Yoga to Soothe Sciatica

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Course Overview

Do you have sciatica—tenderness and pain anywhere along the sciatic nerve, typically showing up on one side of the body?

This is a problem as old as mankind itself, and it often has much to do with our postural habits. Our latest digital workshop, "Yoga to Soothe Sciatica" with expert teacher Doug Keller, will help you understand where your sciatica could be coming from (i.e., what daily habits can lead to or aggravate sciatica as well as where it originates in the body).

Doug will also lead you through practices to stretch and strengthen a key muscle for sciatic pain relief: the piriformis. Also included are two practices you can do regularly: a short piriformis maintenance class (useful for busy days) and a longer, more comprehensive piriformis practice. Use this course to accelerate your healing today!

This workshop is very valuable not only for sufferers of this syndrome but for yoga teachers working with their students. This information is excellent and Doug gives a clear, healthy picture to carry this through all of our asana practice. Thank you Doug and Yoga International for sharing!

— Lyn, Course Participant

Are you ready to end discomfort?

This workshop will help you understand and address the source of your sciatica.

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Course Outline

1.5 hrs to complete

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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.

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Meet Your Teacher

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Doug Keller
Doug Keller has been teaching full time in classes, workshops, and trainings for 23 years worldwide,... Read more

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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