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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS



Immerse yourself in the science and practice of Yoga Therapy with Dr. Eden Goldman, co-author of Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine. This brand new seminar shares the comprehensive therapeutic practice of Yoga as it relates to a variety of yogic traditions, disciplines of integrative medicine, and Eastern and Western practices for individuals dealing with health challenges, special needs, and/or who are interested in preventive care. The course is designed to teach skills that lead to health improvement in all aspects of life, including asana and lifestyle modification techniques for physical health, pranayama techniques and meditation practices for mental and emotional health, and traditional Yoga science and philosophy for attunement and spiritual health. As the source text for this seminar, every participant will receive a free copy of Dr. Goldman’s innovative new book, Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine.





The Yoga Doctors Method of Chikitsa Vinyasa is an organic system that synthesizes the most structurally and energetically intelligent elements of classical Yoga Therapy, Thai massage, Raja Yoga, Qi Gong, Chiropractic, Bhakti Yoga, rehabilitative medicine, sports/athletic training, and modern movement science. This intuitive and soulful master class features both traditional and avant-garde therapeutic variations to asanas and is designed to teach practitioners to adapt the practice to their individual bodies with natural artistic fluidity, breath-oriented movements, inner and outer balance, and a deep sense of grace and gratitude for the body.



From our nose to our toes, our head to our heart, the tips of our fingers to the intricacies of our spines, our physical bodies (annamaya kosha) provide us with a wealth of information when we know what we’re looking at and how to describe what we’re seeing. Using powerpoint, photographs, drawings, x-rays, live demonstrations, body observation techniques, muscle testing, hands-on interactive anatomy clinics, and therapeutic Yoga asana practice, this workshop explores the anatomy, biomechanics, and movementology of our joints and muscles while providing both Eastern and Western perspectives on harnessing our bodies’ innate potential through Yoga.



Based on his book, The Secret Art of Adjusting Yoga Poses, this Yoga asana workshop with Dr. Eden Goldman breaks down some of the most popular poses in Hatha Yoga and presents insights into how teachers can deliver more effective and beneficial asana assists for a variety of skill levels and body types to enhance the sweetness of one’s experience in Yoga. The workshop begins with a light warm-up practice and transitions into an open forum, posture lab, and asana adjustment clinic where we discuss ways of developing more awareness as practitioners and how we can release tension and stress patterns in the body using materials prepared from Dr. Eden’s book.



Have you ever wanted to help release a muscle for a client but didn’t do it because you weren’t quite sure which one it was, what was going on, or what to do to be most effective? This amazing 2-day course offers participants a one-of-a-kind exploration into the top muscles in the body and includes a thorough outline and examination of 10-15 muscles in the human body discussing their functions, their anatomy, their general roles in Yoga and movement. Through deeper hands-on study, we learn to test if a muscle is tight/shortened, overly flexible, weak/inhibited, or strong and how to apply Yoga and movement therapy specific myofascial release bodywork techniques that can easily and creatively be incorporated into any private session to deepen your work with clients and help you feel more confident as a therapist, professional, or teacher.



Our bodies are communicating messages to us all the time through an unspoken language called human movement. Learning to understand movement at its most subtle and refined levels is like becoming an interpreter in a foreign county who can understand a conversation between two people and create harmony between them. This workshop synthesizes the observation and evaluation techniques from many of the modern Western masters of human movement (Vladimir Janda, Karel Lewit, Craig Liebenson, Gray Cook and Robin McKenzie) with Eastern perspectives from a variety of Yoga traditions – most notably the therapeutic lineage of T. Krishnamacharya – to teach participants how to better interpret the body’s messages and movements. Studying and performing scientific movement patterns, functional movement screening exercises and therapeutically modified Yoga asanas, we will discuss how the information gathered from our bodies can help influence and assist us in building more efficient and more healing individualized programs for private clients whether it’s in Yoga, Pilates, the gym, or a clinical rehab setting.



Breathing and the importance of pranayama (breathing exercises) are two of the most distinguishing features of Yoga Therapy in reference to all other physical and therapeutic disciplines. In this workshop, we discuss the anatomy of the respiratory system, practice pranayama techniques, and get a first-hand experience of Yoga’s deep and intimate relationship with the breath.



At their core, physical medicine and Yoga therapy have one key element that they share regardless of the style or discipline, POSTURE, which is based on the engineering marvel known as the spine. When posture breaks down due to an injury or stress, it is known as a postural syndrome. Through a fusion of Yoga Therapy, sports science, observational movement therapy, and a discussion about the work of famous Czech neurologist Vladamir Janda, this workshop covers the anatomy, function, and optimal movements of the spine along with all aspects of its maintenance from dis-ease to wellness.



The shoulder is perhaps the most dynamic skeletal structure in the human body. A fusion of fascia, muscles, ligaments and several joints, our shoulders allow us to float and flow with grace when practicing Yoga. But, when our shoulders break down from too many chaturangas, jump backs and everyday life mishaps, how can we evolve our sadhana (Yoga practice) and get back to doing the things we love?

In this workshop, we will overview the anatomy and movementology of the shoulders along with typical shoulder injuries encountered in Yoga practitioners and in work with private clients. We will discuss the roles of shoulder stabilizing muscles vs. shoulder mobilizing muscles as they relate to the yogic concepts of stirrha (stability) and sukha (flexibility). The workshop will culminate with an asana practice that will fine tune form with breath and highlight therapeutic Yoga exercises that teachers and students can apply in their respective practice sequences to help heal the shoulders.

 



The hip and knee represent the locomotive system of our bodies. If you want to get from one place to another or from one Yoga pose to another, the hip and knee are always involved through the ways in which they integrate movement, stabilize our lower quarter and help us find more freedom. In this workshop, we will look at the anatomy and mechanics of the hip and knee joints and discuss the postural implications of muscle imbalances and hip/knee injuries in Yoga practice. Through an exploration of the hips and knees during the workshop’s class, we will apply rarely seen Yoga therapy variations and sports medicine adaptations to traditional poses to further evolve our sense of balance, movement, and structural support within asanas.



Touch is one of the most important things we offer our clients regardless of the physical discipline. As mammals and human beings, proper therapeutic touch relaxes the nervous system, releases tension in the body, calms the heart & mind and can lead both the practitioner AND the Yoga teacher/therapist into an experience that is profoundly inspiring, deeply connected and sacred. This advanced journey into adjusting Yoga poses will integrate hands on asana assists, myofascial release protocols and PIR/PNF (Post Inhibitory Reflex/Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) stretch techniques in order to provide participants with practical skills that can immediately, successfully, and beautifully applied into sessions with private clients.

 



Sun salutations harmonize our bodies with Nature’s rhythms and inspire us to find balance in our yoga practice by reflecting some of our most basic movements as human beings. During this bhakti-inspired class, we will explore some of the 10+ varieties of sun salutations and learn how to unlock the energetic and physical anatomy of the body in the poses. Bringing heart to energize the practice, we will play with tricks from yoga therapy and sports science to help promote spinal stability and more release in the poses to assist you in feeling better when practicing sun salutations.

 



At Yoga Doctors, we realize that sometimes Yoga schools, workplaces and scholastic programs wish to expose their students, teachers and employees to elements of healthcare science that very few practitioners are able to offer like proprioceptive neuromuscular refacilitation, workplace ergonomics for better health, therapeutic techniques using foam rollers and gym balls as props, myofascial release technique, post-inhibitory relaxation stretching, and the advanced yogic sciences. This workshop option offers you the opportunity to design your own workshop based on the specifics that you are seeking for your program.