Diane Finlayson has been educating yoga teachers, therapists, ayurvedic and meditation facilitators for the past 20 years. Diane has served as MUIH Department Chair for Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda. She teaches in the Ayurvedic Wellness Practices program and the Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Doctoral programs Qi Cultivation courses. She serves the recovery community in private practice.
Committee and Chair Activities (MUIH):
Department Chair 2016 to present Curriculum Committee 2016 to present
University Leadership Committee 2016 to present
Middle States Accreditation Departmental Self-study Committee: Chair 2021 Departmental Professional Reaccreditation Committee: Chair 2017-2018 Academic Policies Committee: 2018 to present, general member
Retention and Persistence Committee: 2019 to present, general member Various hiring committees (chair and general member)
Associated Writing Programs. General member since 2017
Creative Writing Studies Organization. General member since 2018
International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
Member of the “Meeting of Schools Committee” providing pedagogical support to other member organizations, particularly regarding online learning and assessments.
Albero Institute, founding member of a depth writing institute registered in New York State.
Corpus Christi Literary Reading Series, organized public relations for this Texas organization.
City Lit, organization for an annual literary event in Baltimore, Maryland.
National Presentations for International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT): Symposium for Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR) Newport Beach, CA 2018: “Yoga Therapy in Acute Care.” Open session for full membership
“The Role of Ayurvedic Assessment in Yoga Therapy.” Limited attendance workshop
Meeting of Schools Committee (MOSC): Committee Member and Assessment and Pedagogy presenter for Member of Schools pre-SYTAR meeting 2017-2021.
International Conference for Integrative Medicine (ICIM) Singapore 2019
“The Role of Ayurveda in Cancer Care.”
“The Importance of Educational Accreditation for Integrative Health Institutions.”
Selected Publications & Presentations
Finlayson, Diane, and Laurie Hyland Robertson, editors. Yoga Therapy Foundations, Tools, and Practice. Singing Dragon, 2021.
“Perspectives on Yoga Accreditation in Higher Education: India’s NAAC at the U.N.,” with Kepner, J., Yoga Therapy Today, Summer 2019.
“The Role of Ayurvedic Assessment in Yoga Therapy,” Yoga Therapy Today, Summer 2018.
“Understanding Yoga’s Roots in Evidence Informed Practice,” with Sullivan, M., and Moonaz, S., Yoga Therapy Today, Summer 2017.
YOGA 611 Theoretical Foundations of Yoga Therapy
AYUR 630 Theoretical Foundations of Ayurveda
AYUR 633 Ayurvedic Nutrition and Herbs
FPD 781 Qi Cultivation
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