I believe that teaching yoga is one of the most fulfilling and purposeful vocations one can pursue. Nothing feels better than building a heart-to-heart relationship with a student and growing together over time with a shared love for the practice. I believe the world would be a better place if everyone practiced yoga and I’m extremely passionate about educating high quality yoga teachers and finding innovative ways to spread the teachings of yoga far and wide. These online courses are part of this collective effort...
This particular course titled "Yoga Therapy Foundations, Practice and Public Health" is the cornerstone of our Level 1 Foundations of Yoga Therapy Training and is part of our 850-hour IAYT accredited Yoga Therapist Training.
I am most proud of this course, as it combines my Masters Degree in Public Health with decades of Yoga Therapy philosophy and practice. I LOVE teaching this 13-month course at our studio Be The Change Yoga and it was THIS course that inspired me to start cataloguing my brain into these online courses, as I had many students from out of state wishing to take this course but unable to attend in person.
This course provide broad strokes yoga therapy methodology for many common conditions. This course is comprised of 10 singular modules; which can be purchased individually or collectively in this comprehensive course.
Yoga Therapy + Public Health Tools Course Description
This course explores the various factors that influence health at the macro-level using a public health lens, while at the same time, exploring the inner world of the human being using Yoga models to identify and treat imbalances.
Class lectures provide an introduction to the primary yoga therapy assessment models based upon the teachings of the Yoga Sutras and the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya. You will learn how to use these models to assess client imbalances, identify contraindications and implement appropriate tools based on client assessments. You will learn broad strokes yoga therapy practices for conditions that include: low back ailments, heart disease, respiratory / energetic imbalances, addiction, obesity / digestive ailments and relationship issues.
After understanding current disease trends and behavioral risk factors, we seek to remedy these conditions with the myriad of tools and practices that yoga has to offer. In fact, Yoga addresses the underlying causes of chronic conditions and provides a time-tested holistic healing system with the sole purpose of creating a clear, stable, rational mind that will make good choices. Thus Yoga provides the sound methodology that our current public health educators lack to empower the individual with tools to change and sustain positive health behaviors.
In addition, this course weaves in an invaluable public health perspective to empower yoga therapists with language to advocate for yoga therapy services within health systems. Trainees will gain knowledge of the risk factors that influence health behaviors and how yoga therapy intervention programs can be applied to improve health outcomes for specific conditions. Trainees will also learn how to develop, implement and evaluate group yoga therapy programs for specific populations or health conditions.
- Module 1: Philosophical Foundations of Yoga Therapy
- Module 2: Yoga: A Path to Alleviate Suffering
- Module 3: The Human Condition from a Public Health Perspective
- Module 4: How Yoga Therapy Works + Assessment Models
- Module 5: Yoga Therapy Programs for Vulnerable Populations and the Pathology of Poverty
- Module 6: Yoga Therapy for the Spine: physical imbalances (strained low back muscles, herniated discs, sciatica)
- Module 7: Yoga Therapy for the Abdomen, Digestion and Obesity: physical / mental / emotional / energetic factors and treatment tools
- Module 8: Yoga Therapy for the Lungs: physical / mental / emotional imbalances
- Module 9: Yoga Therapy for the Heart: physical / mental / emotional imbalances and Relationship Tools
- Module 10: Yoga Therapy for Anxiety and Depression: physical / mental / emotional / energetic factors
Katie Allen, MPH, C-IAYT co-founded Be The Change Yoga, a studio and Center for Higher Education in Orange County, CA. The studio is deeply rooted in the philosophical foundations of yoga and understanding of yoga as a therapeutic modality. The studio offers Orange County's only Yoga Therapist Training program.