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Yoga As Medicine The Art and Science of Yoga Therapy

For all levels.

Yoga As Medicine (YAM) is a 5-day, 30-hour, hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves therapeutic immersion, with much of your time spent doing yoga therapy in small groups under the guidance of medical doctor Timothy McCall. In this program, you practice observing bodies, study breathing patterns, analyze Ayurvedic doshas (body-mind types), and tailor personalized therapeutic yoga practices. Lectures, yoga practices, writing exercises, and guided meditations complement the group case work. To demonstrate the art, Timothy conducts an in-depth yoga therapy evaluation and formulates a treatment plan on someone in the group.

During case work, and in detailed discussions of selected cases, you evaluate “patients” in five categories, using the acronym SNAPS: Structural, Nervous System and Breath, Ayurveda, Psychology, and Spirituality. This holistic roadmap allows for a systematic assessment of function on all levels of body, mind, and spirit. YAM uses the full palette of yogic tools including poses, breathing techniques, meditation, and philosophy, as well as dietary and lifestyle advice.

Past attendees have included healers, health care professionals, yoga students and teachers, yoga therapists, and people seeking yoga therapy for such conditions as back pain, cancer, arthritis, heart problems, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, and depression.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Program Theme
Therapeutic Yoga


Timothy McCall, MD, is a board-certified internist, medical editor of Yoga Journal since 2002, and coeditor of The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

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