***Dr. Kelley has extensive experience in offering Continuing Education.  Click Here for her teaching resume.  The courses below can be modified for a variety of audiences: Health care Professionals, Yoga Therapists, or Yoga Teachers***

Teaching Yoga for a Better Back

The needs of people with chronic back pain go beyond an episode of rehabilitation care.  Wellness programming, such as “Yoga for a Better Back”, that is designed by a rehabilitation professional using current evidence can extend the length of care and continue to improve the outcomes for patients.  Transitioning patients to wellness programs within your clinic or studio promotes safety and provides continued progress for the client; job satisfaction for clinicians; and increased revenue for clinics.

Integrative Functional Anatomy of Yoga

6 Anatomically-Based Modules with 18+ hours of content

Course Modules:

Each module can consist of up to 4 contact hours per module (1 non-contact hour of pre-assignment and 3 in-class contact hours) for a total of 24 hours of continuing education.

  • Foot, Ankle and Lower Leg

  • Knee, Thigh and Hip

  • Hip and Pelvis

  • Lumbar Spine and Core

  • Thoracic and Cervical Spine

  • Scapula, Shoulder and Arm

Course Description:

Bodywork based on structural anatomy does not take into consideration the influence of external and internal forces.  With gravity as the external force, function many times does not follow structure.  When the foot and/or hand is stabilized on the ground, everything changes.  The interconnection of the body, mind, and spirit is a powerful internal force.  The body is not always the source of pain.  But pain of the mind and spirit can manifest in the body in ways that are not explained by the study of structural anatomy alone.

The practice of yoga can open the body, mind, and spirit to expose the true source of pain and suffering. It can uncover the light within each person so that he/she may live to their full potential.  In this course, we will explore the function of the neuromusculoskeletal system from a kinesiologic perspective.  Participants will use themselves and classmates as models to observe position and movement from basic to advanced yoga asana (poses).  Instruction will integrate the effect of the energetic system (chakras) on function of the body, mind, and spirit to address the needs of the whole person.  

Who Should Attend:

  • Yoga teachers will gain a better understanding of the function of the body and common physical manifestations of pain to create safe and effective movement. Yoga Alliance CE Credit with supporting documents provided by instructor.

  • Physical therapists and other health professionals that use Yoga therapeutically will learn to look beyond the body to see influences of the mind and spirit on physical dysfunction. This will allow movement-based therapies to become holistic and more effective.