Getting ‘Unstuck’ — How to Work With (And Through) Blocks in Your Practice
This asana practice will focus on typical blocks we encounter in practice — ‘stuckness’ from hamstring and hip tightness, as well as shoulder tightness and limitations — and alternative approaches to ‘getting into the pose.’
This is not simply a ‘cheat,’ but rather each approach will have a clear purpose for better range of motion and health in the joints, increasing both strength and flexibility and maximizing the benefit of the pose.
… And of course much of our stickiness has to do with our relationship with — or disconnect from — the body. Asana is a tool for being in the body and befriending it — rather than being an end in itself.
This session will be a practice of that understanding, with lots of news you can use!
The Sacrum is the Heart of Movement: Sacral Stability and the Core
The heart of all movement in yoga as well as in life lies in the subtle movements of the sacrum. Our capacity for this movement is not lost, even late in life. But unfortunately the vital muscles that govern sacral movement often atrophy or become dormant, and ligaments weaken, giving rise to a host of problems in the sacroiliac joint, low back and pelvic floor — and profoundly affect even normal movement.
In this session we’ll focus on some simple actions to be incorporated into asana practice that will strengthen the muscles supporting the actions of the sacrum, increasing the stability of the sacroiliac joint as well as the health of the low back and flexibility of the hamstrings and hips.
Better Breathing in Asana, Pranayama and Relaxation
The two most fundamental patterns in our lives for maintaining our health are our breathing patterns and our sleep patterns. And these are the two patterns that are the most disordered and dysfunctional in our lives, and with enormous impact on our health.
This session will explore ‘openers’ for cultivating space for the breath, as well as toning exercises related to the bandhas for sustaining better breathing patterns. This will include awareness of patterns and tendencies that work against the natural cycle of the breath, such as habits of being ‘stuck’ on the inbreath, or ‘stuck’ on the out breath — and the consequences of these patterns.
The Upper Body: Neck, Shoulders and the Breath in Asana
The neck and the shoulders present challenges to nearly everyone in life as well as in yoga, and asana practice presents the opportunity to increase stable range of motion in the shoulders while releasing neck tension and improving our breathing patterns.
This requires some understanding of the connection between the three. This session is an exploration of that connection, along with a deeper inquiry into the ‘spirals’ of the arms, which facilitate better, pain-free shoulder opening that relieves the neck. Included will be an exploration of the myofascial lines or ‘sutras’ that govern the actions of the arms — the lines of larger muscles that govern the movement of the shoulder blades and give the arms their power, as well as the deeper lines of muscles that govern rotations and are crucial for the health of the rotator cuffs, elbows and wrists
November 1-2-3, 2019
Saturday 10am- 1pm and 2-5pm
$325 + tax, paid in full by June 15, 2019
$400 + tax paid after June 15, 2019
Doug Keller has been teaching workshops and trainings internationally in the therapeutic applications of yoga for 20 years, 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 has also served, in addition to his traveling and teaching, as a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree program in Yoga Therapy.
For more information about Doug: www.doyoga.com
Payment must be made in advance to secure your place. Keep in mind that space is limited. Payment can be made by phone or on-line by credit card – or in person at the studio by cash, cheque, credit or debit card.