Radiance Yoga is thrilled to host Doug Keller for LiveStream asana and pranayama training intensives structured as three workshops over three days. The workshops will cover practical and accessible approaches to common physical challenges tied to modern lifestyle, including pain problems such as back and hip pain, as well as offering healthy pranayama, and asana practice.
Breath, Asana, and the Vagus Nerve — and Its Role in our Well-Being
Friday, April 9 - 1:00pm-4:00pm
This workshop explores the role of the Vagus nerve in relationship with our well-being in body, breath and emotion — from the perspective of contemporary ‘Polyvagal’ theory, its relationship with longstanding ideas in yoga, particularly the idea of the gunas, and the insights it offers for both healthy breath/pranayama, and asana practice.
The first half will be an exploration of the insights of the Polyvagal Theory itself, especially in relationship to the breath. Common breathing pattern disorders, and their consequences for our health will be covered, as well as simple self-care techniques for ‘re-setting’ our nervous system and breath to a more parasympathetic or ‘sattvic’ state.
We’ll continue with an exploration into the role of the breath in yoga, from the idea of the ‘Vayus’ in the Upanishads, to the close relationship between the steadiness of asana and stillness of the breath as we find it in Patanjali, to the development of the relationship between breath and asana in hatha yoga.
This will include some guided practices in pranayama at the end of the session.
The Opinionated Psoas
Saturday, April 10 - 1:00pm-4:00pm
The psoas muscle has long been recognized as central to our posture and movement, and a source of back and hip pain. Yet the muscle is so deep, and involved in so much of our movement, including the breath, that there are a number of ideas, theories, and opinions about exactly what it is that the psoas ‘does’ — beyond its two most obvious functions.
What are the effects of a tight psoas? How do we ‘release’ the psoas? Why is there more involved than just stretching?
In this session, Doug will explain and illustrate the psoas and the main ideas about it, and sort out the lessons we can take into our yoga practice. We’ll come to understand the variety of problems created by a ‘tight’ psoas, and how nearly all of the asanas of yoga address the psoas in different ways — with a few of the main postures being the key.
This will give us principles for practice. There will be special emphasis on how we can practice the asanas more deeply, effectively, and beneficially when we include awareness of the psoas in asana and breath.
This treatment will tie into elements introduced on Friday, especially having to do with the relationship between the diaphragm and psoas — how to improve their relationship through asana, as well as further principles for making the body a supple container for the breathApply here
A "Body Map" for Zig Zag Pains
Sunday, April 11 - 1:00pm-4:00pm
A ‘body map’ for ‘zig-zag’ pains that ricochet through the body — and the Common ‘Short Leg Pattern’
This session looks at the ways in which common and familiar aches and pains can ‘zig-zag’ crosswise through the body, from one foot and knee to the opposite hip, to the opposite shoulder and neck.
This arises from habitual postural shifts and rotations that we can become aware of in simple ways, and address through asana practice. The common form this takes is called the ‘Shorter Leg Pattern,’ which is a surprisingly common habitual pattern in which one leg functions ‘as if’ it were shorter than the other — giving rise to typical pain complaints throughout the body.
We’ll include a look at the impact of these patterns on our sacroiliac joint, and simple ways to adjust in our asana practice to reduce sacroiliacApply here
Cost & Registration
If attending more than one day, please register separately for each day.
Each workshop is $80. If attending more than one day, please register separately for each day.
Cost includes pre-recorded asana and Yoga Nidra practices specific to each workshop:
In addition to the 3-hour LiveStream, a 1-hour pre-recorded asana practice will be provided to you before the day of the session, which is experientially tied to the theme of the session. It is provided to you through a link to Vimeo, where you can view or download it.
Yoga Nidra Practice
Also included is a guided Yoga Nidra session that you can practice at your leisure.
Meet our your instructor
Doug Keller’s background reflects a lifelong commitment to the vast field of yoga. After receiving degrees in philosophy from Georgetown and Fordham University and teaching philosophy at a college level, he pursued a practical experience of yoga at the ashram Gurudev Siddha Peeth in India - which in turn also led him to the practice of hatha yoga as part of his overall experience of yoga. From years of study, practice and teaching, he has produced widely used and highly respected books on asana, yoga as therapy, pranayama and yoga philosophy, and he teaches hatha yoga workshops and trainings in North America, Europe and Asia. He was a regular columnist for Yoga
International Magazine for three years, and has also written on therapeutic topics for Yoga Journal. His popularity as a teacher comes from his ability to deepen people’s experience of yoga through clear, simple and direct instructions that are easy to practice and remember. And he does it with lightness and light.
Learn more about Doug's advanced trainings from personal experiences of previous students.
"Doug brings a fresh perspective to anatomy and yoga that enlivens my curiosity about the body-spirit-mind connection. He's informative and knowledgeable in a down-to-earth and fun way! I came out of his course having learned a lot and wanting to dive deeper."
I found Doug Keller's understanding of the anatomy of the pelvic region to be unparalleled. The workshop struck just the right balance between informative lecture and experimental practice. It’s great for anyone looking to gain a better awareness of the gross and subtle energies in this region of the body."
What you will need to start for the Teacher Training
A positive attitude – a sense of openness and a desire to learn are truly the most important things you can bring to this training.