Of the more than one million surgeries annually performed in the US, 720,000 are knee replacements 330,000 are hip replacements. More and more people are turning to yoga for ongoing care and maintenance after major medical procedures. This is an opportunity to better serve these students by understanding: the lead up to surgery, the process itself, and the experience of going through rehab after a major surgery.
Instructor Stephanie Kwok is a licensed, practicing physiotherapy who has specialized in joint replacements. Additionally, she has written the yoga anatomy curriculum for Mindy’s 200hr teacher training program and has insight on the overlap between physiotherapy and yoga and where the two worlds can diverge.
This two hour workshop will explain the basic parts and mechanics of the hip and knee. We will learn about problems that arise with these joints from traumatic injuries including what actually happens under the knife. She will explain the movement patterns that can lead to repetitive strain injuries and pain. Steph will explain the general protocol for knee and hip pain and injury and things we need to look for, to advocate for and to avoid.
Meet the Instructor
Steph graduated from Queens University in Ontario with a Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy degree in 2013. She has worked at two private clinics with a focus on orthopedics, helping clients return to the activities they love; and 4 years at a rehabilitation hospital mainly helping patients who were recovering from strokes or joint replacements. She took a one year sabbatical to teach English in South Korea where she met Mindy and fell in love with Kaizen yoga. Steph has taught the anatomy portion of Mindy’s Yoga Teacher Training course 3 times. Steph enjoys yoga, dancing, improv comedy, and skiing. She is currently living in British Columbia, taking a ski instructor course.