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Doug Keller Yoga As Therapy Course

Dates

December 2018

Hours

26.5

DOUG KELLER "Yoga as Therapy Workshop & Teacher Training

Location: Yoga Space NW 210 17th Avenue, Portland OR 97209
Dates: October 7-10th, 2015

The Yoga Space is proud to be hosting Doug Keller once again in Portland, Wednesday-Saturday, October 7-10th, 2015 for "Yoga As Therapy, & The Philosophy & Practices of Hatha & Laya Yoga". 

This year, in addition to his brilliant Yoga As Therapy sessions, Doug will teach a special day of yoga philosophy, and include the study and practice of Laya Yoga in each seession.  A significant element of practice that was introduced with the advent of ‘hatha yoga’ was the element of ‘Laya Yoga’ — which we know in terms of yoga nidra, restorative poses, and related breathing and meditation practices.
The original essence of this was cultivating ‘spaciousness,’ which is an element of all practice, and which allows us to go much more deeply into all aspects of yoga. Along with a discussion of the meaning and inspiration of this kind of practice, we will explore pranayama, yoga nidra and meditation from this perspective.
This will be incorporated into the end of each day of the training.

*Purchase individual sessions, or get a discount on the entire 4 day workshop.. Prices and options below.

Wednesday, October 7th:  11-2pm and 3-5:30pm:  "New Light on the Hatha Yoga Tradition-philosophy study and Laya Yoga Practice."  ($100)  *500 hr Teacher Training Credit 5.5 hours philosophy study CEUs.  Open to all interested students. 

The hatha yoga tradition — and its connections to the Kashmir Shaivism and Sri Vidya traditions of tantra — introduced a startlingly new perspective on yoga, contrasting with the purely meditation-based yoga(s) that preceded it. Recent scholarship (beyond just exploration of the recent European roots of asana practice) has shed new light on the richness of this tradition, which has been glossed over for centuries because of negative perceptions of its practitioners.

We will explore the confluence of two rivers in the tradition — the outer discipline-oriented ‘munis’ whose long tradition of physical asana was incorporated into the yoga, and the inner-oriented ‘nathas’ (from Gorakshanatha, the founder) onward, whose reform of the tantra of the time brought laya yoga as well as emerging concepts such as the granthis and chakras into the mix. How this relationship is expressed in the main texts (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita and Shiva Samhita) will be explored, as well as the role of the earlier texts in setting up the new paradigm. This relationship concerns how ‘hatha’ and ‘laya’ (and other forms of practice) are brought together in relation to ‘raja’ yoga, and what practices these entail. We will also look at how hatha yoga changes over the centuries from a purely tantric practice to a Vedantic perspective — and what that came to mean in practice.

This discussion promises to be enlightening and inspiring, as well as equipping one to better discuss the roots of yoga as we practice it — particularly in relation to modern debates of the Hindu ‘ownership’ of yoga as rooted in the Vedas. We will look at how many of the terms and concepts of hatha yoga were appropriated in the last couple of centuries, while the ‘tantric’ and physical aspects of the practice were denigrated in favor of Patanjali Yoga; and how the very concept of ‘Raja’ yoga was transformed to suit modern prejudices.

The end result of the historical process is a lot of confusion for modern practitioners — a confusion that we can now begin to untangle. There is much within hatha yoga to be explored from a contemporary perspective on body, mind and emotion which is just waiting to be unfolded!


Thursday, October 8th 10:30-1:30pm and 2:30-5:30pm:  "A Therapeutic Eye in Yoga Teaching and Practice"  Movement and Pain Problems in the Low Back, Sacrum and Lower Body: Forward Bending, Backbending and Twisting — Patterns and Assessments.  ($100) 
Our own individual style of movement is adapted to our own unique structure and proportions. Like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike, and we can recognize people we know from a distance or from behind, just based on the way in which they move.
Our styles of movement show up most in our forward bending, and is often the key to understanding our limitations as well as injuries and pain problems. This very accessible session will bring awareness to our own style of movement, and how to adapt in our practice for greater freedom in movement as well as for overcoming pain syndromes.

Friday, October 9th 10:30-1:30pm and 2:30-5:30pm:  "A Therapeutic Eye in Yoga Teaching and Practice"  Specific Joint Problems Connected with Movement Patterns: Feet, Knees and Hips — Specific Ways of Working in Poses.  ($100)
Understanding the impact of the structure of the knees and hips, and the role of both structural and acquired problems — and how to adjust for them in the practice of poses, as well as overcome pain problems arising from muscular imbalances.
A variety of knee, hip and sacral problems will be covered, with special focus on the problem of hypermobility.

Friday, October 9th, 6:30-9pm.   "Evening Asana session All-Levels:  The Four Corners and the Core".  ($45)  Through practice, we'll begin with exploring the relationship between activating the "core" and opening the "four corners" of the torso- the hips and shoulders.  We'll look at the myofascial threads or "sutras" that connect them in twists and backbends, and how these openings are integrated through the core.  Special focus will be on the shoulders, with connections to the hips and neck actions.   This will be an all-levels practice, accessible to everyone, but challenging enough to have some fun, as well as enlightening and liberating!

Saturday, October 10th: 10:30-1:30pm   "Assessing Movement Problems and Pain in the Shoulders and Neck — The Shoulder Blades and Shoulder ‘Opening’ in All Ranges of Motion, and Neck Pain"  ($75)
We will move specifically to the shoulders and ‘movement impairment syndromes’ in the shoulders: an exploration of a wide range of shoulder ‘openings’ that will be accessible to the ‘stiff-shouldered’ as well as stabilizing and integrating for the flexible.
It will explore the connections between neck actions and the shoulders, with a special eye to the role of the collar bone, known in many languages as the ‘key’ bone. This will include preparations for inversions as well as modified inversions, and insights into neck tension and the breath/pranayama.
Specific Joint Problems Connected with Shoulder Movement and Weight Bearing — the Wrists and Elbows, and their Connection with Shoulder Conditions — How to Work in Poses, and Helpful Variations
We’ll continue on the theme of the shoulders, turning attention to the wrists and elbows: actions for healthier wrists, as well as the role of weight-bearing in the health of the wrists, elbows and shoulders.
This will include a look into inflammatory conditions and how to work with them.

Saturday, October 10th:  2:30-5:30pm:  "The Wrists & Elbows and their connection with Shoulder Conditions" ($75)  Specific Joint Problems Connected with Shoulder Movement and Weight Bearing — the Wrists and Elbows, and their Connection with Shoulder Conditions — How to Work in Poses, and Helpful Variations
We’ll continue on the theme of the shoulders, turning attention to the wrists and elbows: actions for healthier wrists, as well as the role of weight-bearing in the health of the wrists, elbows and shoulders.
This will include a look into inflammatory conditions and how to work with them.

Regarding all sessions, Doug Says:  "Modern Yoga is a practice of health in movement: in its therapeutic applications, asana and pranayama become the tools by which we address patterns of movement, breath and being that are at the root of chronic pain, limitation and even disease.

Because of the way we’re built, and the lives we live (even as yoga practitioners), we all face challenges individual in our life and practice, often with chronic pain. Our own structure and patterns of movement often lead us directly into these problems, unless we recognize and change them. Even when we exercise regularly or have a regular practice, we allow some muscles to dominate, leaving others weak and unused. This can eventually lead to pain and injury, even for the experienced practitioner.

In this training, the central focus will be on such ‘movement impairment syndromes’ — patterns of movement closely connected to pain problems as well as joint and muscle injury and breathing pattern disorders. This approach is especially suited to yoga, and will provide teachers and practitioners with a vital toolbox for recognizing and assessing these patterns, and designing an approach through specifically targeted asana practice and remedial exercises aimed at changing them for the better.

The patterns or ‘syndromes’ will be clearly and simply defined, and provide the focus for therapeutic assessment. These are powerful and immediately useful tools for one-on-one work; but they are also surprisingly effective for use in ‘real-time’ while teaching group classes, helping you to offer modifications and adjustments on-the-spot to help students as you guide them through their practice at any level.

We will work progressively through the typical problem areas of the body, linking healthy and helpful actions — for the feet, knees, hips, low and upper back, neck, shoulders, wrists and elbows — to our recognition of fundamental movement impairment patterns. We’ll do so in a way that emphasizes ‘news you can use’ and gives you memorable and directly experienced ways of working in these areas that can be easily communicated to students and clients.

Two topics of special interest to yoga practitioners — in light of recent discussions of the safety of yoga (particularly for the hypermobile) — will be sacral instability and hip join instability and impingement!

****An extensively illustrated workbook, designed specifically for the training, will be provided, 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.  Moreover, the workbook contains worksheets and practical exercises for improving your skills at assessment and sequencing, based on the topics of the workshop.


Doug Keller has been teaching workshops and trainings in the therapeutic applications of yoga for a decade, and is known not only for his effectiveness in communicating this ever-evolving approach in these trainings, but also for his extensive writing on the topic in magazines, journals and his two-volume work on ‘Yoga As Therapy.’ He is also, in addition to his traveling and teaching, a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree program in Yoga Therapy. This program is state-approved and accredited for granting a Master’s degree in this field, and is fully accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.