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Course Overview

Discover yoga therapy techniques to ease tension and discomfort caused by common conditions with this course and ebook bundle.

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Course Outline

11hrs to complete

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Unit 1
  • Section 1
    • Join Doug Keller as he breaks down the causes of sciatic pain, symptoms of sciatic pain, and the relationship between the piriformis muscle and sciatica.
    • A tight or weak piriformis can lead to sciatic nerve pain. Learn which daily habits can lead to a tight or weak piriformis, as well as a quick exercise that you can do today to discover how tight/weak your piriformis actually is.
    • Discover why warrior I is an ideal pose for strengthening the piriformis and learn how to incorporate this strengthening work into a yoga practice.
    • Stretching the piriformis is just as important as strengthening it. Join Doug for a breakdown of two variations of reclining hand-to-big-toe pose and learn how to access an optimal stretch through the piriformis.
    • Join Doug as he guides you through another piriformis stretching posture: marichyasana III.
    • The final piriformis-stretching posture that Doug breaks down is pigeon pose.
  • Section 2
    • Join Doug for a 15-minute piriformis maintenance class that balances strengthening and stretching and will help you learn how to incorporate what you've learned so far. Poses include: hand-to-big-toe pose, cat/cow balance, a supine twist, cow face pose legs, and more.
    • Learn how you can work with the piriformis at an even deeper level with this complete (25-minute) practice. Poses include: pyramid, revolved half moon, triangle, pigeon pose, seated half spinal twist, fire log pose, and more.
  • Section 1
    • Steffany Moonaz introduces herself, her work, and the concepts behind yoga for arthritis.
    • Steffany talks about what arthritis is and how it affects those who live with it.
    • Steffany explains what it’s like to experience arthritis, ways for yoga teachers to notice signs of arthritis in their students, and how to offer pose variations that are more accessible for people with arthritis.
    • Steffany explains why arthritis is a whole-person disease and how yoga can be used as a tool to improve a person’s well-being on all levels.
    • Steffany talks about the benefits of modifying sun salutations using a chair.
    • This full yoga practice uses a chair for support and includes specific yoga tools that can be beneficial for people with arthritis.
    • Learn how to modify sun salutation A with a chair so you don’t have to get down onto the floor.
  • Section 2
    • Let this short explanation allow you to better understand your body and how to use yoga during times of pain.
    • Steffany Moonaz explains why relaxation practices can be beneficial for managing arthritis in all of its forms.
    • This guided relaxation is for when you are experiencing pain, stress, fatigue, or any other time you need to relax.
    • Steffany Moonaz teaches us how we can use breathing practices to change our experience of stress and pain.
    • Give your body the opportunity to let go and relax with these restorative poses.
  • Section 3
    • In this section, Steffany discusses the stiffness that goes along with arthritis and how to relieve it.
    • Steffany Moonaz talks about three yoga practices that can be used for people who are experiencing arthritic stiffness.
    • Use this little sequence to warm up the body and lubricate the joints after you’ve been sitting for a while or any other time that you feel stiff. You can also use it to prevent stiffness.
    • This sequence will lubricate the joints and can alleviate stiffness for people with systemic arthritis.
    • This sequence helps to lubricate the joints and get synovial fluid moving. It’s great for any time that you’re feeling stiff or want to avoid feeling stiff.
  • Section 4
    • Learn how to do sun salutations with a chair so you can practice or teach a variation that does not involve getting on the floor.
    • Steffany offers different variations for downward facing dog on the floor.
    • Steffany describes how to use props during child’s pose to create more comfort.
    • Learn how to support the knees with props in hero's pose.
    • For people living with arthritis, easy pose doesn’t always feel easy. Here are some modifications that can help the pose to feel better.
    • Steffany offers warrior I modifications and prop tips for people with arthritis.
    • Learn modifications for tree pose, using props to support the joints.
    • Learn how to do downward facing dog with a chair.
    • Learn a modified version of eagle pose that may be more comfortable for people with joint challenges.
    • Learn how to support yourself in pigeon pose if you have arthritic knees and hips.
    • Steffany shares variations of bridge pose that can be more comfortable for people who have arthritis.
    • Learn how to use two chairs and the wall to modify this challenging balance pose.
    • This seated variation of savasana can help those who are unable to get down to the floor to experience the full benefits of the pose.
  • Section 1
    • Sarah welcomes you to the course and gives you an overview of what types of practices you’ll be doing throughout it.
    • In this introduction to the first class, you’ll learn about the role your mid back plays in your posture, how you’ll approach uncurling your mid back in the practice, and how your posture affects your overall health and wellness.
    • When we spend a lot of time working on a computer or hunched over our phones, we end up with forward-rounded posture and stiffness can result. In this session, you’ll use massage balls to roll out your mid back, practice nuanced movement in supine chest-openers, and finish with targeted shoulder exercises and a posture check. Props: two blankets, massage balls, rolled-up yoga mat
    • Sarah provides an overview of the role the musculature of the sides of our body plays in our posture and breathing and suggests simple everyday movements you can do to keep this area mobile.
    • In this breath-centered practice, you’ll focus on creating space in the sides of your body. You’ll begin by rolling out your rotator cuff region and your chest before moving on to supported side-body stretches. The session finishes with activating work for your shoulders. This class is accessible for students who are working with scoliosis as Sarah offers specific alignment tips for them along the way. Props: bolster, blocks, two blankets, Coregeous Ball and/or massage balls
    • Sarah explains the mechanics of twists and gives you suggestions and considerations for how to approach the twisting practice that’s to come. She also offers you tips for integrating basic twisting movements into your everyday life. This class is accessible for students who are working with spinal stenosis, bulged or herniated disc(s), spondylosis, or spondylolisthesis as Sarah gives suggestions on how to approach it if you have one or more of those conditions.
    • This mobility-focused class begins with a shoulder and back massage at the wall followed by a supine prop-supported twist where you’ll integrate gentle chest-opening movement. After that, Sarah gives you tips about optimal chair posture, leads you through a chair practice where you’ll explore movement you can do at your desk, and then takes you through a short sequence for your hip flexors at the wall. Throughout the session, Sarah offers nuanced alignment tips so you can feel comfortable in each pose. Rest at the end in an easeful bolster- and blanket-supported chest-opener. Props: massage balls,...
    • Sarah thanks you for taking this course and offers you posture tips to keep in mind in your daily life.
  • Section 1
    • In this 10-minute segment, Sandy explores the psoas: what it is, how it contributes to functional movement, and how it supports spinal integrity and stability. She also explores the relationship between the psoas and the diaphragm, the relationship between emotions and the psoas, and lifestyle habits that can lead to imbalances and tension in the psoas.
    • Sandy describes the yogic perspective on the psoas: its relationship to the four primal urges (food, sex, sleep, self-preservation) and how these primal urges relate to the "pranic hub," an energy center said to be rooted in the pelvis.
    • Sandy discusses the signs and symptoms of a shortened, weak, or tight psoas. In addition to reviewing the common causes of an imbalanced psoas, she also offers lifestyle tips that could help you ease tension in this area.
  • Section 2
    • Practicing relaxation techniques is the first step to easing tension in the psoas. Learn how to connect to deep diaphragmatic breathing in a soothing, supported savasana.
    • Wind relieving pose is one of the best postures for lengthening the psoas. Sandy will teach you how you can use this asana to test for asymmetry in the body, as well as how you can modify it with a bolster and gentle movements to deepen your experience.
    • Low lunge can help soften and relax the psoas. Sandy will show you how to align this pose for optimal psoas release. She will also remind you to take prop options (blankets and blocks) if you desire extra support.
    • Explore a creative standing-balance exercise, supported by a block, that can help you find deep release through the psoas.
    • Now let's strengthen! Learn how to align leg lifts in a way that will specifically target the psoas.
    • Explore a propped and a propless variation of pigeon pose. Find ease and comfort as you soothe your psoas and hips overall.
    • Sometimes a tight psoas is associated with weak glutes. Learn a simple exercise to strengthen this area of the body and improve pelvic stability overall.
    • Learn the most optimal sitting posture for a healthy psoas.
  • Section 3
    • This 40-minute asana sequence will include everything we have learned thus far and more. Sandy will offer alignment tips and prop suggestions to help ease not only the psoas but also the lower back.
    • A Short Sequence to Release the Psoas PDF

    • This 60-minute asana sequence will help you further release the psoas. We'll incorporate much of what we've learned so far as well as some new postures, including three-legged dog, side angle, boat pose, and more.
  • Section 1
    • Welcome to "Healing and Preventing Wrist Pain." In this segment, Doug offers an overview of what this course will entail.
    • Doug will break down the anatomy of the wrists, forearms, and elbows. He'll also explore wrist-strengthening exercises, and he'll offer optimal alignment suggestions for the wrists, shoulders, and elbows in weight-bearing poses.
    • Stretch and strengthen the wrists and explore optimal shoulder alignment! Join Doug for a 25-minute practice that will allow you to progressively work toward weight-bearing poses. This class includes an exploration of chaturanga arms, a wrist-friendly version of downward facing dog, and comprehensive pose breakdowns. Props: 2 blocks.
    • Join Doug for this 40-minute practice for healthy wrists. This class includes creative prop options that will help you strengthen the wrists and forearms and comprehensive breakdowns of mayurasana arms, dolphin pose, bridge pose, wheel, and more. Enjoy.
  • Section 1
    • Yoga for Common Conditions E-book

    • Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain E-book

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