|"The Yoga Therapy courses are wonderful. I already have four students who came to my group classes, but needed specific yoga therapy and now are private clients as well. They are so appreciative to have one on one instruction for specific injuries and then come to a group class without fear! What is reassuring is that I am able already to put what we have learned into a professional setting. It can only get better."
—Maureen Davis, Former Student
Yoga is a practice for optimizing the health of the body and quieting the mind. It includes a variety of activities, including postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation (dhyana), and lifestyle practices. Yoga Therapy is a synthesis of the ageless wisdom from the East with the most recent knowledge in complementary health from the West. The respective professional certificate programs prepare yoga instructors with practices for people with health challenges not normally met in a group class. These challenges can be physical, mental or emotional. Yoga therapists prescribe specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to suit individual needs. Yoga therapy can be a means to manage illness or facilitate healing.
As many of us are at different stages of knowledge and experience, there are four certificate programs available (click on links below for more information):
Basic Program (Level 1). The basic program will focus on the musculoskeletal system. Classes will address principles of practice, anatomy for yoga teachers, the origin and treatment of common low back, upper back, knee and hip problems.
Advanced Program (Level 2). The advanced program will focus on the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, reproductive and endocrine systems. Classes will address principles of practice, anatomy for yoga teachers, the origin and treatment of internal problems.
Clinical Program (Level 3). The clinical program offers an immersive clinical experience, taught seminar style with live and standardized patients, and complete interaction with all program participants.
Internship Program (Level 4). The internship program is designed for students to apply and refine their administrative and clinical skills in an active medical setting under the supervision of resident physicians and instructors.