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In Module A, we focus on yoga for the musculoskeletal system, including a foundational anatomical understanding as well as the therapeutic benefits of yoga for common low-back, upper-back, knee, hip, and shoulder problems. Module A also prepares students to communicate effectively with doctors by familiarizing them with the terminology of reports and clinical notes, including S.O.A.P. notes.

Students meet approximately* 10 times throughout the program, typically on weekends, with the exception of one 4-day course and one 3-day course (details in the schedule below). Students are required to complete a yoga protocol for each topic covered, as well as a take-home Ayurveda dosha assignment. Each class includes a combination of lecture, demonstration, partner work, and practical experience. Content includes relevant anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology. Case presentations will be used to apply information at least four times throughout the program. The practical component of the curriculum includes evaluations of self and other participants using observation, interview, and questionnaires. The course includes a mentoring component, with a total of five hours of mentoring required (in person, or via Skype or telephone); payment is made directly to the mentor. Students are required to take a multiple-choice test before and after completion of the course.

The two modules may be taken concurrently, or in either order. Each module guarantees 150 contact hours. Teachers who successfully complete both modules are eligible to apply for Yoga Alliance certification at the 300-hour level, or at the 500-hour level if they hold a 200-hour yoga teacher certificate from the Shala. Graduates are also eligible to enter our Clinical Yoga Therapy Practicum, accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. For more information, visit www.iayt.org.

Please note: The yoga therapy components of our course are based on IAYT accreditation, not derived from our status as an RYS® with Yoga Alliance Registry.

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Course Schedule

Yoga for Parkinson's and Other Neuro-motor Degenerative Diseases Workshop

August 5, 2017

Instructor(s):
Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500C, C-IAYT
Anthony Connell, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Leslie Morris, MS, CES, RYT, CTTS

Date(s):
Saturday, August 5: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Introduction to the Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga, Part A

September 9-10, 2017

Instructor(s):
Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500C, C-IAYT
Dawn Bentsen, MA, RYT 500C

Date(s):
Saturday, September 9: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, September 10: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Knees, Hips, Shoulders, Elbows: Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for the Joints

September 29-October 1, 2017

Instructor(s):
Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, E-RYT 500

Date(s):
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
8:30 am–5:30 pm daily

Special 3-day session for Module A

Introduction to Ayurveda

October 28-29, 2017

Instructor(s):
Amba Greene, CAP, E-RYT 500, LMT

Date(s):
Saturday, October 28: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, October 29: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Introduction to the Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga, Part B

November 11-12, 2017

Instructor(s):
Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500C, C-IAYT
Christian Atkins PA-C, MPAS
Dawn Bentsen, MA, RYT 500

Date(s):
Saturday, November 11: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, November 12: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Guru Kula: "‘The Family or Home of the Teacher" Retreat: Interrelationship between Body Systems (Module A)

November 18-19, 2017

Instructor(s):
Clinical Yoga Therapy Candidates

Date(s):
Saturday, November 18: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, November 19: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Introduction to the Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga, Part A

January 13-14, 2018

Instructor(s):
Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500C, C-IAYT
Dawn Bentsen, MA, RYT 500C

Date(s):
Saturday, January 13: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, January 14: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for Feet and Gait

January 27-28, 2018

Instructor(s):
Osvaldo ‘Ozzie’ Perez, PT, DPT, RYT
Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500C, C-IAYT

Date(s):
Saturday, January 27: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, January 28: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Introduction to the Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga, Part B

February 24-25, 2018

Instructor(s):
Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500C, C-IAYT
Christian Atkins PA-C, MPAS
Dawn Bentsen, MA, RYT 500C

Date(s):
Saturday, February 24: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, February 25: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Lower Back Anatomy, Common Problems of the Lower Back, and Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga

March 10-11, 2018

Instructor(s):
Osvaldo ‘Ozzie’ Perez, PT, DPT, RYT
Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500C, C-IAYT
Marion Robinson, E-RYT 500

Date(s):
Saturday, March 10: 8:30 am–5:30 pm
Sunday, March 11: 8:30 am–5:30 pm

Cervical and Thoracic Spine Anatomy and Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga

March 24–25, 2018

Instructor(s):
Osvaldo ‘Ozzie’ Perez, PT, DPT, RYT
Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500C, C-IAYT
Marion Robinson, E-RYT 500

Date(s):
Saturday, March 18: 8:30 am–5:30 pm
Sunday, March 19: 8:30 am–5:30 pm

Knees, Hips, Shoulders, Elbows: Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for the Joints

April 13-15, 2018

Instructor(s):
Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, E-RYT 500

Date(s):
Friday, April 13: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Saturday, April 14: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, April 15: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

The Business of Yoga/Assessments

May 19-20, 2018

Instructor(s):
Melinda Atkins, MEd, E-RYT 500C, C-IAYT
Osvaldo ‘Ozzie’ Perez, PT, DPT, RYT
Anthony Connell, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Michael Kuang, CPT, CES, RYT 500

Date(s):
Saturday, May 19: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, May 20: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Anatomy of the Pelvic Floor

June 2-3, 2018

Instructor(s):
Christina L. Narens, RN, BSN, RYT 500

Date(s):
Saturday, June 2: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, June 3: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

Guru Kula: "‘The Family or Home of the Teacher" Retreat: Interrelationship between Body Systems (Module A)

November 17-18, 2018

Instructor(s):
Clinical Yoga Therapy Candidates

Date(s):
Saturday, November 17: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Sunday, November 18: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

*Due to circumstances beyond our control, teachers and schedule are subject to change. Please check our website calendar for the latest update.

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