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YOGA FOR AMPUTEES Teacher Training

YOGA FOR AMPUTEES trains yoga teachers, yoga therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists how to effectively teach yoga to the amputee population .


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  • Teacher Training

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Jun 5 to
Jun 7
17:30 pmto17:30 pm

Portland, Oregon
Portland Yoga



Full Description

Yoga for Amputees is a training for yoga teachers, occupational therapists, yoga therapists, social workers, prosthetists, physical therapists, sports rehab doctors, amputees and anyone working with amputees. In this workshop participants will learn Types of amputation and reasons for amputation, basic physical(major muscle groups and nerves affected), psychological and emotional effects of amputation(5 stages of grief), observation skills for range of motion, how to safely adapt yoga poses to above, below and upper extremity amputees, and creative visualization techniques for wholeness. Amputees make up 2.5 million people in the US, with 56,000 new cases every month. Over 1,000 amputees have returned from the war in Iraq. Yoga for Amputees offers both a lifeline of recovery from limb loss as well as possibility and reconnection to the Self. Yoga for Amputees is taught by Marsha Therese Danzig, herself a below knee amputee. She has been teaching yoga since 1998.

As a result of taking this program, the program participants will:

• Be able to differentiate types of amputation • Learn how to adapt yoga and breathing techniques to above and below knee, as well as upper extremity amputees • Learn what muscles groups are affected by amputation and the use of prosthetics • Be able to demonstrate and teach warm-ups and asana to amputees • Gain tools to help amputees develop strong core muscles, essential for walking with a prosthesis , balance and using crutches or a wheelchair. • Gain greater understanding of the psycho-emotional issues associated with amputation, and how yoga based tools can help heal psycho-emotional wounds • Teach yoga and meditation techniques to address phantom pain and other associated pain due to limb loss • Help amputees “ step forward” into the rest of their lives, integrated, whole and healthy. • Get support and resources for amputees to live full lives