The Yoga of Healing

Take Healing into Your Own Hands

As a yoga teacher, we can have the tools to help people out of the common pains that arise in their practice – for instance:

  • Back pain in Cobra
  • Wrist pain in Downward Dog
  • Hip pain in Ardha Chandrasana

We can also use yoga to help our clients and loved ones get out of shoulder, neck, knee, and back pain that they experience in their day to day lives.

These tools become essential for pregnant and postpartum students. Because of the way the body changes so profoundly throughout this journey, the usual aches and pains become even more common. And these misalignments can become magnified in some specific pregnant and postpartum conditions, such as:

  • low belly and cramping
  • abdominal wall split (diastisis recti)
  • pelvic instability and low back issues
  • joint pain

In The Yoga of Healing, you’ll become comfortable with simple alignment actions that help relieve aches and pains, for both pregnant and non-pregnant students.

The Yoga of Healing for Women heart openerIn this powerful, information-filled weekend you will receive alignment principles to practice, teach, and live by. These actions we can do anytime help maintain pain-free living, strength in our core and joints, freedom in our physical and energetic body, and inner support throughout the cycles and phases of our lives.

We will apply these principles to basic yoga poses and sequences, and learn to instruct with them to help our students out of pain.

Poses we teach all the time – chatturanga, downward dog, backbends and standing poses – can worsen pain for the vulnerable pregnant and post-partum body.

Bring your aches and pains! They are often our greatest gurus, so we can learn to help others heal from them. These principles are particularly useful for common pregnancy discomforts, but help reduce pain for all bodies, all the time.

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In the Yoga of Healing, you will:

  • Enjoy hands-on alignment practice so you can be confident in your ability to getting students out of pain
  • Delve deep into the physical and emotional conditions common in the18 months around birth
  • Learn how to incorporate therapeutic alignment instructions to make sure all students stay out of pain on the mat
  • Explore powerful Ma Yoga principles that heal us on every level
  • Use breathing, meditation, and poses to help address anxiety, infertility, and much more
  • Discover your own power to get yourself out of discomfort and feel great in your body again

What Trainees are Saying…

My experience was fantastic, I thought I would have wrist pain forever, but just by learning to support my weight in my shoulders, I have started to alleviate this issue. It was wonderful to learn that we are more powerful than we know and be given the tools to use this power and gentleness.
Vanessa Kettering
With no background in teaching yoga, the Therapeutics training really helped me be more confident in my ability to teach. The training was very interactive and hands on which also made me more confident in being able to teach others. Thank you Ma Yoga!
Jordan Smith
I had a wonderful experience – it was definitely more than I imagined it to be. The weekend really helped me to look at yoga in a different way. I walked away with new tools and principles that I can use on myself and others. I’m excited to review all of the material and to start putting what I learned to use immediately. I really appreciate being able to download the handouts, it’s nice to be able to revisit the handouts in the member area.
Jasmine Walker-Creighton
Thank you Colleen for sharing with us your knowledge about bio mechanics of the body, energy flow and mindful movement. I really appreciate you taking us in such an awesome journey through the body’s anatomy and it was really amazing to be able to feel the different alignments ourselves. And at the very end of the training I feel confident enough to be able to recognize mis-alignments and have the tools to guide a student into a better and more optimal position. Feeling the changes and benefits in our own body was key to be able to understanding all the principles of Therapeutic Yoga!
Andrea Meyers
Jessica, the alignment principles I learned in your therapeutics workshop last weekend was completely evolutionary for my practice in mind, body, and spirit. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for this priceless gift. I hope some day to embody a fraction of the goddess energy that radiates from you.
Ashley Flood
Including therapeutics into the (200-hr) training is essential for any new yoga teacher—giving them tools for students who come into their classes with common ailments. Our trainees… were able to experience alignment from a different perspective – and most had transformations in their own practice as well. Jessica and her team are dynamic educators; she is prepared, knowledgeable, and passionate about healing through alignment. We look forward to working with Jessica and Ma Yoga again!
Nicole Schwander Riel and Tracy Brennan
I left teaching each class feeling ridiculously happy; so proud to be doing my best for these ladies at such a special time and so privileged that I was in a position to be able to be on this journey.

How lucky to be doing something so magical it uplifts your heart and soul every day.

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What is The Yoga of Healing about?

As a Certified Anusara teacher for many years, I saw first-hand the ways in which Yoga of Healing Kneealignment-based yoga helps us get out of pain, and stay out.

But I also saw the ways in which separating out different body parts and using our more analytical side to heal could make things worse.

The therapeutic principles morphed into the 5 Ma Yoga® alignment principles – or the Five Sacred Steps – that use our more feminine, co-creative, intuitive Self. We always work on multiple levels, never just physical, and connected to the whole.

The “healing” and “therapeutics” denomination are not Yoga Alliance registered, but rather come through my Masters in Exercise Science as well as years of working with women’s bodies, minds and hearts.

The Five Ma Yoga Alignment Principles, or Five Sacred Steps  – We will dive into each step, and practice applying them , and how to apply them to our every day poses to get and keep students out of pain.  The Yoga of Healing Cobra adjustment

Women’s bodies – We will address particular discomforts and injuries using women’s bodies as our model, as well as common challenges along the journey to Yoga of Healing for Women laborincluding infertility, dyastisis recti, and back labor.

See energetic flow – Once you have these tools, you will be able to see where misalignments occur and help shift people in to a healing direction. By looking closely at specific issues related to pregnancy and postpartum, you will come to know intimately what the body needs physically and energetically to maintain ease and strength even in the most unstable and depleted times. 

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And finally, you will be part of an ever-growing, global community of yoga teachers, birth practitioners, and mamas who use birth as our guru to find our own open, strong, creative center – no matter what challenges arise!

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