Intro to Yoga Therapy for Medical Professionals
Jointly sponsored by HOWARD UNIVERSITY College of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education
For Registration through web, please click here.
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 repeated twice: first over the
Veterans Day weekend, November 8-11, second over the President's Day weekend, February 14-17, 2014
held at 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.
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
Presentation of Theory and Research History with Current Updates; Demonstration; Practice.
Lecture & Discussion Cover:
- Relevance of Yoga Therapy in Medicine
- History of Yoga
- Understanding Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Yoga Therapy
- How Yoga Heals
- Yoga Therapy Research Overview
- Yoga/Meditation Therapy Research Overview
- Importance of Breathing Practices
- Importance of Meditative Practices
Ayurveda and Practices Allied with Yoga
- Role of Spine & Massage Therapy, Reiki Healing
Yoga Therapy for Specific Disease Conditions
- Metabolic Syndrome, Cardiovascular Disorders, Respiratory Disorders, Musculoskeletal
System Disorders, Neurological Disorders, Psychiatric Disorders
Simple techniques/paradigms for relaxation
Practice Covers: (a) Breathing Exercises – Bhastrikaa, Kapaalabhaati, Baahya Kumbhaka,
Anuloma-Viloma Praanaayaama; (b) Yoga posture practices for digestion, elimination and good sleep,
and musculo-skeletal toning and balance; (c) Vibration techniques of sound often called Chakra meditation;
(d) Other meditation techniques (with affirmations) and Deep Relaxation with Yoga Nidra
Dr. Arvind Nandedkar
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Arvind K. N. Nandedkar, PhD, DABCC – Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology,
Howard University, College of Medicine – COURSE DIRECTOR
Meenakshi Nandedkar, MD, Staff Pathologist, JPC, Forest Glen, MD
C. Rajan Narayanan, PhD, Executive Director, Trustee of Life in Yoga Foundation
Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP – Chairman of Board,
Life in Yoga Institute
All speakers participating in CME activities sponsored by the Office of Continuing
Medical Education, Howard University, College of Medicine/Hospital, are expected
to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related
to the content of their presentation(s). Full disclosure of speaker relationships
will be made before or during the activity as needed. Those expecting to discuss
“off-label” drug usage must identify that portion of the presentation as being related
to “off-label” use of drugs.
Planning Committee, Course Faculty, and Disclosures:
The members/faculty are Arvind Nandedkar, Meenakshi Nandedkar, C. Rajan Narayanan,
Dilip Sarkar and Sat Bir Khalsa. All five of them have disclosed that they have no financial relationships
with any commercial interests over the past 12 months, will accept no financial remunerations from any
commercial supporter, uphold academic standards and ensure that content is independent and free of
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials
and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through
the joint sponsorship of Howard University College of Medicine, Office of Continuing
Medical Education, and Life in Yoga Foundation. Howard University College of Medicine
is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this educational activity
for a maximum of 22 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(TM). Physicians should claim only
credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, 692 Maritime Blvd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Disclaimer: Howard University, College of Medicine/Hospital, Life in Yoga
Foundation/Institute, and their staffs are not responsible for injury or illness
resulting from use of medications or modalities of treatment discussed during this
Accommodation & Parking:
Lodging at Maritime Institute Conference Center can be requested through the
downloadable registration form with payment by check,
or it can be done directly by calling 410-859-5700 if web registration is being done
(since web registration will only accept
course fees by credit card). Check www.ccmit.org. The facility
includes the cost of dinner (and breakfast) in their charges. Rooms come with a single
queen bed and two queen beds. Multiple
occupancy rooms will be with two beds.
Single occupancy is $135/night + 13% for state and county taxes = $152
Double Occupancy is $180/night + 13% for state and county taxes = $203
Lodging space and rate is guaranteed until 30 days before the course. Thereafter it
is on a space available basis. Check in after 3 pm;
Check out by 11 am.
PARKING & AIRPORT ACCESS: Free parking at the Maritime Conference Center in Maryland. For those flying into BWI airport,
they will provide free shuttle pick-up from the airport. Free shuttle is also available for light rail to Baltimore and Amtrak/Marc
train to Washington.
Additional Course Information: Dr. Rajan Narayanan 301-328-3845
Mail-in Registration with regular check or electronic check - Fees and Instructions:
Type of Participant
Regular Registration Fee
For Full-time Students/Medical Residents
$50 discount for Howard University faculty, staff and students;
$75 discount for early registration - applies for registration 4 months before course.
Make check payable to:
$65 for optional printed presentation binder - standard at no charge is CD with presentations.
$75 Late registration fee - after Oct 4 for November course and after Jan 10 for February course.
Lodging costs are additional.
Life in Yoga Institute
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Life in Yoga Institute, 1111 University Blvd West, #1306, Silver Spring, MD 20902.
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to be paid by check.
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Until one month before the beginning of the course, there is full refund of the BASIC COURSE ATTENDANCE FEE, except for a refund
processing fee of $50. After October 8, 2013 for the November course, and January 14 for the
February 2014 course there will be no refunds
of the Basic Course Attendance Fee. Substitution by another participant will be allowed.
All Additional payments (for lodging, etc.) are fully refundable until 48 hours before the beginning of the course.
There is provision for on-site registration with later fees. However those intending to do on-site
registration should call 301-328-3845 to make sure that space is available.