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Yoga Medicine® Essentials Workshop

  • Creature Yoga Town 142 Bangalow Road Byron Bay, NSW, 2481 Australia (map)

Presented by Dana Diament.

After decades of working with clients and training thousands of teachers around the world, we’ve distilled the core components of a therapeutic practice into a series of workshops for both the new and avid yoga practitioner. We will cover topics that are hard to fit into group classes, but are crucial for yoga practitioners and teachers to understand in order to help prevent injuries and optimize the way we move. You will leave with an arsenal of information to instantly incorporate into your practice and teaching. Participants have the option to count the 12 hours towards the 500hr Yoga Medicine® certification, or to receive Continuing Education Units.

Shoulder: Saturday, 11 January 9:30-12:30pm
The shoulder girdle is a common area of struggle for both the new yogi and the regular vinyasa practitioner. The shoulder joints are inherently inclined toward mobility, creating the need to cultivate stability when we challenge the joints in weight-bearing poses like chaturanga dandasana. During a short lecture you’ll learn the anatomy of the shoulder and a theoretical approach to working with these joints therapeutically before moving through guided practices that enable you to immediately translate this knowledge into your body and onto your mat.

Hip: Saturday, 11 January 2:30-5:30pm
This workshop explores the need for equity between stability and mobility in the hip joint. In a yoga practice hip stability occurs naturally to some extent, but what each of us needs to maintain balance in this joint can vary greatly from person to person. Through a brief lecture and guided yoga practice, you’ll look at the structure and function of the hip joint and dig in to how to individualize for your personal needs even in a group class.

Spine: Sunday, 12 January 9:30-12:30pm
The central theme of this workshop is maintaining the integrity of the precious structures of the spine and all that it entails. Learning to move efficiently, with the support of the core, gluts and legs is key not just in a movement practice but also in the challenges of our lives. Through a combination of theory and practice you’ll understand how the parts of the spine work together with the core and legs, and learn how to move with solid mechanics that allow you to rewrite your autopilot responses.

Myofascial Release: Sunday, 12 January 2:30-5:30pm
Understand what myofascial release is and how it works before learning a few important things to avoid and how to use it on your own. We’ll move through a myofascial release practice that explores the areas we’ve found to be most helpful in the legs, hips, shoulders and back. You will leave with self-care information that you can use right away. This practice is myofascial release only (no yoga) and is open to everyone, no yoga experience needed.

About Dana


Dana is a registered Yoga Medicine therapeutic specialist who is passionate about blending eastern and western perspectives in her teaching. She is a faculty member on the 200HR and 500HR Teacher Trainings with Yoga Medicine and Tiffany Cruikshank and Creature Yoga. Dana is a contributor to Yoga Journal, Yoga Digest, Well Being Yoga Experience, DIY Active, and Yoga Medicine’s social media.

Cost: $75 for each workshop, or $280 for all four (10% member discount, 10% early bird discount on the package price until August 31)