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YOGA FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
20HRS YOGA ALLIANCE ACCREDITED CET WORKSHOP
With Master Teacher Lois Nesbitt (NEW YORK)
17&18, 24&25 June 2017 Melbourne
When it comes to yoga, one size definitely does not fit all! As every teacher can tell you, facing a class of mixed levels, body types, and needs can make leading an intelligent class seem almost impossible. Students can be equally baffled when trying to sort out why yoga doesn’t always feel so great and how they can find a practice that works for them.
No worries! Lois is here to help you sort things out, offering detailed tips and tricks to make yoga make sense for everyone. This highly practical workshop will look at the needs of specific populations and how yoga can best serve each group, including:
- Helping beginners to feel safe and confident with classes by introducing poses that are both manageable and appropriate (you’d be surprised how few teachers understand where to start with this challenging group!)
- Coping with “multi-level” classes: how to keep advanced students rolling along without leaving beginners in the dust!
- Athletes: most yoga students also “cross-train,” pursuing other sports. Learn how to sequence classes for runners, surfers, skiers, swimmers, tennis players, golfers—you name it!
- Frequent travelers: Travel can stress our bodies in many ways, from hours standing on lines or sitting on planes to adapting to time difference, strange beds, and different climates. How yoga can help those on the go stay sane, healthy, and vibrant!
- The elderly: we’re all headed that way, and aging populations make up an increasingly large portion of the population in developed countries. But that doesn’t mean they’re all candidates for “chair yoga!” Learn the common challenges facing aging bodies and how yoga can keep the elderly up and about
- Many students come to yoga to cope with anxiety, depression, hypertension, attention deficit disorder, and other mental/emotional imbalances. Each requires its own protocol, but yoga is vast and varied enough to help with all!
With Lois’ help, we’ll design sequences for these populations, try them out on our own bodies, and recap what works best.
*This course is for everyone, students and teachers of all levels.
*Yoga Teachers who have completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training may count these 20 hours towards Lois’s 300-hour Advanced Teacher Trainings. Workshop hours can also be counted as Continuing Education hours with Yoga Alliance and Continuing Professional Development hours with Yoga Australia.
ABOUT LOIS NESBITT
With more than 25 years of practice, teaching, and training teachers, Lois is uniquely prepared to guide you toward practices that will best serve you and your students. Lois culls the best of the vinyasa (“flow”) yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, and Anusara Yoga traditions into a joyful, intelligent, and inspiring yoga that can adapt to students of all levels and abilities.
Lois began her practice as a teenager in France, and resumed as an adult when she moved to New York City. She studied first at Jivamukti Yoga, then moved on to practice 10+ years of Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Eddie Stern. She met John Friend just as he was founding Anusara Yoga, and soon became a leader in the Anusara community, serving on the prestigious Curriculum Committee (which shaped the future of Anusara Yoga Teacher Trainings) and the committee that reviewed teaching videos for teachers seeking certification. Lois holds teaching certificates from Integral Yoga Institute, Yoga Zone, and Anusara Yoga, as well as the highest level of teaching (500hrs Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher) with the Yoga Alliance, the yoga world’s credentialing organisation. She also studied two years of rigorous yoga anatomy under master Leslie Kaminoff and thousands of hours of yoga history and philosophy with world-renown scholar Prof. Douglas Brooks. Alarmed at the growing number of yoga- and life-related injuries facing so many, several years ago Lois founded a truly unique drop-in Injury Clinic in New York, where she has guided grateful clients toward self-healing and recovery from injuries ranging from tight shoulders to tricky knees, from car accidents and earthquakes to 9/1l first responders.
In addition to her yoga training, Lois holds a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Princeton. She credits her fine teachers at these universities for showing her how to make the most complex ideas clear and exciting to students. Her lighthearted approach to life infuses her teaching with playfulness and humor. Indeed, she is unique among yoga teachers in the ease with which she can guide you into tricky poses, map out muscles and bones and what they do, and untangle the threads of India’s vast and varied yoga history.
Lois has trained hundreds and thousands yoga teachers around the world. Lois’ passion is to share all that she knows with the next generation of yoga teachers--that’s why she’s flying 22 hours from home to bring this course to you! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to train with the best !
Lois' yoga derives from the great teachers and grand traditions that have shaped her own practice and teaching. Primary among these are:
Vinyasa flow (Jivamukti Yoga)
Ashtanga Yoga (Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Eddie Stern)
Anusara Yoga (John Friend)
Breath-centered yoga (Desikachar, Viniyoga, Leslie Kaminoff)
Lois' philosophy draws on the full sweep of yoga history, including early non-dual Vedanta and the Classical Yoga of Patanjali. However, late Tantra provides the ground of her philosophy. Her primary philosophy teacher is Professor Douglas Brooks.
WORKSHOP OUTLINE AND DAILY SCHEDULE
MODULE I - NEWCOMERS, OLDTIMERS, AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN (SAT 17 JUNE 2017)
12:00-12:30 Opening Circle: Why are you here?
12:30-1:00 Introduction: All bodies are not alike! Why group classes don’t (and can’t) serve everyone
1:00-1:30 First Things First! Not All Beginners Are Alike: What to Expect
Modifications for Beginner Limitations
Ways to Challenge Strong Beginners
1:30-2:30 Sample Sequences for Beginners
3:00-4:00 The Myth of the “Multi-Level” (or “Open”) Class:
Why It Doesn’t Work; How It Can Work
Evaluating a Student’s “Level”
Play to Strengths; Challenge Weaknesses
Know Your Crowd
Be Prepared for “Drop Ins” (Students New to You)
4:00-5:00 Sample Sequences for Multi-Level (modifications and variations)
MODULE II - YOGA FOR THOSE ON THE MOVE! ATHLETES AND DANCERS (SUN 18 JUNE 2017)
12:00-12:30 Introduction: Every Sport and Dance = Repetitive Stress
12:30-1:00 How Yoga Can Help: Complement or Reinforce?
1:00-2:30 Yoga for Symmetrical Sports: Running, Biking, Swimming, Skiing
3:00-4:30 Yoga for Asymmetrical Sports: Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Football, Soccer, Dance
4:30-5:00 Recap and Q&A
MODULE III - YOGA FOR DAILY LIVING: HOW TO SURVIVE LIFE IN A BODY (SAT 24 JUNE 2017)
12:00-1:00 The Human Body:
1:00-1:30 How Yoga Can Help: Realignment 101
1:30-2:30 Sit Up! Yoga for Sedentary Jobs
3:00-3:30 Yoga for Physical Jobs
3:30-4:00 Bon Voyage! Yoga for Frequent Travelers
4:00-4:30 Yoga for Aging Bodies (That’s All of Us!)
Feel Better! Yoga and the Immune System
4:30-5:00 Recap and Q&A
MODULE IV - IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD! MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL IMBALANCES (SUN 25 JUNE 2017)
12:00-1:00 Yoga and the Body/Mind/Spirit
1:00-2:00 Our Toolbox: Postures, Breathwork, Meditation, Chanting
2:00-3:00 Calm Down! Yoga for Anxiety
Get Over It! Yoga for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Stay Focused! Yoga for Attention Deficit Disorder
3:30-4:00 Chill Out! Yoga for Hypertension
4:00-4:30 Lighten Up! Yoga for Depression
4:30-5:00 Recap and Q&A. Closing Circle and Certificates.
MEET LOIS ON YOUTUBE:
Skintopia Yoga and Wellness Sanctuary (Former AYA Abbotsford), Suite 11 Acacia Place, 677 Victoria St Abbotsford, VIC 3067
$550 (Early Bird Special $450 if booked before 8th May 2017)
$160 per module if student can not commit to the entire 20hrs program
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