Friday, March 15 6:00 – 9:00pm

Saturday, March 16 10:00am – 1:00pm & 1:30 – 4:00pm

Sunday, March 17 9:30am – 12:30pm

$230 +gst

 Please join us for a weekend workshop with David McAmmond and Anita Sielecki, international instructors and authors of "Yoga Therapy for Backs".

David and Anita will lead us through yoga postures for back, neck and shoulders which will be beneficial for maintaining their healthy functions.

They will also teach some very basic anatomy and pathology necessary to review and understand potentially dangerous postures and exercises, presenting self modifications

Our study of Restorative yoga starts with the nervous system as it controls all conscious and unconscious functions of the body. Of particular interest will be the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic nervous system is involved with the stress response. The parasympathetic system controls the relax, renew, and repair functions of the body. Restorative yoga is the perfect tool for turning on the parasympathetic system which is needed to counter the detrimental effects of long term stress.  The benefits are immediately evident in the management of heart disease and other stress related ailments. 

As a yoga teacher we all encounter students with a variety of muscular skeletal injuries. Most of these injuries occur to the main joints of the body, spine, shoulders, pelvis, and knees. Some of the damage may have been caused by the incorrect or overly enthusiastic practice of yoga. Whatever the cause we will approach our investigation the same way.

  • Review the anatomy relevant to the part of the body to be studied.

  • Understand the common ailments which may affect that part.

  • Investigate how life style, faulty exercise and the incorrect practice of yoga may be responsible for the   condition.

  • If disease or injury is present how the correct practice of yoga can help remedy the situation. 


About David McAmmond:

David is one of the great pioneers of yoga in Canada, creating many firsts in the field. After 50 years of practice, he is still a busy workshop teacher and writer. 

David has published a 263-page authoritative book on Yoga Therapy for Backs. 

David began his yoga life with his own meditation and asana practice in the 1970s.

He began teaching full time in 1975 with the Sivananda style, but his major influences came later from Dr. Bruce Carruthers, senior Iyengar Yoga teacher from Galliano, B.C. and Dr. S. V. Karandikar from Pune, India. 

He helped found the Alberta Yoga Association and later the Calgary Yoga Centre in the 1970s.

He helped design one of the first yoga teacher training programs in North America for the YAA.

He founded, one of the first three yoga prop companies in North America.

He co-founded Yoga Studio South, the first commercial yoga studio in Calgary in 1996.

He has studied yoga in India six times at Kabir Baug, Pune, with Dr. S. V. Karandikar, a prominent former student of BKS Iyengar. Together with Margot Kitchen, they were the first Canadians to run international workshops, starting in Puerto Vallarta in 1994.

 He set up restorative yoga teacher training programs in Mexico City, for which he is still a guest presenter. He has taught workshops in the U.S.A, Columbia, and Spain. 

 Looking back on his life of yoga he says: “I have realized that my love of yoga was the same as any other long-term love. Hot, intense and fiery in the beginning. Cooler, calmer but committed later.”

 His philosophy for teaching yoga is based on avoiding injury, “Do 80 percent of your potential,” he says, adding, “and maintain equanimity, stay connected, accept change.”

(Bio from Alberta Yoga College


About Anita Sielecki:

Anita has taught yoga for over 25 years. She has trained and was certified by Yamuna Zake as a Body Rolling instructor in 2000. She has considerable knowledge of therapeutic yoga and has been President of the Yoga Association of Alberta for 10 years.


To Register Call 780.450.9642, or Email Us

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