Saturday 5/29/2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$45.00 Our Dynamic Core in Action and at Rest
Saturday, May 29, 10 am – 1 pm
3 CEUs for yoga teachers & yoga therapists
Registered participants will receive a recording of this webinar and a bonus full practice.
This webinar will be a practical exploration of our ‘core’ in both rest (restorative pranayama and poses) and action (asana practice). Usually, the ‘core’ suggests abdominal support; but our approach to the core will include all of the major elements that make our core dynamic and fluid, particularly
- The psoas, both upper and lower, in its dynamic relationship to the diaphragm in both rest and movement
- The pelvic floor
- The functional fascial lines which, along with the psoas, connect the upper body with the lower
- And of course, the role of the abdominals as integrated with these — with permutations for our understanding of the bandhas.
The webinar will explore the significant differences in our approach to asana, pranayama, and restoratives with respect to these elements of the core — invigorating, nourishing, and centering.
We’ll make useful connections for practical actions in asana practice that engage the abdominal core — to the benefit of the spine and psoas — along functional fascial lines. The connection between the upper and lower body via the core is helpful for exploring the roots of pain problems such as in the shoulders and hips that come from neglecting these functional lines in asana practice.
In addition to exploring our connection to the core in active asanas, we’ll touch upon the relationship between the psoas, diaphragm, and pelvic floor in nourishing/restorative and breath practice.
Along with the live presentation which will include short experiential practices, an additional pre-recorded practice session will be included that you can follow and repeat at a time that works for you, to experience how these ideas can be threaded through a complete asana session.
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.
His background reflects a lifelong commitment to studying, imbibing and sharing the vast field of knowledge and practice known as yoga. After receiving honors and graduate degrees in philosophy from the top Jesuit universities in the United States, Georgetown and Fordham Universities, and teaching philosophy at a college level for several years, he then pursued his ‘post-graduate’ education in the practical experience of yoga at the Siddha Meditation Ashram, Gurudev Siddha Peeth in India, for seven years. He spent a total of 14 years doing service, practicing, training in and teaching yoga in Siddha Meditation Ashrams worldwide. He received intensive training in the Iyengar system in New York City, mainly with senior certified Iyengar teacher Kevin Gardiner. He also practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in India, and became one of the first certified Anusara Yoga teachers, producing three highly respected books on asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy.