The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga  – Practical and Profound

24 hours Training

10th – 13th January 2019

This event will be held at Room 2 Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick

COST (gst inclusive):

Early Bird Price (valid till 26th Nov): $769
Price (after 26th Nov): $814 (GST inclusive)

COST FOR BOTH: $1179 (before 26th Nov)/$1399 (after 26th Nov)

– Payment plan available

Proposed daily schedule (may be subject to change)

9:30- 5pm – with a 1.5hour lunch break

A comprehensive illustrated workbook that encompasses the materials of the training is provided to each participant.

Other important details including CANCELLATION POLICY is available after description of training

4-Day Therapy Training Details
Yoga was born from the intention to overcome suffering — both through spiritual fulfillment and, over time, through practical tools for caring for the body and mind as the vehicle for spiritual growth.
Yoga is all the more relevant today because the problem of pain and suffering have become even more pressing. We have made great advances in the technology of dealing with pain, but in the process have become even more disconnected from its causes.
This training offers tools for connecting pain to its causes, when arising from structure and movement patterns as well as ‘fascial distortions’ arising from strain, overuse and underuse. The ‘Yoga’ involves not just the tools of practice by which we can make a shift to more pain-free and expansive movement, but in the higher level of self-awareness and connection to body, mind and breath that is the heart of yoga.

This training is for teachers and students dedicated to pursuing a path of self-care that is a necessary complement to (and not replacement for) the many forms of professional diagnosis and treatment available to us today.
And for those who are relatively free from pain, this training offers insights into self-aware practice that deepen our practice and keep it safe, while more fully benefitting from what yoga practice has to offer.

Each day will offer components of lecture — accompanied by illustrated materials and experiential exercises — and practice. The asana practice reinforces the concepts from the previous day, showing how they would be applied in a class setting, and breath and relaxation practices are also included at the end of each day. Exercises in observing and adjusting are also an essential part of the training, and an illustrated workbook that encompasses the materials of the training is provided to each participant as included in the training.
Daily Themes and Topics
Day One: The Sacrum and Spinal Health
The rhythm of the subtle movements of the sacrum is the heart of movement in the body. Our capacity for these movements is not lost, even late in life; but unfortunately the vital muscles that govern sacral movement often atrophy or become dormant, and ligaments weaken, giving rise to a host of problems in the sacroiliac joint, low back and pelvic floor — and profoundly affect even normal movement.
The first day will begin with the sacrum, especially in connection to issues of sacral stability, SI joint pain, low back, pelvic and sciatic pain, with concentration upon actions to be emphasized in asana to maintain low back and sacral health, and to overcome pain syndromes. These actions will be clearly connected to the ‘bandhas’ of yoga in simple, effective and user-friendly terms, which have proven to be surprisingly effective.
A special emphasis will be upon twisting, and how to maintain sacral health in twisting actions.
A key theme that will be carried throughout the training is to identify the muscles or muscle groups most associated with common pain patterns and their associated movement patterns (which show up clearly in asana practice), and how to target these muscles effectively in practice to improve their function.
From there we will expand into the overall health of the spine, introducing tools for assessing postural and movement patterns in terms of observing shifts, tilts and rotations — their impact and how to begin to put together a program of practice for individuals, as well as sequencing ideas for classes emphasizing spinal health. Attention will be given to the movement patterns distinctive of ‘stiff’ as well as ‘flexible’ or ‘hyperflexible’ people, as well as rotational patterns — beginning to touch upon the challenges of scoliosis.
Day Two: The Lower Body, with Special Emphasis Upon the Knees
The second day will cover specific and typical ‘movement impairment’ patterns and syndromes in the feet, knees and hips, with special emphasis upon the knees. This will include detailing the most common and typical patterns, their consequences for pain syndromes, the key muscles and ligaments at the heart of the problem, and simple assessment tools for recognizing these patterns, both in everyday posture and movement and in common misalignments and complaints in essential yoga asanas.
Based on these assessments, with the support of assessment sheets for learning to organize our observations, we’ll identify key actions to emphasize in asana practice, as well as sequencing ideas — as well as poses and actions to avoid as contraindicated — for improving upon these patterns and structural challenges.
Special emphasis will be upon the knee joint, since we often see the greatest structural variations in students knees, which impacts not only their yoga practice, but the well being of the rest of the body. Special care often needs to be taken with regard to the knees in yoga, and the benefits of doing so often go far beyond the knees. Concerns for the knees in all classes of poses will be included in these considerations.
Day Three: The Neck and Shoulders: Movement Impairments and Fascial Distortions
The third day will shift to the upper body, starting with the most common shoulder injuries, movement impairments and postural patterns, and remedial ways for increasing pain-free range of motion in asana as well as targeted exercises, and for changing movement patterns that perpetuate pain syndromes. The role of postural habits of the neck will necessarily be a part of this, and neck strength and mobility can effectively be linked to shoulder ‘opening’ and mobility in asana practice.
This topic also provides the opportunity to introduce the ‘Fascial Distortion Model’ for understanding chronic pain, since pain from fascial distortion arises particularly in the neck and shoulders. These distortion patterns can be recognized and addressed relatively simply and easily, though they are often missed by the medical community (since there is often no evident tissue damage, even when pain is present). An understanding of fascial distortion is especially important for understanding yoga injuries as well as other forms of sports injuries — and for understanding chronic pain among those who do NOT move enough.
This model also provides a link to understanding the deeper insights of yoga into pain arising from blocks in the flow of ‘prana’ — which have a mental and emotional as well as physical component. Understanding pranic blocks in terms of fascial distortions — and everything involved in them — takes us even further into understanding the richness of the therapeutic wisdom of yoga, even with its often idiosyncratic language, while at the same time highlighting the practical tools encompassed in the idea of ‘marma’ and ‘marma points.’
The day will also include practices of the breath, with focus on the ways in which the diaphragm can become ‘stuck,’ influencing patterns of breathing — and how this can be addressed in pranayama practice.
Day Four: More on the Shoulders, and Movement Impairments in the Wrist and Elbow Joints
The fourth day continues with the shoulders and upper body, with specific attention to movement impairments in the wrists and elbows — their connection to pain patterns, their impact upon the shoulders and neck, and ways for working with or through them in asana and remedial stretches and exercises, as well as contraindications in practice (particularly with the challenges of weight-bearing poses).

The day will also include even more time with the breath in both pranayama and as a doorway into meditation and yoga nidra. This will open up the deeper topics of yoga connected to inner well-being, which will be explored in even greater depth in the philosophy immersion that follows after the therapy training.
Whatever you need to support your asana and pranayama practice.
Assistance for props will be available for interstate and international participants where possible.


Given the cost of bringing Doug over from overseas. This policy will be strictly adhered to.
Cancellation of registration, prior to 1st Dec, will be fully refunded minus Administration fee of $150. Cancellation of registration after 1st Dec is non-refundable but transferable. Transfer fee is $50.
Please take out any appropriate travel insurance if travelling from interstate or overseas.


Registration payment can be done using credit card (through mind body booking system). Click the ‘BOOK HERE’ button at the top of Reconnect Yoga’s Workshop Page.


Do NOT use mind body online system.
Account name: Reconnect Studios
BSB: 063-111 a/c no.: 10779447
Please use your name as reference
Once payment as been made, sent an email to with details of payment and your mobile number or contact number.
Once payment has been cleared in the account, you will receive confirmation from Reconnect Yoga.

The training will be held at Workroom 2, Siteworks, 33Saxon Street Brunswick.
There is heating and air conditioning at the venue. There is a kitchen facility for use. There are also lots of choice of eateries walking distance.
Getting to the Venue:
There is no parking onsite. Limited 2 hour parking around the venue. Paid parking available on Weston street and off Edward Street (both walking distance to the venue).
Accessible by tram 19 on Sydney Road (stop at Dawson Street) from the city.
By train on Upfield line.

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