Asheville Yoga Center
Event Schedule

Asheville Yoga Center is one of the most popular yoga schools in the Southeast. Our foundational programs are designed to enhance your personal knowledge, deepen your practice and provide you with the confidence and skills necessary to safely experience or teach yoga.

We offer three types of event:

  • Yoga workshops (non-certification events) 
  • 200 Hour RYT  training courses
  • 300 Hour certified training courses (Advanced Study and Therapeutically-Oriented)

The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga

Doug Keller
Asheville Yoga Center
December 7, 2017
12:00 am - 12:00 am

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.

Recommended Reading:
The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga, Volumes 1 & 2, by Doug Keller
Refining the Breath by Doug Keller
Heart of the Yoga by Doug Keller

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More Info: Therapeutic Essentials & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

200 Hour (200 RYT)
Yoga Teacher Training

Become a Yoga Teacher — Our 200 Hour program is lead by an expert faculty who inspire future yoga instructors and those simply looking to deepen their practice. Gain skills, knowledge and experience to be great yoga teacher.


300 Hour (500 RYT)
Advanced Teacher Training

Begin Anytime – 11 Required Modules (mostly weekends). Our most popular and flexible program: you have several years to pick and choose your courses to most enhance your own teaching style.


Therapeutically Oriented 
Teacher Training

10+ Weekends over 9 months – This course is geared mostly towards working one-on-one in private yoga sessions that contain strong therapeutic elements, with each weekend building upon the next.

300 Hour Advanced Studies Teacher Training Modules