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Yoga Therapeutics for Healthcare Professionals

Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga offers a series of medical continuing education courses designed to introduce healthcare providers to therapeutic yoga practices.  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 that can be provided in any treatment environment. 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.

Our courses present the research and practices of integrating yoga into a western healthcare model. We help providers understand how to answer questions from their patients about the benefits of a yoga practice, and how that relates to managing an injury or illness. In the specialty courses you will learn how to apply the principles of treating the whole person under a biopsychosocial model for a class of diagnoses.

We offer CEU and CCE credits for a variety of healthcare professions. Credit approval for each course is listed under the course descriptions.

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 therapeutic 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 how to integrate simple yoga principles into treatment to improve outcomes in a variety of treatment settings. 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

Who should attend?

  • Physical Therapists and Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists and Assistants
  • Naturopathic Physicians*
  • Nurses*
  • Physicians and Assistants*

 

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.

 

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 and Physician assistants 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 to integrate simple yoga principles such as breath work, meditation, yoga postures and guided relaxation into treatment sessions to improve outcomes in a variety of treatment settings. We will explore developing therapeutic yoga programs for patients with:

  • Chronic non-specific 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.

Prerequisites – Completion of An Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics for Healthcare Professionals, 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 will 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:

July 21-22, 2017

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.

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

Sign Up Online for July

 

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.

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/