LifeInYoga Medical Courses for 2014-2015

Intro to Yoga Therapy for Medical Professionals - Next offering: November 7-10, 2014 and March 27-30, 2015

Jointly sponsored by HOWARD UNIVERSITY College of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education

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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 and March 27-30, 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.

Format
Presentation of Theory and Research History with Current Updates; Demonstration; Practice.

Course Content

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

    Course Director: Dr. Arvind Nandedkar

    Faculty:
    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

    Disclosure:
    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 commercial bias.

    Sponsor Accreditation:
    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.

    Credits
    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.

    Location:
    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 educational activity.

    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 $190/night + 13% for state and county taxes = $214
    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 Physicians $695
    For Non-Physicians $595
    For Full-time Students/Medical Residents $495

    AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS:
    $50 discount for Howard University faculty, staff and students;
    $60 discount for early registration - applies for registration 4 months before course.

    APPLICABLE ADDITIONS:
    $65 for optional printed presentation binder - standard at no charge is CD with presentations.
    $60 Late registration fee - after July 4.
    Lodging costs are additional.


    Make check payable to: Life in Yoga Institute
    To download a registration form please click here.

    Address envelope & mail to: Life in Yoga Institute, 1111 University Blvd West, #1306, Silver Spring, MD 20902.

    Questions? - Phone: 301-328-3845; Email: info@lifeinyoga.org or rnarayanan.us@gmail.com

    TO REVIEW A DETAILED 41-PAGE CURRICULUM OF THE FEB 2014 COURSE click here.

    Web Registration: Credit or Debit card is accepted only for course registration. Additions have to be paid by check.

    Only PRE-REGISTRATION without payment is open at this time. To pre-register, please click here.

    REFUND POLICY
    Once payment is made and registration confirmed, 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 6, 2014 there will be no refund 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. .

    ON-SITE REGISTRATION
    There is provision for on-site registration with late fees. However those intending to do on-site registration should call 301-328-3845 to make sure that space is available.



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