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Certificate Program on Holistic Yoga for Pain Management

According to Center for Disease Control, in 2016, an estimated 20.4% of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8.0% of U.S. adults had high-impact chronic pain. Chronic pain has been linked to numerous physical and mental conditions and contributes to high health-care costs and lost productivity. Chronic pain, one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care, has been linked to restrictions in mobility and the ability to execute daily activities, dependence on opioids, anxiety and depression, and poor perceived health or reduced quality of life.

Yoga is a panacea for pain conditions. Chronic pain triggers changes in brain structure that are linked to depression, anxiety, and impaired cognitive function. New research shows that practicing yoga reverses these effects on the brain and can relieve chronic pain (Psychology Today, May 2015). Integrated Approach to Yoga has shown to improve quality of life and reduce stress levels in people with chronic lower back pain (Int J Yoga. 2010 Jan-Jun). Holistic Yoga is the integrated approach of yoga with asanas, pranayama, relaxation techniques, meditation, reflection (Jnana Yoga), attitude towards work (Karma Yoga), acceptance of pain, and living stress-free in spite of pain (Bhakti Yoga). This helps in increasing the pain threshold, reducing stress, lowering pain, and eventually leading to pain-free life.

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Course Code: YS20003

Credit Hours: 5

Course Level: 100

According to Center for Disease Control, in 2016, an estimated 20.4% of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8.0% of U.S. adults had high-impact chronic pain. Chronic pain has been linked to numerous physical and mental conditions and contributes to high health-care costs and lost productivity. Chronic pain, one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care, has been linked to restrictions in mobility and the ability to execute daily activities, dependence on opioids, anxiety and depression, and poor perceived health or reduced quality of life.

Yoga is a panacea for pain conditions. Chronic pain triggers changes in brain structure that are linked to depression, anxiety, and impaired cognitive function. New research shows that practicing yoga reverses these effects on the brain and can relieve chronic pain (Psychology Today, May 2015). Integrated Approach to Yoga has shown to improve quality of life and reduce stress levels in people with chronic lower back pain (Int J Yoga. 2010 Jan-Jun). Holistic Yoga is the integrated approach of yoga with asanas, pranayama, relaxation techniques, meditation, reflection (Jnana Yoga), attitude towards work (Karma Yoga), acceptance of pain, and living stress-free in spite of pain (Bhakti Yoga). This helps in increasing the pain threshold, reducing stress, lowering pain, and eventually leading to pain-free life.

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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

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