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.
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
Dec. 6 - 9, 2018
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome
Save $100 if you sign up by October 18, 2018
$350 with Early bird Special!
($450 after October 18, 2018)
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
The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: Rewriting the Story of Our Health and Growth
This training will introduce you to the Fascial Distortion Model, relate it to the understanding of Marma as an approach to self-care in yoga practice, and apply this understanding to the themes that we will cover in practical and user-friendly ways.
We’ll begin with the neck and shoulders, focusing on upper body and spinal health, and connect the ideas concerning the Fascial Distortion Model to understanding and addressing shoulder injuries — especially including typical ‘yoga injuries’ to the shoulders. This will include an additional focus on working with scoliosis — including both principles for targeted work with scoliosis, as well as insights into how these principles are useful for everyone, since asymmetries that lead to muscular and joint problems are nearly always present, whether one has a scoliosis or not. This will add new dimensions to practice, including the pairing of intentional breathing to realignment actions in asana.
From there we will expand into a treatment of the health of the whole body in the context of Movement Impairment Syndromes at the root of chronic pain — focusing in particular on the low back, sacrum, hips, knees and feet. This approach to pain problems is especially suited to yoga, and will provide teachers and practitioners with a vital toolbox for recognizing and assessing these patterns, and designing an approach through specifically targeted asana practice and remedial exercises aimed at changing them for the better.
This year the dimension of the ‘Vayus’ will be added as well, weaving in not only elements of pranayama in relation to health, but practical toning exercises for the ‘core’ related to the experience of the Vayus that can be incorporated into asana practice as well as pranayama. This practical work is related to the concepts contained in ‘The Fascial Web’ by Schultz and Feitis, as well as ideas developed by Orit Sen-Gupta in ‘Vayu’s Gate.’
Each day will include work with the Vayus, pranayama and Yoga Nidra — including discussion of the principles behind each practice, and some historical background from hatha yoga texts. And each day will begin with a practice, which will give participants a chance to experience how the principles being covered might be introduced simply in the class setting of an asana practice.
All in all, the training will be an exploration into the many dimensions of wisdom that the ever-evolving practice of hatha yoga has to offer to us as body, mind and spirit work to maintain health and grow in heart in the face of the many challenges — including pain, injury and dysfunction — that life throws at us.
Thematic Topics Covered through the Training:
- The Fascial Distortion Model
- "The Head is the Foundation"
- Insights into - and to be learned from - Scoliosis
- Practical tools for making assessments
- Principles of shoulder alignment
- The myofascial "Sutras" of the arms
- The breath and the Vayus
- Mobilizing: Getting stiff students moving through targeted strengthening
- The secrets of the hamstrings
- Stabilizing: Helping flexible students avoid joint pain and injury
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Doug Keller has been teaching workshops and trainings in the therapeutic applications of yoga for more than 16 years, 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 has also served, in addition to his traveling and teaching, as a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree program in Yoga Therapy. This program 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 is also certified by the IAYT as a yoga therapist.
The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga, Volumes 1 & 2, by Doug Keller
Refining the Breath by Doug Keller
Heart of the Yoga by Doug Keller
Buy Books Here: www.doyoga.com
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 email@example.com 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.