LifeInYoga Medical Courses for 2015-16

  • YMS101 Intro to Yoga Therapy for Medical Professionals - Next offering: September 25-28 2015 See details below.
  • YMS102 Overview of Yoga Therapy for Healthcare Providers - Next offering: May 13-16 and Sep 23- 26, 2016 Curriculum same as YMS101 below. New name for 2016.
  • 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: August 27-30, 2015 and 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: September 25-28 2015 For more info click here.

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LifeInYoga CME Course Remaining for 2015

Intro to Yoga Therapy for Medical Professionals - Next offering: September 25-28 2015

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 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 March 27-30, May 29-June 1, and September 25-28, 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.
  • Prepare to undertake further training to develop a high degree of expertise in yoga therapy.

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. 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 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 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 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: 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 $139/night + 13% for state and county taxes = $156
    Double Occupancy is $159*/night + 13% for state and county taxes = $179*
    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.
    *March 27-30 course has a contracted Double Occupancy rate that requires an additional $31 per night.
    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 $735
    For Non-Physicians 2015 $635
    For Full-time Students/Medical Residents $535

    $60 discount for early registration - applies for registration 4 months (120 days) before course.

    $65 for optional printed presentation binder - standard at no charge is CD with presentations.
    $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 to make sure that space is available.




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