Doug Keller Therapeutic Wisdom & Workshop
Therapeutic Wisdom & Workshop
19th – 22nd November
Are you are a yoga teacher, teacher trainee or a highly motivated student? If so read on…
Doug Keller is one of the most highly regarded and renowned yoga teachers in the world.
This the first time Doug has come to the UK and taught outside of London.
If you’re serious about your yoga practice and want to learn from one of the most highly respected teachers around then this event is not to be missed.
He is the author of numerous books on Asana Practice, Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy and has an almost unrivalled knowledge of Yoga Therapy. Over the four days of this yoga intensive, Doug will illuminate different parts of the body and will take you to deeper levels within your yoga practice.
What’s special about this event at Lime House Yoga
The first evening will be a workshop that distils the essence of the following three days. Doug will start each day covering an aspect of the body which will then be summarised at the end of each day in a two-hour master class. Doug will show how he incorporates his techniques and basic principles into his yoga classes.
How Doug Keller works
For Doug, it is important that the participants in his workshops understand the basic therapeutic principles behind his guidelines. They should learn to understand for themselves when instructions are helpful and appropriate and when variations are necessary. Doug’s instructions are clear, specific, and easy to follow. They are supported by knowledge of the anatomy involved in the movements as well as an understanding of the general therapeutic problems that cause people to seek help in yoga.
Doug’s teaching style
Words you might use to describe how Doug teaches; humble, succinct, approachable, caring, accessible. Because teaching and sharing his knowledge is his life’s work, he is able to distil a complex subject into digestible parts, making it easy to be able to apply these teachings to your own life.
Doug will also provide a comprehensive PDF that you can download during or after the workshop.
Doug’s passion in life is to share his vast knowledge so that we can all practice and teach more effectively.
18:00 – 20:30 Workshop – An all-encompassing practice
* This workshop can be booked separately.
This flowing practice unit will contain all elements of the workshop in a simple and compressed form. Doug then covers the individual parts of the practice in detail in the following days. In addition to the asana practice, this master class focuses on pranayama (breathing techniques) and the interplay of neck movements and breathing. At the end of the session, he leads us through the breath into meditation and Yoga Nidra.
09.00 – 12.00 – Sequencing – timing is everything
Sequencing means putting together the asanas for a flow or vinyasa lesson in a meaningful way that is good for the body and leads us deeper into the positions. At the same time, sequencing is more than just putting together the right positions: it is about using the wisdom of the body and letting the muscles work together in a sensible order to protect the spine and the joints of the legs and arms.
Because pain and injuries are often a result of re-coordinated transitions without using the main muscle (for example, the gluteal muscles). The focus is on the main muscles and their interaction in back bends and turning positions. Clever sequencing strengthens the body and leads us deeper into our practice.
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch (included in price)
13.30. – 16.00 – Hips and the back of the thighs: the keys to movement
Why are the backs of the thighs so important and why and how do we ‘open’ the hips? In this unit, we take a look at the sacral joints and lumbar spine, as well as the flexibility of our hips and back of the thighs. The basis is the sequencing principle of the morning session with the focus on the back of the thigh and the hip. The focus is on practical application in the positions to balance strength and flexibility of the muscles – especially with regard to the health of the lumbar spine. And on the recognition of imbalances between the two sacral-iliac joints, which may make the halves of the body practice unevenly.
16.00 – 17.00 Break
17.00 – 19.00 – Master Class – our flexible rotating body
Doug teaches a 2-hour asana practice based on the content of the sessions of the day. He complements this content by focusing on the middle of the body and the question of how we can use our arms and legs to activate the middle of the body.
09.00 – 12.00 – Fine-tuning for the shoulders
We will examine the basic muscles responsible for the shoulder movements in relation to various asanas. Doug introduces the ‘firing order’, the order in which it is activated, and exercises that improve their function and coordination and their application in the positions. We’ll also look at the most common injuries and their underlying movement patterns that limit our freedom of movement. He will also address the so-called ‘Marma points’ (Ayurvedic massage points), which are associated with relaxation and healing.
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch (included in price)
13.30 – 16.00 – Fine tuning for the neck & applications with Pranayama
A large part of the subtle work in our yoga practice – breathing, meditation and asana practice – has to do with the neck and its interaction with the senses: the look and eye movements, the tongue, breathing, etc. We are still in the early stages of understanding how the brain nerves, especially the vagus nerve, affect our health and well-being.
In an accessible way, we examine the subtleties with simple neck and shoulder exercises in connection with the sense of sight and the breath. Doug then translates this into principles for asana practice. The basis for these simple exercises is Stanley Rosenberg’s work, which examines the power of the vagus nerve.
Doug goes far beyond what he has taught in the past few years. Particular attention will be paid to points on the neck, which – combined with simple exercises – relieve tension associated with headaches.
16.00 – 17.00 Break
17.00 – 19.00 Class – 360 °Workout for shoulders and neck with a focus on back bends
Doug teaches a 2-hour asana practice based on the content of the sessions of the day. This practice unit focuses on the interaction of the neck and shoulders in order to improve mobility in all asanas – especially in the back bends. Stiffness in the neck can not only be a reason for limited shoulder mobility, it can also be the reason for pain in both areas. This practice will challenge you in backbends while clearing the neck and shoulders.
09.00 – 12.00 – Learn to understand the overall picture and the context of your personal habits
The key to benefiting from your own yoga practice is knowing how to use the practice for self-awareness. Doug explains simple methods of self-assessment (as well as assessing students in a position) and simple exercises for weak and tight muscles to relieve pain in the feet, knees, hips, shoulders and neck. This will make your asana practice and your daily life easier.
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch (included in price)
13.30 – 16.00 – Understanding the diverse nature of sciatica pain
Sciatica pain is one of the most common pain. There are many reasons for this, which are often interrelated. Doug Keller explains the sciatica pain and shows simple techniques that reveal the reasons for the pain. It aims to develop basic principles to work with the lower body in the Asana practice. This is useful for every practitioner. The main focus is on the piriformis and the stretching of the ischiocrural muscles. We look at the psoas and how we can open and relax it through a targeted yoga practice.
About Doug Keller
I came to teach hatha yoga by way of the yoga of meditation and years of academic study of philosophy, both eastern and western.
In my studies of philosophy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown and in my graduate work at Fordham University, I gravitated toward the senior Jesuit scholars whose excellence, open-minded intellectual zeal, spiritual fervor and personal integrity inspired me to dig deeply into my own studies, particularly of the classical philosophers and Christian mystics, and treat them as a personal journey of discovery.
As I completed my coursework for my PhD and taught at several colleges, I was increasingly aware that I was looking for more than philosophical ideas and systems — I was looking for the experience itself that the mystics were talking about.
Midway through my studies at Fordham, I met the meditation master Swami Muktananda during his last tour of the west, and he gave me the connection, the practice, the awakening and the understanding I was seeking.
With that, it was up to me to step through the door he had opened, not through concepts and theories, but through yoga. The next couple of years combined disciplined academic study with a deepening experiential practice.
I halted my academic career just short of writing my thesis, and went to India in 1986 to practice yoga at his ashram and to offer my service.
I spent a total of 7 years in the Ganeshpuri ashram, Gurudev Siddha Peeth, and 14 years of service overall in Siddha Yoga ashrams in the US and abroad, studying and practicing yoga, working in the kitchen and gardens, and teaching hatha yoga.
It was during my time in Ganeshpuri that I met John Friend while he was yet an Iyengar teacher who had come to study in Pune. We struck up a friendship and I was able to practice with him when I came back to the states, study further with him, and assist in his classes, workshops and trainings for the next few years.
This opportunity came to be combined with opportunities to train with other teachers as well, broadening my experience and understanding of the roots of Modern Hatha Yoga practice — its different styles as well as its common roots.
The time of my growth in the practice of hatha yoga was divided between individual practice at the ashram in India, and opportunities to study with teachers and expand during time spent at the ashram in New York state. There I was able to study with other teachers and in a number of styles — but principally with Kevin Gardiner, who is a certified senior level Iyengar teacher.
Kevin was the most influential to me in my growth, because of his deep insight into anatomy and physiology, his facility with precise instruction and demonstration, and the integrity with which he stays true to his chosen tradition, exploring its depth while exercising his own very individual and discriminating intellect, manifesting the heart of a yogi in his practice and teaching.
Yet because my own path was more closely tied to Siddha Yoga at the time, I was more deeply involved in the development of the Anusara system.
John Friend shared with me the evolution of his thinking based principally upon the alignment teachings of the Iyengar system, and his synthesis of those teachings eventually manifested as the Anusara style of yoga he founded in 1997.
I was one of the first teachers certified as an Anusara teacher by John Friend, and taught in the Anusara style for over 7 years. At his suggestion, early on I wrote Anusara Yoga: Hatha Yoga in the Anusara Style and continued to develop that book until Mr. Friend chose to consolidate his authority over the system and discouraged its further use among teachers seeking certification in his style.
Despite his own change of heart toward the book, it remains helpful to people who wish to continue to practice according to the principles of Anusara — and for that reason I continue to offer the book as a free download, which is available to you by clicking here.
As part of Mr. Friend’s process of consolidation I was forced to give up my certification in that style. This freed me to further deepen my study and understanding of the health-oriented wisdom of yoga as well as well as explore the yoga tradition as a whole outside of the confines of the Anusara system.
In addition to teaching the postural practice of hatha yoga as well as pranayama and meditation, I have chosen as my focus on sharing insights into what yoga has to offer as wisdom in the face of chronic pain and health issues, which is an evolving field that promises to be a vital part of the future of yoga.
The expansion of yoga beyond the practices taught in more ancient times is, to me, an expression of the freedom at the heart of yoga and of consciousness itself.
This freedom was described in tantric philosophy as not simply ‘liberation’ or ‘moksha,’ but ‘Swatantrya’ — the freedom of Consciousness to expand and create through its own inspiration.
Essential to this was an appreciation of our individual self as ‘ahamkara’ — literally the ‘I-maker.’ It is a term that recognizes that the ‘self’ is a process of ‘making,’ and this opened avenues for practices that sought a more healthy, integrated emphasis upon living a spiritual life within and accepting of the body.
This concept itself is something that has slowly evolved, and has arguably come to include Modern Yoga’s emphasis upon health and well-being as part of the aim of yoga — which includes emotional well-being, and a well-adjusted attitude toward the world that includes social concern.
I found the essence of this inspiration to be expressed by Swami Muktananda, who first initiated my journey into yoga: ‘God dwells within you, as you, for you. See God in yourself and in each other.’
Yoga concerns our own relationship to the Self from whom we came as well as our relationship to the self we are coming to be. It is deeply personal, experiential, and ultimately unmediated by any system of conceptual thought. The teachings of yoga simply provide us with the introduction to our own Self — in both senses. To experientially realize that these ‘two’ are not really separate is the essence of spiritual breakthrough.
That ‘breakthrough’ is what the Christian mystic Meister Eckhart (14th century) described as the breakthrough into our own heart, where the Divine most fully dwells. This is the teaching I want to share, along with the practices and means offered by yoga to support that journey.
Suitable for yoga teacher’s, teacher trainee’s or a highly motivated student’s .
If you have any questions please contact us on 01872 572620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates and Times
• Thur 19th Nov’ • 6pm – 8.30pm
• Fri 20th Nov’ • 8am – 7pm
• Sat 21st Nov’ • 8am – 7pm
• Sun 22nd Nov’ • 9am – 4pm
• £430 Early Bird
(Full price from 1st July – £480)
Lunch on Thur, Sat & Sun included in price
• £130 Deposit Only
Non-refundable deposit – balance to be paid by Oct 15th