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The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: A 4-Day Training with Doug Keller

The most pressing health problem that yoga can address is chronic pain. There is a growing field known as Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) that recognizes the multidimensionality of the experience of pain, and is showing with concrete evidence that understanding one’s pain plays a significant role in reducing the experience of pain, as well as in guiding the sufferer to address it proactively.

Yoga offers a wealth of tools for working with chronic pain problems. To fully realize their power and effectiveness, we have to understand pain and the experience of it more deeply, and with knowledge of new findings. This training will provide that understanding, going into the deeper mechanisms of the body and reflexes that cause limitations in movement, stiffness, and weakness, as well as chronic pain problems. This will be interwoven with tools for assessment, and approaches to movement in asana that are not only helpful in dealing with chronic pain, but are also helpful as insights for teaching classes effectively, helping students to go deeper in their practice.

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.
For more information please also check out Doug’s website www.doyoga.com

Doug Keller will offer this Yoga Therapy Course from Thursday, March 17, through Sunday, March 20, 2022 at AIRYOGA, Fabrikstrasse 10 in 8005 Zurich.

Thursday, March 17, 2022 from 9:00 to 11:30 am, and from 1:30 to 5:30 pm: The Core in Yoga - Low Back, Sacral and Hip Pain
After an introduction to the main themes concerning the understanding of pain, we’ll go into the practical elements of working with the ‘core,’ understanding that what is most often thought of as the ‘core’ - the abdominals - is really the container for the core. With an understanding of the role of the psoas and its supporters in the core, we’ll work with principles for sacral and low back pain, as well as hip problems.

Friday, March 18, 2022 from 9:00 to 11:30 am, and from 1:30 to 5:30 pm: Movement and Asana - Addressing the Roots of Pain Problems in Movement
A good understanding of the role of fascial lines in movement and stability leads to better practice of asana, and better movement that reduce or help eliminate chronic pain problems (as well as avoiding injury in asana). We will lay out assessment tools for understanding and addressing imbalances in the body, and principles for both remedial daily exercises as well as asana practice. We’ll especially be exploring the ‘zig-zags’ of pain that show up in the body, with special emphasis on the ‘Short Leg’ pattern of posture and movement that is surprisingly common.

Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 8:00 to 9:30 am, and from 2:00 to 5:30 pm: Keys to the Shoulder Girdle
Problems in the neck and shoulders arise especially from the ‘Arthrokinetic Reflex’ by which the nervous system weakens and inhibits movement in an effort to protect the body from unstable joint movement - often affecting the strength and coordination of muscles at the root of shoulder limitations that hold students back in their practice, or cause pain. We’ll explore this dynamic and present fundamental principles for working with the neck and shoulders, in asana and in life.

Sunday, March 20, 2022 from 8:00 to 10:00 am, and from 1:00 to 5:00 pm: As Above, So Below - Problems of the Neck, and Connecting Upper and Lower Body for the Health of the Joints in Asana
We’ll explore the range of pain problems that arise from the neck, as well as the subtleties of the influence of the Vagus and cranial nerves as they are affected by neck and shoulder imbalances - and offer tools for working with resolving imbalances in the neck, particularly through drishthi and asana practice. We’ll then summarize with the ‘big picture’ of principles for connecting upper and lower body through through fascial lines. These ideas will be part of the morning practices throughout the four days: the end of the course will be a chance to pull it all together.

This training is open to all levels of yoga practitioners. It can be booked as an entire 4-day program or for single days.

Doug teaches in English.

The cost is:
Fr. 590.- for the entire course (22 hours total)
Fr. 160.- per single day
Extensive support materials are included.

Participation is limited.

The Corona protection measures and regulations in force at the time of the workshop apply.

Please note the reservation and cancelation policy for workshops at AIRYOGA.

For further information, please contact zuerich@airyoga.com

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Entire Yoga Therapy Training (all 4 days)
Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 09:00 to Sunday, March 20, 2022 - 17:00
Price590.00 CHF
The Core in Yoga - Low Back, Sacral and Hip Pain (Day 1)
Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 09:00 to 17:30
Price160.00 CHF
Movement and Asana - Addressing the Roots of Pain Problems in Movement (Day 2)
Friday, March 18, 2022 - 09:00 to 17:30
Price160.00 CHF
Keys to Shoulder Girdle (Day 3)
Saturday, March 19, 2022 - 08:00 to 17:30
Price160.00 CHF
As Above, So Below - Problems of the Neck, and Connecting Upper and Lower Body for the Health of the Joints in Asana (Day 4)
Sunday, March 20, 2022 - 08:00 to 17:00
Price160.00 CHF