Foundations, Skills and Applications of the Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga

This year’s training will continue with and reinforce the fundamental themes for working with yoga therapeutically to overcome pain problems — for oneself and for students. Additional themes will include specific and in-depth work with the neck and shoulders, psoas and diaphragm and dimensions of Yoga Nidra. Students will importantly learn skills in assessment, including assessing posture and patterns in movement as well as understanding the firing order of muscles for effective sequencing.

Course Information

Dates

Wednesday 14th October to Sunday 18th October 2020

9.30am to 5pm each day with lunch.

  • Cost £650
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    Foundations, Skills and Applications of the Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga

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  • Venue Yogacampus Islington
  • Location London
  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    Open to yoga teachers, trainee teachers, yoga therapists and inquiring students.

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    Maximum participants: 50

    Number of hours: 30

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Join us for Doug Keller’s five-day intensive, an important training for yoga teachers who would like to learn about:

how to ‘read the room,’ recognizing the movement patterns of students that cause problems in their practice or could lead to injury, and knowing how to respond in real time and to adjust accordingly

common pain problems and complaints that either bring students to yoga or arise in the course of their practice and daily life, and what to suggest to focus and improve their practice

the inner workings of the asanas designed to be of benefit to students, and knowing how to explain them in a way they can appreciate

All of these and more are elements important for being a good, responsible and successful yoga teacher.

This training is foundational but not simplistic. It contains a wealth of information to be digested, though teachers have reported that they were able to use ideas from the training in their classes right away, and with enthusiastic results. It is structured to help teachers understand more deeply the therapeutic rationale behind alignment and action instructions in yoga poses — and to know when these instructions are helpful and appropriate, and when variations or a different emphasis are necessary.

The training has a high return rate for teachers seeking to reinforce what they have learned, and looking for new insights to add to what they know. Likewise, the training always proves to be very accessible to teachers and advancing students coming for the first time, seeking deeper insight into yoga, its rationale, and its benefits.

Each day starts with a guided practice, introducing in an experiential way the ideas, themes and types of instructions and sequencing to be covered in the training — so you’ll know how these ideas might be incorporated into a class of normal length. The lectures and exercises that follow provide a deep dive into the understanding behind the actions and instructions.

Main themes covered over the 5 days:

Timing is Everything: Understanding the Firing Order of Muscles Along Functional Lines in Asana Practice
The ‘Functional’ Myofascial Lines introduced by Tom Myers coordinate the actions of the arms and legs through the ‘Core’ of the body, and are very helpful and illuminating for understanding the value of traditional asanas and for refining our actions to deepen our experience of the asanas. Essential to working effectively with the Functional and other myofascial sutras is an understanding of the firing order of muscles along these lines — both within poses and exercises, and as a principle for effective sequencing between poses.

This theme will extend through the days of the training, focusing on problem areas in the lower and upper body, and typical weaknesses along the chains of action that can be the root of joint instability and pain problems. You will explore the logic of the firing order of muscles within asanas, and the logic of sequencing poses together to instill better movement patterns.

Knowing Our Patterns: Skills in assessment
Assessing posture and seeing patterns in movement give us a ‘global’ view, within which to know how to work in asana. Learning skills in assessment will be in two parts, with the first part devoted to the low back, sacrum, hips and knees/feet. These will be seen in the context of whole-body patterns, but we’ll get into the specifics of working with lower body problems, starting with the sacrum and low back, moving into the hips and knees — with reference to the feet. We’ll focus on fundamental pain problems in these areas, including sciatic pain and knee problems. And the focus will be on key actions to practice in poses that will be supportive of these joints — with the logic of hip ‘opening’ and hip and hamstring stretches included.
Emphasis will be on the connection between the patterns we observe and the actions to be emphasised in practice for smoothing out imbalances that are otherwise associated with pain problems.

The Psoas and Diaphragm, and the Heart of Fluid Movement
Working with the ‘core’ is deeper than working with the supportive ‘core’ muscles of the abdominals although they play a vital role. Beneath them, and at the centre of both spinal integrity and fluid movement, is the mutually supportive relationship of psoas and diaphragm. This will be a deep dive into the psoas — its effect, inner workings, connection to emotional patterns, and the meaning of terms like psoas ‘release’ in its connection with the diaphragm and breath. This will take us not only into how these work together in asana practice, but also into distortions we commonly encounter (particularly scoliosis )and how to work with them.It is here that we also make the connection to the upper body. .

The Subtleties of the Neck in Yoga and Life
Much of the subtlest and most profound work in yoga — in breath and meditation, as well as in asana has to do with the neck in conjunction with all of the actions of the senses: gaze. tongue, breath and so on. We’re only beginning to understand the implications for health and well-being in terms of the effects upon the principle cranial nerves and the vagus nerve in particular. In simple and accessible ways, we’ll explore these subtleties with the help of simple exercises joining small neck and shoulder exercises that incorporate gaze and breath, which can then be expanded into principles in asana practice. And what we do with it will go beyond what Doug has done with the neck in past trainings.
This will include exploration of Marma points connected with neck and shoulder blocks, which fit in well with the work with the neck and shoulders, and can be incorporated into self-care routines as well as asana.

Shoulder Health: the Challenges of Variety in Yoga Practice
Effective work for dealing with the shoulders, both to facilitate better, safer asana practice and for working with neck and shoulder pain — requires an understanding of the elements of shoulder movement. This includes experientially understanding the muscles involved and their interrelationships, and having targeted practices for working with them.The approach will be step-by-step for understanding and working with the shoulders, and will include wrist and elbow health. Not only will we focus on improving shoulder action in asana ( thus improving overall range of motion combined with joint stability) but also on pain problems such as rotator cuff issues and protocols for working progressively with them through remedial exercises.

Dimensions of Yoga Nidra
Each day will end with a practice of yoga nidra, and also with each day a short introduction to the different dimensions and practices of yoga nidra, from the more classical approach with roots in ideas from tantric traditions of practice, to more contemporary and consciously therapeutically oriented practices with particular therapeutic goals in mind.

Support Materials

Some very important support materials are provided with the training to ensure that you can take in the information and work with it even when the training itself is over. An extensive illustrated manual is provided for you with the training, which includes the teaching points of the training, illustrated and in detail, with space for you to take notes as we go along. This reduces your stress from worrying about taking extensive notes, so that you can be fully present to experience what is being covered in the training.

The PowerPoint presentations used in the lectures, which follow the information in the manual, will also be available to you to download.

High quality recordings of the lectures and practices will also be provided to you as a download upon request for a small additional fee, which you can use to go back and review your notes, as well as doing the asana and relaxation practices.
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Doug is also running a 2-day therapeutic workshop on 9th and 10th October: Principles of Sequencing and Progression, in Asana and Beyond

Certification

You will receive a Yogacampus certificate of completion on full attendance of the course.

What our students say

Doug's style is so accessible. He passes on a wealth of information without it being overwhelming. A Yogacampus student on Doug Keller's Yoga as Therapy Intensive, May 2014

Course Information

Dates

Wednesday 14th October to Sunday 18th October 2020

9.30am to 5pm each day with lunch.

  • Cost £650
  • Booking Full Details

    Foundations, Skills and Applications of the Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga

    Click BOOK NOW to confirm your place. You will be taken to our booking partner’s site to complete the booking. Please look out for your confirmation email. If the course is fully booked click on WAITING LIST to join the wait list.

  • Venue Yogacampus Islington
  • Location London
  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    Open to yoga teachers, trainee teachers, yoga therapists and inquiring students.

  • Other Information Full Details

    Other Information

    Maximum participants: 50

    Number of hours: 30

Book Now