LifeInYoga Medical Courses for 2016

  • YMS102 Overview of Yoga Therapy for Healthcare Providers - Next offering: May 13-16 and Sep 23- 26, 2016 For Curriculum and other information see below. FOR REGISTRATION, please click here.
  • YMS 250 Integrating Ayurveda into Clinical Practice - Next offering: Oct 23-25, 2015 and Oct 21-23, 2016 For more info click here.
  • YMS350 Measured Yoga Therapy - Next offering: March 4-7, 2016 For more info click here.
  • YMS210 Yoga Therapy for Mental Health and Psychiatry - Next offering: June 3-5, 2016 For more info click here.
  • YMS220 Yoga Therapy for Cardiovascular Disorders - Next offering: July 22 – 25, 2016 For more info click here.
  • YMS230 Yoga Therapy for Sleep and Sleep Disorders - Next offering: August 12-14 2016 For more info click here.

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LifeInYoga CME Approved Course 2016

Overview of Yoga Therapy for Healthcare Providers - Next offerings: May 13-16 and Sep 23-26, 2016

Life in Yoga Institute Inc is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians

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Course Description:

This is a 23.5 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 May 13-16 and September 23-26, 2016 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 in clinical populations has been more recent in the Western World, although its roots are from India. Awareness of this has created an environment where the National Institutes of Health through the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has been funding a number of studies related to yoga regimens. The major underlying mechanisms believed to be involved in yoga’s therapeutic benefit are that yoga provides stress reduction through induction of the psychophysiological relaxation response, enhancement of mindfulness and mind-body awareness, and in general restores physical and mental homeostasis, essentially allowing healing to occur naturally. Continuing research is establishing a higher level of understanding on yoga effects on the central nervous system, the neuroendocrine system, genomic expression and the immune system, and possibly a higher order understanding of the human system.

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.

While yoga is very effective when practiced as preventive medicine for health maintenance, it is also effective as a complementary therapy for managing existing diseases. Also, while yoga is most often viewed as simply a form of physical exercise, this is in fact only one small component of traditional yoga practice. The application of traditional yoga is capable of producing a state of well-being on physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual levels. This is also the intent of medicine as per the definition of the World Health Organization, although in typical practice, modern allopathic medicine tends to focus more on symptom management and specific disease therapy rather than on a holistic approach to the patient and his or her condition.

Yoga therapy research trials, funded by a number of NIH grants and conducted at many leading international research institutions internationally, have been providing preliminary evidence for its efficacy for a wide range of diseases or conditions such as back pain, mental disorders, metabolic disorders, respiratory disorders.

The course will seek to present a comprehensive overview of the research evidence base for yoga as a therapeutic intervention. Furthermore, scientific models for yoga’s efficacy will be reviewed. One of these describes yoga’s therapeutic efficacy in the context of the psychophysiological “relaxation response”. In addition to this, the traditional view of yoga and its lifestyle prescription is presented as a “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, electro-photonic imaging and impact of yoga exercises on the meridians are presented as the “Yoga-Acupuncture” model; this approach describes a bridge between Yoga and Acupuncture, or more appropriately traditional Indian medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, and then makes a connection with conventional medicine.

Further, the course includes:
  • Case Discussions for Musculo-skeletal, Cardiovascular, Neurological, Cancer, Respiratory and Metabolic Disorders;
  • Introduction to simple chair-based practices that are called Gentle Yoga develop by Life in Yoga Institute that can be applied in regular clinical practice.

This information is designed for healthcare providers (and potential researchers) to:
  • Become aware of researched yoga therapy tools for pathological conditions;
  • Consider their usage in practice, if necessary with the aid of suitably experienced person in yoga therapy;
  • Seek to engage in further research towards a Unified System of Medicine that seeks to place all the unknowns now called placebo effect, idiopathic conditions, and evolutionary programming in conventional medicine incorporating the wisdom of ancient traditional 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 in simple techniques of yoga that can be applied for patients’ disease care and health management.
  • Distinguish 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.

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

Course Content

Lecture & Discussion Cover:

  • Relevance of Yoga Therapy in Medicine
  • History of Yoga
  • Understanding Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Meditative Practices and Yoga Therapy
  • The Science and Underlying Psychophysiology of yoga practices -- the mechanism of healing
  • Yoga Therapy Research Overview
  • Importance of Breathing Practices
  • Importance of Meditative Practices
  • Ayurveda and Practices Allied with Yoga
  • Yoga Therapy overview and discussion for Specific Disease Conditions
    - Musculoskeletal System Disorders, Cardiovascular Disorders, Neurological Disorders, Cancer, Respiratory Disorders, Metabolic Syndrome, etc.
  • 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. C. Rajan Narayanan

    Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
    C. Rajan Narayanan, PhD, Executive Director, Life in Yoga Institute
    Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP – Chairman of Board, Life in Yoga Institute

    All speakers participating in CME activities sponsored by the Life in Yoga Institute 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 C. Rajan Narayanan, Dilip Sarkar and Sat Bir Khalsa. All 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. Life in Yoga Institute Inc is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The CME Committee of Life in Yoga Institute Inc designates this educational activity for a maximum of 23.5 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: Life in Yoga Institute, and their staff and volunteers 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 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 $142/night + 13% for state and county taxes = $160
    Double Occupancy is $187/night + 13% for state and county taxes = $211
    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 or 301-526-8308(mobile)

    Mail-in Registration with regular check or electronic check - Fees and Instructions:

    Type of Participant Regular Registration Fee
    For Physicians 2015 $745
    For Non-Physicians 2015 $645
    For Full-time Students/Medical Residents $545

    $65 discount for early registration - applies for registration 4 months (120 days) before course.
    $65 discount for members of Society of Yoga Therapy Physicians.
    $15 discount for mailed-in check (instead of credit card payment)

    $75 for optional printed presentation binder - standard at no charge is downloadable files of presentations as pdf document.
    $60 Late registration fee for registrations made less than 35 days before the course.
    Lodging costs are additional.

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

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    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. 30 Days or less from beginning of course, 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. .

    There is provision for on-site registration with late fees. However those intending to do on-site registration should call 301-328-3845 or 301-526-8308 to make sure that space is available.




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