Advanced Program Course Outline
Healing Through The Body & Breath Weekend
Over the weekend portion of this module, Healing with the Body and Breath students will investigate techniques to work with the physical body and the breath and learn assessment skills to inform their work with the physical body.
Back pain is one of the leading causes of missed work and visits to the doctor in North America. In this course, students will learn to work with common spine/back pathologies. Students will learn function anatomy as it relates to back pain.
Hips and Shoulders
Hips and shoulders are also common areas for pain and dysfunction. In this course, we will learn functional anatomy and western diagnosis of common conditions that affect these areas.
Healing Through The Pranic Body and Conscious Mind Weekend, Rehab Yoga, Working with the Pelvic Floor, Fascial Thinking, Supporting Cancer Patients
In the weekend portion of this module called Healing through the Pranic Body and Conscious Mind, we move deeper into the koshas, or layers of the Self, unwrapping like a gift, the inner-workings of the pranic and mental bodies.
As medical technology advances, surgery is becoming a more common form of treatment. In this course, we investigate the most common surgeries and the best practices for helping clients rehabilitate after surgery.
Working with the Pelvic Floor
A growing number of people with pelvic disorders are turning to yoga therapy. Pain, dysfunction, disease or trauma can manifest in many different ways. Therefore yoga therapy’s multifaceted approaches can be quite helpful. In this course, we will study both the male and female pelvic anatomy to learn how musculoskeletal imbalances impact pelvic function. We will also look at some common conditions that either contributes to or are caused by pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and fertility.
Fascia is a key structural component of the body. As such, it contributes to the physical well-being of our bodies and is often indicated in pain and dysfunction. In this course we will learn all about fascia and its relationship to structure and health. Students will learn how to identify facial lines in the body and the restrictions within them. There will also be an emphasis on common fascia-based pain patterns and how to shift fascia through asana and pranayama techniques. Students will leave with a clear understanding of how to work with bodies using a fascial viewpoint to relieve pain patterns.
Supporting Cancer Patients
Students will examine working with cancer patients through the koshic model—learning to effectively and safely teach asana, pranayama, and meditation with a clear understanding of contraindications for this population.
Bliss and Wisdom; Yoga Therapy For The Innermost Self Weekend, Yoga Therapy For Bipolar & Borderline Personality Disorder, Weight Loss & Eating Disorders, and Therapeutic Relationships
In the weekend portion of this module, Bliss and Wisdom; Yoga Therapy For The Innermost Self, we will take a deep dive into the Wisdom and Bliss Bodies (Vijnanamaya and Anandamaya Koshas). Together these two koshas or sheaths make up the innermost layers of the self. We will examine practices that balance these aspects of self and students will learn to identify imbalances and then apply appropriate practices to restore balance and connection to these inner koshas.
Yoga Therapy For Bipolar & Borderline Personality Disorder
In this course we look at two difficult to work with mental health disorders, Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Students will leave more confident in working with clients with these, as well as other mental health conditions.
Weight Loss & Eating Disorders
Based on Brandt’s work with obesity and eating disorders, this course is an overview to approaching obesity and eating disorders from a yoga therapy perspective.
Managing therapeutic relationships is a foundational skill for yoga therapists. In this course students will explore possible issues in the therapeutic relationship. Students will learn how to manage and identify boundary issues, transference and countertransference, and have a clear understanding of how to be ethical from a yogic perspective.
Healing with the Body and Breath Weekend #2, Trauma, Addiction, and Yoga Nidra for Yoga Therapists
The weekend portion of this unit presents an opportunity to deepen the skills necessary for working with body and breath. Students will learn to articulate the Joint Freeing Series for therapeutic purposes as well as asana for the doshas. We will examine techniques to correct improper breathing patterns. Advanced muscle testing and postural assessment will be covered.
In this course students will learn to design yoga therapy programs for clients who are suffering from issues related to trauma. Students will learn about the current science around yoga and trauma and how to integrate this knowledge into the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy model.
Students will examine and gain knowledge in addictive behaviors and their roots as well as expression in each kosha while also learning the appropriate interventions for each aspect of the self. Doshic considerations will be touched upon, as well as group protocols.
Yoga Nidra for Yoga Therapists
Yoga Nidra is an extremely powerful tool for healing. When properly taught yoga nidra can be modulated to treat many conditions and imbalances. In this course we will learn the basic theory behind yoga nidra. We will learn how to adjust yoga nidra to target specific koshas and gain the skills to language yoga nidra instruction appropriately for different condition sets.
Healing Through The Pranic Body and Conscious Mind Weekend #2, Brain, Neuroscience, Research & Yoga Therapy, Yoga Counselling Skills For The Very Ill & End Of Life, and Yoga For Anxiety & Depression
In the weekend portion of this course, students will delve deeper by learning advanced techniques for working with the pranic body and conscious mind (Pranayama and Manomaya Koshas). Students will explore practices that affect the 5 pranas for specific disease states. Students will then focus on the application of mantra and chanting for disease states.
Brain, Neuroscience, Research & Yoga Therapy
In this course—taught by a seasoned neuroscientist—students will learn how to properly read and evaluate research studies. Students will examine how to integrate vetted knowledge into yoga therapy settings. Students will also be given an overview of the current state of neuroscience research as it relates to yoga and meditation.
Yoga Counseling Skills For The Very Ill & End Of Life
In this course—taught by a grief and loss expert with over four decades of yoga study—students will investigate how we as Yoga Therapists can help those nearing the of their time in this form.
Yoga For Anxiety & Depression
In this course students will examine strategies for working with clients suffering from anxiety and/or depression based issues.We will learn assessment and treatment strategies using the koshic and doshic models.
Bliss and Wisdom; Yoga Therapy For The Innermost Self Weekend #2, Ayurvedic Foundations, Pulse & Tongue: Ayurveda Applications and Diagnosis, and Yoga Therapy’s Deepest Realm: Solving Pain and Suffering Through the Inner Koshas
In this course students will learn the theory and practice of pulse and tongue assessment as it relates to the BDYT assessments taught in the foundations program.
The inner Koshas are the Wisdom and Bliss Bodies (Vijnanamaya and Anandamaya Koshas). Suffering can often have it’s roots in these koshas, but it can be unclear how to shift practice appropriately to create positive client outcomes. In this course we will look at the subtler shifts in practices for these koshas.
Pulse & Tongue: Ayurveda Applications and Diagnosis
In this course, students will learn advanced assessment and practices to address issues related to the Wisdom and Bliss Bodies (Vijnanamaya and Anandamaya Koshas). Students will learn preparatory practices to facilitate access to the areas of self. The chakra based model for Vijnanamaya Kosha will be taught. Students will learn more advanced practices for ananamayakosha and how to share this information with diverse populations.
Yoga Therapy’s Deepest Realm: Solving Pain and Suffering Through the Inner Koshas
This course offers a practical overview of Ayurvedic Principles as they relate to yoga therapy. Students will gain the knowledge of ayurvedic lifestyle guidelines as they relate to dosha diagnosis. Students will also learn to apply ayurvedic informed asana and pranayama.
Autoimmune Disease, Philosophical Foundations Of Yoga Therapy, and Scoliosis
This course will explore yoga therapy interventions for autoimmune disease. Students will practice assessment and how to create working strategies for several autoimmune conditions.
Philosophical Foundations Of Yoga Therapy
As Yoga Therapists, it is important to keep ourselves firmly grounded in the philosophy that eventually birthed yoga therapy. In this course, we will examine teachings from key texts and how to apply them to our day to day work as healers.
Spinal curvatures and scoliosis are a common cause of physical suffering. In this course, students will learn to properly assess spinal curvature and deliver yoga therapy to improve client’s conditions. Students will leave with more clarity on how to work with this challenging condition that can be greatly benefited by yoga therapy.