16 - 18 November 2018

3-Days Masterclass: Applied anatomy and physiology with a focus on the nervous system

 This segment is part of the RYS  300 Hours Deep Flow Yoga Training  by INNERCITYOGA in Geneva / Genève and is certifed by Yoga Alliance.

This segment is part of the RYS 300 Hours Deep Flow Yoga Training by INNERCITYOGA in Geneva / Genève and is certifed by Yoga Alliance.

How to make sense of emotion, pain and trauma
Understanding pain and the nerve flow
Techniques to help your students dealing with pain
The complexity of the spine
Deepen your understanding of yoga


ABOUT Steve Haines

Steve Haines has been working as a bodyworker for over 20 years. He is the author of the award winning 'Anxiety Is Really Strange', part of a series of short graphic books that also includes 'Pain Is Really Strange' and 'Trauma Is Really Strange'.
Understanding the science of pain and trauma has transformed his approach to healing.

He has studied Yoga, Shiatsu, Craniosacral Therapy, and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE).
Steve is a UK registered Chiropractor and teaches TRE and Cranial work all over the world. His treatments now use education, embodied awareness, and light touch to help people move more freely and be more present. Steve lives and works between London and Geneva. 

Reservation highly recommended: this workshop usually fill up very quickly!

MASTERCLASS / Module RYS-300 Hours Yoga Training

This masterclass is a module of the certified RYS-300 Hours Deep Flow Yoga Teacher Training. It is open to graduates of a RYS-200 yoga teacher training, but also for regular students of yoga of seek to deepen their yogic experience and strengthen your personal yoga practice. “Regular yogis” are asked to kindly respect the teacher student exchange in the masterclass.

 Applied Anatomy for Yoga with Steve Hanes. Photo by  Patric Pop Portraits

Applied Anatomy for Yoga with Steve Hanes. Photo by Patric Pop Portraits

Friday 16 November

08.30 – 12.00 Masterclass only
14.00 – 17.30 Masterclass only

Saturday 17 November

08.00 – 10.30 Masterclass only
13.00 – 17.30 Masterclass only

Sunday 18 November

08.00 – 10.30 Masterclass only
13.00 – 16.30 Masterclass only

Content of the Masterclass

“Pain Is Really Strange”

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding pain - 'Pain is an output'

  • Understanding sensitisation in the nervous and immune systems

  • Explaining pain to your clients. Using metaphors and science

  • The spine and the nervous system - simple orientations

  • Simple tools of touch in a yoga setting

  • How to talk about pain and listening to pain stories 

  • Principles to change pain - education, graded exposure, precision in movement, being creative, keeping moving

How can we help people be in less pain? This is a really big question. Persistent is a huge problem affecting more than 1 in 5 people. Pain occurs when the intelligence in the body decides something is unsafe. Persistent pain is a fault in the alarm systems of the body and brain; reflexes and feelings to protect from harm are kicking in too fast. As we become increasingly sensitised and fixed in our habit, pain is no longer an accurate indicator of tissue damage.

There has been a revolution in how pain researchers understand pain in the last couple of decades. The workshop will cover the latest science on back pain, joint pains and the emotions of suffering. 

The model offered in this workshop is that if we can safely feed the brain essential sensations about the body we can break cycles of pain. This workshop will explore how to generate new feelings of safety via meditative awareness, how to reframe and meet difficult feelings and how to promote moving without fear. The goal is to enhance the connection between mind and body and generate feelings of connection and agency. 

“Trauma and the Body - an embodied perspective for yoga teachers.”

  • Understanding the underlying physiology of the trauma - key signs of overwhelm.

  • Understanding the importance of dissociation. It is an underlying theme in nearly all chronic health problems.

  • Knowing the early signs of distress and how to help create safety through embodiment.

  • Supporting embodied awareness in ourselves and our yoga students. 

  • Exploring simple ways of using touch in a yoga class to support presence.

If your physiology is stuck you are stuck. In trauma the old parts of the brain get stuck in defense strategies. Yoga can be a great self regulating tool that can support resetting of reflexes and habits in the central nervous system. Overactive primitive reflexes can make us tight, contracted, prepared for ‘fight-or-flight’ or they can ‘freeze’ the body and make us dissociate. 

It is incredibly important to appreciate dissociative responses when working with clients. Issues around feeling safe and grounded in the body underpin many chronic health conditions. Learning to feel. to move and connect to the body are a very powerful 'bottom-up' tools to promote safety and help someone switch off life or death neurophysiology. Many painful musculoskeletal conditions, visceral problems and states of anxiety and depression improve as people reconnect to the body. 

Spots are limited, remember to book early!



Earlybird by 31 October: 775.–
Full rate as of 1 November: 875.–

MEMBER OF INNERCITYOGA with active yearly membership & graduates of INNERCITYOGA Yoga Teacher Trainings:

Earlybird by 31 October: 690.–
Full rate as of 1 November: 775.–

Frequently Asked Questions about the masterclass with Steve Haines:

Q: Can I mix and match segments of the masterclass?
A: Unfortunately this is not possible.

Q: Who is this masterclass for?
A: The masterclass is one segment of the RYS-300 hours Deep Flow Yoga Teacher Training. The masterclass will be attended mainly by trainees who did graduate from the foundational RYS-200 Hours training. But we keep it open to students of yoga of all levels who are interested in expanding their knowledge. If you do not take part in the RYS-300 program, we kindly ask you to take this study seriously and attend all segments. You will learn a lot!

Q: Will there many people?
A: Usually all workshops and masterclass see an increase in popularity. But no worries, while we are numerous, the atmosphere during the workshop is just incredible!

Q: Are these hours counted towards my certification?
A: If you are registered for the RYS-300 hours Deep Flow Yoga Teacher Training, hours of these workshop classes are counted towards your certification. There will be a certain number of hours of self-study and homework that adds to the count of the non-contact hours.

Q: I already paid for the masterclass as a non-member. In the meantime, I have decided to become a member. Can I benefit retroactively from the member's rate?
A:  Yes, we will gladly honor your membership for the period chosen.

Q: I forgot to book before the earlybird dealine! Can I still benefit from it?
A: Retroactive requests for the earlybird rates cannot be accepted. However, we offer a grace period of 24 hours after the deadline of the earlybird (if there are any spots left)!