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“Compassion is the Catalyst for Healing” – Nischala Joy Devi

Yoga Alliance Hours: 30 (approximate)
Approved as an International Association of Yoga Therapy elective for most accredited Yoga Therapy Programs.
Prerequisite: Should be a certified Yoga teacher. 200 RYT level or above preferred

Knowledge creates Therapists, Intuition creates Healers

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Recognizing the difference between intellectual knowledge and a deeper intuitive experiential understanding, this Training will be devoted to focusing on the primary importance of the healing relationship between therapist and client, the most essential ingredient: human connection.

Patients are treated by prescriptions of medicine, movement or mind but they are healed by people.  The work of being a healer is a path of the heart.  This course will explore the concepts of dis-ease, healing and healers through the lens of Yogic philosophy including the teachings of the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita.

Through an in-depth coverage of the maya koshas, chakras, kleshas and gunas students will gain insight and understanding of the client as a multidimensional being learning how mind, emotion and body inter-relate to cause dis-ease as well as promote healing on various levels.

Yoga Teachers and other healers will learn how to better serve their clients and patients as well as more effectively communicate and work with a patient’s family members and the medical community.  Through expanded skills, wisdom and compassion students will be able to provide support across a broad array of situations relating to health, dis-ease and dying.

Upon completion of this course students will:

•    Know how to do a client intake with proper evaluation and assessment skills
•    Develop compassionate listening, proper communication, adept observation and appropriate touch skills
•    Develop necessary counseling skills and learn how to create a proper clinical environment
•    Understand how to interface professionally with the medical community
•    Be able to assemble and prescribe the components of an individualized holistic treatment plan including meditations, visualizations, asana, pranayama, yoga nidra, journaling and other life-style modifications
•    Know how to form and keep appropriate boundaries and how to protect oneself from negative energies.

Course Syllabus:

1.    Addressing the Individual client as a multidimensional being
2.    What is Healing and Disease
3.    Counseling Skills. Evaluation and Assessment: Communication is the Key
4.    The Components of Individualized Holistic Treatment Plans
5.    Interfacing with the Medical Community
6.    Death and Dying

Required Textbooks:
Textbooks available at Integral Yoga Distribution. IYTA members receive 43% off.

  • The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
  • The Healing Path of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
  • The Living Gita by Sri Swami Satchidananda

Nischala DeviNischala Joy Devi is a masterful and compassionate teacher, internationally renowned since 1974. She was graced to spend over twenty-five years as a monastic disciple with the world renowned Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidanandaji, receiving his direct guidance and teachings. She also was blessed to receive the teachings of many great Yoga masters in U.S., India and worldwide. Her landmark research in pioneering Yoga for life-threatening diseases, Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease and Commonweal Cancer Help Program, culminated in the creation of her Yoga of the Heart® certification course for teachers and health professionals. She now serves as a member of the Advisory Counsel for the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  Author of several CDs, and the books The Healing Path of Yoga and The Secret Power of Yoga, A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras, Nischala Devi’s teachings reflect a heart-centered perspective of spirituality and scripture.


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