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Yoga for Joint Health (Immersion Workshop)

July 14, 2023 @ 5:30 pm – July 17, 2023 @ 11:30 am
Waynesville Yoga Center
274 S Main St
Waynesville, NC 28786
Waynesville Yoga Center

Yoga for Joint Health

Learn how to protect your joints from pain and inflammation caused by overuse and repetitive movements. We will explore how to engage the correct muscle groups and stack the joints in a way that prevents strain and discomfort in certain poses and activities.

Each joint has a specific range of motion and that can be very different from person to person. We will discuss how to tell the difference between compression and tension so that you can safely explore your joints mobility, flexibility and adaptability.

You will also learn how to support your joints by using props and/or muscular engagement for comfort and ease in a variety of yoga poses and movements. We will assimilate this knowledge into cueing your students to keep their joints healthy and happy in any yoga class.

You only get one body so you might as well treat it well and use yoga for joint health to take good care of it!

Trainees will learn:

  • techniques for working with the anatomy and physiology of the joints as it relates to a yoga class
  • what specific asanas are useful to incorporate into a yoga class as well as helpful props, modifications, and cues to utilize when teaching a yoga class that supports joint health
  • helpful assists/adjustments that best facilitate supportive alignment in yoga postures as it relates to joint health, mobility, flexibility, and “stacking”
  • how to look for common misalignments in students in terms of joint stacking
  • how to to incorporate into a class that supports joint health as well as ways to modify these asanas and/or use props in seamless ways
  • how to write and guide a yoga asana sequence focused on the anatomy and physiology of joint health, in particular the ankles, knees, hips, writes, and shoulders
  • the anatomy of the ankles, knees, hips, wrists, and shoulders and how each of these joint families are designed to move and function
  • how to address alignment and structure in certain postures during a yoga class in order to best support a yoga student’s comfort and safety during a class, as it relates to joint function and mobility
  • the concepts of Ahimsa (non-harming) and Satya(truthfulness) as it relates to teaching a yoga class that is focused on joint health

This workshop will be taught by Jay MacDonald, Leigh-Ann Renz, and Rebecca Mashburn. To learn more about them, click here.


Fridays 5:30 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 8 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Suggested: Yoga for Arthritis by Loren Fishman
  • Suggested: Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman
  • Suggested: Yoga for Pain Relief by Kelly McGonigal

Anyone is welcome to take workshop a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: // 828.246.6570


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