Concepts of health and disease pathogenesis from a yogic perspective will be discussed. Concepts important to understanding the causes of behavior that lead to suffering will be explored through the principle teachings of yoga. The relationship between asana, pranayama, meditation, diet, and lifestyle will be addressed in the context of health promotion, disease prevention and disease management. The class will include both classic training and contemporary understanding of the principles that constitute a yoga lifestyle. Fundamental principles of Ayurveda will be incorporated to provide a complementary perspective.
Yoga practices can have a profound effect on health by leading to changes in vitality associated with shifts in the flow of prana. This course will specifically explore the concept of prana in conjunction with pranayama or traditional practices of breath work. Included in this course will be in-depth consideration of common breath pattern disorders, their effect upon health (with specific consideration of prevalent health issues and symptoms of over-breathing), and the appropriate practices of pranayama that can be taught to address these breathing patterns. Both the physical and subtle anatomy of the breath will be covered. Students will also develop their skills in leading breathing practices.
This course continues the work begun in Yoga 634 Therapeutic Relationship and Client Education I (please see description above). This 3 credit course includes 30 didactic hours and 45 hours of independent study overseen by course faculty.
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 642) focuses on the therapeutic applications of yoga therapy for chronic pain and neurological disorders. Examples of specific issues that will be addressed include low back pain, fibromyalgia, migraine headache and Multiple Sclerosis. Special emphasis will be on developing adaptive yoga practices for clients with limited mobility.
This course reviews Western scientific perspectives on musculoskeletal pathology. Major topics include the pathophysiologic basis of pain, inflammation, and structural remodeling. The course will also review the changes in body structure that occur as we progress through life. `Red flag` conditions (ie conditions requiring referral to Western medicine) and physical challenges that may be contraindications will be explored in detail. The course will review current research evidence and tools used in biomedicine to address these issues, including surgery and drugs, and discuss how these are used to alleviate suffering.