Yoga Therapy Rx is a marriage between Yoga therapy and complementary medicine. It is designed to train Yoga teachers to become Yoga therapists and apply classical applications of Yoga for use in clinical settings to help treat common ailments and conditions.
The Level I
This course will focus on the musculoskeletal system. Students will meet one weekend a month for a year and address principles of practice, anatomy for Yoga teachers, the origin and treatment of common low back, upper back, knee and hip problems. In addition the course will cover communication tools for working with doctors including reading reports, terminology and clinical notes such as S.O.A.P. (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan) notes.
The Level II
Course will be offered the following year and will focus in the same manner on other systems of the body as outlined in Yoga Therapy Rx (Broadway Books) written by Larry Payne, Ph.D., and Richard Usatine, M.D. These systems will include the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, reproductive, and endocrine systems as well as the newest addition of mental health.
The Level III
This course offers practical experience in a clinical setting, covering the topics from Levels I and II. The program offers an immersive clinical experience, taught seminar style with live and standardized patients, and complete interaction with all program participants.
In addition, students will complete take-home case studies, write a term paper and participate in a supervised clinic for musculoskeletal and other systemic problems.
Participants who complete and pass one or more levels of the course will be equipped to work with various medical specialists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists. They will also receive a certificate from Loyola Marymount University and 12 units of Continuing Education Credit for each level.
The Certificate Program in Prime of Life Yoga is a one-semester specialty program for Yoga teachers and dedicated students focusing on Yoga for midlife and beyond. The concept is a partial home study of 25 hours combined with a 25-hour four-day intensive course. Yoga Alliance has agreed to count this as continuing education credits for their program. Upon completion of the 50 hours of study, participants will receive a certificate in Prime of Life Yoga.