Teachers

M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D., C-IAYT

Dr. Cunningham is a Certified Yoga Therapist and a Counseling Psychologist in private practice in Charlottesville, VA. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing where she teaches the 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 the Cardiac Medical Yoga Teacher Training Program. Dr. Cunningham is the co-director of Medical Yoga at UVA and is involved in several Yoga-based initiatives at UVA, including a research study exploring the impact of Medical Yoga on lupus patients and CME and CEU courses in Medical Yoga offered through the Professional Development office. Dr. Mala specializes in Neuroscience, Yoga Psychology, Cardiac and Medical Yoga, and mindfulness. She is an Integral Yoga Minister and a senior disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda. She has been practicing and teaching Yoga for over 35 years and has been featured in numerous radio, print, and TV interviews. Dr. Cunningham is also the author of Medical Yoga: A Gentle and Modified Practice of Yoga for Assistance in Healing and Cardiac Yoga; and the CDs entitled: Healing Journey and Before and After Surgery: Guided Imagery & Relaxation for Surgery Patients.

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Events with M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D., C-IAYT

Therapeutic Yoga and Mindfulness: Exploring Self-Care and Resiliency
January 25, 2019

Self-care and resiliency are important concepts for successfully navigating our lives. Therapeutic Yoga and mindfulness offer powerful tools for managing stress, trauma, relationships, work, and personal life. Using an integrative approach, this workshop will provide you with practical tools for increasing self-confidence, decreasing stress, self-regulating, dealing with adversity and disappointments, managing challenges, and successfully navigating into higher levels of self-care and resiliency. This course provides: An understanding of Integrative Medicine A review of stress, neuroscience, and the mind Insight into how the mind works and how a lack of self-care impacts on our neurobiology Powerful tools and formulas for increasing self-care and resiliency…

Brain Science, Mindfulness, and Yoga: Powerful Strategies for Healing
March 8, 2019

Yoga works—here’s proof. New technologies now allow researchers to directly observe how Yoga and mindfulness practices shape the brain. It’s exciting to know that we can alter and rewire our neuro-pathways with Yoga practices—changing negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to promote healing, happiness, resilience, and compassion. Thanks to modern brain science, we now have the ability to understand the power of Yoga and mindfulness practices to promote healing, happiness, resilience, and compassion. In this workshop, you will discover how Yoga and mindfulness affect your neurophysiology and learn hands-on techniques designed to help improve mental, emotional, and physical health. Increase self-care,…

Neuroscience, Yoga, and Mindfulness Workshop: How Yoga Heals
September 6, 2019

With the advent of new technologies, researchers are now able to understand how Yoga and mindfulness practices can help us to heal, restore vibrancy, and increase resiliency.  Over the last twenty years, research has proven that Yoga and mindfulness techniques can increase empathy, compassion, and optimism, and can significantly reduce negative emotions such as chronic stress, anxiety, and depression.  We now know that certain Yoga and mindfulness practices can have a positive impact on our neurobiology and our neuropathways. This workshop will provide a foundational understanding of neuroscience to explain how and why Yoga works for healing the body, mind,…

Neuroscience, Yoga, and Mindfulness 5-Day Retreat: How Yoga Heals
September 6, 2019

The field of neuroscience shows that you can actually change your brain patterns—and therefore change your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors—which can promote healing in your system. This 5-day retreat will focus on strategies for healing the body and mind through Yoga and mindfulness techniques.  Dr. Mala will introduce you to powerful concepts and practices that she uses with her clients in her private practice. You’ll have the luxury of time and space to work with these amazing practices under Dr. Mala’s guidance and support. In this mindfulness retreat, you’ll explore: Scientific ways you can rewire the brain, releasing old patterns…

Application of Medical Yoga into Healthcare
November 15, 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…

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