Therapeutic Yoga Practitioner: 500 hours
“Excellence in action,” Krishna's definition of yoga in the Bhagavad Gita, provides the inspiration for the final 500-hour component. The literal translation of yoga from Sanskrit is to "join" or to "yoke". In this context, we will connect and hone the various facets of yoga therapeutics with complementary healing traditions in order to maximize well being and to promote health. Students will integrate the theory and practice of applied yogic knowledge with Ayurvedic, TCM, Western psychological, and Buddhist models of wellness, intervention, and rehabilitation. Clinical internships will act as the cornerstone of this program through partnerships with hospitals, educational institutions, and rehabilitation centres.
This innovative program is designed for experienced yoga teachers with a minimum of 2 years experience who are interested in the therapeutic applications of yoga for health and healing in a variety of clinical and class settings. This Yoga Education certificate will provide you with the tools to teach and practice therapeutic yoga privately, in a clinical setting, and in a large group class in a yoga studio. Certification will require both a practice and written exam.
Module 1: Skills
Total hours: 175
- Understanding the major systems of the body: cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
- Understanding kinesiology and functional anatomy and their applications to asana.
- How to work with injury and injury prevention.
- How to work with pathology i.e., spinal stenosis, disc injuries, plantar fasciitis, scoliosis, ACL and meniscus issues, etc.
- Muscle balance function.
- Soma: body-centred therapy.
- Subtle anatomy and the emotional body as therapy.
- Meditation as therapy.
- Pranayama as therapy.
- Chanting and mantra as therapy.
- Yoga and TCM as therapy.
- Yoga and Ayurveda as therapy.
- Yoga and nutrition as therapy.
- Silent meditation retreat (3-day).
Module 2: Application
Total hours: 150
Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation:
- Constitution: Ayurveda, TCM, western psychological constructs.
- Pulse diagnosis.
- Breath diagnosis.
- Reading bodies: integrating deeper assessments of the layers of the body (physical, mental, & emotional).
- Asana and range of motion diagnostics.
- Restorative as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool.
- Conditions. Pain.
- Emotional/psychological. Anxiety. Depression.
- Treatment/practice plan: synthesis and integration.
The Art of Practice:
- Creating longevity as a practitioner.
- Business plan: structuring vision with passion.
Module 3: Practice/Clinical
Total hours: 175
- Personal Practice: 6 private sessions with primary faculty.
- Creating individualized treatment plans across environments and populations, by teaching in a variety of clinical settings.
- Assist or teach private sessions at the studio.
- Assist or teach specialized classes dealing with injuries, conditions (colitis, MS, scoliosis, migraines etc.), and populations (teens, seniors, pre/post natal).
- Jesse Enright
- Doug Keller
- and more to be announced