Online Trainings & Workshops

YOGA INJURIES & READING BODIES with RON REID & MARLA MEENAKSHI JOY. Downward Dog Yogastudio, Toronto. 35 HR Intensive. Yoga Alliance certified.

June 19-21, 2020
June 26-28, 2020

Fridays 6:00pm-9:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays 10:00am-5:00pm

$300 + HST for June 19-21 weekend only
$550 + HST for both weekends — Early Bird Rate: $500 + HST (Save $50 if registered by May 25)

Register online, email, or call: 416-703-8805 to reserve your spot.

If you wish to attend all four weekends of Sequencing & The Art of Teaching and Yoga Assists & Injury Prevention ($1,000 + HST), please email us:

This workshop will live stream via the Zoom app. Prior to the start of the workshop, you will receive a meeting invite with the link and password to join the meeting. 



Ahimsa, one of the key principles of “The 8 limbs of Yoga” in Ashtanga Yoga, translates to “do no harm.” Most yoga-related injuries result from either misalignment or pushing beyond a healthy depth of practice. To identify the boundaries of a student’s practice, as well as the means by which to shift those boundaries slowly and safely, teachers require a different form of knowledge than what they hone leading led classes. This knowledge not only comes from one’s own personal practice but the understanding that going deeper involves awakening the body’s inner intelligence. Out of this experience, we as teachers guide others toward a deeper relationship with the practice itself.

Students will gain understanding in the following topics:

Ahimsa and the Art of Hands-On Adjustments
Learn the main principles in giving correct, alignment-based adjustments to your students. An adjustment needs to be effective, safe and enhance the quality of breath, alignment, and experience of the asana. We will cover how to train your eye to read bodies and “see” misalignments that can ultimately lead to injury. Learn how to support a grounded, stable approach to each pose by balancing energy and recognizing when key actions are missing. Understand the instructor’s role in helping students sustain a pose on their own, bringing a sense of trust and safety to the art of the hands-on approach. We will also discuss strategies for working with different body and personality types to allow maximum benefit for each student.

Observing Bodies
By watching our students as they move through their practice we may begin to notice certain common themes, like tight hips and hamstrings and also specific limitations unique to that student that may affect them in their practice. The ability to keenly observe different bodies is a very specific skill necessary for yoga teachers to be effective in applying the appropriate assist, modification and/or prop.

Modification & Therapeutic Applications
Modifying poses is a teacher’s way of tailoring a pose specifically to fit each student. Some of these modifications will be common and some less so, sometimes requiring experimentation to get it “right”. Students at times may require specific aids or props to help them with certain challenges they may be facing. Being aware of when and how to use these practice aids and or how to modify their approach to a given pose may be key in helping them to move forward in their practice.

Injury Assessment and Management
We will be exploring common injuries in the yoga practice that come up over time such as hamstring pulls or tears, sacroiliac joint issues, herniated discs, scoliosis, and other structural or functional issues. We will identify tools in both recognizing the challenge the student has, as well as working with adjustments, props and alternate exercises that might benefit them to overcome the injury or limitation. Often the source of limitation is based on acute injuries and/or long-term pre-existing conditions. Being aware of common injuries and their causes will help us to guide our students toward an injury-free practice.