The Core of Movement: Sacral Rhythm and the Health of the Sacroiliac Joint in Yoga Practice
"Yoga concerns our own relationship to the Self from whom we came as well as our relationship to the self we are coming to be. It is deeply personal, experiential and ultimately unmediated by any stem of conceptual thought. The teachings of Yoga singply provide us with the introduction to our own Self - in both senses".
At the core of movement is the natural undulation of the sacrum within the sacroiliac joint, but traditional and overly simplistic instructions about the action of the tailbone have largely overlooked these simple movements. And yet they are at the heart of the ‘bandhas’ as well as the key to keeping the sacroiliac joint healthy and happy.
In this practice-oriented asana session we’ll cover the basic movements of the sacrum and the muscles that need to be isolated through simple instructions to support these movements. These will be applied in a wide range of common asanas, with special emphasis on maintaining the health of the sacroiliac joint in twisting poses — along with encouraging a deeper appreciation of the value of twisting poses! As a bonus, students will leave with a deeper appreciation and experience of the bandhas of the lower body — Uddiyana and Mula Bandha, and their role in low back health.
Shoulder Opening: Rethinking the Shoulders through Complementary Spirals
Shoulder ‘opening’ or exercises to increase the range of motion of the shoulders is often taught in terms of external rotation. Yet the centering of the joint as well as its stable movement through wider ranges of motion depend upon complementary ‘spirals’ which can be initiated from the actions of the hands and forearms. This provides another approach to the shoulders which can be helpful to students who are limited and stiff as well as those who are hypermobile — as well for those working through limitations from injuries.
This asana practice will focus on the fundamental and classical actions in a wide range of poses, as well as alternative approaches that yield the same result, often with a greater sense of freedom and stability, especially for those who feel ‘stuck’ in their practice. The practice will include awareness of signs of impingement in the shoulders, and how to work around this for healthier movement.
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 travelling and teaching, a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree programme in Yoga Therapy. This programme 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.
Doug has degrees in philosophy from Georgetown and Fordham Universities in the United States, and taught philosophy at college level for several years. He also spent a total of 14 years in Siddha meditation ashrams worldwide. He has produced three highly-respected books on asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy. Doug’s teaching is focused on the yoga of ‘Swatantrya,’ the yoga of one’s own inner expansion and awakening, and is rooted in a vast and inclusive perspective of study and practice that honours the insights of the many streams of wisdom that flow into the river of yoga.
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