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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.  

We have developed a new series of courses under the title Yoga Therapeutics in Healthcare
Our three foundational courses are open to all healthcare providers regardless of yoga experience: 
  • Asana-Postures
  • Pranayama – Breathing (course in fall 2021)
  • Balancing the Nervous System (May 21-22 2021)

All courses include training in the history and science of yoga, philosophy, its applications as a therapeutic practice of transformation and self-realization.

Our advanced courses in Yoga Therapeutics are open to providers who have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training. 
  • Pelvic Floor
  • Upper Quadrant
  • Lower Quadrant
  • Therapeutic Yoga Assessment

Complete our Mentorship Course with Case Studies to receive a Certificate in Yoga Therapeutics in Healthcare. 

Stay Tuned in May for more information on these courses, our Yoga Teacher Training for Health and Wellness Professionals, and our Certificate Program. 

Livestream - Yoga Therapeutics for Balancing the Nervous System

Chronic pain and stress are pervasive in our society.  As high as 60-80% of primary care visits can be related to increased stress. Chronic pain brings many clients to seek symptomatic relief in health care settings.  Research shows that both chronic pain and stress are related to an imbalance in the nervous system. Yoga as a therapeutic intervention is uniquely positioned to provide practices to improve nervous system balance.  In this two-day workshop, the neurophysiology of the stress and pain response will be explained.  Participants will receive instruction and experiential learning in restorative yoga, breathing exercises, guided relaxation, and meditation techniques. The neurophysiology underlying yoga’s impact on the nervous system will be explored. You will learn how therapeutic yoga principles may be integrated into treatment for patients who could benefit from nervous system balance. 

Course Dates: May 21-22 2021

Register Online

The class will be recorded for your future reference. You will have access to the recording for three months. However, attendance at all the sections will be required in order to receive CE/CEU credit for the course.

  • Prerequisites – None
  • Approved Continuing Education Provider New York State Dept of Education
  • 12 Direct Contact Hours CEU/CCU
  • 14.4 CE hours for NYS
  • Meets CEU/CCU requirements of any state reciprocal with New York State.

Cost: Licensed professionals $350 (early bird rate $299 if registered one month prior to the course start date)

Students: $250 – email for your discount code to register online.

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

Location: Online Sign-up today

Prerequisites – None

*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.


Contact Hours: 12 hours over 2 days

Objectives: Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain neurophysiology of the nervous system, stress response, and pain response
  2. Describe the neurophysiology of yoga practices and their impact on the nervous system
  3. Identify 3 yoga practices most appropriate for improving nervous system homeostasis 
  4. Describe the evidence for the impact of meditation and guided relaxation on the nervous system
  5. Experience the nervous system relaxation through restorative asana, guided relaxation, and meditation
  6. Demonstrate the ability to prescribe yoga techniques for specific patient populations 
  7. Identify appropriate community and online yoga/meditation resources for referral for patients

Course Schedule and Outline

Day One, Friday 3 pm – 7:30 pm

3:00-3:20 Introductions, plan for tonight and tomorrow

Experiential Learning-Centering

3:20-4:00 Introductory Lecture

4:00-4:20 Elements of Centering, How to Apply Clinically

4:20-5:00 Pain Neuroscience, Body Scan

5:00-5:15 Break

5:15-5:30 Introduction to Meditation

5:30-6:30 Yoga Class

6:30-7:00 Science of Therapeutic Yoga

7:00-7:30 Breakout session/discussion

Day Two Saturday 8 am – 5:15 pm

8:00 – 8:15 Questions

8:15-9:00 Meditation Practice

9:00-9:45 Meditation Lecture

9:45-10:15 Pranayama

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Restorative Yoga

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00- 2:00 Guided Relaxation Lecture

2:00-2:30 Yoga Nidra

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Special topics

3:45-4:45 Case Studies

4:45-5:15 Questions and Wrap Up

Instructional Method: Instruction will take the form of lectures, demonstrations, and interactive lab presentations.

Sign-up online

Feedback from Past Course Participants

“I found this class to exceed my expectations for level of activity, content, and fun! It was a wonderful, thorough yoga review for me personally, as well as an excellent professional learning experience broadening my abilities to integrate PT into my practice in many different ways. Meagen clearly has many years of practice, and in study of yoga; as well as PT. She offers many cues for practicing, and teaching improved core and postural awareness and stability techniques, while maintaining breath. A thorough and varied presentation of many different yoga asanas, breathing, meditation, and mindfulness techniques were covered and practiced with various goals applicable to PT treatment. I personally benefitted and really appreciate learning lots of new cues for teaching others! An excellent presentation for integrating yoga techniques into PT practice. I learned breathing exercises and teaching techniques and skills for chest expansion and increasing inspiratory capacity, and relaxation and mindfulness techniques that will enhance my personal yoga and professional PT practice. I am very grateful that Meagen was able to easily slide into a new presentation style with grace and despite not being in person, she really did a wonderful job attending to each student’s personal needs. I look forward to taking more classes from Evolution PT, hopefully someday, in person. I had a really excellent experience. With so much gratitude, and excitement for the future, Namaste” -SB Introduction to Yoga Therapeutics Course – Live Online Course

I loved how clearly stated the practical inclusion components of a yoga therapy evaluation & treatment were, adapted from a perspective of regular PT evaluation. This really helped make content immediately applicable. The case studies were excellently designed for quality discussion & relevant clinical decision-making. – MS

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 is $299 early bird registration if registered 1 month prior to the course, $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 discount if more than one provider from a facility registers for the same course.  E-mail 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.

Lodging in Burlington
Hotels:  Burlington has a variety of hotels to choose from that are within 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 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 the 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 to visit us for a course on Friday and Saturday and still have time to explore the beauty of Vermont through the rest of the weekend.  Turn your training program into a mini-vacation.
Required and Recommended Texts and Yoga Resources

Required Text

Science of Yoga: Understand the Anatomy and Physiology to Perfect Your Practice by Ann Swanson – available for purchase at the studio $19.99

Recommended Texts


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


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 (Anusara)

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

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 –

Insight Timer –

Andrew Johnson –

BrightMind –

Online Practice Resources

Yoga International

Yoga U