April 12-15 2018 • METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE

Faculty - Kim McNeil

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YogaTheory™: How the old way of practicing is leaving us broken and how yoga therapy can help to change that.

Kim McNeil - TH1MCN

Our bodies tell a story. Like a bad poker face, they give away our habits with how they move--or don't move. If we look, listen and feel for the tell, we can find out a lot of information about how to improve how we move and, ultimately, how to avoid injury. Yoga is a research-backed practice that can help manage and reduce pain, improve a person's mobility and stability, lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, improve sleep and boost mood. With a little effort, an open mind and a new way of approaching your practice, you can reap the benefits of yoga as a therapy. In this class, you'll learn ways to easily incorporate yoga therapy into your practice so you can break old movement habits and compensations, reduce pain that has been nagging you for years and improve your overall mental and physical health. Specifically, you'll be taught how some of the most-common teaching cues are hurting us and how we can cue differently to keep our students safer. You'll learn how doing less to move into and out of a pose can offer us more in the long run in terms of improved strength, mobility and flexibility. Call it easy yoga. Heck, call it lazy yoga! But discover it for what it is: safe yoga.

THURSDAY APRIL 12

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM (6 HRS)

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Calm: How meditation and gratitude can help your mood and reduce stress.

Kim McNeil - SA1MCN

Mood disorders affect the entire body and mind. Physical symptoms include fatigue, stomach issues, muscle and joint pain. Mood disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses in Canada. Although many suggest meditation, yoga and positive thinking are magical solutions to grief and pain, Kim disagrees. As a yoga therapist, she believes in the research-backed benefits of meditation and yoga. Kim looks at meditation and yoga as two pieces in one's mental health toolbox to help manage stress, anxiety and mood disorders, and ultimately help one live a happier, healthier life, because research has shown the benefits of a meditation practice to those with stress, anxiety and depression. Gratitude is an especially powerful technique that can easily become part of your daily routine. Through the use of great story telling, teaching experience and personal experience, Kim will teach participants about the fundamentals of gratitude meditation and guide students through a practice. Participants will learn how gratitude meditation can help them maintain good mental health. A story about grief and whisky is included.

SATURDAY APRIL 14

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2 HRS)

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Happy Joints™: How to adapt yoga for those living with arthritis.

Kim McNeil - SU3MCN

Too often those with arthritis are left out of yoga classes or forced to sit out of a pose they aren't able to practice. Yoga therapy is a perfect tool for those living with arthritis because it allows them to continue to stay active without putting undue strain or stress on joints. When you understand how joints should and shouldn't move, you can get creative with how to adapt a yoga class for those with arthritis. In this workshop, you'll learn pose variations, prop use and move to avoid so that you can continue to practice or guide those with arthritis. You'll learn how to keep joints safe and stable during a yoga class by understanding the limitations of joint movement, learning contraindications of certain poses for arthritis and understanding how to adjust a pose during flare episodes. We'll dive into the research into the benefits of yoga therapy for arthritis, discuss the role the stress response plays inflammation and explore poses to help the mind and body relax.

SUNDAY APRIL 15

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (2 HRS)

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