Yoga as Medicine III (Module 15)
CEUs Awarded: 38
Topics covered include:
- Advanced prescription for posture, breath, and meditation for licensed practice
- Ayurvedic assessment for the licensed practice
- Clinical application and prescription for semi-inversions and inversions
- Gender & cultural context in teaching
- Business models & planning
- Module 13 – CCC tuition, faculty mentoring
- Music & vocal labs (Lab for Module 11)
Module 15 is the concluding on-site course. Module 15 covers Ayurveda for the medical professional, and provides the student with templates for Ayurvedic evaluation and prescription, within the scope of practice of the Professional Yoga Therapist. Module 15 also covers facets of sound and its use during therapy, including vocal production, preservation, and music labs.
Module 15 covers the advanced clinical practice and prescription of yoga postures inversions and semi-inversions.Through evidence based methodology, inversions in yoga have evolved in the PYT system. Clinicians will be evaluating and prescribing MTY programs for both pathophysiology and prevention of injury and disease in complex patient populations. Special sections in Chapter 5, the required reading that accompanies this module, also address gender specific methods for teaching inversions, something not yet addressed in traditional or modern yoga literature.
Module 15 covers Ayurveda as it can be used by the health care professional in medical therapeutic yoga evaluation and application. Chapters 1 and 2 of PYT Volume IV prepare the clinician to incorporate fundamentals of Ayurveda into their clinical and community based (pathophysiological and preventive, respectively) practice, learning how to apply Ayurveda as yogic medicine through individual constitutional or doshic analysis. The clinician will learn how to incorporate use of the doshic analysis into the broader conceptual model in order to complete the entire PYT holistic evaluation and management paradigm.
- Discuss the importance of using a biopsychosocial, systems-based approach in rehabilitation based on best-evidence.
- Demonstrate proficiency with systems-based movement therapy (via yoga postures and breath intervention) and postural modification in order to apply yoga as therapy in both rehabilitation and wellness care.
- Practice best evidence biomechanics of inversions positions, including headstands, shoulderstands, and semiversions and their modifications, for use in safe rehabilitation and wellness care.
- Discuss indications and contraindications which would preclude practice of inversion postures.
- Practice all postures and their modifications from M8 (Yoga as Medicine I) and M14 (Yoga as Medicine II) for incorporation into skilled rehabilitation and wellness care.
- Describe, based on best-evidence, the importance of sound, both in music and vocal production, in order to affect the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and neuroendocrine systems, and thus, improve rehabilitation outcomes.
- Apply principles of the science of Ayurveda congruent with the evidence base in order to more accurately prescribe yoga postures and breathing that are part of and can be billed as skilled rehabilitation services.
- Demonstrate clinical competence in application of yogic soft tissue mobilization techniques that work in synergy with manual therapy and soft tissue mobilization techniques used in rehabilitation.
- Demonstrate use of manual therapy and biofeedback techniques during yoga postures to improve patient outcomes in skilled therapy services.
- Practice evidence-based progression of semi-inverted and full inversion movement therapies via yoga postures and breath techniques which can both prevent and manage systems-based pathophysiology(s).
- List the effects that polytrauma and comorbidities typically seen in rehabilitative and wellness-based patient care have on the (3) diaphragm (throat, respiratory, pelvic) system and subsequent yogic locks system, and vice-versa.
- Identify musculoskeletal and neuromuscular physiological and biomechanical factors in the trunk, upper, and lower limb through the lens of yoga postures and breath that would affect ADL or recreational participation and functional movement and outcomes.
- Discuss best-evidence psychobiological and neurophysiological benefits of applying yogic philosophy in rehabilitation.
- Practice best-evidence therapeutic sequencing and postural progression(s) with gender sensitivity and specificity for both men’s and women’s health.
- Identify styles of management and factors in creating business organizational structure that can affect private practice.
- Identify current trends and regulations in private practice and health and wellness which can impact the licensed therapist or physician.
- Identify current trends and future regulation concerns in yoga therapy which can impact the licensed therapist, doctor, or nurse in practice.
- Troubleshoot emerging trends in risk management, business development, and patient care via a multi-disciplinary team approach lab sessions.
- Practice across-the-lifespan lifestyle coaching skills through a yogic lens that can be applied in skilled, licensed clinical and wellness-based practice.
- List anti-inflammatory properties of traditional yogic nutritional foods and culinary approaches which can be used in lifestyle coaching and licensed patient care.
- Develop a best-evidence yogic/Ayruvedic culinary skillset to foster improved nutritional resource utilization and lifestyle choices in the at-risk patient with non-communicable chronic pain or disease.
- Discuss scope of practice and legal concerns when utilizing yoga in skilled therapy, wellness, and/or medical settings.
- Explain the scientific interrelationship of yoga and Ayurveda with rehabilitation and wellness care in managing non-communicable and chronic lifestyle-related diseases.
- List the evidence-based substrates of yogic locks system application in rehabilitation and wellness care.
- Understand five element theory, the guiding precepts of Ayurveda, and the governing non-theistic cosmic and physiological philosophy of its practice that overlap with modern neuroanatomy, psychophysiology, and nutrition.
- Identify compensatory neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and psychophysiological patterns which could impair safe execution of rehabilitation or wellness care in licensed practice.
- Describe the synergistic relationship of universal structure in yogic medicine and its overlap with modern physics, kinesthetic awareness, polyvagal theory and vagus nerve function, and rehabilitation.
- Demonstrate proficiency with evaluation and management of live patient models using a biopsychosocial yogic model of care that is commensurate with the practitioner’s scope of practice and license.
- Create plan(s) of care and prescription for individual and group based therapy as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Identify the internal and external variables which influence allostasis in the individual, including metabolic, neuroendocrine, psychophysiological, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and psychoemotional effects.
- Integrate best-evidence yogic medicine (Ayurveda and yoga philosophies) into existing clinical practice in order to prescribe skilled therapy and/or intervention according to the practitioner’s scope of practice.
- Distinguish between translation, location, elemental makeup, and mental qualities of systems-based disease states.
- Demonstrate understanding of Ayurvedic constitutions and their respective parameters through identification of at least 15 best-evidence methods for intervention in skilled therapy and medical settings.
- Verbalize constitutional differences in physical attributes, anatomical structure, physiology, orthopaedic presentation, gastrointestinal function, and receptive and expressive language to understand how they affect prevention and management of acute and chronic disease states.
- Yogic Philosophy & the Biopsychosocial Model
- Advanced prescription of inversions and semi-Inversions for medical professionals
- Advanced breathing techniques and application
- 30 new postures: classifications, applications, modifications and precautions
- Progression and design of relaxation & meditation techniques
- Case studies/ developing a treatment plan
- Use of sound and music in medicine
- Gender differences in teaching
- Home practice/program design & sequencing via all four course manuals
- Providing therapy to individuals and multiples or groups
- Research methods
- Oral practical and written testing
- Ayurveda analysis for the health care professional
- Tuition includes a digital course manual.
- The digital course manual contains excerpts from the Professional Yoga Therapy Volume III E-Book which provides approximately 200 photographs, illustrations, graphs, and tables to assist in patient prescription and program planning. Topics include Arthrokinematics & Biomechanical Analysis of Inversions, Ayurvedic Analysis and Program Planning, Templates for Patient Evaluation, Prescription, and Program Planning, and Integrative Medicine Tools for your Toolbox (Chromotherapy, Chakra Therapy, Ayurvedic Analysis, Energy Anatomy & Physiology Analysis & Management (Pelvic Floor & Yogic Lock System)). The manual is the fourth level and progression companion to PYT Volumes I, II, and III and corresponds to distance learning Modules 11 and 12.
*Lodging is extra and includes three meals a day and linen package.
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 belt/strap. Quick release buckle preferred.
- Copy of the digital text provided to you. Spiral bound copies may be purchased for an additional charge.
All materials are mandatory for completion of the course. Please bring all materials requested.
Module 15 is held in the spring and fall of each year.
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