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The Yoga International Fall Retreat: Deepen Your Practice
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Sunday, September 2 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
The Bandhas and Sacral Stability in Asana — Especially Twists

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This will be a practical approach to addressing sacral and low-back pain that incorporates an understanding of the structure of the sacrum and its supporting ligaments and muscles, and the role of the layers of the ‘Core’ in maintaining sacral freedom and stability in movement. It will be put in the context of ‘bandha’ in relation to movement (as opposed to how ‘bandha’ is practiced in pranayama) and will focus on key actions that can be practiced in isolation to improve low back and sacral health, as well as in asana — with special attention to the challenges of twisting in the torso, which is an important element of most asanas. Some traditional instructions will be examined and even refined in user-friendly terms, as well as some of the problems caused by overly simplistic instructions. And we’ll approach ‘bandha’ from a somewhat different and functionally oriented angle.

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Doug Keller

Doug Keller has a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University. His yoga journey includes 14 years of practicing in Siddha Yoga ashrams, intensive training in the Iyengar and Anusara methods, and nearly a decade of teaching in the U.S. and abroad. Asana instruction, essays... Read More →


Sunday September 2, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Seminar Room Himalayan Institute