Keys to Wellness through Yoga: Understanding and Working with Common Injuries

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Friday: Love Your Back — The Tensegrity of the Spine in Asana

Our health depends in so many ways on the dynamic resilience of the spine, which is so much more than bones and discs! It is a tensegrity structure that depends upon many dimensions of support, from the ‘Core’ and posts, to the diaphragm and the muscles that support our most natural and vital forms of movement.

This session will be an exploration of these many dimensions of spinal health as supported by asana practice — and we may rethink some of our ideas of asana along the way! The session will be rounded out by a guided all-levels practice of asana, focusing on the most vital ideas to emphasize in our practice.

Saturday: The Dynamics of Sacrum, Hips, and Sciatica

The distinctive brilliance of the architecture of our upright posture is at the same time our greatest vulnerability. Our oldest (and very familiar) pain problems go back to the time of the Greeks and Romans, and they remain persistent today. This session is a practical exploration of the pain patterns associated with sciatica and more — issues of the lumbar and sacrum. Yoga practice can be a boon, if we understand the dimensions of these problems and how to work with them. And if you’re fortunate enough not to have experienced these problems, an ounce of insight in your practice is worth a pound of cure!

Sunday: The Shoulders Begin with the Neck

This session is a study of the intimate relationship between the shoulders and the neck, and in particular, the deeper pain problems shooting into the shoulders and shoulder blades which have their source in the neck and head. Our primary focus will be on the neck and neck health, exploring how this impacts freedom in the shoulders — and especially freedom from a number of forms of shoulder pain. The neck is a subtle thing: we’ll be emphasizing practical and accessible work and cues for navigating the challenges of the neck and shoulders.

What format will the workshop take?

100% Live Online. Each session will include 2 hours learning, followed by a break and then 1½ hours guided asana practice.

Replay

This workshop will be recorded and replay access offered for 6 months. If you cannot make the time but would like to attend, please register to receive the video links.

Certification

On completion of this course you will receive a Yogacampus certificate of attendance as evidence of CPD hours.

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.

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