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Yoga Weekend with Doug Keller – Inspirations For The Path Inward

August 21 - August 23

A training – intensive for yoga teachers and inquiring students.

This weekend will combine the practice of asana with insights into common pain syndromes in practical and user-friendly ways. This will include insights into sequencing – not just in terms of how to put poses together, but to understand how poses and the flow between poses train our muscles to ‘fire’ and support each other in proper sequence for better function, stability and reduction of pain problems.

Friday, Aug. 21
Session 1: 7:00pm – 9:30pm $55
Redefining Yoga: the Real Struggle at the Heart of the War in the Bhagavad Gita

Saturday, Aug. 22
Session 2: 12:30pm – 3:00pm $55
Timing is Everything: Understanding the Firing Order of Muscles Along Functional Lines in Asana Practice This session will be an experiential exploration of the functional lines of movement that provide the core of effective asana practice, and a clear understanding of the ‘firing order’ of muscles we need to recruit along those lines to keep our asanas ‘firing on all cylinders!’ This will include the theme, Why ‘Open’ the Hips? Much of asana practice is devoted to ‘opening’ the hips, but often without much explanation of what we are really trying to achieve and why — and how best to go about it while recognizing our own structural limitations. We’ll be exploring all of the elements of hip opening, and how and why working with it is beneficial, even if your hips aren’t very ‘open’ — as well as what you can beneficially focus on if your hips are quite ‘open’ or hypermobile!

Saturday, Aug. 22
Session 3: 3:30pm – 6:00pm $55
Sacrum, Hips, Hamstrings and Psoas: Keys to Movement 
Why are hamstrings important, and why (and how) do we ‘open’ our hips? What is the role of the psoas in this, and how do we recognize pain problems stemming from the psoas? In this session we’ll look at the relationship between the health of our sacral joints and low back, the strength and flexibility of our hips and hamstrings, and the central role of the psoas. Our approach will draw upon the ideas of sequencing and the ‘firing order’ of muscles presented in the first session, as applied specifically to the hamstrings and hips. This will include a deep look at the psoas, and its special relationship with the piriformis (a central cause of sciatic pain). Our main emphasis will be on practical ways to balance strength and flexibility in these muscles in asana, especially for the sake of low back health — and how to recognize imbalances between the two sides of the body — sacrum, hips and hamstrings.

Sunday, Aug. 23
Session 4: 12:30pm – 3:00pm $55
Fine-tuning the Shoulders
We’ll start out with a short practice covering the main actions of the shoulders in simple terms, and then go on to explore the shoulders in greater depth, fine-tuning their actions. We will break down the fundamental muscles involved in all ranges of shoulder movement (and relate them to all types of poses), their ‘firing order’ as well as exercises for improving their function and coordination, and applications and variations in poses. We’ll also look at some of the most common types of injuries and common types of movement patterns that interfere with freedom of movement, and how to address them.

Sunday, Aug. 23
Session 5: 3:30pm – 6:00pm $55
Fine-tuning the Neck — and Applications in Pranayama
Much of the subtlest and most profound work in yoga — in breath and meditation, as well as in asana — has to do with the neck in connection with all of the actions of the senses: gaze. tongue, breath and so on. We’re only beginning to understand the implications for health and well-being in terms of the effects upon the principle cranial nerves and the vagus nerve in particular. In simple and accessible ways, we’ll explore these subtleties with the help of simple exercises joining small neck and shoulder exercises that incorporate gaze and breath, which can then be expanded into principles in asana practice. A basis for the simple exercises will be Stanley Rosenberg’s work in exploring the power of the Vagus nerve. And what we do with it will go beyond what Doug covered in past trainings. Special attention will be given to tension points around the neck and jaw, combined with simple release exercises, that reduce tension connected with headaches.


August 21
August 23
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The Yoga Center of Columbia


The Yoga Center of Columbia
8950 State Route 108, Suite 109
Columbia, MD 21045 United States
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