Save Your Hips! Asana Evolution for Hip Preservation with Ginger Garner


It is no exaggeration to say that the hip is one of the most important major joints of the body. First, it is the major connecting point for load transfer between the upper and lower body.

Second, the hip also plays an important role as a part of the pelvic complex implicated in the diaphragmatic triad that connects the laryngeal, respiratory, & pelvic diaphragms

The world of hip preservation and rehabilitation is a rapidly developing, complex science, but the world of yoga and knowledge of hip preservation and injury prevention have yet to join hands.

With an estimated 37+ million people now practicing yoga, the implication for the yoga community is that as a yoga teacher or practitioner, you are highly likely to have someone in your class or session that has an undiagnosed structural or functional pathology of the hip.

Join Dr. Ginger Garner, longtime orthopedic physical therapist, athletic trainer, and founder of Professional Yoga Therapy Institute® as she takes you on a journey through the major classifications of hip injury and the critical components of hip preservation for yoga posture practice.

As of yet, there is no standardized approach for supporting safe yoga posture execution for the hip as one of the most vital joints of the body. What is needed is a long overdue recalibration of asana’s impact on the hip and pelvic complex and an evolution of the way asana is approached for the hip.

Poorly constructed posture practices that cause hip pain or discomfort can lead to numerous issues, including acetabular labral tears, impingement, and compounding secondary diagnoses such as torn hamstrings, sports hernias, gluteal tendinopathy, pelvic pain and related neuropathies, back pain and even sexual dysfunction.

Many injuries and degeneration in the hip don’t happen in a single traumatic injury. Rather, due to repetitive features often overused or abused in yoga postures, injury may develop slowly through a painless process, progressing from microinjury to capsuloligamentous, bony, or cartilaginous structures over years or decades.

This makes the need for proper screening of the hip urgently mandatory for those in the yoga community with hip impairment or structural limitations so that yoga postures can be properly adapted.

Anyone concerned with hip preservation and joint structure and function will benefit from this course. The course includes an introduction to a standardized approach to hip screening and postural alignment and modifications to enable you to understand the building blocks of scientifically sound mechanical and neurophysiological posture practices.

Injuries, pain, and trauma of the hip are preventable if we nurture safe, evidence-based, medically sound methods for teaching yoga postures. Learning how to work with the hip, not as an isolated joint but as an integral part of a system, can transform the practice of yoga in order to save and preserve the hip.

What You Will Learn

  • How the hip functions and impacts mind-body health
  • How an understanding of hip function impacts our approach and must evolve yoga posture execution
  • The importance of hip morphology screening
  • Key self-assessment and treatment techniques that support hip preservation and health
  • Specific guidelines for use of yoga postures that impact the hip
  • How to create awareness for hip preservation
  • What teaching cues to avoid or remove from yoga posture instruction and practice
  • Boundary setting as a yoga teacher or yoga therapist
  • When to refer to a physical therapist or orthopedist

This Course Also Includes:

  • Yoga Practice Video: Enjoy a yoga practice video created for this course.
  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions (both MP3 and MP4), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.
  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.
This course qualifies for 3.5 non-contact hour CEs with Yoga Alliance.


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Dr. Garner is a physical therapist, published author, and educator. She received her master and doctorate degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998 and 2016, respectively.

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