Stress, tension, and shoulder and neck pain is a multilayered problem: the most prominent players in neck stiffness — the trapezius and SCM — are wired to the cranial nerves (which include the Vagus Nerve) and thus are intimately tied to emotional and mental states, while others controlling the shoulders are more like the muscles in the rest of the body.

In this workshop, we’ll move first into practical principles and work for the shoulders — to release tension, decrease pain problems and increase freedom of movement — to the more subtle work with the upper back and neck. The latter involves not just muscle tension, but breath, mind, and senses, getting all the more deeply into the ‘yogic’ dimensions of upper body work.

The workshop will be full of practical ’news-you-can-use’ insights and applications you can immediately put to use, as well as subtler understanding that will be no less transformative in your yoga practice and life.


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Doug Keller

Doug Keller’s background reflects a lifelong commitment to studying, imbibing and sharing the vast field of knowledge and practice known as yoga.

His further expansion in learning is reflected in his latest and most in-depth work, ‘Yoga as Therapy,’ which is truly one of the most comprehensive, innovative and useful treatments of the structural aspect of yoga therapy available. And for three years he was a regular columnist for Yoga+ Magazine (formerly Yoga International, published by the Himalayan Institute), writing the ‘Asana Solutions’ column that addresses specific therapeutic problems. He is at the highest level of certification with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.Doug is also a ‘distinguished professor’ on the teaching faculty at the Master’s Degree program in Yoga Therapy at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, a state-approved institution of higher learning.

Doug’s teaching is rooted in a vast and inclusive perspective of study and practice that honors the insights of the many streams of wisdom that flow into the river of yoga.