In this workshop we will cover evidence based physical therapy concepts to prevent yoga related low back injuries, and what to do when a student comes to you with a lower back injury. After covering the basic anatomy of the lower back we will cover common lower back injuries. Lastly, we will review poses/sequences to be taught with caution to avoid injury; and how to incorporate cross training into your classes to ensure adequate strength and range are available to protect the low back.
AJ has a lifelong passion for anatomy, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and movement. They completed their doctorate in physical therapy at California State University Long Beach. As a 500 hour Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist AJ has taught yoga and fitness classes throughout New York City and Los Angeles since 2010.
Additionally, They have extensive experience educating yoga teachers and fitness professionals in functional anatomy and biomechanics. AJ's teaching encompasses a balance of strength and flexibility, with an emphasis on alignment and technique. AJ also has experience as a graduate teaching assistant in CSULB DPT program, assisting anatomy lectures and dissection.
Currently, AJ is a full time PT at Select Physical Therapy in Long Beach. In their free time AJ is an avid rock climber, runner, and weightlifter. Lastly, as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, AJ aims to create a classroom and a rehab environment that achieves inclusivity and accessibility for all individuals.