Yoga Foundations for Healthcare Professionals
Immediately add value to any healthcare practice with this Certificate of Completion from SCU, a well-regarded health science university with over 100 years of establishment and more than 20 years of regional accreditation.
This training is a rigorous introduction to how yoga can be utilized by healthcare professionals on and off the mat. While most foundational yoga trainings are tailored toward the general public regardless of healthcare related background, this program is specifically designed with practitioners and their patients in mind.
Fall 2018: September 4-December 9
Select your desired course start date
- Understand yogic practices including physical postures, breathing regulation and meditative techniques from both a yogic and a western medical perspective.
- Courses specific to both physical and mental healthcare professions will prepare you to provide comprehensive assessment and therapies.
- Practical application for your practice including assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutic plans for a wide variety of conditions.
- Each of the three instructors teach from vast academic, health science, yoga, and educational backgrounds. Each holds a PhD among many other credentials with decades of leadership in their fields.
- Provides participants with the 200-hour required foundations for pursuing a full yoga therapy training with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
- Hybrid online/weekend format is perfect for busy, working professionals.
- Curriculum honors current professional healthcare knowledge while adding evidence-informed and outcomes-focused practice.
- Expand your knowledge of how yoga may be utilized for your own self care and to enhance outcomes for your patients.
Timeline: Spring 2018
Yoga Philosophy Foundations
Complete online before Fri. 1/26/18
Online (30 Hours)
In this online module students will learn about the first and second chapters of the Yoga Sutras, as well as other foundational concepts of yoga and yoga therapy. Topics will include yogic perspectives on causes of suffering, symptoms of suffering, and obstacles of the healing process. The principles presented in the Yoga Sutras will be interpreted and discussed in terms of their applicability to healthcare in modern contexts.
Yoga Teaching and Therapy Tools
Fri. 1/26/18 – Sun. 1/28/18
Weekend Intensive (30 Hours)
Students will learn foundational concepts of yoga therapy, observe clinical yoga therapy skills, and participate in experiential learning. Much of the theoretical foundations will be based on teachings from yogic texts such as the Yoga Sutras and include yogic perspectives on causes of suffering, symptoms of suffering, and obstacles of the healing process. Experiential learning will include foundational asana (posture), pranayama (breathing) and meditation practices, and discussion of their application in yoga therapy settings. Students will also be familiarized with the code of ethics of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Biomechanical and Psychological Foundations
Complete online before Fri. 2/23/18
In this online module students will learn about how yoga can be implemented for a series of biomechanical and psychological conditions, which will then be further explored and experienced during the weekend intensives. The relationship between physical and psychological challenges and the health of the whole person will be explored, giving new insights to care for both those in the physical and mental healthcare professions.
Yoga in Physical Healthcare Professions
Fri. 2/23/18 – Sun. 2/25/18
Weekend intensive (30 hours)
Students will learn about musculoskeletal and neurological disorders as well as other physical disability challenges disorders from a western medical perspective as well as a yogic paradigm. The relationship between physical challenges and the health of the whole person will be explored, giving new insights to care for both those in the physical and mental healthcare professions. Students will learn how to teach postures, breathing techniques and meditation practices on and off the mat with the goal of achieving lessened pain, reduced functional impairment and improved quality of life.
Complete online before Fri. 3/26/18
In this online module students will learn how yoga therapy interfaces with other healthcare professions and how to practice interprofessional communication. Specific topics that will be discussed include collaborative business opportunities and interactions with yoga therapists, ethical and risk management issues unique to yoga therapy, and how to be an ambassador for yoga therapy in an integrative healthcare community.
Yoga in Mental Healthcare Professions
Fri. 3/23/18 – Sun. 3/25/18
Weekend Intensive (30 Hours)
Students will learn about categories, symptoms and underlying causes of psychological disorders from a western medical perspective as well as a yogic paradigm. Featured conditions will include anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Students will learn how to teach postures, breathing techniques and meditation practices on and off the mat with the goal of achieving lessening of psychological symptoms and consequently reduce their impact on everyday life activities.
Yoga for Different Populations and Conditions
Complete online before Fri. 4/27/18
In this online module students will be presented with case studies of yoga therapy applied to individuals suffering from chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, eating disorders, women’s health issues, anxiety, depression, PTSD and addiction. The various steps involved in conducting yoga therapy sessions will be outlined and explained. This includes intake forms, yoga therapy assessment, analysis of a client and their experience of their disease through a yoga therapy lens, determination of priorities for yoga therapy treatment (short- and longterm), writing up of an individualized practice regime and following up on the client’s progress.
Case Evaluation / Practice Teaching
Fri. 4/27/18 – Sun. 4/29/18
Weekend intensive (30 hours)
Students will learn about the assessment and the development of therapeutic plans for various physical and mental health conditions within a yogic paradigm. These include musculoskeletal disorders, chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, eating disorders, women’s health issues, anxiety, depression, PTSD and addiction. Students will be familiarized with how yoga therapists perform assessments, write case reports and implement daily practice plans.
Meet Your Instructors
Laura Schmalzl, PhD, ttRYT, is the Program Director for Yoga Foundations for Healthcare Professionals. She is an Associate Professor at (SCU) teaching neuroscience and research methods. She is also Co-Editor In Chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy (IJYT).
Amy J. Wheeler, PhD, C-IAYT, serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT). Amy also helped the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) set standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. Amy is the Founder and Director of Optimal State of Living Programs, which provides both Yoga and Yoga Therapy Training Programs. For more, see www.AmyWheeler.com.
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT, leads training programs and creates resources to incorporate smart, safe yoga for the international yoga community. For 20 years, he’s fostered creative resources for yoga teachers, students, yoga therapists and conventional medical professionals who want to incorporate yoga principles into their practices and studios. Matt is past-president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and a leader in the field of yoga safety and business development. For more, see www.drofyoga.com.
Eligibility Criteria for Participants
- Practicing healthcare professionals (including and not restricted to medical doctors, physician assistants, nurses, naturopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists, ayurvedic practitioners, psychologists, occupational therapists, etc.)
- SCU students in the clinical portion of their degree may be admitted if there is space pending an interview selection process