Workshop Series Description
This two-part workshop series will be a practical exploration of our ‘core’ in both rest (restorative pranayama and poses) and action (asana practice). Usually the ‘core’ suggests abdominal support; but our approach to the core will include all of the major elements that make our core dynamic and fluid, particularly
- The psoas, both upper and lower, in its dynamic relationship to the diaphragm in both rest and movement
- The pelvic floor
- The functional fascial lines which, along with the psoas, connect upper body with lower
- And of course, the role of the abdominals as integrated with these — with permutations for our understanding of the bandhas.
The workshops will explore the significant differences in our approach to asana, pranayama, and restoratives with respect to these elements of the core — as invigorating, nourishing, and centering.
Workshop Series Format
While useful and insightful information will be shared through illustrated notes that you can download, the emphasis will be experiential. Each topic covered — the psoas, pelvic floor, etc. — will include breakout sessions in the course of the presentation to give a series of experiential exercises for feeling what is being discussed, as well as applications in asana.
Along with the live presentations that include these practices, an additional pre-recorded practice session that you can follow and repeat at a time that works for you, to experience how these ideas can be threaded through a complete asana session.
Workshop One: June 9, The Heart of Movement and Stability: the Psoas, Diaphragm and Pelvic Floor
This session explores the relationship between the psoas, diaphragm, and pelvic floor in both nourishing/restorative rest and breath, and in asana practice. This goes beyond (but does not exclude) psoas releases or ‘stretches;’ we’ll delve into the many dimensions of the psoas teased out through asana practice, as well as the relationship to the pelvic floor suggested by the bandhas, in both asana and pranayama. Emphasis will be on clear and straightforward instruction for directing attention to the experience of what is covered in lecture, and how best to benefit from it.
This awareness will be addressed both in the context of active asana poses, and the ‘repose’ of restoratives. We’ll cover the logic of the physical setup of 3 fundamental restorative poses — with regard to their effect on the psoas, diaphragm, and pelvic floor — and the softer, revitalizing awareness brought to them. This will include deeper, softer realms of psoas release in conjunction with the diaphragm, and nuanced insights into more restorative forms of breath and practice.
Workshop Two: June 23, The Functional Core: The Connection Between Upper and Lower Body via the Abdominals and Psoas
This session makes useful connections for practical actions in asana practice that engages the abdominal core — to the benefit of the spine and psoas — along functional fascial lines. The connection between upper and lower body via the core is helpful for exploring the roots of pain problems such as in the shoulders and hips that come from neglecting these functional lines in asana practice.
This inquiry will include simple exercises for sensing these imbalances at the root of common pain patterns, and correcting for them through asana, to promote better integration with the core. These applications in asana will throw light on the yogic idea of the bandhas in dynamic actions.
The session will include further exploration of this idea of integration in the subtler realm of breath and repose, with doorways into deeper realms of relaxation and Yoga Nidra — finding in these realms an entirely different mode of communication with the body, nervous system, and inward awareness.
The workshops will be recorded and replay access offered to all students for 21 days after the event.
You will receive a Yogacampus e-certificate of attendance which details 3 CPD hours per workshop, 6 for both. 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.
Doug Keller has been sharing yoga knowledge with students at Yogacampus since 2010 and next week, we welcome him back for two very special trainings...
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