Throughout history, yoga has always adapted to meet the needs of its practitioners — from ascetics in the early days to the people of today. Yoga has evolved, finding applications of yoga practices — both therapeutic and spiritual — that have gone far beyond what the original yogis had ever imagined for the practice.
This therapeutically inspired yoga workshop with Doug Keller honors that evolution with news-you-can-use insights into applications of yoga for your own well-being — as well as insights into the pranayama experience and the philosophical evolution of the idea of the ‘yogic life.’
The workshop will cover practical, accessible approaches to common physical challenges tied to modern lifestyle, including pain problems such as sciatica, low back and sacroiliac pain, and neck and shoulder pain. These insights will be incorporated into enjoyable, challenging (and doable) flowing practices of yoga’s fundamental poses — with deeper insights into doing the poses well and beneficially.
The ‘sankalpa’ or intention of the weekend is that you leave refreshed, renewed and inspired with practical tools to meet the new year, and a deep appreciation of yoga!
ENTIRE WEEKEND $250 early birds
$275 after April 30
INDIVIDUAL SEGMENTS ALL $70 each
Friday May 31, 6pm-8:30pm
Saturday June 1, 1pm-3:30pm
Saturday June 1, 4pm-6:30pm
Sunday June 2, 1pm-3:30pm
Take the entire weekend and earn your certificate of training
for the Yoga Alliance and the IYAT
REGISTER ONLINE HERE
Friday, May 31
THE KEY TO MOVEMENT AND BANDHA
The Sacrum, and Understanding
Pelvic, Low Back and Sciatic Pain
The key to understanding healthy movement as well as the root of much chronic pelvic and low back pain lies in understanding the rhythmic movement of the sacrum and the muscles which support it.
We’ll focus on the influence of the deepest muscles of the spine — the multifidi — which influence the movements of the sacrum, and are a central factor in sacroiliac and low back pain. When these muscles are not functioning properly, chronic low back and hip are often the result, along with difficulty and sometimes pain or injury practicing asana.
This will include not just the health of the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints, but will also include an exploration of sciatic pain, which radiates from the gluteals down through the leg and sometimes into the foot. It is one of our most ancient pain problems, appearing even in the literature of the Greeks, and is as prevalent today as low back pain.
And on a practical and ‘practice’ level, we will focus on the fundamental forms of movement impacting low back health showing up in asana practice— both for the inflexible as well as the hypermobile — with clear cues for improving upon both patterns in asana practice.
Saturday, June 1
FROM HANDS TO HEART
Spiraling into Shoulder Health through the Arms and Cultivating Prana and Apana Vayu in the Actions of the Arms
Shoulder work in asana practice, with refined actions that spiral from the hands deep into the shoulders and heart, helps us to keep the shoulder joints aligned and free from damage and irritation, while maintaining the space of the upper body.
These are more than simply physical actions: the subtle and empowering energies of Prana and Apana Vayu — receiving and drawing in, balanced with letting go and expanding — can play a profound role in going deeper into these actions, especially when joined to the breath.
We will focus on simple actions that can be applied in the poses, as well as self-care exercises related to marma that can be incorporated into your practice, and used to maintain the benefits of your practice even when there are gaps in your opportunities for practice. These practical actions will be threaded together through the theme of receiving, centering and expanding — Prana and Apana.
The evening will finish with meditation and relaxation based upon a contemplation of these two energies, discovered through breath and body.
Saturday, June 1
YOGA AND THE DOER
An Exploration of the Pranayama Experience
in Light of the Teachings of Classical Yoga,
Tantra and Bhakti
The root of the Sanskrit word ‘Bhakti’ (devotion) is ‘Bhaj,’ which means to participate. The idea of active participation and engagement in life through yoga practice is a vital counterpoint to the ascetic teachings of the early yogis emphasizing renunciation and ‘nondoership.’
The pranayama experience walks the fine line between ‘doing’ and ‘nondoing’ — and the space of feeling that lies between the two. This will be an experiential session, emphasizing practices of pranayama that include later tantric forms of visualization and vibration or mantra — and forms of meditation that are the fruit of these practices. The emphasis will be not just on ‘doing’ the practices (especially concerns about ‘doing’ them ‘correctly’), but on feeling them — and the illumination that they bring.
This practical core will set the stage for discussing the themes of ‘doership’ and ‘agency’ — and the yogic ethics surrounding these concepts — that provide a thread running through the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita, Patanjali, Tantra and Bhakti yoga.
Familiarity with these philosophies and their texts is not required: these are human questions surrounding spirituality and the active that are just as relevant today as they were centuries and even millennia ago.
The session will be a mix of doing, feeling and discussing that will provide a light upon your own path!
Sunday, June 2
OF HIPS KNEES AND FEET
with Special Focus on the Knees
This asana practice session will include special attention to — and self-care techniques for the fascial health of — the knees. The knees often suffer from disputes between the hips and feet, as well as body-wide postural habits that yoga can help us overcome.
Understanding and paying attention to the knees is by the same token a key to unlocking the hips in asana, as well as adding to the well-being of the feet and ankles
This asana practice will be an opportunity to explore a range of poses, with attention to how the actions and limitations of the hips and feet influence the health of the knees, and to explore the different possibilities for approaches to practice that keep the knees as well as the hips and feet happy!