shoulder module

10 hour Advanced Functional Shoulder Module

  • Date: June 14, 2020.
  • Hours: 8am - 6pm
  • Location: Virtual Training on Zoom Platform
  • Teachers: Casey Backus

The shoulder is perhaps the body’s most mobile joint; however, healthy shoulder mobility requires a complex system of stabilization. Unlike many other forms of exercise, vinyasa flow includes significant use of the upper extremities, often in repetitive weight bearing positions. Through cueing and intelligent sequencing, yoga teachers can guide students to engage the shoulder girdle safely and effectively.

Join Physical Therapist Casey Backus for a ONE day Advanced Functional Shoulder Intensive. In this 10-hour VIRTUAL module, we’ll examine pertinent anatomy of the shoulder as related to function and dysfunction. We will identify and differentiate required muscular engagement in weight bearing movements like chaturanga and non weight bearing movements like eagle arms.

Training will include a vinyasa practice, isolated drill work, guided self myofascial release, sample sequencing & cueing suggestions to maximize healthy shoulder function. This module is intended to de-mystify the complexity of the shoulder girdle and empower teachers to practice, cue, & sequence more confidently.


Tuition Cost $195

Payments are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Tuition to be paid in full one week from the start of training.


Casey Backus

E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Prenatal Certified, Certified Hot Asana Assist, Hot Asana Yoga University Faculty, MPT, C/NDT and BS, Professor of Functional Anatomy

A former collegiate softball player, I found yoga 12 years ago in an attempt to calm my game day nerves. For the first time, my fear of failure and performance anxiety were replaced with a calm, steady awareness, and a deep rooted belief in myself. I learned to breathe and I knew the difference was yoga...

I wish I could say I've practiced every day since, however, in a foolish attempt to chase perfection in my 20's I allowed my work as a PT and other commitments to come before myself,...and yoga. My mat quickly gathered dust in the garage next to my softball glove. Fortunately, I re-committed to yoga in 2009 through LES MILLS Body Flow Certification. I'm eternally grateful for this experience because it brought me back to my mat and began my journey into teaching. It reminded me what I had learned a decade before: "the yoga me is the best me,...the real me." I loved to witness the same transformative experience in others, me it is truly remarkable what can happen to the mind body and soul in just 60 minutes.

On a whim, I purchased a Groupon to Hot Asana in 2011. I felt the transformation and once again, a re-commitment to yoga. It's as if YOGA FOUND ME when I truly needed it and for the first time in my life, I began to feel STRONG on the INSIDE. In addition to my regular practice, I have attended workshops/master classes with Seane Corn, Rolf Gates, The Yax Brothers, Tiffany Cruikshank, Grace Morales, Kelly Green and Paige Held. In January 2013 I began my 200hr RYT training with the amazing Grace Morales. The training has been a true gift to me and has inspired me to reclaim the life I always wanted for myself. Knowing now that life begins again many times over, I'm so grateful to Virginia and Grace for the privilege to share yoga with others. Namaste!