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Rediscovering Freedom: Movement, Stability, and Balance: Weekend with Doug Keller

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$65.00 Doug Keller Friday afternoon Feet as Foundation
$65.00 Doug Keller Saturday early afternoon Loving the Low Back
$65.00 Doug Keller Saturday late afternoon Opening the Wings of the Breath
$65.00 Doug Keller Sunday afternoon Breath, Self-Mastery, and Tools for Practice
$230.00 Doug Keller full weekend Rediscovering Freedom: Movement, Stability, and Balance


Life throws us out of balance, and being out of balance often brings aches, pains, and fatigue. Sometimes the causes are obvious, but when those causes linger and become persistent, they begin to feel more like "normal" and we cease to recognize them for what they are. Beyond what we hear of yoga being about ‘union,’ it is also about balance, particularly within the body. In this way, yoga offers us practical tools for reestablishing and better maintaining balance, stability, and freedom of movement. 

In this four-part weekend workshop, Doug Keller exploring ways to get back in balance. Register for full weekend or a la carte. Workshop will be presented in-person and livestreamed on Zoom, with a recording available for one month. 


Schedule:

Friday afternoon: 3:00p - 5:30p Feet as Foundation: New Perspectives & Connections to the Knees and Hips

It’s traditional to think of the ‘foundation’ of the body in the feet in terms of the ‘four corners’ of the foot. But this doesn’t really fit the anatomy of the feet in dynamic movement. We’ll introduce a more accurate and practical model for ‘grounding’ the feet in standing and in movement, and we’ll look at how this way of understanding the feet is more beneficial to the knees. This is an asana practice session that will include teachings on these points combined with asana practice that is also specific to the knees, as well as including remedial exercises for the feet and knees that are a vital warm-up!


Saturday early afternoon, 12:30p - 3:00p Loving the Low Back:  Fundamental and Functional Support for Movement 

Our most fundamental form of movement — walking — involves a twisting action that is called ‘contralateral,’ which is vital to the health of our joints, and especially of the low back. Yet this is a pattern that we often lose (or ‘forget’) over time, resulting in low back pain and knee problems. Moreover, some traditional ideas about asana don’t really support the recovery of this movement pattern, and need some rethinking.

This asana and learning session will center around this reconsideration of asana, with clear approaches to ‘resetting’ our ideas, for the sake of low back and sacroiliac health. This involves connecting to our dynamic, twisting core, the mobility of our low back, and understanding some simple lines of movement that connect upper and lower body in yoga asanas. This exploration may very well transform your understanding of asana, and your low back will love you for it! 


Saturday late afternoon, 3:30p - 6:00p Opening the Wings of the Breath: Keys to the Shoulder Girdle

The shoulder girdle includes three moving parts — collarbone, shoulder blade, and arm bone (humerus). For healthy, pain-free movement of the shoulders, all three parts have to work together well.

We’ll look at the role of these three parts and their joints in shoulder aches and pains, and principles for warmup and action for all of them, with applications in asana. This will include a look at common form of shoulder aches and pains, and their causes — including and especially shoulder impingement and rotator cuff problems. Special attention will be given to the ‘wings’ of the shoulders — the shoulder blades.

Be on guard for ‘light bulb’ (!) moments  for working better with your shoulders in yoga poses — and in life.


Sunday early afternoon, 12:30p - 3:00p Breath, Self-Mastery, and Tools for Practice in Meeting Contemporary Health Challenges

Yoga has, since its inception, been about self-mastery — from ideas about control over the mind and senses in the Upanishads, to subtler and deeper insights into self-mastery. And this has always been closely tied to ideas about the breath or Prana. 

In this session, we’ll explore this idea of self-mastery and the role of the breath, linking these ideas to modern concepts of the autonomic nervous system (and the role of hormones) — and how ‘yoga language’ put these insights in terms of the Vayus and Gunas.

On a very practical level, this will highlight the tools available to us through yoga, particularly with regard to the breath, meditation, and deep relaxation, which are vital for dealing with contemporary health challenges in which the autonomic nervous system is not functioning properly — particularly in cases of long covid, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other related problems.

The session will be a balance of discussion of these ideas, and exploratory practices of breath, meditation, and relaxation.




Doug Keller

Doug Keller has been teaching full time in classes, workshops, and trainings for 23 years worldwide, after 14 years of study and practice, and after completing a Master's degree in philosophy and teaching at a college level at Fordham University. His yoga journey includes 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. His book Refining the Breath has been around for 20 years, presented as a simple and accessible entry into the practice of pranayama. Asana instruction, essays, and other enlightening information are available at www.doyoga.com