Therapeutic Yoga Workshops with Julie Gudmestad

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Muscle Imbalances:
Using Yoga to Prevent and Heal Back Pain

with Julie Gudmestad
June 11 – 13, 2021

*** Compatible with our 300-hour flexible Teacher Training ***


Muscle imbalances around the hips, pelvis and low back can cause and contribute to back pain and injuries. On the other hand, a well-balanced yoga practice can help prevent back problems and can bring relief to students who come to class seeking help with previous injuries.

In this class, we will study important muscle groups in this area, including the psoas and hamstrings, abdominals and erector spinae, and hip abductors and adductors. We will look at common imbalances (strong vs. weak and tight vs. flexible) in these muscles and how they contribute to misalignments that set the stage for problems. Then we’ll practice yoga poses and sequences that correct imbalances, improve alignment, and relieve pain.

These will be active classes and therefore are not recommended for people with severe problems or significantly limited mobility. One year of yoga experience is suggested. Because the workshop will build progressively from start to finish, we strongly advise joining the workshop at the beginning.

* Note: Qualifies for 16 ½ hours towards AYP Flexible Format 300h TT.

Julie began teaching yoga in 1970 when she was a student at Reed College. Introduced to Iyengar yoga in the late 70’s, Julie became Iyengar certified in 1988. At that time, she opened her own studio and began to train the teachers who currently teach there.

Julie attended physical therapy school at Pacific University, graduating in 1977. She opened her private practice in 1983 and has practiced physical therapy continuously since that time. Julie has advanced training and work experience specializing in orthopedic problems, chronic pain, sports injuries and stress-related problems.

Julie’s goal is to make the healing powers of yoga accessible to people of all levels and abilities. If a class moves too quickly, students may get frustrated and quit without ever receiving the healing benefits of practice. She prefers that students take progressive steps, starting with gentle poses in a beginning class. It is Julie’s belief that the ability to slow down and stay present is an important aspect of healing, and that yoga encourages a mindful state that can heal people emotionally and spiritually, as well as physically.

For many years Julie has worked to integrate the healing powers of yoga with her Western medical knowledge. She has created a unique teaching style and teaches workshops, including “Anatomy Awareness in Asana” and “Yoga for Physical Therapists,” throughout the U.S., Canada and in Europe. You can also see more of her work in the Yoga Journal online, where she wrote the “Anatomy of a Yogi” column for 7 years.


Saturday, Sunday and Monday: 10h00 – 12h30  &  14h00 – 17h00


Early registration (before March 1st 2021):
€250 all 3 days or €170 only 2 first days
Normal registration (after March 1st 2021):
€280 all 3 days or €190 only first 2 days


Regular: Fill and sign the registration form & join your payment.
Please send by (snail) mail, e-mail, or bring at the studio directly if you’re coming to a class.
Payment by check, cash or bank transfer.
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Online: available for full workshop only 
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Payments of 25 euros or less are non-refundable.
An admin fee of 25 euros will be deducted for cancellations made more than 21 days before the workshop.
Only half of the sum paid will be returned 8 to 20 days before the workshop.
Sum paid is non-refundable 7 days before the workshop.
We don’t accept transferring of a paid reservation to another person after 2 weeks before the workshop.
We advise to those coming from out of Paris to purchase travel insurance as travel issues will not change this policy. Medical issues will also not change this policy.
As the teacher is confirming their presence and is guaranteed the amount of people who are attending 21 days before, we ask for your understanding of this policy.


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An interview from Julie’s last visit