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One-week Specialization Courses

1Wk Specialization_1.jpgThese programs are  held in a residential setting at  Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge.

Module 4: Yoga Therapy Applied in Medical Settings (65 hours)
An intensive program that focuses on the main conditions that have evidence based protocols for Yoga currently implemented in medical settings worldwide. 

Module 4 focuses on the systems of the body and medical conditions associated with these systems. The program includes advanced curriculum that reviews the anatomy and physiology of body systems affected by common disease states. Exploration of the body systems includes a review of traditional allopathic algorithms for treating common conditions, including widely used pharmaceuticals. Generally recognized contraindications in the treatment of these conditions are enumerated within the context of the tools and techniques used by Yoga therapists.

Lectures by health care professionals with expertise in working with individuals diagnosed with specific conditions are a significant adjunct to this program. These lectures include, but are not limited to, such topics as: scope of practice, general regulations related to working within medical settings, evidence-based medicine, business practices, liability, compensation, ethical guidelines, and HIPAA regulations. 

Module 5: Yoga Therapy Applications within the Mental Health Field  (65 hours)

An intensive program with a focus on the mind body connection and Yoga; stress and the effects on mind body; social influences, research and evidence based protocols. 

Module 5 focuses on commonly occurring mental health conditions. This curriculum offers a comprehensive study of these conditions and reviews the allopathic algorithms for treating them. Discussions on common clinical interventions, treatment milieus, and widely used pharmaceuticals are also included. Students examine mental health perspectives on diagnosis, symptom management, and prognosis. They also examine the influence of familial, social, cultural, and religious conditioning on mental and medical perspectives on health and healing. Generally recognized practices and contraindications for the treatment of these conditions are highlighted in relationship to the application of Yoga therapy.

Through this study, students gain a working knowledge of each condition with a clear understanding of the scope of practice. Lectures by licensed health care professionals with expertise in working with individuals diagnosed with specific conditions are a significant adjunct to this program. These lectures include, but are not limited to, such topics as: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM); current treatment trends in out-patient, day treatment, and hospital programs; evidence-based treatment strategies; business practices; liability; compensation; ethical guidelines; HIPAA regulations; and the role of conditioning, developmental stages, lifecycles, mood, and personality as relevant to the work of the Yoga therapist.

Module 6: In-depth Anatomy of Asana (65 Hours)
An intensive program of how asana functions at all levels of being with a special focus on anatomy of movement.

Module 6 is an in-depth study of asana. It focuses on advanced concepts of human motion within the Five-Kosha Yoga therapeutic model. This course includes a focused study of altered qualities of motion in the presence of common musculoskeletal complaints. Students explore methods for assessing alignment and motion as well as modifications and contraindications for specific conditions. The practice of mudra is used to complement and bring emphasis to the qualities cultivated through the Yoga postures. Restorative Yoga and other gentle practice techniques are presented in the context of their rationale for selection in addressing selected musculoskeletal concerns.  

Module 7: Pranayama,  Mudra, Bandha, and Kriya applied in Yoga Therapy (65 Hours)

The original texts of Hatha Yoga detail four disciplines, pranayama, mudra, kriya and bandah to support the practice of Asana, concentration and meditation. This Module of the Kripalu Integrative Yoga Therapy 800-hour training offers an in-depth exploration of each of these fields of study.

Pranayama is taught in ten progressive levels beginning with introductory breathing practices and culminating with techniques of alternate nostril breathing. There is a focus on adapting the breathing techniques for individual needs, as well as benefits for specific health conditions.

Mulabandha, Uddiyanabandha, and Jalandhara bandha are presented experientially along with their use in both asana practice and meditation. Students will explore how to adapt the bandhas for individual needs, as well as benefits for specific health conditions.

The texts of Hatha Yoga detail six categories of Kriyas or cleansing techniques. Each of the categories are presented. The most accessible and practical kriayas including - Jali Neti, Nauli, and Kapalabhati are explored in-depth.

Hand mudras are explored extensively based on Joseph and Lilian Le Page’s book, Mudras for Healing and Transformation. Each day of the course focuses on specific families of hand gestures and their relationship to health and healing. Mudras of the face and body are also presented experientially.

Morning Yoga classes integrates all four of the techniques into the practice of asana and meditation. Evening sessions will explore how all of these techniques form the foundation for concentration and meditation practices as described in the original text of hatha yoga.

This course is open to Yoga Therapists of all traditions as well as medical professionals and holistic therapists with a solid Yoga practice.

 Module 8: Embodying the principles of Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy (65 Hours)

An intensive program focused on the relationship between Yoga and Ayurveda through an exploration of the five elements and how all the methods and techniques of Yoga serve as vehicles for re-establishing balance within them.

Module 8 is an intensive program that focuses on the relationship between Yoga and Ayurveda. In this program, students gain an in-depth understanding of the philosophical basis for Yoga and Ayurveda practices within the Samkhya system. Through an exploration of Ayurvedic principles, the five elements, and the methods and techniques of Yoga, students learn how to unite these two complementary systems into a methodology for reestablishing balance in their work as Yoga therapists.

In this program, students explore the first two pillars of health in Ayurveda: ahara (food) and vihara (lifestyle), and learn to integrate these pillars with the bahiranga (external) limbs of Yoga. They also explore the third pillar of health, aushadi, which is the use of herbs in food preparation and common formulations to support Yoga therapy practices. Students’ skill in the practical application of Ayurveda is augmented through the learning of pulse diagnosis, tongue reading, working with the six tastes, including food combining, and the Integrative Yoga Therapy protocol for balancing the mind using Ayurvedic psychology.

 

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PROGRAM LOCATION & Registration

Module 4:  Yoga Therapy  Applied in Medical Settings                                                   

This program will next be offered  in 2018

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
(800) 741-7353
(413) 448-3152

Module 5: Yoga Therapy Applications within the Mental Health Field 

This program will next be offered  in 2018

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
(800) 741-7353
(413) 448-3152

Module 6: In-Depth Anatomy of Asana

April 30 - May 7, 2017

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
(800) 741-7353
(413) 448-3152

Module 7: Mudra Pranayama and Yoga Therapy Applications 

August 20 - August 27, 2017

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
(800) 741-7353
(413) 448-3152

Module 8: Embodying the Principals in Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy

April 21 - April 30, 2017

Students may take Uniting Yoga & Ayurveda

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
(800) 741-7353
(413) 448-3152

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