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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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
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
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
Presentation of Theory and Research History with Current Updates; Case Studies; Demonstration; Practice.
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
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
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
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 $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
For Non-Physicians 2015
For Full-time Students/Medical Residents
$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)
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$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.
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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.