Continuing Education || Therapeutics 2 || Healing the Upper Body from a Pranic Approach || Focus on Upper Body Therapeutic Issues; Mid-Upper Back, Neck, Shoulders and Wrists

Continuing Education || Therapeutics 2 || Healing the Upper Body from a Pranic Approach || Focus on Upper Body Therapeutic Issues; Mid-Upper Back, Neck, Shoulders and Wrists

Led by: Tara Glazier

From November 15, 2024 at 2:00 pm until November 17, 2024 at 4:00 pm at Dumbo

Nov 15th, Friday — 2-4pm, 5-9pm
Nov 16th, Saturday — 1-4:45pm
Nov 17th, Sunday — 9-11:15am, 12-4pm

Therapeutic issues can arise from both muscular-skeletal patterns (we learned in part 1), and they can also arise from energetic or pranic depletion in certain areas of the body. Usually it is a combination of both. Like a plant that needs sun and water to exist, we need prana to heal. This module will be centered around expanding the prana which then affects alignment, primarily upper body/ neck/ shoulder alignment. We explore prana through the 5 vayus, the 5 physiological winds that bring grounding, expansion, assimilation, proprioception, and release within the body. We will look at both teaching privates and group classes through the lens of the vayus and prana moving optimally in all the 5 directions.

This module will consider the body holistically, it is all connected! We will detail observation, assessment, and therapeutics for upper body issues. What is above is below and what is below, above. When the head and neck are forward and traps tight for instance, this can affect the pelvis. By aligning the weight of the skull and allowing the breath to open into the torso, this will allow the feet to ground more solidly and the pelvis to neutralize easefully. We will observe and start to be able to see how the tightness/ restriction of breath in the torso affects the pull on the whole body. Ironically the shoulders cannot truly be strengthened until the prana/ force of the breath illuminates the torso region. Application of these techniques can be so healing for our students.

Since this module focuses on many hands on adjustments and individualized breath techniques, we’ll spend some time differentiating. teaching private yoga vs classes. Private yoga lessons are a powerful offering that can serve students who may not attend regular open classes, and serve them in a different and individual way. Learning how to meet people where they are at with skill, knowledge, and confidence, can bring them into great healing. Privates ask us to be very attentive and observant with the person in front of us. The environment for a private lesson is an intimate yet a serious container with a clear goal to help them find more freedom. We need to know how to create trust and how to create challenges so that they can grow and progress. Learn tools & sequences, for observing, instructing, and adjusting for optimal ease and progress.

Specific goals:
  • How to create safety, sacred space, and boundary
  • Learn how to observe “neutral” in the skeletal, muscular structure
  • Learn how to observe breath patterns
  • Learn how to observe emotional states
  • Principles and poses for releasing tension
  • Principles and poses for creating strength
  • Principles and poses for mitigating stress and various emotional states

  • Learn:
  • Observation & Assessment of the upper body
  • Hands on approach for upper body therapeutics
  • Specific therapeutic techniques using manual adjustment
  • How to see how the vayus are functioning
  • How to instruct to the vayus
  • Templates for each of the 5 vayus
  • Subtle approach to teaching asana
  • Offer a therapeutic adjustment and/ or instruction informed by the holding patterns

  • Prerequisite : 200 Hour YTT required