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Therapeutic and Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training Module

We are going to be looking at therapeutically assessing and treating clients both in one on one situations and in group settings. We will begin by looking at the assessment model- which is the five koshas. The five koshas are five levels of the human experience: physical, energetic, emotional, intellectual, spiritual. The main focus in this module will be on the first two layers, the physical and the energetic, which means we will use breath work and postures as our primary tools. However, mantra, mudra and meditation will also be suggested for some conditions.


As we look at healing, we will consider five components to address the physical and energetic body:

1. Restoration and regeneration

2. Strengthening weak and underused muscles

3. Increasing Range of Motion and releasing tight and overworked muscles 4. Balancing right and left sides of the body, the front and back body and upper and lower body 5. Improving posture To create a healing regimen for your client, all five of the above components need to be addressed. Depending on the condition though, it may for example be more important to focus on range of motion before we focus on strength. Or it may be more important to focus on regeneration before posture. We will begin the first few weeks of the YTT module focusing on lungs, then we will move to the spine and core, then we will work our way through the rest of the body. Every week we will practice specific sequences for whatever imbalance we are studying. Below are some themes/sequences we will be learning including what body parts they are most assisting as well as examples of conditions and types of people that may need this sort of work: Regeneration:

  • Reclining therapeutic sequence for the spine (good for depression, low energy and fatigue, overwhelm)

  • Sequence for tuning into the energy body (good for students looking to bridge yoga asana and meditation together)

  • Therapeutic sun salutations (good for beginners and those with a limited range of motion who are interested in a vinyasa flow practice)

Lungs:

  • Breath awareness in the lungs (good for depression, low energy, anxiety, overwhelm)

Core:

  • Bridge and Sunbird sequence (good for sciatica, weak butt muscles)

  • Reclining sequence to stabilize the core (good for low back pain)

Lower Body:

  • Side Lying sequence with theraband for strengthening glute medius (good for runners, low back pain, sciatica)

  • Joint freeing series lower body (good for elderly people with limited range of motion)

  • Standing thera-band sequence (good for runners and people that “hang in their joints with poor standing posture)

  • Crawling sequence (good for elderly people who are on walkers and need to learn to walk again)

  • Sequence for strengthening muscles on the inner lining of the legs and pelvic floor (good for prolapsed uterus, pre and post birth)

  • Strap sequence for increasing hamstring flexibility (good for men/women with poor posture who have a posterior pelvic tilt)

  • Hip opening from multiple angles (good for sciatica, hip problems, period cramps)

Neck and Shoulders and upper body:

  • Joint freeing series upper body (good for elderly people with limited range of motion)

  • Strap sequence on neck for releasing tension (good for migraine headaches and poor posture of upper body)

  • Wrist strengthening exercises (good for people with a history of wrist pain but who are not presently experiencing acute wrist pain)

I should also say that I am open to requests if you don’t see something listed that you would like to be covered. We will have a paper manual that we add to on a weekly basis. There will also be an online manual. The online manual will be separated into weeks. Each week will have a video upload of the Sunday class, the Tuesday class as well as a prerecorded video which is a general overview of the themes for that week. You can also access your homework assignments and handouts in one place online.




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