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Yoga Therapy for Neck, Shoulders, Back & Scoliosis

Yoga Therapy for Neck, Shoulders, Back & Scoliosis

Yoga Therapy for Neck, Shoulders, Back & Scoliosis

This course includes
3:12:10 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in March 2017


Course Description:

At the age of 16, Rachel Krentzman was diagnosed with scoliosis. At 32 she suffered a herniated disk and was told she would have to modify her activities for the rest of her life - instead, Rachel, a practicing physical therapist, is now a walking testimonial for how yoga can be used therapeutically to heal your back pain.

Scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine and affects 2-3 percent of the population, or an estimated 6 to 9 million people in the United States. Scoliosis is unique in that it is an asymmetrical condition and treatment must be specific to each individual’s curve in order to be effective.

In this course, we will review a ten step yoga-based approach to addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual factors for individuals struggling with scoliosis. We will review the current research in this area, anatomy and biomechanics of the different types of curves and learn how to design effective treatment strategies that are both holistic and client-centred. You will leave with tools to work with clients with scoliosis in both a private and classroom setting.

This course will also discuss chronic neck pain, which is becoming increasingly common, especially among higher income women, ages 35-49. While therapeutic exercise can offer patients prospects for more than symptomatic relief, narcotics continue to be the dominant path of treatment. Yoga-based therapy that takes a multidimensional approach addressing all layers of being provides an effective alternative method for resolving neck and upper back pain.


Course Objectives:

  1. To develop an understanding of specific yoga practices and systems
  2. To learn current evidence and research in therapeutic yoga for people with scoliosis
  3. To review a ten step yoga-based approach to addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual factors for individuals struggling with scoliosis
  4. To review the anatomy of the cervical spine and common postural deviations
  5. To investigate movement techniques for conditions including nerve impingement, thoracic outlet syndrome, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome which you can apply directly in your clinical practice.



This course is open to all yoga instructors and health care professionals – physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, medical doctors, nurses and midwives.


**This session was recorded at the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY) in March of 2017

The instructors
Helene Couvrette
Co-Founder, President of MISTY

Her passion for yoga inspired her to share yoga with a few friends in the basement of one of whom eventually lost her battle with cancer. She soon realized her love of yoga could only be surpassed by the desire to share it with others & the joy of seeing them benefit from yoga on many levels.

In 2002 just after delivering a stillborn boy Helene embarked on a 200hr YTT Certification Course. During 2003 she continued the training at same time began teaching yoga at the St. Lazare Community Center. Helene continues to teach regular yoga classes with a therapeutic approach, offers Private Yoga Therapy Sessions & mentors a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Winter of 2018 she will introduce an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training focusing on Therapeutics.

Helene is also co-founder of this international conference bringing health care professionals & yoga therapist together with the mission of integrating yoga into the Canadian health care system.

Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY)

MISTY is an organization by Helene Couvrette that provides high quality continuing education for healthcare professionals, yoga therapists, and educators who have a shared passion in the mission of yoga therapy and science.

Rachel Krentzman
PT, E-RYT500 Yoga Therapist

Rachel Krentzman founded and directs Embody Physical Therapy and Yoga in San Diego and organizes Yoga In Medicine Conferences for the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. Her Yoga for a Happy Back: A Teacher’s Guide to Spinal Health was published in May of 2016, and her Scoliosis and The Art of Letting Go was released in September 2016. A graduate of McGill University, Rachel completed her 2000-hour teacher training with Aadil Palkhivala at the College of Purna Yoga and has studied intensively with Judith Hanson Lasater. Rachel has integrated yoga into her clinical physical therapy practice since 2002.

Course Material included in this course
  • Scoliosis and Yoga Therapy: The Art of Letting Go
  • Introduction
  • Anatomy of a Curve
  • Releasing Muscular Tension: Morning Series Part 1
  • Releasing Muscular Tension: Morning Series Part 2
  • Tadasna
  • Psoas Stretch
  • Half Moon Pose
  • Lengthening the Concave
  • Length and Symmetry
  • Meditation and Breathing
  • Savasana
  • Feedback
  • Quiz
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