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Toronto

April 9-12, 2015

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Christine Felstead
Christine Felstead has successfully married her twin passions for yoga and running to develop something unique, tested and effective: a yoga program designed specifically for runners. Christine pioneered the development of Yoga for Runners and today is the leading authority on the practice. She presents at international conferences and has appeared in numerous publications. Through her best-selling DVDs, The Essentials: Beginner Program and Intermediate Program, and her teacher training program her work has spread globally. Her much anticipated book, Yoga for Runners was released in Fall 2013
Thursday April 09, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm     TH6FEL
Yoga for Runners: Hips Intensive - Unleash the Power
All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy
Optimal forward propulsion is required for an efficient running stride and limited hip extension and restricted range of motion in the hip joint will severely hinder forward movement. Adequate hip extension through the propulsive phase will increase stride length and create running speed and efficiency. Researchers are also hypothesizing that hip muscle weakness or inflexibility can play a significant role in the development of running-related injuries. The pelvis is central to the desired movement and requires a balance of strength, stability and flexibility. This workshop will examine the key elements required to create freedom and stability in the hips in order to improve function and performance. The practice will include both stretching and strengthening to help align the pelvis to neutral and create the ability to unleash a powerful and efficient running stride.
Friday April 10, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm     FR2FEL
Yoga for Runners - Core Stability
All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy, Therapeutic
A weak core can negatively affect the biomechanics of the pelvis, spine and legs, impede running performance and increase risk of injury. Optimal core function involves a balance of mobility and stability and a strong core is vital to being a strong runner. Integrated core stability can maximize running performance, maintain a balanced center of gravity and control lower limb motion while running. This workshop will examine the core from all the body's dimensions - front, back, bottom and top. Participants will be led through an awakening, fun and challenging yoga practice.
Saturday April 11, 2015 8:00 am - 10:00 am     SA1FEL
Yoga for Runners - Healthy Knees
All Levels, Teacher Training, Anatomy
Knee problems are the most common type of running injury. Many knee issues relate to biomechanical factors that put extra load on the knee or imbalanced muscle actions that creates knee joint torque. Yoga can stabilize and strengthen the knee joint when specific actions are mindfully executed. However yoga can also lead to or exacerbate knee problems when poses are done with little attention to detail and approached aggressively. This session will examine the anatomical structure of the knee; the most common yoga poses that may pose a risk to the knees and key alignment principles for a knee-safe yoga practice. In addition, specific strengthening exercises for the knee will be included.