Living Happily with Your Lower Back: asana and therapeutics for teachers and students

Jan 20 - 25, 2019


Workshop Descripton

In large part because of our modern lifestyles, the lower back – the sacroiliac and lumbar spine specifically -- can be a place of challenge and discomfort for many people.

In this workshop we will focus on the anatomy, kinesiology (movement principles) and asana that can help us understand how to move healthily in our daily lives and how to practice and teach from knowledge. We will gain both intellectual understanding of the structure of the lower back, as well as the embodied intuitive understanding that we can only gain on the mat.

Morning sessions will be about Active practice; afternoon sessions will be lecture and some Restorative practice, but all class time will be focused around the theme of the lower back.

Judith will teach during the day. Visual presentations will be made on the anatomy of the lower back on two evenings by yoga teachers Mary Richards and Carol Balfe. This will include explanations with stunning visual aids of some of the structure of the lower back, as well as lower back pathologies that we commonly see in yoga classes, like sacroiliac dysfunction and scoliosis.

This course is for you:

~If you have been shy about studying anatomy, this course is for you.

~If you have felt bored at the very thought of studying anatomy, this course is for you.

~If you have felt excited about learning anatomy, but the only courses near you are just academic and lack a practical focus for yoga teachers, this course is for you.

~If you have studied anatomy, and just want a refresher with a yoga emphasis, this course is for you.

Required Text: YogaBody: Anatomy, Kinesiology and Asana, specifically Chapters 3, 6, 7, and 8. Please read these before the workshop begins.

Highly Recommended:  Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection.

Here is the link to purchase these books:

We will gather at Mount Madonna Center, just outside of Watsonville, CA, in a sylvan setting based around spiritual practice. (nearest airport: San Jose International Airport, San Jose, CA; also San Francisco International Airport, 1.5 hours away by car from MMC).

We will practice in a large airy and beautiful room perfect for yoga and learning.

I have been teaching at MMC since the 1980’s, and love going back there again and again.

Come join us to learn and be part of our “anatomy community” for this five-day workshop. Let someone else cook; let someone else clean up.

Let yourself settle into a supportive retreat setting with a “sangha” of yoga teachers and serious students from many different parts of the country, and focus on learning more about the art of teaching and practicing this yoga we all love so much.


Judith Hanson Lasater

Judith Hanson Lasater

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., Physical Therapist, has been teaching yoga since 1971.
She trains  students and teachers throughout the United States as well as abroad,
is one of the founders of Yoga Journal  magazine,
and is president of the California Yoga Teachers Association.
She has written nine books. Her latest book is Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation


(including meals, lodging, and facilities use - does NOT include tuition)

Housing TypeCost
Commuting (Day use, meals & facilities)$335
Own Van$390
Own Tent$390
Dormitory (4-7 to a room)$545
Triple (3 to a room)$590
Double (2 to a room or cabin)$665
Double with Bath (2 to a room)$720
Single (1 to a room or cabin)$820
Single with Bath (1 to a room)$965

Program Notes

  • A deposit of $100 is required with registration. Balance is due upon arrival.
  • Deposits are non-refundable and are not transferable to another person. For cancellations received at least 2 weeks before the program starts, the deposit less a $50 fee will be credited to any other program within one year. No credit is available for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the program start date, for no-shows, or for leaving an event early. Housing changes incur a $20 change fee.
  • Registration check-in for this program is from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
  • Dinner is served from 5:30-6:30 pm on Friday and 5:00-6:00 pm on other days.
  • If you will be arriving late, please ask us to save a dinner for you.
  • Orientation begins at 7:00 pm.
  • The program will end at 1:00 pm on the final scheduled day.