1153Yoga therapy certification Program June 17-July 2 and August 4-22
- Mar 28, 2009the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda presents our
300- hr Yoga Therapy
Professional Certification Training
Offered in two training segments: June 17-July 2, and Aug 4-22
"RMIYA's Yoga Therapy Certification Program, under the careful
direction of Professor Buhrman, opens the door for any diligent
student to explore the vast therapeutic potential of the Yogic
tradition in a contemporary context. After graduating, I came back to
my small Midwest town and was immediately employed as the resident
Yoga Therapist in the local Integrative Medicine Clinic."-- Matthew
Remski, Baraboo Yoga and Living Arts
About the Program
This Certification program, now in its eleventh year, offers a unique
opportunity for in-depth study with a distinguished faculty of leading
Yoga Therapists, each of whom has many years of professional
experience. One of the most highly regarded and comprehensive
programs in the country, it gives students exposure to important Yogic
tools and techniques for bringing healing and well-being to others.
This in-depth training allows certified or registered Yoga teachers
and health care professionals with extensive Yoga backgrounds to
develop the skills necessary to use the knowledge and techniques from
all of the limbs of Yoga in a healing context.
Students will learn Yoga Therapy diagnostics which include patient
intake and assessment from postural and movement perspectives, Yoga
psychology, and Ayurvedic perspectives. The cause and development of
diseases is studied from both Western and Ayurvedic viewpoints, and
relevant research on Yoga therapy methods is presented. The training
emphasises Yoga Therapy methods for managing or healing a variety of
conditions such as accidents and injuries, muscular skeletal
disorders, diseases of aging, metabolic disorder weight gain, and
diabetes, allergies and asthma, stress-related illnesses, digestive
disorders, cancer, depression and anxiety, other mental and emotional
disorders, and spiritual emergence difficulties. Client management,
ethics, legal issues, and how to develop referral relationships with
medical and other health care professionals will be included.
Internship projects will be assigned, and each student will work with
three patients for a period of approximately four months.
The application of Yogic knowledge and healing practices include the
§ Yoga asana therapy appropriate for fit, injured, and aging persons.
§ Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and guided visualization techniques
for the achievement of deep levels of physical and emotional release,
relaxation and healing.
§ Pranayama and meditation techniques specific to certain diseases and
Yogic and Ayurvedic diets appropriate to specific diseases, and simple
Ayurvedic aids to healing.
The Shat Kriya practices of Hatha Yoga and their uses in disease management
The use of Vedic Mantras for healing
Outline of the Training
All sessions of the seminar will meet from 12:30 to 6:30, EXCEPT FOR
THE TWO MORNINGS NOTED IN THE SCHEDULE BELOW. Please plan to eat
lunch prior to the start of class. Lectures will be given in the first
part of each session, and the more experiential parts will follow.
Project assignments of approximately 3 hours duration will be given
approximately every other day. Students should plan to utilize the
morning time for personal yoga practices and for completing assignments.
The training is composed of 1-4 day Courses on each topic included in
the Training; with the number of days in each course shown in
Session One: Skills Develoment and Tools for Assessment
1. History and Scope of Practice of Yoga Therapy (1)
2. Ayurveda for Yoga Therapists (3)
3. Hatha Yoga Shat Karma (Kriya) Practices (2 mornings)
4. Yoga Psychology of the Yoga Sutras (2)
5. The Principles of Breath in Healing (1)
6. Structural Yoga: Musculo-Skeletal Reading and Adjusting the Body
for Yoga Asana Therapy (4)
7. Restorative Yoga (1)
8, The Stress Response and Methods of Deep Relaxation (1)
9. Yoga Nidra (2)
Interim Internship Project/Client Assessment
Research Paper (to be submitted in duplicate to internship director,
plus one copy for each student in the program so that everyone can
benefit from everyone e;lse?s research): Students will research and
describe one common disease, the traditional Yogic/Ayurvedic
approaches to treating it, and report on and evaluate Yoga therapy
research which has been done. The student will choose a specific
disease or syndrome, describe it medically and ayurvedically and Yoga
therapy research and treatment protocols which have been used to treat
that disease. Students are expected to search both the IAYT and
PubMed websites, as well as other sources.
Client assessment. In the month intervening between sessions, each
student will interview three people who would like to be assessed for
the purpose of receiving individualised Yoga therapies. The interview
will include, for each person, history and symptoms of each complaint,
medical history, Ayurvedic assessment of prakrti and vikrti, and
structural Yoga analysis. There will be no charge to the client.
During the second session of the training, the student will develop a
Yoga Therapy treatment plan for each of the three clients which
includes asana, pranayama, shat karma, relaxation, meditation, and
diet and lifestyle suggestions. This plan will be presented to the
group and the internship supervisor during the ?client management?
days during session II of the training.
Session II: Yoga Chikitsa: Yogic Treatments for Disease
10. Body Systems, Physiology, and Pathology (4)
11. Yoga Therapies for Allergies and Asthma (1)
12. Yoga Therapies, Diet, and Lifestyle for Metabolic Syndrome, Weight
Reduction, Diabetes, Heart
13. Yoga Therapy for Cancer Patients (2)
14. Accidents and Injuries (2)
15. Repetitive Strain Injuries (1)
16. Yoga Therapy for Frail Elders (1)
17. Applied Yoga Psychology for Depression, Anxiety, Spiritual and
other Mental and Emotional
18. Client Management and Referral, and Presentation of Case Studies (3)
Completion of Internship and Awarding of Certification
Returning home, students will implement the selected Yoga therapy
program for each of their original three clients, and follow up
with each client according to established protocol and regular,
scheduled consultations with the internship director. Certification
will be given at completion of treatment protocol, final evaluation
of progress of each client, and submission to the internship director
of a formal. There will be no charge to the client.
Part Five: Completion of the Yoga of the Heart Program taught by
Nischala Devi (Optional)
Details of this 75-hour cardiac training are available at
www.abundantwellbeing.com. This training entitles the graduate of
RMIYA?s program to a 375-hr Yoga Therapy Certification from RMIYA.
Faculty members who participate in teaching our Yoga therapy trainings:
Dr. Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D. RYT (E-500)
Felicia Tomasko, R.N.
Dr. Gary Brown, D.O.
Jnani Chapman, R.N.
Swami Karma Karuna
Mangala Warner, M.S. RYT (E-500)
Deborah Quilter (RYT-E500)
Jonas Westring,, P.T.
Patricia Hansen, M.A., RYT (E-500)
Hansa Knox, RYT (E-500)
Dr. John O?Hearn, M.D.
Faculty bios are available upon request
Texts required for the training
Structural Yoga Therapy, Mukunda Stiles
An anatomy text of your choice
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali?A Study Guide to Books I and II, Baba Hari Dass
Ayurveda and Panchakarma, Sunil Joshi
Yogic Management of Asthma and Diabetes, Swami Shandkardevananda
Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life, David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD
A History of Modern Yoga, Elizabeth de Michaelis
The Gherandha Samhita (Kaivalyadham version preferred
The Healing Path of Yoga, Nischala Devi
Who May Attend
Registered or certified Yoga teachers, health care professionals with
substantial yoga asana experience, and trainees in 500-hr Yoga or
Ayurveda programs. Our instructors for this intensive represent
several different traditions of teaching; and participants from all
Yoga traditions are welcome. Please include 1) a copy of your 200-hr
YTT certificate, 2) a resume, and 3) an application letter documenting
your qualifications along with your registration fee.
RMIYA will award a 300-hr Yoga Therapy Certificate to all participants
who complete this training. No certifications will be given until all
assignments have been completed. Transcripts of all completed courses
are available on request from the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and
Ayurveda. A 375-hr Yoga Therapy Certification will be awarded when
participants have completed both this intensive and The Yoga of the
Heart Cardiac Yoga training with Nischala Devi, which is offered
approximately four times per year in various locations. Information on
this training can be obtained at www. abundantwellbeing.com
Application of Yoga Therapy Hours toward
500-hr Yoga Teacher Training
RMIYA is careful to distinguish between advanced Yoga teacher training
(advanced training in the practices and philosophy of Yoga and
teaching methodology which allows the teacher to teach intermediate
and advanced practices of Yoga sadhana), and Yoga Therapy training
(which is focused on using the practices of Yoga for the purposes of
healing and requires a great deal of specialised training which is
entirely different from that of a Yoga teacher). The first session of
the Yoga therapy training, approximately 140 hours, may be counted
toward our 500 hour Yoga Teacher training program, because it is
applicable to both Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists. The second
session, which is entirely focused on disease management, is not
applicable to the 500-hour certification.
In some of our trainings, however, a 500-hr program may run
concurrently with the Yoga Therapy training. In this option, students
also meet 6:30-10:30 am. each morning of the Yoga Therapy Training,
for specific training in intermediate and advanced practices of Yoga.
One additional training period of approximately 8 days is then
required for a certification as a 500-hr teacher.
The Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, founded in 1990, is
a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the purity and
preservation of the ancient teachings and an exploration of their
application to modern life. Founded by Sarasvati Buhrman, Patricia
Hansen, and Richard Freeman in 1990, we are the oldest school of Yoga
and Ayurveda in Colorado and are approved by the Yoga Alliance, the
International Yoga Federation World Council of Yoga, and the National
Ayurvedic Medical Association. We are dedicated to the preservation of
the ancient traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda, and to exploring their
applications to modern life. We offer training programs in Yoga
Teacher Training (200 and 500-hr programs), Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic
Medicine (750- and 1500-hr programs), Ayurvedic Postpartum Care, and
Yoga Therapy .
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