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2018/1/19 The Philosophy Talk

2018/1/20-21 Weekend Workshop

2018/1/22-26 5-day Immersion

Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga and Fascial Distortion Model

The physical practice of hatha yoga basically seeks to maximize freedom of movement while minimizing pain — especially chronic pain that comes from limited or imbalanced movement. In the newest therapeutic insights in contemporary thought, we are coming to understand the cause of much of our chronic pain as arising from ‘distortions’ in the fascia, a specific form of the connective tissue in our body. This perspective is described as the ‘Fascial Distortion Model,’ and it is very practical. There are six types of fascial distortion, a few of which especially appear as the most common causes of pain in yoga and in life. We’ll be exploring how to resolve these distortions through our practice, so we can bring about the greatest freedom and creativity in movement — in body, breath and mind — as we connect back to our own Self, our own self-awareness, from which insight and creativity flows.

  • About Doug Keller
  • The Philosophy Talk
  • Weekend Workshop
  • 5-day Immersion
  • Tuition

Doug Keller’s background reflects a lifelong commitment to studying, imbibing and sharing the vast field of knowledge and practice known as yoga. After receiving degrees in philosophy from Georgetown and Fordham Universities in the United States, and teaching philosophy at college level for several years, Doug pursued his ‘post-graduate’ education in the practical experience of yoga at the Siddha meditation ashram, Gurudev Siddha Peeth, in India, for seven years, and spent a total of 14 years doing service, practicing, training in and teaching yoga in Siddha meditation ashrams worldwide.

He received intensive training in the Iyengar system in New York City, practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in India, and became one of the first certified Anusara yoga teachers, producing three highly respected books on asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy. His work has since taken him beyond the confines of the Anusara system. Doug’s further expansion in learning is reflected in his latest and most in-depth work, ‘Yoga as Therapy’, which is one of the most comprehensive, innovative and useful treatments of the structural aspect of yoga therapy available.

Doug’s teaching is rooted in a vast and inclusive perspective of study and practice that honors the insights of the many streams of wisdom that flow into the river of yoga. A regular columnist for Yoga+ Magazine, writing the ‘Asana Solutions’ column that addresses specific therapeutic problems, Doug is a ERYT500 with Yoga Alliance and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Spirit and Practice: the Challenge of the Bhagavad-Gita

The Bhagavad-Gita is an important work to contemplate for coming to our own understanding of the relationship of our spiritual or ‘inner’ life to the practical life of action and responsibility that we live day-to-day.

It presents a deep and spiritual understanding of the ‘Self’ that distills the wisdom of yoga from the Upanishads. But it takes up a great challenge at the same time. Where ‘yoga’ was more for the monk and the ‘forest-dweller’ sages of the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita takes up the question of how we are to live according to this vision as ordinary, active people who have not renounced family or society or responsibilities. And as a poetic work, it frames the question in the context of a battle, in which the choices to be made are difficult, demanding and sometimes seemingly impossible. They are the questions of responsibility — our spiritual responsibility to ourselves, as well as to our loved ones, our society and our world.

In this talk, Doug will explain the story that provides the context for this contemplation, and what it suggests as a rich challenge to our own self-inquiry. The ‘answers’ that Krishna presents — especially in terms of the moral principle of dharma he urges Arjuna to follow — reflect the time and context of that society, and we are invited to question and contemplate them in order to come to our own deeper understanding in a very different time and place — especially in light of the outcome of the story!

The talk will be an invitation — in the context of an entertaining and stimulating story of the characters in the dialogue — to contemplate how we fit our inner life to our outer actions, and the principles by which we do so. By being so practical, it challenges us to look deeper into our inner life, beyond the philosophical language of yoga texts, and how we can and should manifest that in our outer life. In the end, the dialogue suggests that the good and virtuous life is not one of moral ‘rules,’ but of conscience and vision. And that the answers are never ‘easy’ to ‘know,’ but have to be lived.

Daily Schedule

2018/1/19 19:00-21:00



No CE Credits

Event Location

SPACE YOGA An-Ho / 16F, #27, An-Ho Road, Section 1, Taipei 106, Taiwan

The Weekend Workshop will introduce this idea of fascial distortion and how to recognize it as it arises in practice. Specific topics will be:

  • How to take care of your spine through actions of the core
  • How to recognize problems or pain arising from imbalanced actions in practice
  • How to care for your hips, knees, feet and sacrum (first day)
  • How to take care of your neck, shoulders, elbows and wrists (second day)

Each day will center around practicing the different classes of poses, and specific principles for how to both support and ‘unwind’ in these poses to experience the flow of energy they are meant to produce. The workshop will include an active practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra.


All Level

Daily Schedule

09:30 – 12:00 Morning Session
14:00 – 16:30 Afternoon Session

CE Credit

10 hours of CEU credits for Yoga Alliance

Event Location

SPACE CYCLE Studio/ 13F., No.200, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City 106, Taiwan

Hatha yoga was never simply about stretching, or even seeking simply ‘fitness’ and strength, though it certainly includes the benefits of flexibility and strength. Hatha yoga focused on the blocks or ‘knots’ — physical as well as energetic and emotional — that get in the way of the creative flow of thought and movement, and which cause pain. This was described in terms of the flow of energy — prana or chi — through channels in the body on many levels.

In the immersion, we will explore how the fascia works as the medium of prana, chi or consciousness in the body, and the concrete lines of fascia along which this flows — very similarly to the meridians. We will learn the basic types of fascial distortion, understand how they arise and manifest (especially in yoga practice) and how the practice can be refined in order to resolve these distortions for a greater and more pain-free flow of energy.

Specific topics will include

  • health of the back in connection with the Core, through a refined practice of the bandhas in asana;
  • in-depth treatment of pain from fascial distortions in the neck, shoulders and arms, with principles for working with the neck, shoulders and arms in the many classes of yoga postures;
  • deep treatment of hip and knee pain as well as the role of the feet as a foundation for movement, and recognizing the fascial distortions giving rise to these problems.
  • recognizing patterns of movement that destabilize the spine and cause problems in the limbs,
  • understanding the connections through the myofascial ‘Sutras’ described in my book, ‘The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga.’
  • a deeper look into Yoga Nidra and its role in yoga, especially in connection to meditation, pranayama and the issue of emotional blocks, whether conscious or unconscious, that hamper creative living.

Each day will include asana practice and will cover fascial distortions in specific areas of the body through the lens of asana practice, with principles of practice for overcoming them. We will cover the causes of typical injuries in yoga practice (as well as injuries that bring people to the practice of yoga for healing), and how yoga can be practiced to help the body heal itself from these injuries.

Each day will finish with a practice that is a combination of yoga nidra and meditation, which will include inquiry into breath and mantra. And through explanation of the process, we will go deeper into its many layers.

A detailed manual designed specifically for the immersion will be provided to everyone taking part in it, as included in the immersion.

Daily Schedule

09:00 – 12:00 Morning Session
14:00 – 17:00 Afternoon Session

CE Credit

30 hours of CEU credits for Yoga Alliance

Event Location

SPACE CYCLE Studio/ 13F., No.200, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City 106, Taiwan

Weekend Workshop

Each Day Early Bird Price Register till 2017/11/8 Pre-Training Price Register between 2017/11/9-12/20 Regular Price
SPACE Members NT$4,320 (20% off) NT$4,860 NT$5,400
NON-SAPCE Members NT$4,860 (10% off) NT$5,130 NT$5,400
SPACE 200/500 TT Graduates NT$4,050 (25% off) 11/9 Members or Non-Members rates apply to all
  • SPACE workshop discount vouchers are only valid during the Early Bird Special (before 2017/11/8).

5-day Immersion

Early-Bird Price Register till 2017/11/8 Regular Price
SPACE Members NT$28,600 (12% off) NT$32,500
NON-SAPCE Members NT$30,360 (12% off) NT$34,500
  • Graduates of previous SPACE 200-hour/500-hour TT programs who register and pay for the 5-day immersion before 9/6 will receive an additional 10% off.
  • SPACE workshop discount vouchers are not valid for this immersion.
  • Minimum number of registration to hold the course: 20 students
  • SPACE will video record and photograph the training for our records and promotion purposes
  • Depending on the teacher’s discretion, students may sound record, take video or photos (no flash) for personal use as long as it is not distracting, but please do not post videos on public platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube, etc).
  • To register and reserve your space for the course, please first fill out the online application form then complete the payment process.
  • If you have any questions regarding the course, please email or call our event service hotline: 02-27087133 (service hours: weekdays 10:00 – 19:00)

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