Svastha Yoga Therapy Training

This professional program on yoga therapy brings you the most effective aspects of traditional yoga and ayurveda combined with modern medicine.

We take a skill-based approach, empowering you to work on yoga as prevention and as therapy. This program will provide you a solid foundation to grow from in your work as a yoga teacher and therapist, and is also useful to serious students who wish to deepen their understanding and practice.

Specific guidelines for different conditions and general treatment principles will also be detailed, empowering you to safely and effectively address disabilities and ill-health through yoga.

Format

The program is delivered in 7 intensive modules (5 days for each module) with a flexible structure. Modules 1-6 may be attended independently and certificates will be issued for each module.

Body | Locomotor System

  1. Anatomy and function of the lumbar spine, pelvis, hip joint, knees, feet, gait and posture.
  2. Observation and palpation of pertinent structures.
  3. Systematic presentation of disorders of the lumbar spine, pelvis and lower limb, specially as relevant to yoga teachers:
    a. Most common disorders that a yoga teacher is likely to see in students
    b. Cause of disorders and their development
    c. Typical presentation of the important problems
  4. The following disorders and more will be discussed:
    – Intervertebral disc problems
    – Instability, facet joint problems
    – Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
    – Soft tissue related disorders (muscles, ligaments, tendons)
    – Hip and knee arthritis
    – Meniscal and ligament tears of the knee
    – Dropped arches and hallux valgus.
  5. Function-oriented approach and guidelines for these conditions using the tools of yoga (particularly movement and breathing).
  6. Classical yoga methods of Krishnamacharya combined
    with modern medical concepts (pain-free mobility, stability, endurance, strength, range of motion, flexibility).
  7. What a yoga teacher needs to know about the modern medical treatments available and the role of surgery.
  8. Outline of ayurvedic perspective and commonly used ayurvedic herbs.
  1. Anatomy and function of the thoracic and cervical spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand.
  2. Observation and palpation of pertinent structures.
  3. Systematic presentation of important disorders of the thoracic spine, cervical spine and upper limb, specially as relevant to yoga teachers:
    a. Most common disorders that a yoga teacher is likely to see in students
    b. Cause of disorders and their development
    c. Typical presentation of the important problems
  4. The following disorders and more will be discussed:
    – Osteoporosis
    – Scoliosis
    – Neck pain due to muscular imbalances and posture
    – Cervical disc problems
    – Instability, facet joint problems
    – Rotator cuff tears and impingment syndrome of the shoulder
    – Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow, Golfers elbow)
    – Carpal tunnel syndrome
  5. Function-oriented approach and guidelines for these conditions using the tools of yoga (particularly movement and breathing).
  6. What a yoga teacher needs to know about the modern medical treatments available and the role of surgery.
  7. Classical yoga methods of Krishnamacharya combined with modern medical concepts (pain-free mobility, stability, endurance, strength, range of motion, flexibility).

Breath | Internal Medicine and Breath

  1. Experience and understand the functional anatomy and pathology of different breathing patterns.
  2. Analyze and modify breathing patterns in different asana to address the needs of the student.
  3. Functional approach to the breath using conscious modulation, gravity, body position, muscle action, relaxation etc.
  4. Progressively sequencing the breath for students in steps from abdominal breathing to chest breathing, deep breathing, long breathing, and the bandhas.
  5. Using sound and chanting to work on the breath therapeutically.
  6. Disorder based considerations for specific conditions. For example, in respiratory and cardiovascular systems:
    a. Asthma
    b. COPD and other breathing difficulties
    c. Holistic approach to prevention and therapy of heart disease
    d. High and low blood pressure
    e. Heart failure
  7. Safety considerations in yoga sessions for clients with respiratory and cardiovascular issues, breathing difficulty and respiratory diseases.
  8. Orientation on relevant disease-related ayurvedic guidelines concerning lifestyle, diet, and useful herbs.
  9. Application of relevant traditional yoga concepts e.g. Brmhana, Langhana.
  1. Safety considerations in yoga sessions for balance problems, movement disorders.
  2. Observation and assessment skills: setting optimal and realistic goals based on physical limitations and challenges.
  3. Working with the inner body awareness and the breath as a pathway to access physiological balance.
  4. Disorder based considerations for specific conditions. For example:
    a. Problems of ageing
    b. Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis, Stroke
    c. Chronic pain, fatigue syndromes
    d. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and digestive problems
    e. Menstrual disorders
  5. Visualization and imagination in yoga practice, to influence the physiology of the body with the tools of the mind.
  6. Pranayama as a therapeutic tool:
    a. Different types of Pranayama
    b. Sequencing Pranayama
    c. Relation to ayurveda
  7. An overview of traditional yoga concepts related to pranayama: Nadis, Prana, Koshas etc.
  8. Introduction to assessment of Ayurvedic constitution or prakrti and its use.

Mind | Yoga Psychology & Psychiatry

  1. Classical yoga concepts and texts relevant to mental health
    a. Concept and importance of vrtti-samskara cycle
    b. Role of focus and stillness of the mind
  2. Yogic mindfulness (smrti-sadhana)
    a. Theory and applications
    b. Mindfulness in asana
    c. Mindfulness with the breath
    d. Mindfulness in daily life
  3. Cognitive reframing (pratipaksha bhavana and jnana vrttis)
    a. Examination of cognitive thoughts from yoga perspective
    b. Combating cognitive distortions
  4. Depression and addictions
    a. Overview of modern psychology perspective
    b. Scope and role of yoga in the therapy
    c. Principles of management
  5. Setting priorities and devising a session plan for
    depression and related mental health issues.
  6. Developing holistic yoga practices including asanas to support the above practices, combining body, breath, and mind.
  7. Safety considerations for the yoga teacher. Managing the teacher-student, therapist-client relationship.
  8. Perspective of ayurveda and useful ayurvedic herbs as relevant.
  1. Embodiment as an essential wellness skill for the mind.
    a. Modern view of importance of mind-body connection
    b. Yoga insights into mind-body connection
  2. Stress and trauma
    a. Neurobiology of the stress response
    b. Yoga tools to work with stress
    c. Adapting yoga for clients with past trauma (trauma aware yoga)
  3. Mantra meditation as a therapeutic tool
    a. Psychology and theory
    b. Common barriers and questions from students
  4. Positive psychology practices, including scope and application.
    a. Acceptance
    b. Gratitude
    c. Loving kindness
  5. Sacredness, meaning, and devotion (isvara
    pranidhana and related practices)
  6. Ritual practices and symbolism
    a. Traditional and modern rituals, concepts and psychology
    b. Creating simple rituals in yoga practice
  7. The gunas (satva, rajas, tamas) and their role
    as a framework for mental health.
  8. Safety considerations for the yoga teacher. Managing the
    teacher-student, therapist-client relationship.

Integration & Systems View

Module 7 covers topics such as end of life, diabetes etc. that require an integrated view. We also look over topics from other modules and do a systems review.

Locations and Schedule

The Svastha Yoga Therapy Training is offered across the world.

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