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The Yoga International Fall Retreat: Deepen Your Practice

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Saturday, September 1
 

9:00am

The Prana Body and the Frontier of Understanding Fascia

This session will be less practice oriented, but no less practical: an examination of the emerging understanding of fascia in our time, the importance of understanding this for practitioners of yoga, especially in relation to pain problems and even ‘yoga injuries,’ and an examination of the relationship of this understanding to the ideas of the ‘Koshas’ and of the Prana body (pranamaya kosha) in particular. The idea of the ‘Koshas’ did not play a major role in hatha yoga literature (but has become part of our language of yoga, so it bears discussion). But the idea of the role of Prana, its movements and functions in the body as well as the relationship between ‘blocks’ (sometimes called ‘knots’ or granthis) in the flow of prana — on physical as well as emotional levels — in relation to problems of pain as well as obstacles to the practice of yoga — all of these concerns were at the forefront of this emerging approach to yoga that more consciously involved the body for the sake of spiritual evolution. We’ll be looking at the fascia as the practical medium of this flow of prana, and how it is the doorway between the physical and mental/emotional worlds of human ‘being,’ in terms that make sense to contemporary understanding while giving greater insight into the experiential (but not always empirically precise) language of the yogis. Included will be some insights into the ‘Fascial Distortion Model,’ which is an emerging understanding of chronic pain that arises from distortions in the fascia (very like ‘blocks’ to the flow of prana). This is important for understanding pain that arises from causes that are not always medically obvious, but nevertheless very real — and relevant to understanding not only how yoga injuries can arise and cause pain, but how yoga — done mindfully rather than aggressively — can be a tool for addressing such distortions.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keller

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 →


Saturday September 1, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Seminar Room Himalayan Institute
 
Sunday, September 2
 

9:00am

The Bandhas and Sacral Stability in Asana — Especially Twists

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.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keller

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

3:00pm

Respecting the 'Curve' of the Knees: Knee Health in Hamstring Stretching and Backbending

The knee has been much abused in asana, in some cases because our unexamined habits get codified into simplistic instructions (such as ‘lock the knees!’). We’ll take a look at better respecting the knee as a secondary ‘curve’ in the body, whose integrity is maintained by actions of the muscles on both sides (beyond simply the instruction to maintain a ‘microbend’ of the knee). This understanding will be incorporated into asana practice for more effective (and beneficial, knee-wise) hamstring and forward bending, as well as approaches to backbending which reduce the kinds of muscular conflicts that give rise to knee pain. An understanding of the rotations of the bones that take place in hip opening will be included as well, with ideas for safer actions for the knees in such poses.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Keller

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 3:00pm - 5:45pm
** SUNRISE ROOM **

3:00pm

Viniyoga Therapy for the Neck and Shoulders

Gary will present the means and methods for working with chronic and acute structural conditions including: assessment, goals, treatment strategy and application.  Explore the biomechanics of the neck and shoulders, and the types of problems that can affect these areas. We will experience a sequence of adapted āsana-s designed to relieve symptoms as well as strengthen these areas of the body.  

Speakers
avatar for Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow

Gary Kraftsow has been a pioneer in the transmission of yoga for health, healing and personal transformation for over 40 years and is known as a leading expert in Yoga Therapy. He began his study of yoga and yoga therapy in India with T.K.V. Desikachar, in 1974 and received a Viniyoga... Read More →


Sunday September 2, 2018 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Seminar Room Himalayan Institute