Yoga as Medicine – A New Paradigm for Health

In this course Dr. Timothy McCall will provide an overview of the emerging field of yoga therapy: the use of yoga and its vast toolbox to help treat virtually any  health condition — physical or psychological. Yoga therapy has grown enormously in the last several years, there are ever-increasing numbers of scientific studies examining its effectiveness, … Continued

Yoga Before and After Hip Replacement

The number of people with hip replacement is on the rise, and the largest increase is in the 45-54 age group.If you’re a yoga teacher looking to keep your students safe and/or attract more students for privates, it’s essential to learn how to teach yoga safely to this group of people. And, if you’re ‘simply’ … Continued

Freedom of the Hip Joint: Asanas, Anatomy and Therapeutics

Wonder how to deal with tightness in the hips that hold you or your students back in their yoga practice? Yoga poses that create greater balance in the hip joint are some of the most rewarding yoga poses, but they are often challenging, particularly for beginning yoga students. Creating greater balance in the hip joint … Continued

Yoga for Back Pain – Keys to Safely Preventing and Relieving Back Pain

An estimated eight out of every ten people will suffer from back pain at least once in their lives. Recent studies find that yoga shows promise as a complementary treatment for back pain; it has been shown to be more effective than exercise or a self-care book for improving back functioning in people with back … Continued

Healing the Prana Body: The Role of the Five Vayus in Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda

Central to the teachings of yoga is the concept of “Prana,” the universal life force that is the origin of and animates all living things, also known as “Maha Prana” or great prana. In the human body, Prana is the underlying intelligence that coordinates all functions of the body. This universal vital force is expressed … Continued

Yoga for Arthritis – The Evidence and the Promise

Arthritis affects one in five adults in the U.S and is the nation’s leading cause of disability. It is a complex family of over 100 musculoskeletal disorders that result in deterioration of joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and/or other connective tissues, creating challenges for everyday movement. Arthritis can affect people of all ages. Two-thirds of people … Continued

Yoga for Scoliosis – Relieving Pain, Restoring Balance

Most people have some degree of scoliosis, characterized by a slight sideways curvature of the spine, which is barely noticeable. When scoliosis advances to a stronger curvature of the spine, however, it can become a debilitating condition. Can yoga help? In this course, Dr. Loren Fishman and Ellen Saltonstall will draw on Dr. Fishman’s groundbreaking … Continued

Hip Opening from the Ground Up – Sequencing for Healthy Hips

In an increasingly Vinyasa-oriented yoga world, the lower body often doesn’t receive as much attention as it should. The feet, legs and hips are crucial elements of a well-rounded practice and need to be as strong, mobile and intelligent as the upper body. When we cultivate these elements, the effects can be felt throughout one’s … Continued

Diaphragm, Breath, and Bandhas: Yoga for Core Stability and Integration

In this course yoga therapist and physical therapist Marlysa Sullivan will look at the anatomy of the core and spine and the relationship to the breath and the bandhas in the cultivation of optimal core strength and spine health. We will explore common musculoskeletal imbalances that contribute to spine pain and how to use asana to alleviate these … Continued

Yoga for Arthritis: Prevention, Relief, and Principles of Safe Practice

Chances are, you or someone you love is living with arthritis. From the years 2013-2015, an estimated 22.7% (54.4 million) of adults were diagnosed with arthritis by their doctors. This statistic is expected to increase to 25.9% (78.4 million) by the year 2040, with two-thirds of those cases being women. Can we slow or prevent … Continued