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 daily movement.
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 fitness professionals.
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 iyengar techniques.
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 seven years.”
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 you!"