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Introduction to Yoga Therapy for Medical Professionals

March 27, 2015 – March 30, 2015

Life in Yoga, jointly sponsored by the Howard University College of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education will offer two sessions of "Introduction to Yoga Therapy for Medical Professionals" on March 27-30, 2015, and May 29-June 1, 2015, in Linthicum Heights, MD.

Life in Yoga
HOWARD UNIVERSITY College of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education

PRESENT

Introduction to Yoga Therapy for Medical Professionals

March 27-30, 2015 and May 29-June 1, 2015

Linthicum Heights, MD

Course Description:

This is a 22 hour CME course for physicians and other medical professionals held over 4 days -- Friday evening through Monday lunch. It will be held over the weekends of November 7-10, 2014, March 27-30, 2015 and May 29-June 1, 2015 at the Maritime Institute Conference Center, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 (near BWI airport); Physicians and other medical professionals who seek to be well-informed on yoga therapy as a non-invasive alternative, and those who plan on recommending patients to yoga practice for general health management should plan to attend this course. However the course is open to anyone interested in yoga therapy.The intent is to describe the basis of yoga and the research done for therapeutic purposes and for health maintenance. Such knowledge brings a different way of thinking of life and healing process, and potentially prepares a physician for considering entirely different forms of treatment that may be less invasive and less subject to side-effects than conventional medicine, especially in cases when conventional medicine does not have good answers. This approach of healing can be used as a complementary practice for treating diseases.Yoga for therapeutic purposes has been considered more recently in the Western World, although it has been more common in India for many centuries. Awareness of this has created an environment where the NIH through NCCAM has been funding a number of studies related to yoga regimens.The approach of Yoga is well-being from physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual balance. This is also the intent of medicine as per the definition of the World Health Organization, although in typical practice medicine focuses on Disease Management and Disease Therapy. While the entire focus of yoga is to create such a balance to prevent diseases, yoga can be used to cure or manage diseases as well. These include a wide range of diseases or conditions such as Back Pain, Cancer, Metabolic Disorders, Respiratory Disorders, etc. as indicated by the research done through NIH funds, and also leading Research Institutions in various parts of the world.

The course will seek to present the definitive research findings for disease therapy in the context of a model termed “Relaxation Response Model”. In addition to this, the traditional view of yoga and its lifestyle prescription is presented as the “Yoga-Ayurveda Model”. Lastly the most recent research in the area of acupuncture, its concept of meridians which are called Naadis in Yoga, electro-acupuncture and impact of yoga exercises on the meridians are presented as the “Yoga-Acupuncture Model”. This approach provides a bridge between Yoga and Acupuncture, or more appropriately traditional Indian medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, and connecting it with conventional medicine.

 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the information on the extent of non-invasive yoga practices available for patients’ health management.
  • Locate the information on the extent of non-invasive yoga practices available for patients’ health management.
  • Develop competency to talk about yoga to their patients as a health management tool.
  • Develop competency to assess complexity of patient need, available complementary approaches, and selectively refer patients to an expert when good solutions are not available in conventional medicine.
  • Distinguish resources available to advance education on yoga therapy and complementary medicine.
  • Assemble resources available to advance education on yoga therapy and complementary medicine.
  • Prepare to undertake further training to develop a high degree of expertise in yoga therapy.

 

Click here for registration. For more details, click here to visit the Life in Yoga website.

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