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 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 for non-nutrition students explores the theory and practice of Chinese nutritional therapy, using the lens of Western and Chinese medicine. Students will gain a basic knowledge of evidence-based Western nutrition. Students will also examine the energetic nature of food from a traditional Chinese medical perspective, and understand how to explain these concepts from a Western perspective. Topics include the influence of the five flavors, the thermal nature of foods, the influence that diet/nutrition have on the organ/meridian systems, and the effects of different cooking and preparation methods, as well as basic information on macro and micro nutrients and their link to Chinese nutrition. Basic diagnostic skills using tongue and other key signs and symptoms are covered, giving students the ability to make basic nutritional recommendations for particular conditions. Experiencing the different food energetics, through tasting, is included!
This course addresses professional ethics for the practice of Yoga Therapy in addition to addressing best professional practices. Legal, regulatory and business issues will be addressed, as well as relationships to peers, mentors, organizations and the general yoga community. Personal and professional development will also be discussed.
This course reviews Western scientific perspectives on the mind and the brain. Topics include neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuro-cognitive changes across the lifecycle. Pathological conditions of the central nervous system and psyche are discussed along with a detailed review of the neuroendocrine orchestration of the stress response. The interactions of the mind and body are explored in detail including discussion of practices that support health and wellness across the mind body continuum. Drugs that alter the mind and mood are reviewed.