Yoga & Movement Workshop in the QC!

Movement is powerful

For most of my twenties I had horrible posture. I couldn’t stand up straight with my shoulders back if I tried. Having my grandmother and aunties always pulling my shoulders back was annoying, but not half as bad as when I was standing in line with my girlfriend and she started doing it too!

Three quarters of the way through chiropractic college, none of that had changed. Then I learned how human movement develops, and how typical dysfunction patterns that degrade it and lead to poor posture, athletic performance, and spinal degeneration happen. I learned how to correct them, and I put in the time and effort to do so. It took months, but the next visit back home I was finally taller than my younger brother again.

That was ten years ago. Soon after I took up the martial art Capoeira, and did my first cartwheel at age 27. Then I took up yoga, and did my first pistol squat at age 32. All the while I was doing martial arts and yoga I kept those movement patterns in mind. As patients came to me with challenges that adjusting alone wasn’t able to correct, I began to implement this knowledge in their care plans. And it was very helpful to a lot of people.

Today I include a screening for this kind of dysfunction in my first days exam. Even if someone decides they have no desire to move forward with chiropractic care, I know they’ll leave my office with valuable knowledge that will help them take charge of their own body – if they apply it.

Life is different when you move with ease

The difference in my quality of life after correcting my posture and movement dysfunction was massive. My confidence improved. People’s perceptions of me improved. My social anxiety decreased significantly. And women tend to compliment my posture instead of trying to correct it. Even my aunties.

Yoga has helped me keep the dysfunction from returning

These same patterns of movement dysfunction reveal themselves in yoga practice. Yoga is an amazing practice for the whole human being. Once I corrected my posture I wasn’t done. I’ll never be done working on my movement. There is maintenance work, and there is corrective work that has to be done as the stresses of life and neglect start to wear it back down. Yoga practice is my favorite place and time to work on old patterns and strengthen the new ones.

But when we carry dysfunctional movement patterns into our yoga practice we place ourselves at risk for injury, and we limit the pace of our advancement through the physical aspects of the practice.

What’s really cool is that yoga is an excellent practice for correcting these patterns of movement dysfunction if we know where our dysfunction is, and how to modify our practice for a time to focus on correcting the dysfunction.

And that’s what this three hour yoga and movement workshop is going to be all about.

Topics covered include:

  • The movement development process from birth
  • Emotional Motor System – the mind/body emotional link
  • Five Gifts of the Spine – why the spine matters
  • Joint Centration – how stability happens
  • 12 signs of muscle group dysfunction – what goes wrong with the muscles
  • Organ Dysfunction – what goes wrong with organ systems
  • Athletic Injury & Performance – how it effects performance
  • Spinal Degeneration is the Consequence of Imbalance over long periods of time
  • Tensegrity – structural metaphors for training
  • Crossed Syndromes – the dysfunction patterns
  • The Corrective Process – how to hack them
  • The Corrective Time Frame – how long and how much effort
  • The Analysis – what is your dominant dysfunction pattern
  • Basic Motion Patterns – how functional are your basic movement patterns
  • Individual Muscle Facilitation – what individual muscles do you need to focus on
  • Individualizing your practice – what do you need to focus on in which poses
  • Movement Zones – the levels of neural adaptation when learning movements

Event is Saturday August 26th from 2:00 – 5:00pm @ Davenport School of Yoga – $75

To register contact Rebecca at

Dr. Peter J Fox is a 2008 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, ten year practitioner of yoga, and lifetime adventure sport athlete

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