Essentials of Yoga Therapy Vol. II

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Course Overview

You have enormous potential to heal with yoga therapy.

Join these expert teachers in yoga anatomy and yoga therapy and take classes that explore shoulder pain, core strengthening, trauma and transformation, hamstring health, and restorative yoga. Be empowered to make lasting changes—physically and mentally. Whether you want to move toward greater health yourself, or are a teacher wanting to empower your students, this 11-hour course is designed to enlighten, inspire, and improve your everyday life.

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Shiva Rea

A Prana Vinyasa Practice to Pacify Stress

Jill Miller

Core Integration

Tiffany Cruikshank

Build and Maintain Healthy Shoulders During Your Practice

Matthew Sanford

Yoga, Trauma, and Transformation

Chelsea Jackson Roberts

Yoga & Literature as Tools for Healing & Social Justice

Julie Gudmestad

Retrain Your Hamstrings for Better Backbends

Teachers: Get 11 Continuing Education Credits

Yoga Alliance requires all yoga teachers to accumulate at least 30 hours of continuing education every three years. 20 online hours are allowed to count towards this requirement.

Fulfilling 11 of these study hours is as easy as logging into the Yoga Alliance website and entering your hours after you’ve completed Essentials of Yoga Therapy Volume II. Continue your yoga education with this course and more from the Yoga International library!

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Course Outline

11 hrs to complete

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Section 1
  • How to Build and Maintain Healthy Shoulders During Your Practice

  • Bonus Interview

Section 2
  • iRest Yoga Nidra: Theory and Practice

  • Experience iRest Yoga Nidra

  • Bonus Interview

Section 3
  • Breaking Barriers: Transforming the Samskara of Codependency

  • A Yoga Practice for Transforming Samskara

  • Bonus Interview

Section 4
  • The Power of Restorative Yoga

  • Restorative Yoga Practice to Relax

  • Restorative Yoga Practice to Build Energy

  • Bonus Interview

Section 5
  • Retrain Your Hamstrings for Better Backbends: Anatomy and Practice

  • Bonus Interview

Section 6
  • This workshop includes a discussion on using yoga and literature to teach critical literacy to teens, specifically within marginalized and vulnerable communities. Topics include making connections between yoga, literacy, and social justice; understanding trauma; and practicing conscious allyship. This workshop includes an example of a complete Restorative Vinyasa Flow practice and poetry discussion for teens.
  • An Interactive Practice: Root and Rise

  • Bonus Interview

Section 7
  • Matthew tells his personal story, and offers insights on what it means to live and practice with trauma, and how yoga can be used as a tool to help people to "come home" and re-connect. This workshop includes a complete yoga class with emphasizes grounding, being simultaneously supported and open, and exploring boundaries and balance.
  • Coming Home: A Yoga Practice for Trauma

Section 8
  • A Prana Vinyasa Practice to Pacify Stress

Section 9
  • In this practice-based workshop, Jill guides you through core-focused practices and provides you with tools that will both help with asana and help you to live better in your body.
Section 10
  • This experiential workshop and yoga class will offer tips and practices for both practitioners with tight, inflexible hamstrings and practitioners who are flexible and often more prone to injuries.
Section 11
  • Join Gary for a workshop that will explore the difference between yoga and yoga therapy.
  • This workshop includes a discussion on understanding and managing the stress response, followed by a stress-management practice.
  • A Short Practice to Reduce Stress

Section 12
  • This workshop will focus on the psychology and physiology of neck and upper back pain, and how to relieve it.
  • A Practice to Relieve Neck and Shoulder Pain

Section 13
  • (Attention anatomy geeks!) Learn what this important connective tissue is and how it effects your yoga practice and your life. Includes a fascia-nating anatomical discussion and a self-massage exploration to help you get familiar with your own fascia.
Section 14
  • This workshop includes an anatomical overview, alignment breakdowns of forward bends that can often be problematic, and healthier options to prepare students safe for forward folds (including tips for tight hamstrings!)
  • Anatomy Overview

  • Forward Bends That Can Be Problematic

  • Healthy Ways to Prepare for Forward Bends

  • Doorway Stretch

  • Conclusion

Section 15
  • This workshop includes a discussion on the multidimensionality of depression and how yoga and yoga therapy tools can be used to help manage symptoms. It's followed by a complete, breath-centric asana class led by Gary.
  • A Yoga Therapy Sequence for Depression

Section 16
  • This workshop includes a discussion on neck and shoulder anatomy and tips for addressing common misalignments. It also includes a complete asana practice for a healthy neck and shoulders.
  • A Practice for a Healthy Neck and Shoulders

Section 17
  • This workshop includes a breakdown of the anatomy of the the core and a look at how it can be used in a more therapeutic way in yoga practice and in our daily lives. Includes a practical discussion of core muscles and tips for connecting with key concepts on the mat.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, you can include this course in your Yoga Alliance training hours, with each hour equivalent to one continuing education credit.
This course is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Course completion.
No prerequisites are required; this course is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the course is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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