What format will this course take?
4 Days Live Online bookable as the full course or individual days.
Each day will include a live guided asana practice prior to the lecture that will last about 1 hour, with relaxation included. Then there will be a 30 minute break before the lecture starts.
16.00 to 17.00 UK time: Asana practice, then 30 min break
These practices will be video recorded and available to you within 24 hours of the live broadcast, and will focus on the basic themes of the day’s lecture, so you get a sense of the application of these ideas in practice.
17.30 to 21.00 UK time: Lecture
21.30 to 22.30 UK time: Optional discussion forum
Included in the Course:
- All notes will be shared as downloadable PDFS
- Exposure to extensive NEW content much of which has not yet been published
- Access to replay recordings for 1 year
What will be covered in the course?
Session One: Thursday, August 4, 2022, 12:30-4:00 pm EDT
Rediscovering Freedom: Keys to Understanding Pain Syndromes — New Perspectives on the Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga, and Connecting with the Core
This session starts with an introduction to themes for the training on rediscovering freedom: the role of joint play and the arthrokinetic reflex in pain syndromes and movement limitations, and what that means for a more insightful understanding of yoga practice.
This will lead to some new perspectives on the feet as the dynamic foundation that supports the health of the ‘Core Line’ of the body as well as freedom in movement. It’s traditional to think of the ‘foundation’ of the body in the feet in terms of the ‘four corners’ of the foot. But this doesn’t really fit the anatomy of the feet in dynamic movement. We’ll introduce a more accurate and practical model for ‘grounding’ the feet in standing and in movement, and we’ll look at how this way of understanding the feet is more beneficial to the knees, particularly when we rediscover the freedom of contralateral movement that is vital to healthy movement.
The session will address common issues of the feet, knees, and hips, and approaches through remedial exercises as well as asanas and variations for addressing them. This will ultimately lead to connections to the 3-dimensional dynamics of the ‘Core’ in asana practice and healthy movement patterns reinforced through asana.
Session Two: August 5, 2022, 12:30-4:00 pm EDT
Making Connections: Functional Lines of Movement that Provide the Key to a Deeper Understanding of Asana, and the Value of Reinforcing Contralateral Movement through Practice
Along with the myofascial lines described by Tom Myers that govern posture, the ‘functional lines’ that govern movement provide keys for understanding the value of asana practice — especially when it comes to rethinking more traditional instructions for asana that don’t really fit our anatomy.
Contralateral movement, which is first learned in our crawling phase and carried into walking, is key to the health of the joints of the legs as well as the sacrum and low back — and can be lost or ‘forgotten’ over time. Traditional ideas about asana don’t really support the recovery of this movement pattern, and need some rethinking.
This session will center around this rethinking, with clear approaches to ‘resetting’ our ideas about asana, particularly from the perspective of our ‘Core,’ and the value of this perspective for the health of the low back and sacroiliac joints. In this respect, the session will offer not only teaching tools, but assessment tools for understanding common pain patterns.
The practical focus of this approach will include the problem of sciatic pain, and how the principles of functional movement laid out in this session help to relieve problems of sciatica in yoga practice rather than cause them! All of this is tied in to the health of the sacroiliac joints and spine, and will touch upon the psoas and related muscles.
Session Three: August 6, 2022, 12:30-4:00 pm EDT
Opening the Wings of the Breath: Keys to the Shoulder Girdle
The shoulder girdle includes three moving parts — collarbone, shoulder blade, and arm bone (humerus). For healthy, pain-free movement of the shoulders, all three parts have to work together well.
We’ll look at the role of these three parts and their joints in shoulder aches and pains, and principles for warmup and action for all of them, with applications in asana. This will include a look at common form of shoulder aches and pains, and their causes — including and especially shoulder impingement and rotator cuff problems. Special attention will be given to the ‘wings’ of the shoulders — the shoulder blades, and we will address the elbows and wrists as well.
The larger focus will be on the vital relationship between shoulder and neck work, and the freedom of the breath: the very muscles tied to movements of the shoulders are also involved in the breath, and our work with the shoulders needs to yield benefits for our breathing patterns.
Session Four: August 7, 2022, 12:30-4:00 pm EDT
A River Runs Through Us: From Psoas to Neck
This session will go more deeply into the psoas — its relationship to breathing, as well as the foundation it provides (or fails to provide) for neck health via postural and movement patterns. The session will be ‘big picture’ concerning psoas, breath, and neck, and will include approaches to psoas releases, and it will go into specifics about neck health, pain patterns connected to postural and movement patterns with the neck (and what to do about it). Additional connections on the health of the neck will be made back to the topics raised in the second session.
The relationship to the functioning of the autonomic nervous system will be explored, as well as putting the practical points gleaned from the discussion in the context
This workshop will be recorded and replay access offered for 1 year. If you cannot make the time but would like to attend, please register to receive the video links.
You will receive a Yogacampus e-certificate of attendance which details at least 5 hours per day or 20 hours for the course depending on your attendance at each session and day. The workshop hours are eligible for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits.
Meet the Teacher
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 travelling and teaching, a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree programme in Yoga Therapy. This programme 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.
Doug has degrees in philosophy from Georgetown and Fordham Universities in the United States, and taught philosophy at college level for several years. He also spent a total of 14 years in Siddha meditation ashrams worldwide. He has produced three highly-respected books on asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy. Doug’s teaching is focused on the yoga of ‘Swatantrya,’ the yoga of one’s own inner expansion and awakening, and is rooted in a vast and inclusive perspective of study and practice that honours the insights of the many streams of wisdom that flow into the river of yoga.