- July 10-19, 2015
- Tuition: $1,185.00
- Lodging: $420.00 to $998.00
with Nischala Joy Devi, Bhaskar Deva
Would you like to share Yoga with those at risk for, or living with, heart disease, cancer and other life-altering illnesses? In this program, you’ll learn how the theory of Yoga can be applied to disease and general health. Yoga of the Heart® is a proven approach that allows the heart to expand through compassion and a love for one’s self and others.
- How to safely tailor the practices for the individual
- The psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of disease
- How to interface with the medical community
- The virtues of a low-fat vegetarian diet
- Basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and immune systems
Each day of the training includes adaptive Hatha Yoga, practice classes, group meditation, and discussion. Upon successful completion, you leave with the skills needed to teach Yoga in a hospital or clinic setting, on an individual basis, or in your own healthcare practice.
Prerequisites: Certified Yoga teacher, RYT 200 or above preferred.
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 100 contact hours
- International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT): Approximately 100 contact hours
- Healthcare and Related Disciplines: Although CMEs are not offered, a certificate documenting CE hours may be available for your discipline. Please contact CEU@iyta.org for details.
The course is didactic and experiential, allowing a full and rich experience for us as teachers and practitioners alike.
- Classes: adapted and applied for patients
- Physical Postures
- Psycho-social aspects of disease
- Breathing practices
- Benefits of a low-fat vegetarian diet
- Physiology of disease
- Research findings
- Interfacing with the medical community
- The Abundant Well Being Series (four CDs used in the Dr. Dean Ornish program for reversing heart disease)
- A course-specific, 300-page manual
- The Healing Path of Yoga, by Nischala Devi
I am a graduate of 2004 “Yoga of the Heart” you trained me at Kripalu. My students love the deep relaxation I use from my training. I so agree with the idea of compassion for others and ourselves. I will never forget my training , Nischala. I used the techniques on myself in 2004 when I was told I would need a stent for an 80% blockage. When it came time for the surgery, I was told it wasn’t needed and that I had the arteries of an 18 yr.old. It works!—CR
I went to the Yoga of the Heart course to learn how to assist others in healing and I was healed. I experienced joy and deep healing internally and physically and my heart was opened in a way that I have not experienced before. With happiness I share this with others. I carry this with me into every yoga class and into every relationship in my life.—JN, Florida
The program was incredibly powerful and will reverberate through my perusal life and my work with those faced with illness.—CR, Ohio
Beautifully organized curriculum, warm and knowledgeable teacher steeped in yogic tradition.—JW, California
Nischala’s compassion and love is palpable, you can reach out and touch it and can’t help having it touch you. This has been the most wonderful experience.—DM, New Jersey
Came with the intention to learn more about conditions and I am leaving with a spiritual awakening.—AP, United Kingdom
I really enjoyed this program. I really liked the mixture of the information about the heart, the experience of participating as a student in the asana/pranayama/meditation relaxation and the depth of spiritual teaching.—NW, Ontario
This is an excellent program. I’d recommend it to all who wish to open their hearts get healthy and help others on a road to better health. All was enhanced by the compassionate and beautiful open hearts of Nischala and Bhaskar.—EP, Texas
About the Presenters
Nischala Joy Devi is a masterful teacher and healer, recognized for her innovative way of expressing Yoga and its subtle uses for spiritual growth and complete healing. Her dynamic delivery and deep inner conviction empower each individual, allowing the teachings to expand beyond boundaries and limitations of any one tradition enabling her to touch people’s hearts.
Originally trained in Western medicine, she began to blend western medicine with Yoga, offered her expertise in developing the yoga portion of The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. She also co-founded the award-winning Commonweal Cancer Help Program. Her book, The Healing Path of Yoga, and her Abundant WellBeing audio series expresses these teachings.
With her knowledge of Yoga and her experience in assisting those with life-threatening diseases (particularly people with heart disease and cancer), she created Yoga of the Heart®, a training and certification program for Yoga teachers and health professionals designed to adapt Yoga practices to the special needs of that population.
She was graced to spend over twenty-five years as a monastic disciple with the world renowned Swami Sri Satchidananda, receiving his direct guidance and teachings. She also was blessed with teachings from great Yoga masters in US, India, and worldwide.
She is now dedicated to bringing the feminine back into spirituality and the scriptures. Her latest book, The Secret Power of Yoga, is a woman’s guide to the heart and spirit of the Yoga Sutras.
Bhaskar Deva has been a dedicated Yogi since the age of eighteen. He spent seventeen years as a monk at Satchidanada Ashram, where he served as development coordinator, board member, and pilot for Swami Satchidananda.
He also taught adaptive classes at the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. He brings these years of experienced expertise to Yoga of the Heart® Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training.
Bhaskar has been co-teaching Yoga of the Heart® internationally since its inception in 1998, leading adaptive asana classes that allow experienced yogis to return to the beginner’s mind as they delve deeply into a meditative physical and spiritual practice.