access to two x 2.5 hour pre recorded lectures.
  • You will also have access to 5 hours of asana classes relevant to the course teachings
  • Total hours = 30

Course Description

The course takes place over two weekends — 13 to 15 November and 20 to 22 November.

The course will be based around live online lecture, including demonstration of assessment and asana principles with ongoing opportunities for questions and interaction with the instructor.

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.

Additional material will consist of pre-recorded guided 1-hour asana classes, designed to exemplify the principles and themes covered the previous day (the first practice will be general and introductory to the themes of the training). This allows you to have a full practice that you can do at a time that works for you, and can also repeat and study.

Also Included

  • a pre-recorded 2½ hour video lecture on the history of sequencing — particularly concerning the development of therapeutic concepts — in modern yoga.
  • a pre-recorded 2½ hour video lecture on the relationship between yoga terminology (prana, gunas, granthis and so on) and contemporary understanding of the ‘circuits’ of the nervous system, with special focus on the vagus nerve — with simple practices of breath and marma for achieving a ‘reset’ to better states.

These will be available for viewing prior to the start of the training, again to view at a time that works for you.

What Will I Learn?

After the course, you will:

• be able to recognise 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;
• be able to 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;
• 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;
• be able to ‘read the room,’ in general classes, recognising the movement patterns of students that cause problems in their practice or could lead to injury, and know how to respond ‘on the fly’ and in real time, to adjust your sequencing to what you are seeing;
• have a deeper understanding of yoga terminology as informed by contemporary understanding of the nervous system, breath, and fascial systems, and be able to relate these terms to practice in common-sense language;
• 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;
• have a significant toolbox of remedial exercises and asana variations to address common complaints and devise simple protocols for students to work with.

Course Schedule

First Weekend:

Day One (Friday): Foundational Principles in Myofascial Lines and Movement Patterns — understanding the fundamental ‘Body Maps’ and their helpfulness in ‘reading’ bodies. Foundational principles of sequencing and ‘segmenting’ problem areas in kinetic chains in asana.

Day Two (Saturday) Fundamentals in Observational Skills and terminology for assessment, with special focus on the low back, sacroiliac joint, and pelvis/hips — the impact of shifts, tilts, and rotations in posture on these areas, and the fundamentals of what to do about it — in remedial exercises and in asanas.

Day Three (Sunday): Foundations: Feet, knees and hips — working with problems in the lower body, particularly through closed chain actions in asana that use fascial lines for realignment, stability, and improved range of motion.

Second Weekend

Day One (Friday): Connecting Upper and Lower body through Functional Lines in Asana: refining our understanding of the workings of the different types of asana and their benefit for improving functional movement. Special focus will be on the ‘Shorter Leg Pattern,’ which is a common functional pattern at the root of many asymmetries in movement, and with applications to scoliosis.

Day Two (Saturday): Principles for working with the arms and shoulders — addressing problems in range of motion, and addressing as well as preventing pain problems and injuries.

Day Three (Sunday): Principles for the Neck and Head: movement in asana as well as remedial work, releases and Ayurvedic marma or fascial/pranic massage points, to relieve tension and address patterns and misalignments related to headache pain and problematic breath patterns.

Who is this course for?

The training 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 course will be recorded and replay access offered to all students for a limited time after the event.


The training will carry the added value of CEU credit for both Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT)


Upon completion of this workshop, you will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion.