Advanced Studies

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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.

DATES FOR FIRST MODULE: Scroll down, or click on dates, to find out more about individual workshops.
 Sept. 21| Sept. 22, & 23 | Sept. 28, 29, & 30 | Oct. 5 | Oct. 6, 7 | Nov. 2, 3 & 4 | Nov. 10 & 11 | Dec. 14, 15 | Dec. 16

Single Module: $1,550*Early Bird | $1,615 paid in full in advance | or $200 non-refundable deposit plus 4 monthly payments : $375 each
All 3 Modules: $4,100*Early Bird | $4,370 paid in full in advance | or $500 non-refundable deposit plus 12 monthly payments: $345.00 each

Full Weekend – 3 session workshop: $190*Early Bird | $200 in advance
Full Weekend – 4 session workshop: $250*Early Bird | $265 in advance
Full weekend – 5 session workshop: $290*Early Bird | $310 in advance
*Early Bird Special if registered by August 25

Please ~ Register in Advance!

For cancellations up to 48 hours before the class, we will refund full amount paid less a 20% administration fee. However, no refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of the event.

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September 21, Friday, 5-8 PM

“Meet & Greet”

Introductions, instructions on how to assist, for those attending the entire Module.

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September 22, & 23 / Saturday 9-12PM & 2-6PM / Sunday 9-12:15PM
Full weekend – 3 session workshop: $190*Early Bird | $200 in advance

“Ways Of Seeing” with Deborah Wolk

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”.

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September 28, 29, & 30 and October 6, & 7

“Embodying The Essence Of The Skeletal And Ligamentous Systems” with Rachel Lynch-John

Two Workshops: 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.

September 28, 29, & 30 / Friday 5-8PM / Saturday 9-12PM & 2-6PM / Sunday 9-12:15PM & 1:45-3:30PM
Full weekend – 5 session workshop: $290*Early Bird | $310 in advance

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.

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October 5 / Friday 5-8PM

“Yoga Sutras” with Eve Holbrook

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October 6, & 7 / Saturday 9-12PM & 2-6PM / Sunday 9-12 :15PM & 1:45-3:30PM
Full weekend – 4 session workshop: $250*Early Bird | $265 in advance

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.

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November 2, 3, & 4 / Friday 5-8PM / Saturday 9-12PM & 2-6PM / Sunday 9-12:15PM & 1:45-3:30PM
Full weekend – 5 session workshop: $290*Early Bird | $310 in advance

“Back Care & Scoliosis workshop” 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.

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November 10 & 11 and December 14, 15, & 16

“Asana & Pathology” with Eve Holbrook and Laura Staton

November  10 & 11 / Saturday 9-12PM & 2-6PM / Sunday 9-12:15PM & 1:45-3:30PM
Full Weekend – 4 session workshop: $250*Early Bird | $265 in advance

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.

Saturday:
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:
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.


December 14, 15 &
16 / Friday 5-8PM / Saturday 9-12PM & 2-6PM / Sunday 9-12:15PM
Full weekend – 4 session workshop: $250*Early Bird | $265 in advance

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.

Friday:
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:
The pathologies and symptoms of Sciatica, Radiculopathy, Stenosis and Spondylolisthesis will be discussed and students will learn how to work with each condition.

Sunday:
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.

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December 15 / Sunday 1:45-3:30PM

The last portion of Sunday will include a review from the teachers of the first module and simple student presentations to help assimilate the material they have been learning.

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