Yoga for the Spine Immersion
with Andrea Peloso
Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5, 2019

This immersive and applied training will provide participants with an understanding of how to genuinely benefit and protect the spine in yoga – a subject often misunderstood and even avoided in contemporary yogic education.

As we go through each course component, participants will “taste test” each asana and then see the residue created in the body. Andrea will make sure that each person has the intended experience of each exercise. We will make anatomy lessons and biomechanics simple and explore five different ways to help the spine and pelvis in yoga: biomechanics, traction, strengthening, stretching, and relaxation combined. We will experience first hand how to make the spine feel fantastic in asana and keep it free of injury. We will also discuss related concepts of non-violence and the modern context of yoga as it is generally taught in the west. Come prepared to have fun, explore theory and practice, unpack postural analysis, and learn how yoga benefits the spine.

Course Outline

  • Participants will receive an overview of the physiology of how properly applied yoga helps the spine, how the spine is impacted by daily life, and a special yoga routine for the spine.
  • They will gain insight into how existing yoga is helping and sometimes harming the spine. From this foundation, participants will move into experiencing elongation and natural curves of the spine.
  • Participants will learn how to create length in the spine and to protect the vertebral column and organs. Participants will experience applied anatomy, look at the spine, and practice yoga to understand the effect of gravity and mechanics.
  • Participants will find a new sense of space, alignment, and length in their spine and pelvis.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will gain a “3D” sense of their bodies and will have the ability to feel when they are honouring their anatomy and biomechanics.
  • Participants will gain clarity on how to genuinely apply ahimsa (non-violence) in their practice and to heal with their practice.
  • Participants will stop thinking of yoga asana as merely stretching the body but come to understand it in terms of the five key elements for balance: biomechanics, traction, strengthening, stretching and relaxation.
  • Participants will gain a personal understanding of creating a “positive residue” in the body after asana and will be able to distinguish this from more confusing and less clear experiences after asana.
  • Participants will learn to feel basic principles of anatomy as they practice and will understand what makes a dangerous or healthy asana for the spine.


Optional: 30 Essential Yoga Poses by Judith Hanson Lasater.

Assignment (20 Hour Option)

Each participant will choose one individual and offer a 1-hour private class using the techniques gained from this training. They will choose four techniques learned in the training and photograph or make short videos. Participants will write about the exercises they chose and why.

Dates and Timings

  • Friday, May 3, 2019 – 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 9 am to 5 pm

Cost and Registration

$325.00 per person for 15 hours or $420.00 per person for 20 hours.  Both options include a certificate.

Please review the Course Outline and complete any requirements listed before the start of the course.

The 15 hour option is open to Yoga Teachers of all disciplines and the general public with 6 months to 1 year of regular yoga practice recommended for participation.

For 200 hour certified Yoga Teachers the 20 hour option provides CEUs with Yoga Alliance.  This course is also part of our Yoga Alliance 300 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training.

300 Hour Program Core Module: 20 Hours

In the event you are unable to attend the course after registration, please refer to our Refund Policy.

About Andrea

Smitten with yoga at age 15 and teaching since age 22,  Andrea has 18 years of teaching experience and over 2000 hours of yoga training with many senior teachers including Ramanand Patel, Francois Raoult, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty.  She has more than 800 hours of study  with Judith Lasater who she has assisted and studied with since 2004.

Andrea served as an faculty at George Brown College for 5 years as a lecturer and creating curriculum on critical thinking and cultural analysis before her yoga teaching practice drew her out of city.  She shares yoga in Canada and in the United States, Japan, Europe and Oceania offering teacher trainings and workshops in Restorative Yoga, Applied Anatomy, Asana, and full teacher trainings.  She has a degree in Philosophy including Eastern and Indian Philosophy.  Her articles and podcasts can be found online.

Andrea has an energetic, gentle and caring teaching style and seeks to make her classes educational, clear, fun and inclusive.  Andrea is known for attempting jokes in class which are only sometimes funny.

Andrea Peloso is a dedicated teacher who I trust to offer excellent instruction. She cares deeply for yoga students and the practice of yoga.”