This print continuing education course will help you identify and
improve your clients’ postural habits, misalignments, asymmetries, and
compensations as you apply the lessons of yoga and mind–body methods to
Identify and improve your clients’ postural habits, misalignments, asymmetries and compensations as you apply the lessons of yoga and mind-body methods to daily movement. This inspirational course combines balanced movement, grace and flow, mind-body techniques and core strength. It features 16 basic Pilates mat exercises and yoga as a form of body-sculpt. Assist your clients to cultivate personal transformation through awareness and self-discovery!
Identify the most common asymmetrical pattern in the human body.
Define the term 'good use' and explain why it becomes more important as we go.
Identify the primary core musculature that determines the body's basic posture.
Use twelve key bony landmarks as a cueing strategy.
Use three key anatomical lines as a cueing strategy.
Use the base of support as a cueing strategy.
Create and use imagery (visualization) as a cueing strategy.
Teach sixteen simplified basic pilates mat work exercises.
Understand the differences between Classical and Operant Conditioning.
Identify the most common motivations and barriers facing adult learners.
About the course / about the author
Part One: Addressing the Asymmetrical Body
The myth of perfect symmetry
The problem with compensations
Part Two: Re-educating Proper Use
Somatic training principles for restoring symmetry
Somatic training methods for restoring symmetry
Part Three: The Mind-Body Techniques
Why are mind-body methods important?
Guidelines for the inquiries
Worksheets: “How do I teach this concept?”
Part Four: The Pilates Influence
Mat work exercises in the program
Part Five: Yoga Sculpt
A challenging program
The Yoga Sculpt Format
Part Six: The Psychology of Learning
How do we learn?
Other theoretical interpretations of learning
From the classroom - into real life
Part Seven: Continuing Education Exam
A continuing education course for yoga and Pilates instructors and other
LindaChristy Weiler, MS, is the executive director of the Academy
of Holistic Fitness. She earned her MS degree in somatic studies (the
self experienced as a body) and BA in psychology. She is a certified
fitness instructor and has been a continuing education specialist for
the American Council on Exercise (ACE) since 1996. She is a professional
member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science
(IADMS). Her yoga background includes sivananda, kriya, bikram, and
Weiler served as director of the yoga and fitness program for the Hindu
Cultural Center at the Ganesha Temple in Nashville for 11 years, and she
created NETA’s (National Exercise Trainers’ Association) popular
contemporary yoga specialty certificate program. Currently she teaches
small-group workshops and private classes in somatic yoga, adult dance
and movement education, and postural restructuring.
What distinguishes her teaching is her interest in the effect of this
work on the total person, not just on the body. She believes that
health, fitness, and lifetime happiness are attained through a
combination of physical, psychological, and spiritually based training
techniques and that the essential qualities of poise, self-respect,
inherent nobility, discipline, and loving kindness are integral aspects
of optimal wellness.
“I teach Pilates and yoga and now have a better understanding of
somatic awareness and different techniques that I have already begun to
apply to my classes.”
K. Kobelak—Fremont, Indiana
"Enlighten Your Body offers excellent cues for students to ensure
improved form and safety for yoga classes. The segment regarding how
students learn provides valuable insight."
D. Hurley—Santa Monica, California
"I work with a lot of people with chronic back and hip pain. This
course provides good ways to teach individuals how to turn off and tune
in to their own bodies through practical exercises. The course
strengthened my professional and personal understanding that an
individual can change faulty patterns of use and become pain-free."
G. Whittemore—Fredericksburg, Virginia
“I learned to cue by bony landmarks and to reinforce the proper form
by turning students away from the mirror so that they can feel the
movements and poses. I gained more technical knowledge about the body,
but the most valuable information I learned from this course was the
psychology of learning. I think the course was exceptional and I know I
will use this as a resource over and over again.”
A. Kinsey—Orange Park, Florida
“I learned much more about how yoga applies to somatic awareness,
anatomical misalignments, and the three stages students go through to
learn. The course was challenging even though I have taught for over
S. Mitchell—Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
“This course was extremely well presented. I gained extended
knowledge and new techniques to enhance core training and functional
fitness. It was a pleasure to study. It will be used immediately with my
clients and for my personal use.”
K. Wolf—Cleveland, Ohio
"I really liked the attention to detail, the great explanations, and
that the course was very thorough yet not too complicated. I have been
teaching yoga, Pilates, and body sculpting classes for quite a while,
and your philosophy on how to teach students is very refreshing. Thank