ADVANCED STUDIES COURSE IN YOGA THERAPEUTICS: Learning To Heal
This 3-module therapeutics course is open to teachers and students who are interested in broadening their scope of practice. The first 6-weekend Module—“Seeing Human Structure”—focuses on symmetry and asymmetry, sensing and feeling, anatomy and pathology. This program will prepare you to see and understand the body in order to better work with your own, and others’, therapeutic needs. In a dynamic and nurturing environment, teachers and students will learn alongside and from one another.
If you are interested in signing up for the modules, or any individual workshops, please complete our application here.
All students welcome but If you are not sure this program is for you, please contact us!
REVISED DATES FOR THE FIRST MODULE: Please note that the dates for the first module have been revised based on feedback from interested students. The new schedule is as follows:
- November 10 & 11, 2018 – Asana & Pathology, Part 1: Asana & Pathology of the Upper & Lower Limbs with Eve Holbrook & Laura Staton
- January 26 & 27, 2019 – Ways of Seeing with Deborah Wolk
- February 23 & 24, 2019 – Asana & Pathology, Part 2: Asana & Pathology, & Conditions of the Axial Skeleton with Eve Holbrook & Laura Staton
- March 8, 9, & 10, 2019 – Back Care & Scoliosis Workshop, and Basic Props with Deborah Wolk
- April 26, 27, & 28, 2019 – Embodying The Essence Of The Skeletal And Ligamentous Systems, Part 1: Exploring the Skeletal Structure and Dynamics of the Lower and Upper Limbs to Find Support and Ease for the Spine with Rachel Lynch-John
- May 5 & 6, 2019 – Embodying The Essence Of The Skeletal And Ligamentous Systems, Part 2: Exploring the Skeletal Structure and Dynamics of the Spine with Rachel Lynch-John
Full Weekend–4 session workshop: $265 in advance
Full weekend–5 session workshop: $310 in advance
Full Module–6 weekends Nov-May: $1400 in advance
Full Module–6 weekends Nov-May with payment plan: $200 non-refundable deposit + 4 payments of $325 = $1500
For cancellations up to 7 days before the class, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 7 days of the event.
“Asana & Pathology” with Eve Holbrook and Laura Staton
November 10 & 11, 2018 • Saturday 9am–12pm & 2-6pm / Sunday 9am-12:15pm & 1:45–3:30pm
$265 In Advance
Part 1: Asana & Pathology of the Upper & Lower Limbs
In this workshop, we will explore therapeutic applications of yoga for various musculoskeletal conditions of the upper and lower limbs. Common issues teachers encounter include Rotator Cuff and Meniscus Tears, Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel, Plantar Fasciitis, Knee and Hip Replacements. We will explain the anatomy of the conditions, their movement indications and contraindications, and explore yoga asanas suitable for relief and safe practice. Students will leave with a comprehensive understanding and asana recommendations for how to approach each condition.
This day will focus on conditions of the lower extremities issues starting from the foot up through the hip. We will explore yoga for Plantar Fasciitis, Sprained Ankles, Meniscus Tears and Total Knee & Hip Replacements.
Sunday’s class focuses on managing conditions of the upper extremities including Rotator Cuff Injury, Adhesive Capsulitis, Total Shoulder Replacement, Elbow Tendonitis, and Carpal Tunnel.
“Ways Of Seeing” with Deborah Wolk
January 26 & 27, 2019 • Saturday 9am–12pm & 2-6pm / Sunday 9am-12:15pm & 1:45–3:30pm
$265 In Advance, Student Models Can Register for $50
The first step in working with another person is to observe and see the body. Received, rather than acted upon, observation and vision are skills not always taught to teachers. Yet without these skills one can not truly help an injured student or anyone with therapeutic needs.
In this workshop we will approach the questions: what is seeing? What senses are involved? Which is more powerful: vision or touch? From what standpoint can one truly observe a body?
To find the key to problem solving and subsequently healing you will learn what to look for as you observe your student as well as how to use touch. These skills will allow you to use light and dark, the draping of clothing, a sense of heaviness and lightness, the space around you, and more, to see the student and to use your hands to feel asymmetry of bone, muscle, skin, and to clearly distinguish what it is you are sensing as well as communicate that to your student with your hands.
Deborah will guide you to a tangible place where you too can develop a “good eye”.
Students with scoliosis and back problems may come as models on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for 2 hour intervals for $50
“Asana & Pathology” with Eve Holbrook and Laura Staton
February 23 & 24, 2019 • Saturday 9am–12pm & 2-6pm / Sunday 9am-12:15pm & 1:45–3:30pm
$265 In Advance
Part 2: Asana & Pathology & Conditions of the Axial Skeleton
This workshop will explain and explore yoga therapy options for multiple musculoskeletal conditions of the axial skeleton. Common conditions we see as teachers include Disc Herniations and Bulges, Sciatica, Stenosis, Radiculopathy, Spondylolisthesis and Kyphosis and Lordosis. The weekend will explain the anatomy of the conditions, discuss the movement indications and contraindications of each condition and explore yoga asanas suitable for safe practice. Students will leave with a comprehensive understanding and asana recommendations for how to approach each condition.
Disc herniations and bulges: Disc herniations and bulges differ in severity but share overlapping pathologies. We will discuss the anatomy of the spine and nerves and students will learn and practice yoga appropriate for vulnerable discs.
Saturday PM and Sunday AM:
The pathologies and symptoms of Sciatica, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, and Spondylolisthesis will be discussed and students will learn how to work with each condition.
Kyphosis and Lordosis are exaggerations of our natural spinal curves yet cause postural misalignment and often chronic back and neck pain. We will discus yoga strategies and asanas to lengthen and strengthen specific muscles affected by these postural issues.
March 8, 9, & 10, 2019 • Friday 5–8pm / Saturday 9am–12pm & 2-6pm / Sunday 9am-12:15pm & 1:45–3:30pm
$310 In Advance
“Back Care & Scoliosis Workshop, & Basic Props” with Deborah Wolk
Friday: Experiential Anatomy of the Spine
Saturday: Yoga for Back Care
Deborah will teach a direct approach to relief and awareness addressing all types of chronic back pain and alignment issues such as disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, swayback, whiplash and kyphosis. The Yoga poses practiced in this workshop with a specific focus can be the key to alleviating pain and creating more balance in the body. This workshop is for students of all levels who wish to work on any issues related to pain and discomfort in the back and for teachers wishing to learn more about how to work with these issues:
• Spinal Anatomy (Sagital curves)
• Physiology of such back issues as: disc herniation and other disc issues, kyphosis, lordosis, spondylolisthesis, sciatica, neck and shoulder issues
• Physiology of degenerative bone diseases: osteoporosis, arthritis
• Muscular issues
• How to “see” and correct postural problems and return to neutral curves of the spine
• Defining and describing pain
• Asana and modifications for acute back issues and pain
• Asana and modifications for chronic back issues and pain
Sunday: Yoga for Scoliosis
Deborah will introduce participants to the structure of the spine, the anatomy of scoliosis and how it affects one’s physiology and health. Yoga asanas and principles of sequencing will be practiced and modified for different curvatures and pain issues. Participants will learn how to develop a yoga practice which specifically addresses their own patterns and needs using awareness and alignment.
• Defining scoliosis and asymmetry through spinal anatomy
• Understanding and “seeing” lateral asymmetry and rotation
• How scoliosis affects spatial and balance issues
• How scoliosis affects the nervous system and can create joint issues and pain
• Asana to realign and connect with the limbs.
• Asana and breath techniques to create awareness, relieve pain, balance the nervous system and possibly stabilize the curves themselves.
“Embodying The Essence Of The Skeletal And Ligamentous Systems” with Rachel Lynch-John
In these two workshops we will look at how we can develop clarity of action and thought, through an embodiment of the skeletal and ligamentous systems, exploring the qualities of being that arise out of these two systems combined. As we define the skeletal and ligamentous structures and functions, the potential for greater comfort and ease of movement in our body and practice can evolve.
Part 1: April 26, 27, & 28, 2019 • Friday 5–8pm / Saturday 9am–12pm & 2-6pm / Sunday 9am-12:15pm & 1:45–3:30pm
$310 In Advance
Part 1: Exploring the Skeletal Structure and Dynamics of the Lower and Upper Limbs to Find Support and Ease for the Spine.
In this workshop we will examine pathways within the limbs, to better understand the relationships from the foot to the pelvis and from the hand to shoulder girdle and ribs. We will develop and refine ways in which to direct our limbs, as we move into and out of an asana, and within our daily activities.
As we begin to understand how our limbs function, we can start to unravel old patterns and habits that may be causing us discomfort or pain and to reeducate our selves to facilitate a more finely tuned and easeful way of being.
Part 2: May 5 & 6, 2019 • Saturday 9am–12pm & 2-6pm / Sunday 9am-12:15pm & 1:45–3:30pm
$265 In Advance
Part 2: Exploring the Skeletal Structure and Dynamics of the Spine.
Axial Skeleton: (from the head to tail)
In this workshop participants will examine the structure of the spine and its curves: cervical, thoracic, lumbar. The structure of the vertebra, vertebral discs, sacrum, coccyx, atlas, axis, hyoid and the ligaments of the spine.
The two workshops will culminate in an experiential exploration of the skeletal and ligamentous systems in movement. Finding ways to utilize this knowledge to enhance the ability to see and sense discord in the body, and to develop tools to help discern how to approach issues that present themselves, allowing for each asana and practice to evolve in a way that is helpful, healing and supportive to each individuals needs.