Module 6: 40 hours (Friday-Wednesday)
The Therapeutic Yoga Training Program gives yoga teachers the skills to work intelligently with students who are living with chronic illness or injury, as well as pregnant and aging populations. Knowing how to work with these groups will deepen your confidence as a teacher, expand the range of private clients you can work with, and increase the types of classes you can offer. The training also offers a great education in the gentler styles of yoga that can be incorporated into more active classes. Therapeutic Yoga is a comprehensive system of restorative yoga, gentle yoga, breath awareness, and guided meditation specifically designed to enhance the body’s own capacity to heal. Using readily available props such as bolsters and blankets to gently support the body, the benefits of Therapeutic Yoga are accessible even to those recovering from injury or illness. Breath work, guided imagery, and hands-on healing modalities are also part of the system, working to balance the body and ease the mind. In addition to yoga teachers, our graduates include nurses, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals. They are able to integrate the techniques taught in the training into patient care. Many of them have successfully taken Therapeutic Yoga into hospitals, hospices, home-care situations, and many other areas of healthcare.
This 40-hour foundational course covers the basics of Therapeutic Yoga. In addition to the theory and practice of restorative yoga postures and gentle yoga, participants will learn:
- Physiology of stress and relaxation
- Anatomy from the yogic perspective
- Benefits and contraindications of each posture
- Effect of posture on acupuncture meridians
- Implications of scar tissue and adhesions
- Sequencing guidelines for poses
- Integrating postures with breath work and guided imagery
- Incorporating hands-on healing techniques
- Supporting healing in students or clients
- Learn how to give one-on-one Therapeutic Yoga sessions
This program is open to physical therapists, nurses, occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals (no previous experience with traditional Yoga practices is required) and to yoga teachers who have completed a basic yoga teacher training course. For yoga teachers, this course may be applied toward the 200 or 500-hour registry with Yoga Alliance. For nurses, we are provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 14063, for 40 contact hours.