Dr. Lewan's enthusiasm for bringing evidence into clinical practice is contagious. She uses her experience as a therapist, teacher and performing artist to create Continuing Education that is engaging and educational.

Upcoming workshops for yoga teachers and enthusiasts:

James Island Yoga Anatomy series: This series of workshops is intended to create a safe space to get curious about your own body. How does it work and how can yoga help? Each workshop will compliment the others for a more complete understanding of human anatomy and physiology. To be prepared for these workshops, bring your curiosity and perhaps a notebook, and wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Additional resources and reflections will be offered to help you integrate your experience on and off the mat. Please let the instructor know in advance if you require any special accommodations to facilitate your participation in the workshop. Sign up HERE

 

JIY Yoga Anatomy series: Skeletal System

 

FEEL it in your BONES 

Mar 2, 2024 James Island Yoga

 

How exactly do we feel or sense our bones, joints, and what position they are in? This experiential anatomy workshop will explore the structure and function of the skeletal system and proprioception– how we feel where our bodies are in space. These concepts will be applied to active yoga practice and partner/group exercises designed to help you better feel and appreciate your bones, with notes on how you can adapt your practice to include bone, joint, and sensory health. Topics covered include:

  • Bony landmarks and alignment
  • How to adapt a yoga practice for joints that are too stiff or too loose
  • Planes of movement that allow for healthy joints that move freely
  • Bone density and how it is affected by yoga
  • Common issues with joints, ligaments, bones and adaptations for yoga practice
  • Ways yoga can improve balance (and reduce falls and injuries)
  • How to facilitate improved proprioception (body sense) with yoga practices and props

 

Participants may want to review this brief overview of the skeletal system prior to the workshop so that we can focus on kinesthetic/experiential learning rather than lecture: 

Skeletal system: overview https://www.visiblebody.com/learn/skeleton/overview-of-skeleton

 

JIY Yoga Anatomy series: Muscular/movement system

 

MOVEMENT, MIND, and Muscles

Mar 3, 2024 James Island Yoga

 

What moves you? We will explore various aspects of movement and how it affects your physiology to impact the strength, speed, power and flexibility of your body and mind. What is “muscle memory?” How do we leverage it to create healthy patterns or deconstruct unhealthy ones? Join us as we bust the myth of “isolating a muscle” and explore how muscles work in collaboration with each other, the nervous system, bones, joints and their environment (hello gravity and momentum! Move with us through various topics:

  • Movement and mood, cognition and neuroplasticity (your ability to create change)
  • Motor learning: how do muscles learn coordinated, helpful movements?
  • What is the overload principle and how does it relate to “the edge” in yoga?
  • What cues or adjustments help to activate or release target muscles?
  • How can variety of movement translate to better movement on and off the mat?
  • Why do some people feel muscles or movements differently than others?

 

Participants may want to review this brief overview of the skeletal system prior to the workshop so that we can focus on kinesthetic/experiential learning rather than lecture: 

 

Muscular system: overview https://www.visiblebody.com/learn/muscular/muscular-overview
muscular system: movements https://www.visiblebody.com/learn/muscular/muscle-movements

Professional Education Courses

AVAILABLE NOW

  • Long COVID: Biopsychosocial Considerations for Rehabilitation-- 7.5 hour CE hours of a recorded live course that covers a variety of post-COVID phenotypes and includes lecture, discussion and experiential labs for self-paced learning. CE is pre-approved for physical therapists in Illinois and for yoga therapists through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Purchase using the button below to access a dropbox folder with videos of the course as well as additional resources for working with post-COVID clients.

Dr. Lewan is a faculty member of Summit Professional Education and has created the following Continuing Education Courses for rehabilitation professionals that are available on-demand:

Dr. Lewan has created custom Continuing Education for variety of audiences including rehab specialties (PT/PTA/OT/COTA,) medical students and Nurse-Midwives. These CE courses have been presented at national conferences, on location for rehab teams, or online in webinar format. Recent 1-2 day courses include Evidence-based Geriatric Strengthening, Innovative Interventions to Reduce Falls and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation for Improving Function in Older Adults: External Techniques for Non-Specialists. Please contact Dr. Lewan if you are interested in hosting a course that meets the needs of your group.

 

Yoga Teacher/Yoga Therapist Training

Dr. Cat is currently teaching workshops that are appropriate for yoga teacher or yoga therapist CE at James Island Yoga. She is the Anatomy/Physiology instructor for JIY's 200 hour yoga teacher training program.

As a yoga therapist and pelvic health specialist, Dr. Lewan has served as faculty for Amala School of Prenatal Yoga, presenting on Anatomy, Physiology, and Exercise Science of Pre- and Post-natal Yoga as part of an 85 hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification.

Dr. Lewan's workshops are designed for yoga therapists, teachers and students who are interested in applying current concepts of therapeutic exercise, anatomy/physiology, neuroscience and injury prevention to a physical yoga practice. Catherine is an an Approved Professional Development (APD) provider though the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

 

Mentoring

Please contact Dr. Lewan if you are interested in professional mentoring opportunities.

 

 

 

 

Testimonials

Catherine is very engaging, passionate about getting her message across, and has a good sense of humor. Her course was fun and useful.

-MR

Catherine is an energetic, bright, and passionate facilitator. She makes class fun and enjoyable!

I took a course from you a couple years ago about using pilates/yoga with geriatric patients. You presented the material in a smooth, understandable, and engaging way. I was just getting into yoga at the time, and you helped spur me onward into that wonderful realm. I am currently going over, again, the workbook from that course. Just wanted you to know that you helped to re-energize an old physical therapist’s practice of his profession, and continue to influence in a very positive way the outcomes of all my patient interactions. I offer you my sincere gratitude.

– Stan

Very clear, inspirational and motivational. Passionate about her subject. Great teacher and course!

-Beth B

Excellent speaker with a nice balance of lecture, lab, and shared case scenarios.

-Julie D

Catherine has a very effective style, and is open to questions. She is very knowledgable, with good visuals, hands-on instruction, and example exercises. Great course! Thank you!

-Chris V

“This was a great course, I think all therapists should attend. It is time for more focused attention to incontinence (and associated fall risk) in SNF/LTC and outpatient populations. I am so grateful I was able to attend and will be able to work this into our current rehab programs. “

Catherine kept the material fun to learn throughout the whole day! She is an impressive presenter! The whole course was well organized and had great handouts.

– Anna L

This instructor is great! I will be taking more courses with her. She has the ability to communicate information in an interesting manner. I think this is the best instructor I have ever taken a (continuing education) class with!

– Janet L