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Certificate Program on Holistic Yoga for Pain Management

In this course, students will learn about how to manage musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, chronic pain, and osteoporosis using yogic techniques. Students will learn the anatomy/physiology behind each disorder, the medical management process, and the yogic management process of how to heal these disorders. Students will be learning from case studies and a practical approach.

Learning Objectives:

In this course, students will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the musculoskeletal system, physiology of pain, chronic conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, spine disorders, and other similar conditions
  • Understand the medical management process of pain disorders
  • Learn therapeutic yoga techniques for pain conditions

Area of Study:- Yoga Studies

Required/Elective: Required

Program of Study: Certificate Program on Holistic Yoga for Pain Management

Prerequisites:  Foundation for Holistic Therapeutic Yoga Teaching

Quarter Offered: TBD

Instructor:- TBD

Foundation for Holistic Therapeutic Yoga Teaching

Detailed Course Description

This course will teach yoga therapy fundamentals, such as the anatomy and physiology of common chronic ailments, basic medical management of a disorder, yogic management of a disorder, case studies, and best therapeutic yogic practices. In addition, students will learn how to use yoga tools such as asanas, pranayama, relaxation, and meditation techniques. Students will also learn an integrated approach to yoga therapy concepts, research methodologies, and how to integrate traditional holistic systems with yoga therapy. Students will learn concepts of psychology, the yogic concept of the mind, its distractions, and techniques of calming it down. Students will also learn yoga philosophy through ancient yogic texts, their relevance to modern life, and their application in yoga therapy. Finally, students will gain exposure to how to teach specific groups such as senior yoga, prenatal yoga, yoga for kids, yoga for stress, and yogic life coaching. Throughout this course, students will be participating in self-reflection (svyadhyaya) and disciplined practice (sadhana) to improve their own experience and be able to practice yoga at all levels of their personality. This course will enable yoga teachers to implement therapeutic yoga techniques in their own yoga teaching.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of anatomy, physiology, and basic knowledge of chronic ailments
  • Understand the medical management process of a disorder as well as its yogic management process as per the integrated approach to yoga therapy model
  • Learn the yogic model of the mind and how to manage it
  • Utilize techniques to modify existing yoga practices and provide a safe way to practice yoga for individuals with health constraints
  • Learn how to implement therapeutic yoga techniques within your existing yoga teaching for participants with mild chronic conditions

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Yoga Teacher Training (200-hour course) with a minimum of 65 hours of teaching experience.

Faculty/Instructor:TBD

Quarter Offered: TBD

Area of Study:- Yoga Studies

Holistic Yoga 1 – Concepts and Techniques

Course Description:

Developed by the ancient Hindu sages in the Indian subcontinent, yoga is a psycho-somatic discipline with its roots going back over 5,000 years. The word “yoga” means “union” and hints at the final goal of yoga practice–to be in union with one’s true nature. This goal, which leads one on the path of optimal health and human wellness, can be achieved by following the practices developed as a part of an integrated and holistic system of yoga.

In this course, we will explore the concept of Pancha Kosha, the five sheaths of human personality as defined in yogic texts: Annamaya Kosha — the physical layer; Pranamaya Kosha — the vital layer; Manomaya Kosha — the emotional layer; Vijnanamaya Kosha — the intellectual layer; and finally the Anandamaya Kosha — the pure-consciousness layer of our existence.

Furthermore, we will study Sage Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga, popularly known as Ashtanga Yoga. These eight steps give a comprehensive and systematic approach to developing one’s mind. Ashtanga Yoga includes Yama (guidelines for ethical relationships), Niyama (guidelines for ethical personal living), Asana (postures for physical practice), Pranayama (controlled and deliberate breathing patterns), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the mind from distractions), Dharana (focus of the mind upon a goal), Dhyana (the expansion of the focused mind into everyday life), and Samadhi (Complete Absorption in Oneself).

Yoga is not just a practice of asana and meditation on the mat. While such a practice constitutes the practice of Raja Yoga, the other three disciplines that we include are: Karma Yoga — the yoga of detached action; Bhakti Yoga — the yoga of love, acceptance, and devotion; and Jnana Yoga — the yoga of contemplation and reflection, completing the holistic practice of yoga. By combining all four streams of yoga — Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Jnana yoga — one is able to achieve a state of peace, creativity, and fulfilment in life.

We will learn about each stream of yoga and delve deeply into Raja yoga, which focuses on disciplining the mind and body using yoga practices. This holistic yoga course contains guided physical yoga practices, lectures, discussions, and offline assignments.

Learning Outcome:

In this course students will be able to:

  • Learn basic yoga practices of breath-synchronized movements, asana, pranayama, and meditation.
  • Understand the scope and relevance of yoga philosophy and how to apply it to one’s daily life.
  • Apply yoga practices and concepts to manage their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
  • Gain clarity on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita in relation to practicing yoga.
  • Explore the eight limbs of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga — yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and Samadhi.

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Admission to the program of study.

Faculty/Instructor: Anil Surpur Yogashree N.V. Raghuram, Ashwini Surpur, Vinutha Kornaya

Quarter Offered: Summer 2020

Area of Study:- Yoga Studies

Day:- Every Sunday

Start Date:-  July 12, 2020

End Date:- September 20, 2020

Time:- 7-9 pm EST

Holistic Yoga 2 – Philosophy & Practice

Learning Objective:

  • Learn in-depth, the yoga practices of breath-synchronized movements, asana, pranayama, and meditation.
  • Understand the yoga philosophy as described in the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Patanjali Yoga Sutras and how they apply to one’s daily life.
  • Apply yoga practices and concepts to manage their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
  • Understand the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga — yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and Samadhi.

Developed by the ancient Hindu sages in the Indian subcontinent, yoga is a psycho-somatic discipline with its roots going back over 5,000 years. Yoga, as practiced by modern society, is a path to achieving optimal health and wellness. Integrated holistic systems of yoga bring forth positive health at physical, pranic, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels (pancha kosha). In this course, we will learn the practical techniques of asanas, pranayama, meditation, and relaxation along with the subtle nuances of these practices, their contraindications, benefits, and spiritual significance. We will also learn in-depth concepts of Ashtanga Yoga as described in Patanjali Yoga Sutras and the four streams of yoga as described in the Bhagavad Gita. The eight steps of Ashtanga Yoga give a comprehensive and systematic approach to developing one’s mind. Ashtanga Yoga includes Yama (guidelines for ethical relationships), Niyama (guidelines for ethical lifestyle habits and choices), Asana (postures for physical practice), Pranayama (controlled and deliberate breathing practices), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the mind from distractions), Dharana (focusing), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (complete absorption). Apart from Ashtanga yoga as a practice of Raja Yoga, the other three disciplines that we include are Karma Yoga (the yoga of detached action), Bhakti Yoga, (the yoga of love, acceptance, and devotion), and Jnana Yoga (the yoga of contemplation and reflection). By combining all four streams of yoga — Raja yoga, Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Jnana yoga — one is able to achieve a state of peace, creativity, and fulfillment in life. We will learn about each stream of yoga and delve deeply into Raja yoga, which focuses on disciplining the mind and body using yoga practices. This course contains hands-on learning of yoga practices and techniques, lectures, discussions, and offline assignments.

Required/Elective: Required

Prerequisites: Must have completed Holistic Yoga – Concepts and Techniques Course. Students with prior experience in yoga practice or teaching may also qualify. 

Area of StudyYoga Studies

Faculty/Instructor: Anil Surpur, Ashwini Surpur, Shri N.V. Raghuram

Quarter Offered: Summer 2020

Start Date: 11 July 2020

End Date: 20 September 2020

Day: Every Saturday & Sunday

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 pm EST

Delivery Mode: Online

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