Intensivworkshop Therapeutic Wisdom
mit Doug Keller
11. – 14. July, 2019

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Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga –
Rewriting the Story of Our Health and Growth”

(English, more extensive description of the workshop below)

Ein Training für Yogalehrer und interessierte Yogaschüler.

Chronische Schmerzen entstehen oft aus unseren Angewohnheiten und Bewegungsmustern. Sind diese mal zu einem festen Teil unseres Körpers geworden beeinflussen sie unser Wohlbefinden und unsere Gesundheit.
Sobald wir jene Muster einmal erkannt haben, können wir sie in unserer Yogapraxis durch bewusstere und heilsame Bewegungsabläufe ersetzen.

Dieser Workshop vermittelt ein grosses Wissen über die Zusammenhänge zwischen habituellen Körpermustern und deren Auswirkungen auf den Körper und das breite Spektrum an Möglichkeiten einer therapeutisch ausgerichteten Yogapraxis.

Grundlagen der Yoga Therapie

Donnerstag, 11. Juli bis Sonntag 14. Juli

Workshopinhalte:

  • Das Erkennen allgemeiner Bewegungsmuster, die zu Schmerzen im Alltag sowie in der Yogapraxis führen. Einfache Interventionen und Anweisungen, wie man diesen Bewegungsmustern in der Praxis angemessen begegnet und sie durch heilsame Bewegungsabläufe ersetzt.
  • Spezifische Körperstellen, die von diesen Mustern beeinflusst sind: Füsse als Basis, Knie und Hüftgelenke, Kreuz und untere Rücken, Nacken und Schultern, sowie Ellbogen und Handgelenke.
  • Dies inkludiert den Umgang mit typischen Problemen im Bewegungsapparat, wie schmerzhafte Schultersteife (frozen shoulder syndrom), Verletzungen an der Schultermanschette, Engpass-Syndrom (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome), und verwandte, nervenbezogene Schmerzen im Oberkörper, Schmerzen und Instabilität des Ilio-Sakral-Gelenks, und typische Fuß und Kniebeschwerden.

Das Hauptziel des Workshops ist es, ein weitreichendes Verständnis für Yogastellungen zu vermitteln und dieses in die eigene Yogapraxis, aber auch in den Yogaunterricht durch genaue, leicht verständliche Anleitungen einfliessen zu lassen.

Der Workshop vermittelt eine Fülle von Hilfestellungen für Schüler mit chronischen Schmerzen. Das vermittelte Wissen aus dem Training “Therapeutic Wisdom” kann leicht in jede Yogapraxis integriert werden.

Um das theoretische Wissen in die Praxis umzusetzen, werden die Lektionen in kurzen Yoga-Sequenzen zusammengefasst, und gemeinsam durchgeübt.

Die Tage 1 & 2 widmen sich der Hüfte und den unteren Extremitäten, Tag 3 & 4 decken Nacken und Schultern und Probleme des Oberkörpers ab. Jeder Tag wird mit einer Yoga Nidra Session abgeschlossen.

Tag 1:
Fuß, Knie, Hüfte

Tag 2:
Hüfte, Kreuz, ISG, unterer Rücken

Tag 3:
Hände, Ellbogen, Schultern

Tag 4:
Oberer Rücken, Nacken, Schultern


Ablauf:
täglich von from 9.00 to 16.30

Morning:        09.00 to 12.00
Lunch break: 12.00 to 13.30
Afternoon:     13.30 to 16.30


Ort:

Der Workshop findet im Zentrum Wiens statt. Details erfahrt ihr kurz vor dem Workshop.


Kosten:

€600  (inkl. 20% MWSt, VAT)
Die Workshoptage können auf Anfrage auch einzeln gebucht werden. 

JedEr TeilnehmerIn erhält auf Wunsch ein Zertifikat, welches für 24 Stunden “Continued Education” bei der Yoga Alliance in Anwendung gebracht werden kann.

Der Unterricht ist in leicht verständlichem Englisch gehalten. Fachbegriffe werden in der Gruppe übersetzt.

Information & Anmeldung:
Sascha & Romana Delberg
info@yogawerkstatt.at

“You will find your teaching transformed by participating in this training, with ideas you can use in class from the very first day.” Doug Keller

The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga with Doug Keller — Rewriting the Story of Our Health

A training-intensive for yoga teachers and inquiring students

Chronic pain too often arises from habits and patterns of movement that have become part of the ‘story’ of our body, impacting our health. Technically these are called ‘movement impairment syndromes‘, and these are stories that can be rewritten once they are recognized. Yoga gives us the practice by which to do so.

This training will be an initiation into seeing these patterns as they give rise to difficulties and injuries in yoga practice and as a way of understanding pain complaints and injuries that students experience in everyday life..

The training is structured to help teachers understand more deeply the therapeutic rationale behind alignment and action instructions in yoga poses — and to know when these instructions are helpful and appropriate, and when variations or a different emphasis are necessary.  

The instructions are clear, specific and user-friendly, and backed up by knowledge of the anatomy involved in the movements as well as an understanding of the common therapeutic problems that bring students to yoga seeking help.

Day One:

The Lower Body: From the Feet to the Knees and Hips

Knee health and knee problems is an especially important topic for active (and previously active) people, and yoga practice poses its own challenges and cautions. And knee health usually includes all of the major considerations of the lower body: the feet and health of the arches, including challenges such as bunions/hallux; plantar fasciitis, hamstring and quadriceps tightness or imbalance, the IT band and imbalances in the many muscles surrounding the hips, including the gluteals.

The feet provide the foundation; and the actions of the feet profoundly affect the 3-dimensional movement of the knees as well as the hips. We’ll begin with the feet, and the fundamental actions for maintaining the integrity and stability of the feet as a foundation — and how this is applied in the many different forms of poses in yoga.

From there we’ll expand into assessment principles for the knees and knee problems, awareness of the most common kinds of knee problems and injuries, and principles for safe and helpful practice in yoga poses that will improve the condition of not only the knees, but the feet and hips as well.

This will also include introduction to self-care techniques relating the traditional marma system of Ayurveda with contemporary fascial understanding — which can be incorporated simply into practice, especially for people experiencing joint issues, neuropathy (numbness) and other common problems — for the knees, as well as for the hips and feet.

Day Two:

Sacroiliac Health: Understanding Pelvic, Low Back and Sciatic Pain

The key to understanding healthy movement as well as the root of much chronic pelvic and low back pain lies in understanding the rhythmic movement of the sacrum and the muscles which support it. When these muscles are not functioning properly, chronic low back and pelvic pain are often the result, and are tied to specific movement patterns that can be corrected through asana combined with specific exercises.

Our initial focus will be on the influence of the deepest muscles of the spine — the multifidi — which influence the movements of the sacrum, and are a central factor in sacroiliac and low back pain. Moving outward, we will build upon that, looking at the sheaths of fascia and muscles nested within them that profoundly influence low back health.

This has very concrete and practical implications for our understanding of asana and the dynamics of asana, with applications in all classes of asana. We will focus on the fundamental forms of movement impairment impacting low back health — both for the inflexible as well as the hypermobile — with clear strategies for working with both patterns in asana practice.

This will include not just the health of the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints, but will also include an exploration of sciatic pain, which radiates from the gluteals down through the leg and sometimes into the foot.

Our treatment of this topic will include tools for assessment of postural and movement patterns, corrective exercises and sequencing, and related topics of sciatic pain and hip joint health.

Day Three:

From Hands to Heart: Spiraling into Shoulder Health through the Arms — with attention to the health of the wrists and elbows, and their impact on shoulder opening

Shoulder work in asana practice, with refined actions that spiral from the hands deep into the shoulders and heart, helps us to keep the shoulder joints aligned and free from damage and irritation, while maintaining the space of the upper body.

Just as the feet, with the actions maintaining their arches, support the health of the knees and hips, our hands likewise have arches — and actions practiced to maintain the health of the wrists will also support the health of the elbows and shoulders, facilitating the opening of the shoulders while protecting the health of the rotator cuffs.

Shoulder ‘opening’ is usually treated through stretches emphasizing external rotation of the arms, and moreover they focus on the action of the arms at the shoulder joint itself. But practice of both internal as well as external rotation is vital for freedom in the shoulders, and these rotations can be practiced more organically as ‘spirals’ which flow from the hands and wrists up to the shoulders.

We will cover the most common forms of movement problems, injuries (rotator cuff, cartilage and ligament injury) and pain syndromes involving the shoulders, elbows and wrists together, and will work with exercises and asanas for improving the ‘spirals’ by which we achieve greater freedom of movement, support healing from injury, and freedom from pain.

This will include arm and shoulder actions as well as variations in arm and shoulder actions in the many classes of yoga poses, as well as remedial exercises for improving shoulder health. Pain assessment as well as principles for working with different levels of pain and injury will be included, especially with regard to rotator cuff injuries — and there will be important insights for working with scoliosis.

The emphasis is on simple actions that can be applied in the poses, as well as self-care exercises related to marma that can be incorporated into your practice, and used to maintain the benefits of practice.

Day Four:

The Upper Body: Upper Back and Neck, and Their Effect Upon Shoulder Health

Neck and head alignment — and our own subtle habits in using our neck — have a great impact upon the health of our upper back and shoulders, and are the root of a great deal of our upper body pain. This includes jaw alignment and tension, as well as tension arising from postural shifts beginning in the lower body.

Yoga has plenty of principles for the head and neck, including bandha and mudra, that are related to the breath as well as asana, and which can be applied simply and effectively to address upper body pain problems, including neck stiffness and headache pain as well as breathing and functional disorders that affect our everyday health, including sleep.

The principles covered for working with the head and neck in asana and pranayama will naturally lead us into working with the shoulders, and seeing how these principles apply in all classes of asanas. This will take us further in our understanding of what we learn through postural and movement assessment, and exercises for improving upon these patterns.

Support Materials

Some very important support materials are provided with the training to ensure that you can take in the information and work with it even when the training itself is over. An illustrated manual is provided for you with the training, which includes the teaching points of the training, illustrated and in detail, with space for you to take notes as we go along. This reduces your stress from worrying about taking extensive notes, so that you can be fully present to experience what is being covered in the training.

The PowerPoint presentations used in the lectures, which follow the information in the manual, will also be available to you to download. You will be able to save them to your computer or tablet as high quality color documents for you to review whenever you wish.

Practice

Each day, beginning on Friday, will begin with an asana practice that incorporates the ideas from the training, so that you will have an experiential example of how you can weave these ideas into your classes for the general benefit of your students — and introduce refreshingly new ideas for practice. 

And each day will end with a deep yoga nidra practice — along with some explanation of the value and importance of the practice, as well as the fundamental principles (from early ‘laya’ forms of the practice) for guiding students simply and deeply into yoga nidra.

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

Daily hours:
from 9.00 to 16.30

Morning:        09.00 to 12.00
Lunch break: 12.00 to 13.30
Afternoon:     13.30 to 16.30


Location:

The Workshop will take place in the very centre of Vienna. More details will be provided closer to the workshop.


Costs:

€600  (inkl. 20% VAT)
Upon request, you can book single days.

Information & registration:
Sascha & Romana Delberg
info@yogawerkstatt.at