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Yoga as Medicine II (Module 14) – Fall 2019

October 5 - October 11


Module 14 is the second of three on-site intensives which allows students to assimilate and apply objectives from Modules 1-7, 8, and 10.  Module 14, through the following objectives, allows clinicians to learn new modifications of the yoga postures, breathing techniques, and sequencing.

Teaching methodology, sequencing, evaluation and case study practicums, and principles of functional medicine, including pertinent labs and functional nutrition assessment and intervention is included at this level.  In addition, the biomechanics of spinal motion are studied as they relate to therapeutic practice and prescription, including 30 new yoga postures and progressive techniques in breathing and meditation. Perhaps the most critical piece of this module is learning about the intersectionality of GI, psychological, and orthopaedic health through the lens of functional and lifestyle medicine.

A word about our Retreats:

Big Pink Beach House

Your home away from home, the “Big Pink Beach House.”

The retreat version of Module 14 is held on beautiful Emerald Isle, NC in an oceanfront residential environment. You’ll be able to rest and renew while learning at a relaxed pace, seaside. Each day allows plenty of learning and rest time, so bring your hobbies with you and prepare for a wonderful week on the beach! You have a choice of oceanfront balcony, oceanside, shared, or dorm style rooms, depending on your budget and preference. Reservations are first come first serve, so if you prefer oceanfront room and board, please register early!

Topics covered include:

  • Orthopaedic series (10 pathophysiologies)
  • Gastrointestinal series (9 pathophysiologies)
  • Yoga posture, breath, and meditation prescription
  • Functional and Integrative Medicine/Lifestyle Medicine

Clinical Objectives:

  1. Practice 30 new postures, breathing techniques, and their modifications.
  2. Discuss indications and contraindications for these new postures and related modifications and sequences.
  3. Identify biopsychosocial imbalances that impact orthopaedic health and gastrointestinal function and how to impact them through functional medicine and nutrition.
  4. Practice 9 sequences for gastrointestinal functional dysfunction in order to understand the orthopaedic connection through hands on lab work.
  5. Practice 10 sequences for orthopaedic disorders and preventive health through hands on experiential lab work:
    • The Shoulder Complex
    • ACL Injuries
    • Spine – Mobility in Flexion and Rotation
    • Plantar Fasciitis and Foot Deformities
    • Osteoarthritis of Spine, Knee, Hip, Hands, Feet
    • The Achilles Tendon
    • Iliotibial Band and Patello-femoral Syndrome
    • Hip Labral Injury and Femoracetabular Impingement
  6. Design and present preventive and pathophysiologically based MTY (functional and integrative medicine) programs in a multi-disciplinary team approach for orthopaedic and functional gastrointestinal disorder management via live patient models.
  7. Describe the role of neuroendocrinology in order to understand MTY interventions.
  8. Explain how learning style models affect intervention in medical therapeutic yoga.
  9. Explain how application of non-dogmatic yogic philosophy and the yogic seal can facilitate growth in personal and professional development.
  10. Recognize the importance of differential diagnosis in MTY practice.
  11. Experience how positional changes of internal anatomy affect posture prescription.
  12. Demonstrate proficiency at teaching sequences in your clinical area of expertise using appropriate language and dialogue.
  13. Experience meditation practices to develop skills in support of mindfulness practice.
  14. Understand the difference between MTY yoga postures and historically practiced postures.
  15. Experience how evidence-based biomechanical and kinematic study of spinal flexion and rotation evolve yoga postures to improve safety and clinical efficacy.
  16. Experience how lower quarter alignment and motor control execution in yoga posture prescription affect overall mind-body outcomes.
  17. Safely sequence and teach yoga prescriptions in realtime clinical environment(s) with your peers, using appropriate east/west medical terminology, evidence based rationale, and MTY methods.
  18. Safety prescribe and teach yoga prescription in oral practical setting with your peers.

Course includes

  • Tuition
  • Onsite Lodging Options, Meal Plan, & Linen Package (for residential students)
  • Onsite Meal Package (add-on options available for commuter students)
  • Access to Virtual Classroom Forum (for class handouts and communications)
  • Course Manual

Required Text

Medical Therapeutic Yoga: Biopsychosocial Rehabilitation and Wellness Care

What to Bring

  • Yoga mat
  • 2 yoga blocks
  • 2 yoga blankets (Mexican blankets work best). Do not bring cotton throws are irregularly, non-matching sized blankets.
  • 1 yoga strap. Quick release buckle highly recommended. Cotton preferred.
  • Medical Therapeutic Yoga text & previous course manuals (if preferred).


Module 14 is offered in the spring and fall of each year.



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