Yoga is increasingly recommended by physicians as a supplement to rehabilitation for a wide range of medical conditions. Understand the anatomy of common medical conditions and discover practices to assist. In this weekend intensive we discuss working with focused populations and private clients, the anatomy of breathing, and the mind-body connection between breath and the nervous system. Also includes an overview of the Functional Approach, led Taoist Yoga practices, and dedicated time for questions.
Friday Evening Session
7-9pm Yin Yoga Master Class - “Tuck You Yin”
The Yin aspect of Taoist yoga is a slow, relaxed practice holding simple floor postures for three to five minutes at a time with muscles relaxed. It is the ideal complement for more dynamic or “Yang” forms of yoga that emphasize muscles and movement. This style of practice is not only therapeutic for the body, it also allows for a calming of the mind and spirit, and a balancing of the energetic system. It is a perfect end to a day, putting the practitioner in just the right place to crawl slowly home and sleep very soundly.
Saturday 9-10am - Taoist Yoga practice
What is Taoist Yoga? Based on Eastern systems of medicine and energy work, this class is the ideal blend of yin and yang, sure to inspire and balance any practice. Yang refers to strong dynamic and fluid movement sequences to challenge the muscular tissues of the body, mobilizing the energy and lifting the spirit. Taoist yoga practices will also include passive, relaxed Yin floor poses for deep tissue stretching, and time for relaxation and meditation. Expect a radically different perspective and practice.
Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm - Fundamentals of a Functional Approach
Empower your practice from the inside out. Rather than a focus on a universal, aesthetic alignment, a functional approach focuses on what we feel in the posture. What are we exercising and why? Individual alignment may be as unique as your fingerprint, this is due to your uniquely shaped joints and skeleton. Learn the bones basics and their movements with ease. Simplify 208 Bones to 14 Skeletal Segments. This workshop will broaden the scope of teaching postures and variations. A great study for serious practitioners to take a deeper look, and necessary for yoga teachers of any style.
Saturday 2-6pm - Advanced Anatomy of Injuries, ailments, & common medical conditions:
This in-depth look at common conditions and injuries is a must for working yoga teachers. Whether you’re teaching group classes or working with private clients, you are going to come across people that need special attention to deal with these difficulties. Be ready to help them!
For Each Topic We will Address:
Topics Include (but are not limited to!):
Spine/Low Back/Sacroilliac pain
Shoulder - Rotator Cuff / Labrum tears
Knee - Meniscus, ACL/PCL injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Piriformis/ Sciatica / Illiopsoas issues
High/Low Blood Pressure
All the -itises (Tendonitis, Bursitis, Arthritis, etc.)
Sunday 9-10am - Taoist Yoga practice
Same same but different ;)
Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm - Advanced Respiratory Anatomy
From the moment of birth up to the our last exhale, breathing is the most vital function of the body. It is the bridge between the conscious and unconscious, the body and mind, and must be controlled to progress in the practice of yoga both in and beyond the poses. This session will detail the physical anatomy of breathing, discuss respiratory physiology, and also include a guided practical exploration of the techniques of breath control that can help develop pranayama and meditation practices.
Sunday 2-4pm - Advanced Anatomy of the Nervous System
What we are often told is beyond our conscious control, the yogis say we can access and harness through practice. What’s really going on in the mind/ body connection? Understanding the nervous system can greatly enhance our yoga practice and teaching. (WARNING! Big Fancy words zone!) Learn about Sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, reflexes, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, pandiculation, and other complex-sounding things that we are going to make really simple and apply to our practice.
Sunday 4-5pm - Advanced Anatomy Q&A
An open hour to spend with an expert in the field! Matt has over 20 years of experience as full-time professional yoga teacher, and draws from extensive Western education in BioPsychology, anatomy, physiology, and medicine, as well as martial arts and Eastern philosophy. An advanced training weekend will often raise more questions than it answers, so this is time for our group to wrap up loose ends, if possible…..
Cost: Full Weekend (includes Friday evening Yin Class): $190 if registered and paid by August 19th; $225 thereafter
Friday Evening Yin Yoga Class: $30 if registered and paid by August 19th; $35 thereafter
Single sessions on Saturday and Sunday are $60 if paid and registered by August 19th; $50 thereafter
14 hours of CEUS available through Yoga Alliance.
*A $75 deposit is built into the cost of the full weekend workshop and a $20 deposit for single sessions. There will be no refunds issued within 30 days of the start date of the workshop.