6 YACEC (Yoga Alliance approved Continuing Education Credits)
With Dr. Christine Keller, Holistic Physical Therapist
Sat, Oct 6 1:30-3:30 pm
Sun, Oct 7 8:30-10:30 am + 12:30-2:30 pm
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Pregnancy and Yoga for the Yoga Teacher
Pregnancy is such a miraculous thing. It is also a time where major changes are occurring in the woman: physically, chemically and mentally. Whether one is preparing for, is carrying, or is already a mom (new or seasoned) each stage of the process requires its own important areas of focus. No one stage being more important than the next, they each constitute part of a smooth flow and sequence of events, all of which will be progressively covered over this course in its entirety.
This course will teach you what you as a yoga teacher can contribute to this beautiful time in a woman’s life. The focus of this course is to learn the physiological processes happening as the woman’s body changes shape to support the life of another human being.
1. You will learn basic anatomy and physiology of the pelvic girdle, perineum, sacral-ilial connections, musculoskeletal connections and kinestetic influences.
2. You will learn the physiological changes that occur in the mother, through each stage of pregnancy. (Muscularly, Chemically, Structurally).
3. You will learn safe and unsafe asana for each trimester.
4. You will learn techniques, poses and assists to maintain safety and promote comfort and structural integrity of the pregnant woman.
5. You will learn about basic obstetric and gynecological surgeries and techniques, as well as the precautions and contraindications to yoga in this population.
6. You will learn the most important concerns for the post-natal population, whether non-surgical or surgical.
7. You will be able to better guide your aspiring, to be, new or seasoned mothers through their journey by using the gift of safe movement through yoga asana and assists.
8. You will receive 6 Yoga Alliance approved Continuing Education Credits.
Christine Keller, holistic Physical Therapist
Taught by Dr. Christine Keller PT, DPT, CMPT, a physical therapist since 2010 and a yogi for almost two decades. Christine is a certified yoga teacher through Sarva Yoga Academy and an expert in her fields of orthopedic, manual physical therapy, dance medicine, women’s health and yoga. Christine is absolutely in awe of the human body’s structure and function, especially women’s. She knows how the body actually works, and what to do when it doesn’t. She is the owner of METAPHYSIO, and offers services in Hawaii and NYC.
Christine Keller received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in 2010 and her Dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Dance from Hunter College in 2006.
Christine is an orthopedic, manual, physical therapist with a concentration in Dance Medicine and Women’s Health. During her last 7 years of practice she has had opportunities to excel in her concentration of Dance Medicine, yet her practice has expanded, giving her opportunities to work with a very large range of cases. Her case-load includes those with Parkinson’s, orthopedic and surgical traumatic/acute injuries, chronic long-standing injuries and pain, dance specific injuries, and pre/peri and post-natal concerns.
As a manual, orthopedic physical therapist, most of Christine’s treatment is one on one, hands-on, yet very interactive. She concentrates on motor/muscle recruitment and control. Christine often uses yoga poses and philosophies to bridge the gap between mind and body in preparation for returning to your optimal performance. By blending numerous techniques, Christine has created an entirely specific, individualized system to diagnose and treat your unique self, shortening the amount of time you spend both in pain, and in the medical offices.
Techniques/philosophies used at METAphysio include but are not limited to:
- North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT)
- Institute of Physical Art (IPA): LPI, CTI, FO1, FO11
- Kinetic Control, Mark Cumerford
- Herman and Wallace
- Fascial and Visceral release techniques
- Yoga postures and philosophy: Sarva Yoga Academy
- Chakra/Energy balancing in relation to individual dysfunctions
In this self-care workshop, you’ll learn unique, gentle movements designed to help you to accept and love your body during pregnancy and beyond. Let go of the pain and strain of new motherhood and reconnect with yourself through gentle and nourishing movement! Learn ways to make some time for YOU postpartum, and learn to use and move your body in a more intelligent, effective, efficient way! Gain practical tools to alleviate pain and discomfort mindfully.
“Movement for Moms” is a practical workshop that will help pregnant and postpartum women find better sleep and ease from muscle pains, with strategies for getting up and down off the floor and out of bed gracefully! Vivian will teach you how to connect with your changing body. This workshop will help you forge a connection with your developing child, while honoring and respecting yourself during this process.
Vivian became a mother in August 2014, and has a deep compassion for the physical and emotional changes that women undergo during pregnancy and new motherhood. As a Feldenkrais practitioner, she had many tools during her own pregnancy and postpartum that helped to address hip and back pain, pelvic discomfort, carpal tunnel symptoms and more, and she has shared from her experiences in her workshops.
Vivian took Bradley Method classes during pregnancy and had a successful home birth after 23 hours of labor. She loves babywearing, co-sleeping and breastfeeding and wants to support moms in finding comfort for themselves through these journeys. After having her daughter, Vivian also facilitated two mother support groups, which eventually led to the founding of Piko Pals, in partnership with the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. She has a passion for helping mothers to connect with their bodies and each other in meaningful ways.
with Drew Hume
See also: Module 1, Module 2, Module 3, Module 4
Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT) can get NCBTMB Continuing Education (CE) credits for this training!
Essential certification modules 1-3 are pre-requisites for this course. Thai massage is an accessible form of bodywork to almost everyone. The side-lying series will show you just how available this practice is to most people. In this class we will cover:
- The application of the side-lying series for pregnant women, the elderly and the overweight as well as its benefits for the general population. This series is a powerful set of tools that will allow you to massage groups of people that are often deprived of compassionate touch,
- The practical skills needed to approach pregnancy massage: to know when it is safe and appropriate as well as certain contraindications,
- A full side-lying sequence of postures that will add another 1-hour to your list of postures, covering the entire back body from shoulders and neck to the feet,
- The effective use of props in the side-lying position: “Make your props do the work for you”.
A people-hugger and nature-lover, Drew has warmth and an energy that many can connect with. A passion for the human body has led him through University studies in human biology and directed him into the world of Thai yoga massage. The holistic approach that Thai massage provides, resonates strongly with Drew, as every treatment encompasses the entire body, both the physical and subtle. Creating Navina™, has allowed Drew to blend his understanding and experience from the many different facets of his life, bringing you a more well-rounded perspective of the body and this ancient practice.
Drew firmly believes that compassionate touch is an essential component of good health and wellbeing. Thai massage can provide a deep sense of connection to others, to self and to the world at large. With his experience and knowledge of the human body from both the western and the eastern perspectives, Drew considers it a great gift to be able to share this sacred practice with you.
Building positive relationships through compassionate touch, Drew travels internationally to bring you his unique and practical blend of western physiology and intuitive practice.
Drew hopes to build greater recognition for this holistic practice within health and wellness communities by incorporating a scientific method into his course structure to compliment an intuitive approach. He aims to develop Thai Massage practitioners into Thai Yoga Therapists who have a sound understanding of the human body as and certain medical conditions. These practitioners will be able to design their treatments to accommodate any contraindications, building a safe, effective and reputable practice.