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Yoga Teachers Earn 3 CEUs At Healthy Feet Shanti Vinyasa Workshop


Healthy Feet Yoga Workshop
For Teachers And Students

When you think about what we put our feet through every day, it’s no wonder they get tired and grumpy! Our feet are literally the foundation we depend on to support us as we go about our activities; hobbies, sports, work – all depend on healthy feet to take us where we need to be and then to bring us home.

This clinic takes an upclose and detailed anatomical look at our too often neglected feet. You’ll see the intricate and amazing structure of the foot, and understand why foot health is so important and what we can do to promote it.

When: Saturday, June 6, 2015

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: signup at The Lotus Pond Yoga Studio

Cost: $40.00

CEUs: 3

Join Shanti Vinyasa’s Nancy MacDonald when she presents a fun, informative, and unique look at our feet; how they’re made, how they work, and most importantly how to keep them happily walking and at their healthiest!

Teachers can earn 3 CEUs while learning about the foot’s unique anatomy as Nancy draws on her comprehensive knowledge of skeletal structure and biomechanics in this one-day, three-hour class.

You will learn:

  • Correct anatomical alignment for the feet, on and off the mat.
  • How misalignment of the feet can cause students to struggle in yoga postures.
  • Suggestions for students dealing with bunions or plantar fasciitis.
  • Healthy foot exercises you can perform anywhere to build strength and regain flexibility.
  • Ligaments, tendons, and muscles! Oh my!
  • How our shoes affect the feet, knees, hip health, and overall posture.
  • The most important stretch you can do for foot, knee, and hip health.

With over 2,000 hours of training, Nancy shares her in-depth knowledge of anatomy, and how understanding the mechanics of movement can restore vibrancy and health to your and your students feet.

This anatomy and practicum workshop is primarily designed for yoga teachers but students of all levels will gain insight and understanding through the unique techniques taught.

Signup at The Lotus Pond Yoga Studio now. This class will fill up quickly.

photo credit: My Foot 2 by Andrew Magill is licensed under CC BY

Yoga Teacher Or Yoga Therapist?

Yoga Therapy Takes A Holistic Approach

Yoga therapy takes a whole-body approach to yoga that starts with assessing each person’s overall health and working with any limitations that are present. Individual assessments are key, since two people with similar conditions could have very different medical histories or complicating factors that would require different courses of treatment.

Can yoga therapy be taught in group classes? I say yes, to some degree. I teach therapy in my Yum Yum Yoga class, where I ask the students to describe their problems. The list usually includes low back pain, tight neck and shoulders, and hip tightness.

Can I teach a general therapeutic class covering these areas? Yes. Will I be able to help each and every student with what might be causing this continual problem? Probably not.

These are broad brush strokes using yoga as a therapeutic tool. Many who find relief are amazed and they begin to gather postures or posture flows that release their tightness. The wise students that truly want their health back take these pearls home and use them between classes to help their problem areas. Some find relief and then want a private lesson to further help their healing. Continue reading Yoga Teacher Or Yoga Therapist?