This event is a 300 Hour RYT Teacher Training module. They are open to all, though you will get the most out of them if you have some yoga experience. We consider these advanced yoga studies. You do not need to be working on 300 hour certification to take this training. Full attendance required for 300-hour credit.
December 7 - 10, 2017
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome
Save $100 if you sign up by October 12, 2017
$350 with Early bird Special!
($450 after October 12, 2017)
Thursday, 9:00am - 12:00pm l 1:30 - 5:30 pm
Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm l 1:30 - 5:30pm
Saturday, 9:00am - 12:00pm l 1:30 - 4:30pm
Sunday, 9:00am - 12:00pm
This year’s training will begin with the upper body — the neck, shoulders and arms — to explore the fascial lines or ‘sutras’ that govern them, what their proper alignment and actions are in ALL classes of poses, both weight-bearing and non-weightbearing (which is always a source of controversy among teachers and practitioners), and what the most common therapeutic problems are that we encounter in these areas, the anatomy of these problems, the obstacles that they present in asana practice, and how they can be addressed through variations and with the use of props, particularly to support strengthening and healing.
This approach will be designed especially to be useful to teachers for providing effectiveness and clarity in their instructions, and for practitioners who want to more deeply understand and address pain problems they are encountering, or simply want to become stronger and better aligned through insightful practice.
Following the work with the shoulders, wrists, elbows and neck, we will turn to sacral and hip stability, along with problems in the low back. Issues surrounding the sacrum will be more deeply explored, and we will go through all classes of poses — particularly twists and backbending — with a focus on actions that promote greater stability of the sacrum and hips, while also addressing students who are very stiff.
Each day will begin with an asana practice incorporating the key ideas being presented, and will end with practices of Laya Yoga — the aspect of Hatha Yoga that includes Yoga Nidra, meditation, breath, the emotional dimension of meditative practice, and the chakras.
Thursday: The Neck and Shoulders: Jalandhara Bandha as a Guiding Principle, and Why it Matters.
The Head and Neck: pain problems and limitations of movement from common misalignments and misuse, and the muscles and bones involved; the subtle essence of Jalandhara Bandha and how to work with preparatory exercises and releases, as well as how to practice poses and effective variations in poses to achieve better alignment, greater strength, and reduction of neck and shoulder pain.
This day will also introduce principles of shoulder alignment in relation to neck actions, and will include practice of hands-on adjustments.
Friday: The Myofascial Sutras of the Arms: Foundations for Movement in Asana
From foundations in the hands to the shoulders, shoulder blades, upper back and neck, there are myofascial sutras that govern the rotations of the arms and movements of the shoulder blades. Effective alignment of the shoulders in asana, as well as variations for students who are either tight or hypermobile, can only be understood by knowing and understanding these ‘sutras’ and how they function in asana.
We will explain these sutras and how they function in supporting the bones and movement, and will cover all types of poses — from the different arm positions in upright or non-weightbearing poses and stretches to those that are weight bearing, from Downward Facing Dog to backbends and inversions — and cover the best hand, elbow, shoulder and shoulder blade alignment from the perspective of these sutras.
The main objective will be to arrive at clear, simple and effective instructions for arm and shoulder actions, as well as covering hands-on adjustments.
Saturday: Foundations and The Bandha Connection: The Crania-Sacral Aspect of Yoga Practice Hidden within the Bandhas
This session will continue themes of shoulder alignment from Friday in the morning practice and lecture.
By the afternoon, we will begin to explore Sacral movement and stability, especially from the perspective of its relationship to neck and shoulder action through the relationship of the bandhas.
We will specifically cover sequencing for greater sacral stability, and specific work with proper actions in all classes of poses — particularly twists and backbending, as well as forward bending — that maintain sacral stability. We will keep an eye on the relationship of actions in the neck — both helpful and unhelpful — to sacral movement and pelvic and hip stability.
Included in this will be an exploration of the role of foundations in the feet, and their connections through the lower body. This will be carried over into Sunday’s Session.
Sunday The Lower Body and Foundations: With Special Love for the Knees
From lower body foundations in relation to sacral health, we’ll continue the themes of sacral stability and the specifics of asana and bandha,broadening the perspective to include the role of the knees, with special consideration of common knee problems and how they can be addressed — and accommodated for — in asana.
And we will pull together the therapeutic wisdom of asana practice from the perspective of Prana and self-awareness, summarizing the most important points of the training and how to sequence our classes and practice in light of them.
An extensively illustrated workbook, designed specifically for the training, will be provided as part of the training, as well as access to the slides used during the presentations. This reduces the burden of note-taking, and allows greater participation in this very experiential approach to Yoga as Therapy.
The workbook will be just that — a workbook that identifies the major myofascial sutras in posture and movement, and calls upon your skills at devising asana solutions for chronic pain problems. The workbook consists of practical exercises as well as the content of the training; and while the workbook, which is valuable in and of itself, covers all of the myofascial sutras, we will focus specifically upon the Shoulder Sutras handled most directly in the training sessions.
Prior experience of my trainings is not required, and the materials you will need for the training are provided as part of the training. The study is ‘advanced’ in the sense that a willingness to go into detail on matters of anatomy and therapeutic problems is assumed — and some familiarity with anatomy is quite helpful as well.
The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga, Volumes 1 & 2, by Doug Keller
Refining the Breath by Doug Keller
Heart of the Yoga by Doug Keller
Cancellation Processing: $150
May 3 - 6, 2018
All Levels Welcome
300-hour YA credit
Save $100 if you register by March 22, 2018
$350 with Early Bird Special!
($450 after March 22, 2018)
Thursday - Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm l 2:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday 8:30am – 11:30am
In this training, we explore principle-based therapeutics, meaning that one thing builds on the next. This set of principles or actions in the body will help a number of therapeutic issues that students may have. Every session includes asana, anatomy, body mapping and therapeutic hands-on adjustments. You’ll learn techniques to help students in a classroom setting and in a one-on-one private setting. We look at “inner alignment” or how students align attitudinally, because the outer form always reflects the inner state on some level. You will also learn how to empower your students, – so they can help themselves. Most importantly, together we’ll create a fun learning environment that allows our knowledge and body awareness to flourish.
We will look at how the small injuries of the body connect to the energy body as a whole.
We will increase our understanding of how one set of instructions can help an array of different injuries.
You will learn techniques to help students in a classroom setting and in a one-on-one private setting.
You will learn how to help your students feel empowered, so they are more open to your help and feel they can help themselves.
We will target injuries that we see in a yoga environment such as sciatica, sacral iliac subluxation, low back pain and hamstring tears.
In the shoulder region we will explore injuries such as rotator cuff injury, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and more.
We will explore some of the most common injuries in the body in which their source cause is located in parts of the body in which most people do not have awareness.
Thursday 9:00am – 12:30pm | 2:00 – 5:00pm
The Ankles, Knees, and Hips
This session covers the basics of foundation and yoga therapy. It’s essential to establish how the ankles, knees and hips relate to each other biomechanically, before applying the principles of yoga therapeutics. We will learn how to stabilize the knees, so the hips can open safely.
Friday 9:00am – 12:30pm
The Hips and Low Back - Psoas Awareness
We begin to gain a clearer insight into low back and hip pain and how to relieve it, by increasing our understanding of the psoas muscle and exploring how it links our upper body to our lower extremities. We review the anatomy of the hips, pelvic region and low back so you can heal the “mother hub” – our hips and low back.
Friday 2:00 – 5:00pm
The Hips and Low Back - A Deeper Look
We will cover questions from the previous session. Then, we look at the basics of the musculature; learn why injury happens and how to avoid it next time on a whole body level.
Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm
This session reviews the anatomy of the shoulder and yoga therapeutics of the upper body. We explore issues including rotator cuff, back pain and respiratory concerns.
Saturday 2:00 – 5:00pm
The Pelvic Floor with guest Libby Hinsley
In this session we explore how to strengthen, stabilize, stretch and soften the pelvic area to create the correct foundation for each movement in the body. Pelvic floor issues may arise from years of habitual misalignment and harmful movement patterns ingrained in our unconscious body. Everyone is familiar with the term, “working from our core.” However, this approach is only useful if we know what the “core” is. The pelvic floor muscles are an essential part of our deepest core, and core work must involve learning to both tone and balance the pelvic floor. We will investigate how too much tone in the pelvic muscles or lack of tone in this region contributes to weakness, affecting the rest of our body in turn. You’ll learn how to distinguish these imbalances and what to do to develop a strong and well-aligned pelvic floor.
Sunday 8:30 – 11:30am
The Head and Neck
This session reviews neck and head therapy, building on the morning session on shoulders. Awareness of our neck and head can bring clarity and lightness to our entire being. We also include the basics of hand and wrist therapeutics, with a special focus on down dog and other relevant poses.
Required Reading: (Do not need to bring to class)
The Psoas Book by Liz Koch
Yoga as Therapy (any edition and any volume) by Doug Keller
Yoga for Arthritis: The Complete Guide by Loren Fishman MD and Ellen Saltonstall
Yoga’s Touch Hands: On Adjustments, Alignment and Verbal Cues by Martia Bennett Rachman
The Yoga Handbook by Stephanie Keach
Cancellation Processing: $150
More Info: Therapeutic Essentials & 300 Hour Advanced Studies
Upon registration you will receive an immediate email confirmation containing details about the workshop and information regarding the studio. If you are currently enrolled in our 300 Hour Advanced Studies Teacher Training Modular program, will receive immediate credit after attending the module. You do not need to do anything, however, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns.
Because this is an Advanced Studies course, we are assuming you have or have had in the past a daily practice. We recommend continuing, or re-starting this and practicing at the same time each day, as the body craves regularity. Practicing in the am or pm is entirely up to you–both have their own benefits. Try to stay on your mat 30-120 minutes and enjoy your practice!
No refunds for cancellations given with less than 24-hours notice.
Please review our Cancellation and Transfer Policy for full details.
100% attendance required to all 300 Hour modules.
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What are Advanced Study Modules?
We’ve built our Advanced Study Modular Program around the drop-in concept. There are 11 required modules you need to take, each lasting anywhere from 2-5 days long, generally over a weekend. Modules are taught either by one of our experienced staff members or an international yoga teacher. We bring some of the biggest names in the industry to our studio and programs. In this very flexible modular program, you get to decide which particular module you take, at what time and taught by whom. And you have 5 years to complete 11 modules (some students do it within 2 years though). Modules are generally open to the public as well, so you will be joined by experienced teachers as well as aspiring enthusiasts. Modules can be taken by someone not going after a 300 Hour Certification–though if they decide later to pursue the 300 Hour Certification, they can retroactively include the modules they’ve already taken in the past 12 months only.
Choose 11 modules in total from these four categories:
- Pick at least one 3-day course
- Pick at least one 4-day course
- Pick at least one 5-day Intensive
- Pick the remaining eight courses from any of the four categories (weekend, 3-day, 4-day, or 5-day*)
*You must complete 11 separate modules for graduation. Most modules offered multiple times per year.