Application of Medical Yoga into Healthcare
with Dilip Sarkar, M.D., FACS, CAP, C-IAYT, Amrita Sandra McLanahan, M.D. and M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D., C-IAYT
November 15 - 17, 2019
Explore the field of lifestyle medicine and medical Yoga through mindfulness meditation, stress management, guided imagery, and breathing strategies. This course will introduce health professionals to a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of care for patients.
Learn how to assist patients in decreasing the stress response and discover how to use Yoga to improve flexibility, balance, and exercise capacity for patients. This workshop will introduce you to the clinical applications of medical Yoga and the philosophical basis of health promotion and disease management from this model.
Course objectives include:
- An overview of neuroscience and lifestyle medicine
- An understanding of the role of emotions and psychophysiological stress on health and disease
- A review of the theory and clinical applications of medical Yoga
- An understanding of how to implement Yoga-based clinical interventions
- Didactic and experiential activities in medical Yoga
This workshop is designed for both healthcare and allied health professionals to allow them to experience and learn about the benefits of therapeutic medical Yoga.
Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities
- Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 12 contact hours.
You can input your contact hours using your YA log in information.
- 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].
Dr. Sarkar was “just what the doctor ordered!” — Brad M.
Great presenters—knowledgeable, organized, personable, and open to questions. — Past Participant
Thank you for a superb learning experience and a pleasant stay! — Past Participant
Dr. Amrita McLanahan [has a] great sense of humor and the capacity to marry science to theory. — Crystal Fenwick
I appreciate very much Mala’s integration of affective neuroscience and Yoga. — Past Participant
Dilip Sarkar is a retired vascular surgeon turned Yoga acharya, certified Yoga Therapist, and certified Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist. He retired as an associate professor of surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, and now teaches Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy both nationally and internationally to healthcare providers, with a focus on integrating yogic and Ayurvedic wisdom with the science of Western medicine. Dr. Sarkar started the first category one ACCME-approved CME (Continuing Medical Education) course in the USA for physicians, “Yoga Therapy for Medical Professionals.” He serves on several local and national healthcare boards as: past president of…
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Dr. McLanahan is a graduate with high honors of Swarthmore College, and she has an M.D. from Wayne University and a family practice specialty from the University of Massachusetts. For twenty years, she served as director of stress management for Dr. Dean Ornish’s research, using Yoga and lifestyle changes to reverse heart disease and cancer. She now practices integrative medicine at Yogaville. Dr. McLanahan has made multiple study trips to India and Asia, where she visited centers that use Yoga and other natural means to prevent and treat disease. She is the co-author of the book, Surgery and Its Alternatives and…
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Mala Cunningham is a Counseling Psychologist and Certified Yoga Therapist in Charlottesville, VA. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing where she teaches courses in Foundations of Medical Yoga for Health Professionals. Dr. Cunningham is also the president of Positive Health Solutions and is the founder and director of Hospital Bed Yoga and the Cardiac Medical Yoga Teacher Training Program. She is also the co-director of Medical Yoga at the University of Virginia and is involved in several Yoga-based initiatives, including a research study exploring the impact of Medical Yoga on lupus patients. She…
Learn more about M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D., C-IAYT