Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training: Musculoskeletal–1

Not scheduled at this time.

Faculty Nicole DeAvilla

We are not currently accepting new students in the Ananda Yoga Therapy Training


Learn how to use the tools of yoga to improve the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of your students.  There will be special emphasis on the most common problems of the lower back, as well as other back and joint issues most often encountered by yoga teachers. You’ll also learn when to refer students to a health care provider.

Specifically, you will learn:

  • How to reduce the risk of re-injury and increase strength safely
  • To increase range of motion and flexibility
  • To improve chronic postural problems
  • To identify and respond appropriately to structural, muscular, joint, nerve or disease processes
  • Post-op basics
  • Basic yoga therapy for scoliosis, replaced joints, and other issues
  • To read the body for tension, laxity, and minute misalignments
  • Proven techniques for a variety of musculo-skeletal issues
  • Lower back problems from general “stiffness” to chronic and acute conditions
  • What to do about shoulders, from frozen to dislocated
  • To understand and correct issues in the knees such as instability, ACL injury, extensor mechanism malfunction
  • Hip strength, ROM, flexibility, and optimal function
  • And more…

For more information, see Course Syllabus.

This course emphasizes learning practical skills.  How to work in both group situations and with private clients will be covered.   Much time will be devoted to teaching practice, sometimes with actual clients. 

For those who have previously taken both of the Yoga Therapy courses offered at The Expanding Light by Nicole DeAvilla: those courses will be considered the equivalent of this new course. However, there will be a Home Practice Assignment that you will need to complete to get Yoga Therapy credit for Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training: Musculoskeletal-1.

For those who have taken only ONE of Nicole’s Yoga Therapy courses: it is necessary to take this new 9-day course in order to fulfill this requirement for Ananda Yoga Therapy Training.

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In July 2018, this program will be held at Gaia House, a beautiful large home managed by The Expanding Light within Ananda Village.  There are six bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, a large main room, a full kitchen, and a teaching room.  We usually charge deluxe rates for Gaia House accommodations, but for this course, we are offering all but one of the rooms at a standard room price. One room that has its own full private bath and double bed will be charged as a deluxe room.

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Nicole DeAvilla

Nicole DeAvilla

Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist

E-RYT500, RPYT = Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, RCYT = Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher
Nicole completed her initial Ananda Yoga(R) Teacher Training in 1984 at The Expanding Light Retreat. She has a background in Sports Medicine Research, chiropractic physiotherapy, dance, track, writing and parent education.

  • Pioneer yoga instructors in prenatal/postpartum yoga and yoga therapy. She teaches advanced teacher training in yoga therapy and prenatal/postpartum yoga and private instruction to yoga teachers. Nicole teaches students of yoga from beginners to advanced
  • Former member International Association of Yoga Therapists Accreditation Committee – charged with implementing the new Educational Standards for Yoga Therapists
  • Faculty for Ananda Yoga Therapist Training and Prenatal Yoga Training at the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation
  • Yoga Researcher, Author of numerous articles and blog posts
  • Public Speaker

E-RYT500 = Experienced Yoga Teacher having completed a minimum 500 hour training, has at least 2000 hours of teaching experience and has taught at least 4 years since graduating.

Nicole’s hours, training and experience far exceed these minimum requirements with nearly 30 years of teaching and 25 years of training yoga teachers and yoga therapists she has over 10,000 hours of experience
RPYT = Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher
RCYT = Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher

“Nicole is an excellent, attentive instructor. She is detailed oriented and creative, able to give exactly what I was asking about!”A.P.
“Nicole is an amazing teacher. She is very knowledgeable. I learned a lot more about yoga and proper alignment in one weekend than in my 5 years of yoga practice.”A.C.
“Nicole is knowledgeable, informative, friendly, and a wonderful example of spirituality.”KL
“I enjoyed the personal attention.”

See all programs, articles, and full bio of Nicole DeAvilla.

No dates scheduled for Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training: Musculoskeletal–1 at this time.

Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodations, meals, classes or activities, and course materials.

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Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training: Musculoskeletal–1 starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date listed. Check-in is anytime between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at our Front Desk. Your room will be available by 3:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30. The first gathering of your group is after dinner.
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You can add extra personal retreat days before and/or after your program. Check availability and costs for the days and accommodations that you require.

Ananda Yoga® Therapy Training: Musculoskeletal–1 starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

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The yoga therapy components of these courses are based on our accreditation by IAYT, not derived from our status as an RYS with Yoga Alliance Registry.

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