Welcome dinner and Orientation/Introduction Ananda Deviika' Ma', M.Sc, E-RYT 500 and Shanti Devi, RYT 500 Registration: 4pm -7pm Orientation: 7pm - 9pm An orientation to the Ananda Seva Guru Kula Yoga Therapy Training, including a brief overview of the course contents and schedule, and the logistics of the accommodations. This is also an opportunity for participants to get acquainted with one another. Manuals will be handed out during this time.
Introduction to Yoga Therapy & the History of Yoga Ananda Deviika' Ma', M.Sc, E-RYT 500 An overview of the history of yogic practices used for healing; covering Vedic times to the present day, with a special emphasis on the development of yoga therapy as it is currently practiced.
Yoga Psychology Ananda Deviika Ma, M.SC, E-RYT 500 An in-depth review of Sankya, and alternative philosophies, and their role in the field of Yoga Therapy. Including a concentrated overview of psychology and the human condition from the ancient Yogic perspective. We will review Yogic concepts related to understanding the mind, including kosas, lokas, kleshas, samskaras, gunas, Brahmachakra, samadhi, and enlightenment.
Ayurveda for Yoga Therapists Ananda Deviika Ma, M.SC, E-RYT 500 We will be introducing basic Ayurvedic concepts of anatomy and physiology, including tridosha theory, agni, dhatus, ojas, etc., and the relationship of these concepts to illness and health. Students will receive a basic understanding of how to determine the Ayurvedic constitution and possible imbalances of a client. We will discuss Ayurveda/Hatha Yoga’s common toolbox: 1) diet and lifestyle 2) Yogic shat karma (kriya) practices 3) Yoga practices seen from an Ayurvedic perspective. In the experiential portion of the day we will investigate Hatha Yoga Pranayama and meditation practices specific to each dosha.
Anatomy Review Deborah Karish, Chiropractor, E-RYT 500 An overview of human anatomy as it relates to Yoga Therapy will be presented in this workshop. Students should already have a basic understanding of the anatomy of muscles, bones, and muscular-skeletal configurations.
Introduction to the Client Assessment Process Ananda Deviika Ma, M.SC, E-RYT 500, Gayatri Ostadi, E-RYT 500 Students will learn how to conduct a client interview, make an assessment of the client's current issues and needs and begin to create a treatment plan. Case studies will be presented and explored in depth. Students will observe a mock client interview before conducting their own mock interview. These experiences will help the student learn how to skillfully assess clients.
Structural Yoga for the Yoga Therapist Shar Lee In this 4-day workshop we will study the body from a structural point of view with an emphasis on body mechanics. Students will learn how to assess imbalances in the body to understand individual limitations and how to apply needed adaptations of postures. We will also study patterns of body compensation & movement and how to use basic props and adjustments to help facilitate and restore wholeness.
Integrative Restoration Therapy Richard Miller, Ph.D. Integrative Restoration (iRest) is a modern adaptation of the ancient meditative process of yoga nidra. Students will be guided in the process of iRest using didactic lecture, interactive dialogue and experiential practice. You will learn iRest as an effective tool that you can integrate into both your professional and personal practice. iRest will provide both you and your students with a clear-cut process for transformation, a context for how transformation unfolds as well as a framework for accessing the healing presence of pure Awareness in the healing process. This presentation will challenge and inspire you to approach yourself, your students and yoga therapy as a portal for experiencing the healing and ever-present nature of unconditioned, non-dual awareness.
Pathophysiology Deborah Karish, Chiropractor This workshop covers basic pathophysiology and an overview of the cardiovascular system, endocrine system, lymph system and digestive system. This class is very straightforward and designed to gently illumine the Yoga Therapist.
Yoga for Cardiac Conditions Ananda Deviika Ma, M.SC, E-RYT 500 Heart disease and Stroke, the two most deadly conditions in North America, will be explored during this workshop. An overview of how both Ayurvedic and Western dietary strategies can be used to help prevent and manage disorders of the cardiac system. We will also explore Yoga Therapy research, asanas and other Yogic tools helpful for the treatment of these two diseases.
Applied Psychology: A Diagnostic Perspective TBA We will look at common psychological conditions from a Western diagnostic perspective and treatment from a Yogic orientation. Conditions that may be reviewed will include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, spiritual emergence, panic attacks, trauma, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Yoga for Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes and Obesity Sarasvati Buhrman, PhD This two days workshop will cover the ayurvedic perspective and treatment on these prevalent metabolic diseases. Metabolic syndrome is now recognized as the precursor to heart disease, diabetes, premature aging, and a host of inflammatory diseases. It is often linked to diet, stress, insomnia, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle. We will investigate the social, biological, and lifestyle dimensions of the problem, and explore Yogic, Ayurvedic, and nutritional approaches to this widespread problem.
Yoga for Asthma & Allergies/Sat Karma Sarasvati Buhrman, PhD.
Healing Dynamics of Breath Sarasvati Buhrman, PhD Early yogis noted that regulation of the breath could be used to calm the mind and stop the thoughts. The Hatha yogis also used breath and bandhas ayurvedically, to balance the doshas, heal disease, and enhance prana and ojas. Modern therapeutic use of the breath has focused on the effects of regulated breathing and how it affects the nervous system and the stress response. All of these approaches are relevant to the practice of Yoga therapy. Specific practices relating to each approach will be taught as time permits.
Yoga for Cancer, Jnani Chapman, RN In this 2 day workshop participants will begin to assimilate the information needed to work with this special group of people. Topics will include an overview of cancer and conventional cancer treatments, their common side effects, and its psycho-social dimensions, as well as Yoga therapies and asanas to treat and help ease symptoms of the disease and its treatment.
Yoga for Grief Antonio Sausys, BA Psychology, MA Body-Oriented Psychotherapy In this two day workshop we will focus on Grief, the body's response to loss. When facing a serious illness or life situation we may not only lose the dream of our health but may also experience the loss of freedom created by new restrictions. In this course you will learn to identify the physical, psychological and neuro-immunological symptoms of grief and gain insight on how to address those symptoms with a set of yogic tools. Helping people work through grief aids them in the psychological transformation of personal growth.