Upcoming Trainings

Yoga Wall Training

Prana Yoga Center
La Jolla, CA
April 24 - 26, 2020

with Dr. Alison McLean DPT, E-RYT, C-IAYT and Elia Nikolaev E-RYT, YTRX

Yoga Wall  Level I:  April 24-26, 2020

Expand your knowledge and skill set as Yoga teachers through the unique capabilities of the Yoga Wall guided by two experienced Yoga therapists, Dr. Alison McLean DPT, E-RYT, C-IAYT and Elia Nikolaev E-RYT, YTRX. This weekend intensive will present a comprehensive introduction to the Yoga Wall, a tool to help enhance Yoga postures and their therapeutic applications and benefits by providing stability and space.

Yoga Therapy Teacher Training

Villa Mandala
Loviisa, Finland
July 8 - 12, 2020

The trainings that Elia is involved with are in the collaborative project by the name of Optimal Existence Yoga. Dr. Alison Mclean and Elia, have organized an Advanced study program for aspiring Yoga Therapists. They have put together a program that serves the growing population of Yoga instructors throughout the world. As many teachers are well aware, no matter how comprehensive a 200 hour teacher training is, it can hardly suffice to give beginning teachers the knowledge that will ensure their contribution to the specific needs of different students. Subjects like Anatomy, Pathology, and Biomechanics are very complex, and therefore require a continued investment of time and attention. They are scientific subjects, in fact, and are challenging to find outside of the standard University education route. That is why Alison and Elia have collaborated on a project that brings together the confluence of cutting edge principles of Physical Therapy science and traditional Yogic teachings. The meeting of these two ends of a vast field of health-care, and the art of Living well, have distilled an approach to Health that has never been as comprehensive/complete as it is in our current age. In our trainings, we offer only the most evidence-based and self-reported/time-tested methods and techniques. Our trainings also empower and encourage teachers to help a larger variety of students and offer a truly unique service. We hope to give teachers better direction in an ever expanding, and still largely untapped professional arena.

We typically offer a 100hour program that covers some of the most common anatomical/physical pathologies, Pranayama and Meditation techniques, and review/overview of the Yogic lifestyle model that is suited to the needs of the modern individual.

The training comes in a package of 4 separate modules that include:

-Lower Back

-Pelvis and SI joint

-Thoracic spine and shoulders

-Cervical spine, Pranayama, Meditation


Optimal Existence Teacher Trainings

Yoga Therapy

The cure of the part should not be attempted without the cure of the whole.” -Plato

This unique new training is designed for certified Yoga teachers desiring to deepen their knowledge in spinal health, anatomy, bio-mechanics, pathologies, and the therapeutic applications of Yoga.  Reaching beyond the physical & anatomical aspect of Yoga postures, this program offers a multi-faceted curriculum with in-depth areas of study providing an effective & sustainable approach to Yoga Therapeutics. Participants will gain an enriched skill set to support the healing and well being of the whole person.

<p>Physical therapeutic Yoga postures for specific pathologies and areas of the body, including various modalities of Yoga such as Yoga for strength, flexibility, relaxation or traction</p>
<p>The layers of the Panchamaya Koshas will be woven in to create a holistic intervention for students and clients when combined with asana, meditation, pranayama, and essential oils</p>
<p>Intro to Purusharthas (the 4 aims including dharma, artha, kama and moksha) and how they relate to injury and recovery</p>
<p>In each module, students will learn about relevant anatomy, bio-mechanics, and physiology to make a technique appropriate for the given pathology. Various therapeutic applications will be explored through their own Yoga practice and in a group setting. An opportunity to implement therapeutic Yoga techniques will be given in lab time. The training also includes the therapeutic use of the Great Yoga Wall TM system.</p>
<p>Participants will develop a specific skill set, tools and confidence to help their students prevent, manage and heal injury, as well as work with students with specific medical concerns and special needs.</p>
<p>Participants will develop a specific skill set, tools and confidence to help their students prevent, manage and heal injury, as well as work with students with specific medical concerns and special needs.</p>
<p>This Therapeutics Certification consists of 4 weekend modules, a case study project and mentor meetings. Each module includes pathology, physical Yoga postures, as well as principles of emotional, mental &amp; spiritual health and well being, and essential oils as a therapeutic modality.</p>

<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>WEEKEND 1<br /></strong></span>Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics &amp; the Koshas<br />Overview of concepts and Introduction to Essential Oils<br />Lumbar Spine<br />SI/Pelvis</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>WEEKEND 2<br /></strong></span>Knees<br />Hips<br />Ankle/Foot<br />Purusharthas<br />Healing Touch/Energetics</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>WEEKEND 3<br /></strong></span>Cervical/Thoracic<br />Pranayama<br />Meditation</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>WEEKEND 4</strong></span><br />Shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand<br />Assessment of the Whole Person<br />Special Populations &amp; Case Studies<br />Sequencing</p>

Yoga Wall

In the Yoga Wall Teacher Training you will have the rare opportunity to expand your knowledge of the depth and breadth of Yoga. Alison and Elia will teach you how to harness the utility and assistance of the Yoga Wall, along with the purpose of practicing poses on the Yoga Wall. You will learn traditional poses including standing poses, inversions, twists, backbends and forward bends from a different perspective, as well as alignment principles, injury prevention and healing taught by a physical therapist and a Yoga therapist.

The Yoga Wall is a prop that was originally popularised by the late BKS Iyengar, and is the only instrument that provides the individual with the ability to decompress their joints, especially the spine, and restore the space that is so integral to healthy function. The ability of the Yoga Wall to unload the pressure that the human spine has been under for decades, is unparalleled by any other technique or instrument in existence. Lower Back pain is now one of the most prevalent and costly pathologies worldwide, and the key reason that this is the case is due to the continuous pressure that the weight of the upper body imposes on the discs of the Lower Back (lumbar spine). When individuals spend so much of their life in an upright position, all of the weight of the upper body is born upon the lower back. By safely inverting the body, the Yoga Wall is able to leverage the weight of the torso to unload and decompress the extensive pressure on the lower back. The benefits of the Yoga Wall are not exclusive to the Lower Back however, and can be equally restorative and rehabilitative to the rest of the spinal column, including the neck, hips, and shoulders.

If you are a teacher, this is a tremendous way to set yourself up for the expanding field of Yoga Therapy, and give you a solid trajectory upon which you can build your career and skillset. Following the training you will be able to teach a Yoga Wall Class, giving you a specialization, and receive a Wall Method Certificate. Teachers will be able to enrich their own skill set and build credibility within their own community as someone that draws from other methodological perspectives.


  • History and purpose of the Yoga Wall
  • Anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics in relation to Yoga Wall
  • Benefits of the Yoga Wall
  • Inversion therapy
  • How to teach using the Yoga Wall, and design a specific focus class (i.e. scoliosis, low-back pain)
  • Alignment cues to deepen practice and teaching
  • Create an ambiance that promotes awareness and healing
  • Independent Project to deepen your own grasp and understanding of the Yoga Wall


Yoga Teacher Mentorship

Mentorship provides teachers an opportunity to become more familiar with the system of Yoga and to deepen and expand upon the knowledge acquired in their previous teacher trainings.

  • Refine sequencing strategies and learn creative variations
  • Review common therapeutic concerns and ailments
  • Learn a variety of techniques that will build greater confidence and keen awareness of students and adjustment techniques that are safe and effective
  • Practice verbal and physical communication skills
  • Receive individualized attention and feedback
  • Be inspired by the human body and the full potential Yoga
  • Receive a supportive and creative environment for enhancing teaching ability and resources to provide better care for students and clients

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