The Yoga Wall Method
with Elia Nikolaev E-RYT, YTRX and Alison McLean DPT, ERYT 200
February 3-5, 2017
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.
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
Alison McLean DPT, ERYT 200
Dr. Alison McLean, DPT, E-RYT, received her Bachelor degree in Health and Exercise Science from University of Delaware in 2001, where she was also a Division I Diver. Following surgeries from diving related injuries, she fell in love with Yoga which assisted in her recovery. After finishing her degree, she also completed 1100+ hours of massage training and certification in New York and California. For the next 7 years Alison worked as a Massage Therapist and continued to practice Yoga before returning to school for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Chapman University. She graduated from Chapman in 2010. She has completed the “Relax and Renew” Training with Judith Hanson Lasater PT, PhD, Yoga for a Happy Back Training with Rachel Krentzman PT, ERYT, as well as Rachel’s 300-Hour Mentorship. Alison has assisted Rachel Krentzman in numerous workshops and teacher trainings and is the lead anatomy teacher in Prana Yoga's 200hr Teacher Training . Throughout the years she has also completed Iyengar Trainings with Carolyn Belko in Encinitas, California and has assisted in Carolyn’s weekly Yoga Therapeutics Class. She has continued her Physical Therapy education with courses through the Institute of Physical Art, as well as ongoing Yoga Workshops and Trainings. Her classes and workshops are challenging and uplifting, while maintaining a center on alignment.
Elia Nikolaev E-RYT, YTRX
Elia began practicing yoga at the age of 22, his practice of asana first began at home and from his first class was a matter of sheer necessity, than just choice or opportunity. Learning the method and practice of Hatha Yoga led to his eventual training and certification in 2006. Elia went on to broaden his experience by training in various other methods, of which Iyengar and Ashtanga have had the biggest effects. His gratitude extends to some of his most influential teachers and mentors including Roger Cole, PhD, Carolyn Belko and Usha Devi of Rishikesh, India. In 2013, a 7 month study at the Iyengar Institute in India (RIMYI) with the Iyengar family and their teachers has allowed him to understand and refine his own grasp on the subject and lay the framework for creating his own classes. A hunger to develop a sensitive touch and awareness toward the individual needs of his students led Elia to an apprenticeship from Rachael Krentzman PT, E-RYT. Elia continues to be humbled and inspired by the lessons of yoga and hopes to be able to offer anyone its relevance no matter irrespective of circumstance.