1626 – Techniques Mini-Track

Intermediate / Land Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 1:00-4:00 pm – 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 1:00-4:00 pm)


Faculty: Camella Nair, Swami, C-IAYT – Yoga

Maria Sykorova Pritz, EdDSykorovaSynchro Method



COURSE DESCRIPTION: Most people know of yoga and how it can benefit the body and mind, but few really understand that it is not about being super bendy, thin and young. It is about balanced living and becoming happier which is subjective to each individual. Ungrounded femurs, unstable pelvis and shallow breathing exacerbate any physical or mental conditions we may have, yet can be addressed by some understanding of esoteric yoga, along with well-articulated asanas. This course dives deep into the mystery and magic of what a yoga practice should look like and how it can benefit diverse populations when applied to a pool setting.



1)  Gain an overview of yoga and current trends in bridging healthcare and yoga.

2)  Determine key benefits of yoga and contentment of the mind.

3)  Explore the map of subtle anatomy and how it relates to body parts and states of consciousness. (Chakras, Nadis and Koshas).

4)  Experience methods to emphasize key points.

5)  Examine client case studies on the benefits of Aqua Yoga (FML, Spinal injury, Obesity, Gillian Barre).

6)  Focus on some key poses in the classroom and discuss potential benefits to specific populations as well as contraindications.

7)  Discuss the future of Aqua Yoga Therapy.


FACULTY: Camella Nair, Swami, C-IAYT, is one of the few ordained female Swamis currently teaching in the Kriya Lineage. It is an unbroken line of gurus dating back thousands of years. She pioneered Aqua Kriya Yoga 20 years ago. Through student passion, advocacy and love for yoga, Camella eventually wrote a book and designed a pioneering 2-level teacher training program in Aqua Kriya Yoga. She is a certified Yoga therapist, addressing the gap between yoga and accessibility in the water. She contributes articles and blogs in fields ranging from prenatal, to yoga philosophy, and breaking the taboo around death and dying. She is an affiliate with Yoga for Arthritis and a Blue Mind Ambassador.


SykorovaSynchro Method

COURSE DESCRIPTION: As a part of my doctoral thesis, I developed an educational method called the SykorovaSynchro_ Method. The core of this method is to apply the neurological rule: “The less muscular effort, the more enhanced sensory awareness is for learning and for physical performance.” 


The purpose of the SykorovaSynchro_ methodology is to structure an exercise program with the use of sensory integration/mental imagery, somatic movement, and awareness exercises to enhance communication between the brain and the rest of the body. It helps to achieve positive changes in one’s life - a new sense of self awareness and control, stress reduction, revitalization of energy flow, postural alignment and flexibility, circulation, sensory-motor learning ability and creativity.


The SykorovaSynchro_ Method has three stages/progressive levels, which work as a training protocol that integrates our auditory, visual, motor planning, tactile, balance, body positioning and neuro-feedback systems in order to strengthen neurotransmission and actually calibrate the brain's functions. These systems do not act independently, even though we sometimes describe them as if they do, but are instead layered upon one another, constantly interacting and coordinating over the same pathways to share information and execute our intentions. It is applicable for land and water exercise programs. The levels are:


1. To balance function of sensory-motor cortex via mental imagery (sometimes called visualization, guided imagery), progressive muscular relaxation and control breathing. Result is a relaxed but alert state of awareness.

2. To enhance sensitivity/awareness of somatic movement (movement regulated by feeling, mental imagery, sensation). Result is the ability to perform somatic/intuitive movement

3. Ability to perform conscious exercises – via mental imagery, sensation. Positive results are in neuromuscular conditioning/function – recovery/ improvement in postural symmetry, muscular symmetry, balance, coordination, flexibility and agility.  



1)  Determine the theory and philosophy of SykorovaSynchro Method_.

2)  Explore the theory of Functional Neurology, Sensory Integration and Somatic.

3)  Apply the protocol of progressive muscular relaxation via mental imagery and experience and perform somatic movement/ intuitive movement.

4)  Apply Methodology and Didactics of Neuromuscular conditioning. (Learn how to develop, design and apply neuromuscular exercises and its sequencing/ progression.)

5)  Experience practical application of SykorovaSynchro Method_ in clinical study.


FACULTY: Maria Sykorova Pritz EdD, is an exercise physiologist with 28 years of experience in developing and implementing health, fitness and wellness programs for corporations, health clubs, and schools. She earned her doctorate in education (specialty in Physical Education and Sports) from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her unique training method involves integration of multidisciplinary techniques to achieve overall health and optimized performance. She is a member of Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) Research Council, author of health fitness articles, and presenter for national and international conferences. She has researched and developed an aquatic fitness exercise program targeting pain management (e.g. fibromyalgia, posttraumatic stress release, neuromuscular conditioning, and reconditioning of athletes).