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Essential Tools for Teaching: Therapeutic Yoga for the Neck and Shoulders; Scoliosis & Breath Hygiene


The dedicated yoga teacher recognizes the learning process is never complete, but rather it is our job to constantly refine our ‘vidya’, and increase our knowledge of the teachings and practices of yoga. Certified Yoga Therapist Robin Rothenberg happily returns to Santa Fe to share her expertise in the areas of structural support for students with chronic neck and shoulder pain as well as scoliosis, building on the foundation created through the Essential Low Back Training. In addition, Robin will offer new insight into the ancient practices of pranayama, redefining our mainstream understanding of a ‘healthy breath’.  Backed by respiratory science, this brief course in breath hygiene will illuminate and transform every breath you take!  As always, Robin will weave the yoga sutras and self-reflection into the tapestry of functional anatomy and physiology. She’ll deliver the course with her usual mix of precision and humor, inviting exploration, inspiration and deep learning for all.

Tuition for entire workshop: $650 (See below for module options)

Stay at Las Palomas, a boutique hotel in Santa Fe, and get a room discount plus a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast.  Check in Tuesday April 18 and depart on Monday April 24, 2017: Las Palomas Studio - $99     Las Palomas Casita - $139  Plus, receive a 15% discount on all spa treatments at the Spa at Hotel Santa Fe.

Stay at Las Palomas, a boutique hotel in Santa Fe, and get a room discount plus a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. 

Check in Tuesday April 18 and depart on Monday April 24, 2017:

Las Palomas Studio - $99    

Las Palomas Casita - $139 

Plus, receive a 15% discount on all spa treatments at the Spa at Hotel Santa Fe.


Workshop Schedule:

Breath Hygiene

Essentials of Breath Hygiene: The Health Hazards of Deep Breathing

Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Essential Breath Practices that Will Change Your Life

Thursday, April 20, 9 am - 12 pm

The ancient yogis understood the intricate link between breath and prana and the importance of conserving the  former to increase the latter. In our contemporary transmission of pranayama practices, we tend to make the breath a muscular action emphasizing bigger rather than attuning to the subtle quality of prana. Not only is this contrary to the yoga texts, but it can have adverse consequences to physiologic and psycho-emotional health by destabilizing pH, increasing inflammation and deoxygenating the tissues. Relevant to every yoga practitioner, this presentation will illuminate the science of respiration and its impact on every inflammatory, stress driven condition such as: adrenal fatigue, IBS, HBP, asthma, anxiety, diabetes, snoring/sleep apnea and food cravings. Wednesday evening will offer a Power Point/lecture format and discussion.


Thursday will build on these concepts through asana and pranayama practices, linking breath hygiene to everyday living and exercise to optimize health. Open to the community (not teacher exclusive), this program may be life-changing for anyone contending with a chronic health condition!

Fee: $175


Therapeutic Yoga for the Neck, Shoulders, and Scoliosis

Essential Tools for the Neck and Shoulders

Thursday, April 20, 1:30 - 5:30 pm

Friday, April 21, 9 am - 5:30 pm

Essential Tools for Structural Integration and Health

Sunday, April 23, 9 am - noon

This Teacher Training details fundamental principles to adapt yoga practices for common neck and shoulder conditions as well as support to address the complexity of scoliosis. Robin will utilize her extensive knowledge of the Anatomy Trains fascial model and her expertise in yoga therapy to help teachers understand how to safely support students in alleviating tension, increasing strength, resilience and postural integration in the upper body. Building on the the principles laid out in the Essential Low Back Program, Robin will link core support and stabilization as it applies to the architecture of the body through asana.

Though not a requirement, previous exposure to these principles will help teachers assimilate this course. Saturday’s Scoliosis workshop will be an exploratory learning format inclusive of members from the community with scoliosis who are interested in learning how yoga can help release tension and improve posture and organ health.

Fee: $550

Community members with scoliosis may attend Saturday only for $125 (non-teachers)