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Yoga Continuing Education Trainings for Healthcare Professionals

Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga offers a series of medical continuing education courses designed to introduce healthcare providers to yoga practices.  Learn how yoga can be integrated into patients’ health care goals, explore the research being performed on yoga outcomes and the effects yoga has on the body and mind.   Our goal is to teach providers how to provide informed answers to their patients about the benefits of yoga and how to safely start, continue or modify their yoga practice.  Our foundation course, An Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics  is a great place to begin an exploration of yogic practices such as breath work, standing and seated postures, systematic relaxation and meditation.  Our Chronic Pain management course provides greater depth of instruction in chair yoga, breathing techniques, restorative yoga, systematic relaxation and meditation.  No yoga experience is necessary for our Introductory or Pain Management courses.  Healthcare professionals who have some experience with yoga or who have taken our foundation course, may take our Yoga Therapeutics for Managing Low Back Pain course.

Who Should Attend?

Who should attend?

  • Physical Therapists and Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists and Assistants
  • Naturopathic Physicians*
  • Nurses*
  • Physicians and Assistants*
  • Acupuncturists*
  • Recreation Therapists*
  • Chiropractors*
  • Osteopathic Physicians*

*Nurses, Naturopathic Physicians, Medical Doctors,  Physician assistants, Acupuncturists, Osteopathic Physicians, Chiropractors and Recreation Therapists are invited to attend this course.  You must consult your professional organizations to see if CEUs can be used for your profession.

Tuition

Tuition is $350 per course for licensed healthcare professionals, $250 for students studying in a healthcare profession. We offer a $50 Refer a Colleague Discounts and a $25 per person discounts if more than one provider from a facility registers for the same course.  E-mail pt@evolutionvt.com for more information on how to apply your discount.

We accept VSAC non-degree grants! Details can be found on VSAC’s website. Create an account at VSAC and e-mail us which course you intend to attend.

An Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics for Healthcare Professionals

This experiential workshop is the first in a series of continuing education courses that introduces adult therapeutic yoga to healthcare providers. Learn how yoga benefits the recovery process and can enhance your healthcare practice for an integrative approach to health and healing.

Participants will receive instruction on how their patient’s yoga practice may affect their injury and impairments. Physiological benefits, safety and contraindications of postures and techniques will be addressed. Participants will learn about simple yoga practices their patients can utilize to improve outcomes in a variety of treatment settings.  Providers will learn how to find a yoga class, yoga instructor or yoga therapist who is appropriate to work with their patient.  The course will introduce you to the eight limb path of yoga, yogic philosophy and applications in a therapeutic environment.

Upcoming Training Dates:

October 27 – 28, 2017  Sign Up Online

April 13 – 14, 2018  Sign Up Online

Learning Objectives 

  1. Define Yoga and Yoga Therapy
  2. Describe 3 types of yoga most appropriate for rehab of common musculoskeletal injuries
  3. Identify who would most likely benefit from Yoga Therapeutics
  4. Describe the evidence for the appropriate and safe use of yoga in rehabilitation.
  5. Identify appropriate community yoga resources for referral for patients.
  6. Identify the role of yoga in relaxation for stress reduction.
  7. Describe 3 yoga poses, using appropriate props, for proper alignment of the body for therapeutic benefit.
  8. Explain what pranayama is, and how to use it with appropriate patients

Schedule: Friday 3-7:30 pm Saturday 8 am-5 pm

Location: Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga, 20 Kilburn St. Suite 120, Burlington VT 05401

Cost: Licensed professionals $350

Students: $250 – email pt@evolutionvt.com for your discount code to register online.

We offer a $50 Refer a Colleague Discounts and a $25 per person discounts if more than one provider from a facility registers for the same course. E-mail pt@evolutionvt.com for more information on how to apply for your discount. Please note that you can only use one discount per course.

 

12 CCUs  approved by the Vermont Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association

14.4 CE Credits approved by the New York APTA.  The New Hampshire APTA will accept credits approved by the NY APTA.

Meets CEU/CCU requirements of Maine, NH, MA, CT and RI.  

 Registered as a Continuing Education Provider through NBCOT for Occupational Therapists. 

*Nurses, Naturopathic Physicians, Medical Doctors,  Physician assistants, Acupuncturists, Osteopathic Physicians, Chiropractors and Recreation Therapists are invited to attend this course.  You must consult your professional organizations to see if CEUs can be used for your profession.

Course Schedule and Outline

Day One, Friday 3 pm – 7:30 pm
2:30-3 – Registration
3:00-3:15 – Introductions, explanation of plan for the night and next day.
3:15 – 4:30 – Lecture

  • Definitions of Yoga
  • Names of different yoga styles (hatha, ashtanga, vinyasa, restorative etc.)
  • Introduction to the 8 limb path

4:30-4:45 – Questions
4:45-5:00 – Break
5:00-6:00 – Yoga Experience – Alignment-based class
6:00-7:00 – Lecture

  • Essential components of a class
  • Styles of yoga that have standard sequences and the benefits and drawbacks of these styles of sequences

7:00 – 7:30 – Yoga Nidra, experience Autonomic Nervous System relaxation

Day Two Saturday 8am-5 pm

8:00 – 8:15 – Q&A
8:15-9:00 – The Science of Therapeutic Yoga
9:00-10:00 – Pranayama and the Nervous System
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:45 – Standing and balancing poses
11:45-12:15 – Restorative Poses
12:15-1:00 – Lunch Break
(Please feel free to bring your lunch, we have a fridge and microwave.  We are also within walking distance of several options for a healthy meal)
1:00-1:15 – Questions
1:15- 2:45 – Mindfulness and meditation.
2:45- 3:15 – Seated postures
3:15-3:45 – Case Study
3:45-4:00 – Break
4:00-4:30 – Inversions
4:30-5:00 Questions and Wrap Up

Instructional Method: Instruction will take the form of lecture, demonstration and interactive lab presentations.

Recommended Text: Yoga the Iyengar Way, by Silva, Mira and Shyam Mehta.  We will have copies onsite to purchase at the course.

Yoga Therapeutics for Managing Low Back Pain

Learn how therapeutic yoga principles may be integrated into treatment for patients who experience a variety of low back pain diagnoses. Explore how to apply the eight limb path of yoga and a biopsychosocial model of treatment into your sessions. Learn how therapeutic yoga benefits the recovery process, and will enhance your healthcare practice when working with clients with low back pain.

Participants will receive instruction on how their patient’s yoga practice may affect their injury and impairments. Physiological benefits, safety and contraindications of postures and techniques will be addressed. Participants will learn how breath work, meditation, yoga postures and guided relaxation can improve outcomes in a variety of treatment settings. We will explore how a patient’s yoga practice may need to be modified for the following diagnoses:

  • Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain
  • Lumbopelvic Instability
  • Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Disc Herniations with Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Facet Arthropathy

 

Upcoming Training Dates:

December 1 – 2, 2017  Sign Up Online

 

Cost: Licensed professionals $350

Students: $250 – email pt@evolutionvt.com for your discount code to register online.

We offer a $50 Refer a Colleague Discounts and a $25 per person discounts if more than one provider from a facility registers for the same course. E-mail pt@evolutionvt.com for more information on how to apply for your discount. Please note that you can only use one discount per course.

Prerequisites – Completion of An Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics for Healthcare Professionals, or Yoga Therapeutics for Management of Chronic Pain or prior experience with yoga.

12 CCUs  approved by the Vermont Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association

14.4 CE Credits approved by the New York Physical Therapy Association.

The New Hampshire APTA will accept credits approved by the NY APTA. 

Meets CEU/CCU requirements of Maine, NH, MA, CT and RI.

Registered as a Continuing Education Provider through NBCOT for Occupational Therapists. 

 

Contact Hours: 12 hours over 2 days

Objectives: Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the history/development of therapeutic yoga.
  2. Identify 3 styles of yoga most appropriate for rehabilitation of low back pain.
  3. Identify who would most likely benefit from Yoga Therapeutics
  4. Describe the evidence for the appropriate and safe use of yoga for low back pain in rehabilitation.
  5. Identify appropriate community yoga resources for referral for patients with low back pain.
  6. Identify the role of yoga for pain management.
  7. Demonstrate 3 yoga poses using appropriate props and modifications for management of patients with low back pain for therapeutic benefit .

Course Schedule and Outline

Day One, Friday 3pm – 7:30pm

2:30-3 pm – Registration

3:00-3:20  Introductions, plan for the night and next day.  

3:20 – 4:00 History of modern yoga and evolution of therapeutic yoga

4:10-4:30  What does a therapeutic yoga session look like?

4:30-5:45  Experiential Lecture – Foundations of Postures & Principles of Alignment:

5:45-6:00 Break – healthy snacks provided

6:00 – 6:15 Lecture –  Safety in Yoga

6:15-7:25 Pain management Techniques (Restoratives, Breath Work, Meditation)

7:25-7:30 Wrap-up

 

Day Two Saturday 8am-5 pm

7:45 -8 am – Light Breakfast Snacks

8:00 – 8:15 Question Session to Open

8:15-9:00  The Science of Therapeutic Yoga for Low Back Pain (Present the Research)

9-10:00 Yoga for Managing Arthritis and Spinal Stenosis in the Lumbar Spine

10:00-10:15 Break – Healthy Snacks Provided

10:15-11:15 Yoga for Managing Lumbar Disc Herniations

11:15 – 12:15 Yoga for Scoliosis

12:15-1:00 – Lunch on your own

1:00- 2:15 Yoga for Spinal Instabilities

2:15 – 2:45 Therapeutic Uses of the Yoga Wall

3:00-3:30 Chair Yoga

3:30-3:45 Break – Healthy Snacks Provided

3:45-4:30 Case Studies

4:30-5:00 Questions and Wrap Up

 

Instructional Method: Instruction will take the form of lecture, demonstration and interactive lab presentations.

Yoga Therapeutics for Managing Chronic Pain

Patients with chronic pain present with complex physical, psychological and social issues that provide challenges to recovery. Research shows that a biopsychosocial approach to healthcare is the key to working with people to help them learn to manage chronic pain. Yoga as a therapeutic intervention is uniquely positioned to provide tools to introduce mind body centered exercises that can be helpful with pain management.  Learn how therapeutic yoga principles may be integrated into treatment for patients who experience chronic pain. Explore how therapeutic yoga benefits the recovery process, and may enhance your healthcare practice when working with clients with chronic pain.

Participants will receive instruction in restorative yoga, chair yoga, breathing exercises, guided relaxation and meditation techniques. Learn how to help your patients find the right therapeutic yoga program to assist them with their recovery process.  

Dates:

Stay tuned for 2018 dates.

Friday 3-7:30 pm Saturday 8 am-5:15 pm

Cost: Licensed professionals $350

Students: $250 – email pt@evolutionvt.com for your discount code to register online.

We offer a $50 Refer a Colleague Discounts and a $25 per person discounts if more than one provider from a facility registers for the same course. E-mail pt@evolutionvt.com for more information on how to apply for your discount. Please note that you can only use one discount per course.

Location: Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga, 20 Kilburn St. Suite 120, Burlington VT 05401

 

Prerequisites – None

12 CCUs  approved by the Vermont Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association

14 CE Credits approved by the New York Physical Therapy Association.

The New Hampshire APTA will accept credits approved by the NY APTA. 

Meets CEU/CCU requirements of Maine, NH, MA, CT and RI.

Registered as a Continuing Education Provider through NBCOT for Occupational Therapists. 

 

Program

Contact Hours: 12 hours over 2 days

Objectives: Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the history/development of therapeutic yoga.
  2. Identify 3 yoga practices most appropriate for management of chronic pain
  3. Identify how yoga affects the nervous system and chronic pain conditions
  4. Describe the evidence for yoga as a tool for managing chronic pain.
  5. Demonstrate 3 yogic techniques that can be used for management of chronic pain.
  6. Identify appropriate community yoga resources for referral for patients with chronic pain.

Course Schedule and Outline

Day One, Friday 3pm – 7:30pm

3:00-3:20  Introductions, plan for the night and next day.  

3:20 – 4:00 History of modern yoga and evolution of therapeutic yoga

4:10-4:30  What does a therapeutic yoga session look like?

4:30-5:45  Anatomy – Nervous system and pain mediation; Effects of yoga on the brain

5:45-6:00 Break

6:00 – 7:00  Lecture – Science of Therapeutic Yoga for Chronic Pain Management

7:00 – 7:25 Experiential Session – Systematic Relaxation

7:25-7:30 wrap up.

 

Day Two Saturday 8am-5:15 pm

8:00 – 8:15 Question Session to Open

8:15-9:15  Chair Yoga for Chronic Pain Management

9:15-10:15  Restorative Yoga for Chronic Pain Management

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Pranayama Techniques

12:00 -1:00 – Lunch

1:00- 2:30 Meditation – finding a position, strategies and practicing techniques

2:30 – 3:00 Therapeutic yoga for PTSD and resources

3:00-3:45 Systematic Relaxation

3:45-4:00 Break

4:00-4:45 Case Studies

4:45-5:15 Questions and Wrap Up

 

Instructional Method: Instruction will take the form of lecture, demonstration and interactive lab presentations.

Lodging in Burlington

Hotels:  Burlington has a variety of hotels to choose from that are walking distance or a short drive.  Here’s a list of a few local hotels.  Take a look online and you will find there are a lot of options to choose from including many Airbnb listings.

Hilton Garden Inn – 5-minute walk

Sunset House B&B – 5-minute walk

Lang House Inn – 10-minute walk

Holiday Inn Express South Burlington – 10-minute drive

Please e-mail pt@evolutionvt.com with questions about any of our course offerings.

Cancellation Policy

All of our Yoga Therapeutics for Healthcare Provider trainings include a non-refundable $50 registration fee. A full refund, minus the registration fee, will be given for cancellations given at least six (6) weeks prior to the course start date. A 50% refund will be given for cancellations made at least two (2) weeks prior to the course start date, minus the registration fee. No refunds are made when cancellation is made with less than two (2) weeks notice before the course start date.

How to Get Here

Evolution PT and Yoga is located at 20 Kilburn St. in the heart of the South End Arts district in the picturesque city of Burlington Vermont.  Burlington is situated on the hill overlooking Lake Champlain with views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains.   We are easy to get to via car, bus, plane and train.  Evolution is just a 3 hour drive from Boston and five hours from New York City.  There are inexpensive direct flights from New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta and more.  There is daily cheap direct bus service to Burlington via Mega Bus from North Hampton MA, Boston, Hartford, New York City and more. Come visit us for a course on Friday and Saturday and still have time to explore the beauty of Vermont through the rest of the week-end.  Turn your training program into a mini-vacation.

Recommended Texts and Yoga Resources

Recommended Texts

 

Anatomy

The Key Muscles of Yoga. Ray Long, MD 

Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends. Ray Long, MD

Anatomy for Backbends and Twists. Ray Long, MD

Key Poses of Yoga. Ray Long, MD

Yoga Anatomy. Leslie Kaminoff

 

Meditation

Walking Meditation. Nguyen Anh-Huong & Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Meditate.  Pema Chodron

 

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra. Richard Miller, PhD

Yoga Nidra Swami Satyananda Saraswati

 

Yoga Foundational Poses, Styles, Philosophy

Yoga: The Iyengar Way. Silva, Mira, & Shyam Mehta (Iyengar)

The Yoga Practice Guide. Bruce Bowditch (Anusarsa)

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice. TKV Desikachar (Therapeutic/ Viniyoga)

Jivamukti Yoga.  Sharon Gannon & David Life

Yoga: The Spirit & Practice of Moving Into Stillness. Erich Schiffman

 

Specialty Topics

The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health. Linda Sparrowe, Patricia Walden

Relax & Renew. Judith Lassater Hanson

Yoga for Pain Relief. Kelly McGonigal, PhD

Structural Yoga Therapy. Mukunda Stiles

Yoga for Scoliosis. Marcia Monroe

Yoga as Therapy. Doug Keller

 

Meditation or Guided Relaxation Apps

Headspace – https://www.headspace.com

Insight Timer – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/insight-timer-meditation-timer

Andrew Johnson – http://www.withandrewjohnson.com/

 

Online Practice Resources

Yoga International https://yogainternational.com/

Yoga U https://www.yogauonline.com/