Hatha Yoga-Intensiv-Workshop
with Doug Keller (USA)

Thursday, 05. until Sunday, 08. November 2020:

Douglas Keller (USA), an international yoga-teacher with a proven reputation, will be back at our studio YOGAmoves in 2020 to share his knowledge and wisdom. He influenced and developed Anusara Yoga, wrote books about asana practice and yoga-philosophy and has a proven knowledge with yoga-therapy. During 9 sessions of his intensiv workshop he will be giving insight into specific body-parts and will be guiding you into a deeper experience of your practice. The topic of the day – dealt with during two 2-hour-sessions – will be summarized within an evening practice-class. Doug will show how he incorporates his principles and techniques during a yoga-class.

The way Doug Keller teaches:

This intensiv workshop will further the knowledge of basic themes concerning therapeutic work with yoga to overcome pain – for yourself and for your students – and will deepen your know-how.

It is important for Doug Keller that the participants really understand the basic therapeutic priciples in regard of his alignment-guidelines. It should be understood when certain guidelines are appropriate and when to apply and work with variations. Dougs guidelines are clear, specific and easy to understand. They are supported by knowledge about anatomy and knowledge about common therapeutic problems of students who try to find help in practicing Yoga.

Doug Keller teaches in English. You will be offered an extensive PDF file at the beginning of each day to download.

You can register for the entire workshop or single-days at the end of this page.

Thursday, 5. November 2020

Session 1: 20.00 – 22.00 Uhr
Topic: Masterclass – A Complete Practice: All Paths in One Experience
This asana practice will pull together the elements to be presented over the weekend in simple form, woven into a flowing practice. A little of everything will be touched upon in the practice, and each of these elements will be covered in greater detail during the rest of the weekend. The practice will not only be asana: there will be pranayama, incorporating the insights into the neck, letting the actions of the neck be guided by the breath — as the breath draws us into meditation and ultimately Yoga Nidra.

Friday, 6. November 2020

Session 2: 9.00 – 12.00 Uhr
Topic: Sequencing – Timing is Everything
‘Sequencing’ is how we string poses together into a ‘flow’ or vinyasa that makes sense, makes the body feel good, and takes us deeper into the poses. But it is more than how well poses fit together: the inner wisdom of sequencing has to do with teaching the muscles to work together in the proper order in the body, to best support and protect the spine and joints of the legs and arms. Pain or injury often results from ‘skipping over’ or not using a key muscle – such as, for example, the gluteals – and relying too much on other muscles. We will focus on the actions of key muscles and how they work together in forward bends, back bends and twists, and how a sequence of poses strung together can reinforce the learning in the body, and safely take us deeper into our practice.

Session 3: 13.30 – 16.00 Uhr
Topic: Sacrum, Hips and Hamstrings: The Keys to Movement
Why are hamstrings important, and why (and how) do we ‘open’ our hips? In this session we’ll look at the relationship between the health of our sacral joints and low back, and the strength and flexibility of our hips and hamstrings. Our approach will draw upon the ideas of sequencing and the ‘firing order’ of muscles presented in the first session, as applied specifically to the hamstrings and hips. Our main emphasis will be on practical ways to balance strength and flexibility in these muscles in asana, especially for the sake of low back health — and how to recognize imbalances between the two sides of the sacrum which make the two sides of the body work so differently!

Session 4: 17.00 – 19.00 Uhr
Topic: Masterclass – our Flexible, Spiraling Core
This will be a practice-oriented session that will explore the experience of the ‘Core’ in asana, and how it empowers our poses. Though the idea of a strong ‘core’ has been popular for some time now, too often it focuses simply on abdominal and spinal stability (and in yoga, on the ‘bandhas’ alone), in isolation from the role of the arms and legs. In this practice, we will play with asana and vinyasa as functional movement, with the arms and legs incorporated into the integrity of the ‘core.’

Saturday, 7. November 2020

Session 5: 9.00 – 12.00 Uhr
Topic: Fine-tuning the Shoulders
We will break down the fundamental muscles involved in all ranges of shoulder movement (and relate them to all types of poses), their ‘firing order’ as well as exercises for improving their function and coordination, and applications and variations in poses. We’ll also look at some of the most common types of injuries and common types of movement patterns that interfere with freedom of movement — and we’ll cover ‘Marma points’ (Ayurvedic massage points) associated with tension release and healing.

Session 6: 13.30 – 16.00 Uhr
Topic: Fine-tuning the Neck — and Applications in Pranayama
Much of the subtlest and most profound work in yoga — in breath and meditation, as well as in asana — has to do with the neck in connection with all of the actions of the senses: gaze. tongue, breath and so on. We’re only beginning to understand the implications for health and well-being in terms of the effects upon the principle cranial nerves and the vagus nerve in particular. In simple and accessible ways, we’ll explore these subtleties with the help of simple exercises joining small neck and shoulder exercises that incorporate gaze and breath, which can then be expanded into principles in asana practice. A basis for the simple exercises will be Stanley Rosenberg’s work in exploring the power of the Vagus nerve. Special attention will be given to points around the neck, combined with simple release exercises, that reduce tension connected with headaches.

Session 7: 17.00 – 19.00 Uhr
Topic: Masterclass – 360° Workout for the Shoulders and Neck — Emphasis on Backbending
This asana practice will focus on getting the neck and shoulders to work together for better range of motion in all types of poses — especially backbends. Not only can neck tightness be a limitation on shoulder movement; it can also be a cause of pain for both! This practice will both challenge you in backbends, and free your neck and shoulders!

Sunday, 8. November 2020

Session 8: 9.00 – 12.00 Uhr
Topic: Getting the ‘Big Picture’ of Your Own Habits
A key to benefitting from yoga is to know how to use it as a tool for self-knowledge. We’ll cover simple methods for self-assessment (and quick postural assessment of students) and simple exercises for working with both weak and tight muscles to overcome pain problems in your feet, knees, hips, shoulders and neck. This will improve your asana practice as well as your daily life.

Session 9: 13.00 – 15.30 Uhr
Topic: Understanding the Multi-Dimensional Problem of Sciatic Pain
‘Sciatica’ is one of the most common forms of pain, which has a number of causes — often interrelated. Along with an explanation of sciatic pain and simple techniques for recognizing its causes, we’ll be able to pull together fundamental principles for working with the lower body in asana that will be of benefit to everyone in their asana practice. Special emphasis will be on piriformis and hamstring stretches, and a look into the psoas and how it is released through yoga practice.

Teacher: Doug Keller (USA)

489,- € for all days
Single Booking: Master Class on Thursday: 45 € / Friday & Saturday: each 180 € / Sunday: 140 €

Terms and Conditions:

The workshop-fee has to be payed in advance, latest 21 days after booking. Any other payment aggrements have to be communicated with us. If registering 3 weeks or less before the start of the workshop, the workshop fee has to be transferred within 2 working days. You will receive our bank details after registering. Your registration will be binding after payment. Without payment we will NOT reserve your place in the workshop or session.

Cancellation deadlines: You will get the full payment back, less 5% handling charge, until 4 weeks before the start of the workshop. You get back 50% of your payment when cancelling between 2 and 4 weeks before the workshop starts. You get back 25% of your payment when cancelling between 1 and 2 weeks before the workshop starts. By cancelling in shorter notice there will be no refund. You accept these terms when booking and paying for the workshop.