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Elia Nikolaev has taught Yoga for 13 years, 9 of which have been within the specific domain of Yoga Therapy. Yoga Therapy is the application of Yoga posture and breathing techniques that are tailored to the specific needs of an individual. The historical scope of Yoga is rooted in practices that are meant to directly support the practice of meditation. Hatha Yoga is the branch of Yoga that deals with the physical body, and the movement interventions that are indispensable for its healthy function. One of the applications of Yoga posture and breathing practices is that they are expressly designed to safeguard the nervous system against the degradations of an unhealthy lifestyle. The practice of meditation depends in large part on the integrity of the nervous system, bringing into view a beautiful alignment between our physical, mental, and spiritual health. 

Elia’s training/education in Yoga Therapy has spanned the curriculum of some of the most well regarded teachers from the Indian lineage of the Bishnu Ghosh and Iyengar Yoga methodology, as well as Western physical therapy principles. His most recent graduation from Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy clinical internship has placed him right at the intersection of the best that both Eastern and Western medicine has to offer. 

During the retreat, Elia will be teaching the morning and evening classes that will focus on unraveling the most common sites of muscular tension in the majority of people. He will also be available for one-on-one private sessions to anyone interested in receiving a more comprehensive and customized plan of treatment. In order to ensure everyone is kept safe and the benefit of the Yoga practice is maximized, please fill out the attached intake form and include as much detail as possible. The key area of importance is past medical history, which includes medical procedures and physical or emotional trauma. This history should not be limited by time, as trauma from either category can last for many decades.