Introduction to Yoga Therapy Course
This is a preparatory course designed to expand a teacher’s view of therapeutic Yoga.
What is Yoga Therapy?
Most of today’s Yogic therapy can be traced back to Sri Swami Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who trained his share of modern masters, including his son, T.K.V. Desikachar (Viniyoga), and B.K.S. Iyengar (Iyengar Yoga).
Yogic methodology has therapeutic value and can be modified for any person. This is not the same form of Yogic movement seen in most health clubs. Yogic therapy involves teaching customized techniques, to one individual, based upon his or her specific needs.
This may encompass postures, specific breathing, meditation, and a large variety of Yogic techniques. The Yoga therapist’s primary objective is to treat the whole person. Complete physical health cannot be separated from emotional and mental health.
In fact, spiritual health also plays an important factor in recovery. We know that the power of prayer, mantra, and positive affirmation, will enable a person to heal faster. There is much conflict over which specific religion a person practices. Yet, this is a private decision and, as such, should be left to the individual.
Why should Yoga teachers be concerned with therapy?
Some teachers are content teaching athletic forms of Yogic exercise. This is a wonderful thing; but as we, and our students, grow older, teachers become aware of a variety of ailments. Constant pain creates a need for relief, because you can think of nothing else.
If you have a migraine, or back pain, can you think of much else? The mind is totally focused on pain. Hence, there is a need for inner calm and pain relief, which therapeutic applications can give.
What is Yogic Therapy’s future role in alternative health?
Yogic methodology is the source of many different healing modalities. As I have stated many times, “Yoga is the mother of all health maintenance systems.” Contemporary medicine and Yogic healing have plenty of space together on the path to heal humanity.
There is no shortage of people who are in pain. Yoga is a cost-effective form of therapy. Together, medicine and Yogic practices, can effectively help people who are suffering from a variety of ailments.
Who is this Yoga Therapy course designed for?
Yoga instructors, body workers, doctors, nurses, and other health professionals, can use this knowledge to help students, clients, and patients.
What are the pre-requisites of this course?
You must be a Certified Yoga instructor in order to take this course.
* You must submit a copy of your Yoga Teacher Diploma (Minimum 200 Hours) at the same time you submit your exams.
Certified teachers may use the Introduction to Yoga Therapy Course for Continuing Education credits. Registered Teachers can study our Introduction to Yoga Therapy Course for Yoga Alliance non-contact Continuing Education Credits (CEC units).
What is contained within this course?
Three indispensable texts containing 1,115 pages of knowledge about helping ailing students with Yogic Therapy. Also contained is a prescription DVD with 60 Restorative asana sequences.
A huge variety of health conditions are addressed. Each pose (asana) on this DVD has been edited as a stand-alone chapter, with information about benefits and contraindications of the Asana.
This DVD includes asana sequences for: Acne, AIDS, Alcoholism, Anger, Angina, Anorexia, Anxiety, Asthma, Bulima, Colds, Constipation, Depression, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Duodenal Ulcers, Drug Addiction, Eczema, Epilepsy, Gastric Ulcers, Headache/Eyestrain, Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, Immune System Help, Impotence, Incontinence, Indigestion, Infertility, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lower Back, Low Blood Pressure, Menopause, Menstrual Discomfort, Mental Fatigue, Middle Back, Migraine Headache, Osteoarthritis (Ankles, Knees, Shoulders, Wrist/Hand), Physical Fatigue, Premenstrual Syndrome, Prostate Problems, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sciatica, Stress, Ulcerative Colitis, Upper Back, Weight Loss & Obesity.
In addition to all the above information, there are 9 different asana sequences, designed for your students, without any prescribed limitations. These sequences range from 30 to almost 90 minutes.
Modifications to techniques are taught throughout the DVD. Participants are shown practicing the postures at varying levels. This DVD is very well-chaptered, which allows you to skip forward past chapters.
As an additional bonus to this course is a 45 minute DVD, which teaches the healing powers of Mudra and Pranayama, when practiced together. Here’s what you will learn:
- 18 specific mudras, taught step-by-step, by a master practitioner
- How mudras can calm your mind and enhance concentration-in just a few minutes
- Ancient symbolic connections between your hands and the cosmos
- Mudras for eliminating fatigue, enhancing longevity, and recharging your energy
Introduction to Yoga Therapy:
- A 100-hour correspondence course.
- Includes complete instructions and exams.
- Graduates will receive a certificate suitable for framing.
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