Rehabilitation and Modification for Injuries
Tools for yoga and fitness instructors working with injured students
40-hour certification in Injury Modification & Rehabilitation with Michele Pernetta and Todd Taylor
In the yoga and fitness industry today, many more people are coming to class with injuries or issues, looking for a natural way to heal. It is important that instructors not just keep the person safe, but actually offer modifications and rehabilitation exercises that will help them in their quest for healing.
Our work is primarily grounded in yoga wisdom, which has informed many physiotherapy and rehabilitation exercises for decades. We have now expanded our classes and courses to include rehabilitation and physiotherapy wisdom to provide a practical, wide-reaching set of tools for yoga teachers and fitness professionals to use to enhance whichever discipline they teach, and offer more options to their clients.
This course is registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals.
This 20 hour course is one of the first in-depth certifications for certified yoga teachers and fitness instructors to:
- Increase their knowledge of how to teach tried and tested exercises scientifically proven to help rehabilitate certain injuries
- Learn how to modify over 50 yoga postures that span all yoga styles and offer guidance for modifying many types of exercise or asana
- Learn proven physiotherapy exercises to support common injuries
- Understand how to not only modify for individuals, but how to do this on the spot within a class setting
- Learn how to include the student in the process so they understand what they might work on, how and why
You will learn and practice how to:
- Work with common injuries including disc prolapse, sacrum and sacroiliac problems, hamstring injuries, psoas and hip issues and the three main types of knee injury
- Suggest modifications for the above as well as unspecified pain with no apparent “cause”, arthritis and generalised joint pain
- Provide modifications for the main yoga asanas that span all yoga systems and learn principles for modifying all poses
- Learn which common asana alignment errors can cause injury or wear and tear even to a healthy body
- Work with older students, the very stiff or overweight
- Recognise the safest option for students, fast
- Understand how to work with neck, wrist, shoulder and other injuries
This course is for teachers from all yoga and fitness backgrounds, from the new teacher to the more experienced, eager to increase their knowledge and understanding of how to work with injured students and provide alternatives and modifications for safety and rehabilitation.
Most injury trainings are geared to the one-on-one private class setting and most teachers work with injured students one-on-one. However many people prefer the support of a group class, and to not feel “different” just because they have a physical issue, and many can not afford a private session. So we also wanted to support teachers in addressing injured students needs in a busy class setting.
- 3 hours - lower back injury modifications
- 2 hours back, pelvis and sacrum anatomy
- 3 hours - knee injury modifications
- 2 hours – knee, shoulder, hip anatomy
- 1 hour - the psychology of pain
- 1 hours - recognising an issue, approaching an issue, suggesting modifications to students
- 3 hours - anatomy of pelvis, knee and spine with reference to injury
- 2 hours - modification practise
- 1 hour - hands on adjustments
- 1 hour - neck, shoulder wrist and other less common injuries
- 1 hour - how to ensure the student is on the right track, signs, cautions, referrals, etc.
About the course tutors
Michele Pernetta has taught over 250,000 students over a 25 year career and is the founder of Fierce Grace Yoga and the Course Leader of Fierce Grace Teacher Training. A personal student of Bikram Choudhury and Larry Schultz, Michele brought Hot Yoga to the UK and Europe in 1999. Michele's extensive experience and qualifications in Bikram, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Rocket, Martial Arts and Massage Therapy - as well as her decades of study in health and meditation - culminated in the launch of the Fierce Grace system in 2013. Michele personally healed her knees through yoga, and has helped countless students successfully rehabilitate a whole range of issues.
Todd is a Certified Massage Therapist and holds Full Body Certifications in A.R.T. (Active Release Techniques.) Todd is an experienced certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher and Pilates Instructor. He started his work in ART in San Francisco working with the Gaelic Football League and has received his training from leading physiotherapists and chiropractors in both the United States and Europe including Dr. Michael Leahy, developer of ART. He currently works in London treating patients at clinics and teaching yoga.
Course teacher: Michele Pernetta and Todd Taylor
Course Location: Fierce Grace North and Queens Crescent Community Association
Course Requirement: Certified Teachers from all backgrounds including Yoga, Pilates, fitness, etc
Dates: Next dates tbc
If you would like to be contacted when the next course date is announced, or have any other questions, please email [email protected]