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April 24–May 1, 2016 Sunday–Sunday 7 nights

Yoga Therapy Applied in Medical Settings: Module 4

Joseph Le Page, Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Debra Jensen, and Karen O'Donnell Clarke
Joseph Le Page

Joseph Le Page is the founder and director of Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) and a pioneer in yoga therapy training programs. Since 1994, more than 3,000 students have participated in IYT programs, which draw on…
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Sat Bir S. Khalsa

Sat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD, has been fully engaged in basic and clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health for more than 10 years. An assistant…
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Debra Jensen

Debra Jensen, PTA, E-RYT 500, CHC, is a certified health counselor and integrative yoga therapist. Since 2003, she has taught yoga classes for cancer survivors at Southampton Hospital, as well as chair yoga, Level I…
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Program Details

For those who have completed Integrative Yoga Therapy Foundations of Yoga Therapy: Module 1, medical professionals with at least one year of yoga experience, and students who have studied yoga therapy in any tradition.

Module 4 of Integrative Yoga Therapy training focuses on yoga therapy applications for the systems of the body, and medical conditions associated with those systems. This module includes advanced curriculum to deepen understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and endocrine, respiratory, digestive and eliminatory, reproductive, nervous, and immune systems.

The curriculum for each system includes

  • A review of traditional allopathic approaches for treating common imbalances and conditions, within the context of the tools and techniques used by yoga therapists
  • Lectures by leading health-care professionals who use yoga for specific health conditions
  • Daily yoga and meditation practice focusing on asana, pranayama, and meditation for a particular system
  • Experiential study of yoga therapy techniques, including small-group practice.

Teaching Format and Contact Hours

This course is a one-week residential program fulfilling 65 contact hours. Classes are held daily, beginning at 6:00 am and ending at 8:30 pm. Each day is organized into seven segments that bring a unique focus to the educational topic(s) highlighted.

The seven daily segments are

  1. Morning yoga and meditation practice, led by faculty: Each day focuses on asana, pranayama, and meditation for a particular system of the body
  2. Physiology, pathology, and pharmacology for each of the main systems of the body, provided through guest lectures by leaders in the field
  3. Applied yoga therapy: Presentation of yoga-based treatments currently being used by health professionals working in the field
  4. Yoga nidra, with a focus on the body system spotlighted that day
  5. Yoga therapy techniques: Experiential study of techniques suitable for conditions of the body system covered that day
  6. Small-group practice: Tools and techniques for the specific health conditions covered that day
  7. Special focus and case study review: Presentations by individuals who have used yoga therapy in their own healing process.

Each day highlights one of the following:

  • Cardiovascular and endocrine system: hypertension, heart disease, type-2 diabetes
  • Respiratory system: lung disease, COPD, and asthma
  • Digestive and eliminatory systems: ulcers, IBS, constipation, indigestion, and obesity
  • Reproductive system: PMS, menopause, and infertility
  • Nervous system: multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s
  • Immune system: cancer, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and AIDS
  • Review and integration of the week’s topics and the role of the yoga therapist.

Prerequisite Completion of Integrative Yoga Therapy, Module 1: Foundations of Yoga Therapy (125 hours).

Required Reading

  • Joseph and Lilian Le Page, Professional Yoga Therapist Manual, Chapter 5
  • Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Yoga Cikitsa
  • Swami Karmananda Saraswati, Yogic Management of Common Diseases

Recommended Reading (based on areas of interest)

  • Swami Shankardevananda, Effects of Yoga on Hypertension
  • Swami Yogapratap, Exploring Yoga and Cancer
  • Swami Muktananda, Nawa Yogini Tantra: Yoga for Women
  • Swami Shankardevananda, Practices of Yoga for the Digestive System
  • Swami Satyananada Saraswati and Swami Karmananda Saraswati, Yoga and Cardiovascular Management
  • Swami Shankardevananda, Yogic Management of Asthma and Diabetes
  • Swami Nirmalananda, Yogic Management of Cancer