Yoga of the Heart: Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training
with Nischala Joy Devi and Bhaskar Deva
July 18 - 27, 2019
Would you like to share Yoga with those at risk for or living with heart disease, cancer, or 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 an evidence-based blend of Eastern and Western therapy, which allows the heart to expand through compassion and love for one’s self and others.
In Yoga of the Heart, you’ll learn:
- Tailoring practices for the individual
- The psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of disease
- Interfacing with the medical community
- The virtues of a 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. You will leave with the skills needed to teach Yoga in a hospital, in a clinical setting, privately, or in your own healthcare practice.
200-hour Yoga teacher training certification or experience as a healthcare provider with a Yoga background.
Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 100 contact hours.
You can input your contact hours using your YA log in information.
- Nurses: Approved for 50 credit hours*
- International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT): This is an Approved Professional Development Course for Continuing Education.
- Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email [email protected].
* Nurses: This activity has been approved to AAOHN for award contact hours. The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses is an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
The course is didactic and experiential, allowing a full and rich experience for teachers and practitioners alike.
- Yoga classes adapted and applied for patients
- Physical postures
- Psycho-social aspects of disease
- Breathing practices
- Physiology of disease
- Research findings
- Interfacing with the medical community
- The Abundant WellBeing 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
Research: American Medical Association – Lifestyle Heart Trial Study
Research: Intensive Lifestyle Changes may Affect the Progression of Prostate Cancer
The power of the heart—LOVE—was what I experienced. Sincere, compassionate, unconditional, selfless, and humble are just some of the words to describe Nischala and Bhaskar. Her years of dedication and service are appreciated. It was a blessing and honor to share their ocean of knowledge. — Tehut Ami
Our hearts can unwittingly lead us down a path to dis-ease. Being a Yoga instructor who received a diagnosis of cancer opened my eyes. As my disease and medical treatments began to strip me of my personal power, I found that my Yoga practice returned it back to me. Yoga of the Heart is an inspired course that can help us, as yogis, to empower our students and ourselves with a strong heart and the tools we need to heal at every level. — Jyoti Sinanian
Nischala is a blend of medical science, mystery, myth, and spirit, all wrapped into a joyful, humorous purple shawl. — Chris Schulz
Nischala 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 her practice with Yoga. She offered her expertise in developing the Yoga portion of The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, and co-founded the award-winning Commonweal Cancer Help Program. Her book, The Healing Path of Yoga, and her Abundant…
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Bhaskar Deva has been a dedicated Yogi since the age of 18. He lived as a monk for 17 years at Satchidanada Ashram–Yogaville where he served as development coordinator, board member, and pilot to Sri Swami Satchidanandaji. A former teacher of Adaptive Yoga classes at the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Bhaskar now shares his wisdom and expertise in Yoga of the Heart® Cardiac and Cancer Certification Trainings. 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…
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