The training has had a major impact on both my group classes and private sessions. This training has helped me make sense of the various and disparate anatomy trainings I have had throughout my yoga career. The approach was clear and helped train my eye to read bodies, notice suboptimal patterns, and offer holistic approaches to help my students be at peace in their bodies (and minds). Just as importantly, I am now able to easily understand and converse with my clients’ physical therapists, body workers, and doctors. It is trainings like this that raise the caliber of the yoga profession as it empowers yoga teachers with the knowledge and understanding to add to the conversation when it comes to our clients pathways to healing.Each time I plan a class I can clearly see the influence of the Method on the structure of my class. Among other things, it has helped me realize that some of we do in the asana practice is not necessarily biomechanically sound. I can now approach the yoga postures with a keener sense of what is healthy movement for all different body types. I was also pleasantly surprised that the Methods techniques were more subtle and holistic than I imagined the average clinical physiotherapy approach to healing to be. Yes, we were given concrete tools to help with the healing process. However, we were also taught to look at the whole body and to use deep and subtle techniques rather than oversimplifying and sterilizing the human experience. The teachers were just as concerned with the breath and the mind as body as they were with the body. This was a very refreshing approach that complimented what I already believed was the most sustainable and holistic approach to helping others heal.
This course is truly functional anatomy! I walked out of it with a set of solid tools on how to work with others as well as my own body. Yes it’s a huge amount of information, but rather than feeling lost or overwhelmed, I left with a deeper understanding of why injury occurs and how to help prevent it. So valuable!
Helen and Diana provided me with concrete tools I can use in all aspects of teaching: postural assessment, chain mechanic awareness, compensation patterns, etc. in all settings: group classes, privates and personal awareness. I have taken courses in this field in the past but only now do I feel fully equipped to practically apply these techniques to my Yoga teaching and practice. I still may not know exactly what to do when someone is asking for help, but I now have a comprehensive method and toolset for assessing and unraveling the root cause of pain, injury, compensation patterns and imbalances. This program has given me the confidence in my ability to offer this to all humans and as a gift to myself.
Beyond giving me an understanding of the fundamental mechanics of the body in motion, the Physiyoga Method also gave me unique insight into how suboptimal patterns lead us into cycles of pain and injury. More importantly, it filled my teaching toolbox with the means to help students grapple with these patterns in their practices, and build a better foundation for sustainable, lifelong movement, on and off the mat.
The course exceeded my already high expectations. The program that they’ve created not only teaches us to read bodies and movement patterns the way some other courses do, but goes far beyond that by teaching us a way of assessing, testing, strategizing, prioritizing, releasing, stabilizing, re-testing, and then expanding upon that. Helen and Diana strike this beautiful balance of giving you a structure, a game plan, if you will, and knowledge about common patterns, and yet also tons of space to consider all possibilities and the openness to the fact that all bodies are different. The course is beautifully organized, broken up into digestible chunks, i.e they present material while asking questions to engage us in critical thinking, then explore it working with partners and groups. We had to design a class plan based on the material or a private session tailored for someone with that specific issue. I’m still digesting and processing a lot of it, as I expect to over the next decade or two, but even during the course, I noticed that I was able to weave what I was learning into my group classes to stealthily slip more therapeutics in or to sequence a safer flow, better help students who came up to me after class with questions about injuries, and better serve my private clients.
As a long-term yoga practitioner, RYT and Occupational Therapist (OT) working in hospitals and assisted living facilities, I often found myself incorporating yoga into interventions with my clients. While most of my colleagues followed a more typical western medical paradigm of OT focused mainly on therapeutic exercise an increasing independence in activities of daily living, I noticed increased interest and energy investment of the clients with whom I worked when using a more holistic [mind, body and emotions] approach. I knew that I wanted to provide an integrative approach – of combining occupational and physiotherapy with yoga for my clients on a regular basis to help them to heal and attain their goals for therapy. My question at that point was, “How do I do this?”The course provided me with a framework to identify suboptimal postural and movement patterns through specific assessments rooted in yoga asanas. I gained a thorough understanding of how to help my clients to progress throughout their therapy through additional yoga asanas. It also taught me how to teach my clients in a way that they truly understand which is essential for long term change and improved quality of life. Thank you to Diana, Helen, Emily and Cara for providing the “missing link” that I needed for my Occupational Therapy practice.