This series of courses (Yoga 640, 642, 643) examines approaches to Yoga Therapy, including fundamental philosophies, concepts that guide development of a treatment plan, and tools and techniques used to design practices for specific conditions and special client populations. Experienced practitioners demonstrate and discuss the application of diverse approaches in Yoga Therapy. This course (Yoga 643) focuses on the therapeutic applications of yoga therapy for mood regulation and stress management with an emphasis on tools and techniques that help clients manage stress and build resilience. Special emphasis will be given to specific mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
This course continues the work in YOGA 645 Mentored Yoga Therapy Student Clinic II
This course introduces yogic perspectives on the structure and function of the mind, including states of balance and imbalance. Students learn how yoga practices can support a shift in one`s approach to life`s challenges. The effects of daily movement and breathing practices (asana and pranayama) on the mind will be explored. Students learn forms of meditation, yoga nidra and Ayurvedic wellness practices that support meditation and relaxation as well as mantras, yantras and mudras along with their practical application.
In this course students will learn to document the care of individual clients in alignment with standardized case reporting guidelines. Students will be introduced to the rationale for medical case reports and learn to use the guidelines for enhancing the quality and transparency of case reports. Students will present their own case reports and participate in the inquiry and analysis of fellow students` cases. Discussion will follow on the analysis of clinical decision making and the application of critical thinking.
The final exam that covers all material in year 1.
This course supports critical analysis of a wide range of integrative health studies. It provides future integrative health professionals with the foundational knowledge and skills to identify and evaluate research design and basic statistics. Students develop skills in searching databases as well as critical appraisal of clinical and epidemiological research. Students will find and evaluate published information on health topics then summarize and share their findings.
Cooking with Whole Foods Lab III prepares the developing nutritionist with the skills to educate others about healthy food, food preparation, and whole foods cooking. Through engaging in the kitchen, students are able to link theory with real food and real life applications. In addition to building essential culinary skills, this lab will teach the developing nutritionist the traditional cooking techniques of lacto-fermentation, create enzyme rich sauces, making nutrient-dense bone and meat stocks, and working with organ meats.
Cooking with Whole Foods Lab VI facilitates the transition from student to nutritionist and health educator. Students become familiar with designing meal plans; strategies and resources for teaching clients about eating, preparing, and cooking whole foods; and eating on a budget. Each student demonstrates his/her cooking skills by designing and implementing a whole foods cooking demonstration for a group supported by powerful educational materials to support their topic.
Cooking with Whole Foods Lab VIII explores raw food preparation as well as medicinal and healing food preparations. This lab also expands the student`s food pharmacy. Students will learn the application of raw foods, how to balance raw food flavors and experience the benefits of a dehydrator, sprouting, and juicing to create nutrient dense meals. Students build confidence improvising and adapting raw foods cooking for a variety of client populations at all socioeconomic levels.
The purpose of a practicum is to give students practical field experience in an off-campus organization, agency, or community setting. It is designed primarily to focus on the delivery of nutrition-related services to support health promotion, education, and other nutritional services to a group. Students apply all of their learning to become a healing presence in the community. In this first half of practicum, students identify an appropriate site, assess the needs of the target population, and develop nutrition education materials and lesson plans. Students will build their confidence and proficiency in order to practice nutrition and integrative health effectively and competently in the community.