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Medical Therapeutic Yoga: Part A

presented by Ginger Garner

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This is the first of a two part course from Ginger Garner that will prepare the licensed medical professional to evaluate and manage the healthy and involved patient and client using a biopsychosocial systems paradigm, called the Professional Yoga Therapy (PYT) Pentagon of Wellness Conceptual Model and Method.

Part A of the Professional Yoga Therapy course consists of the first four PYT modules. Topics covered include the 15 precepts of PYT, the safety of existing yoga therapy programs, PYT guidelines, the science of yoga, various interventions under each of the 5 points of the Pentagon of Wellness, the therapeutic significance of chanting, the 8 limbs of yoga, the five branches of kinesthetic awareness, and much more. Upon completion of the course, you will understand how the Pentagon of Wellness conceptual model can be used preventively and therapeutically to help patients manage pain, low self-esteem, and flagging motivation. Learners will be able to differentiate between yoga, yoga therapy, and medical therapeutic yoga.

These are not introductory courses in yoga or rehabilitation, but are designed to lay the foundation for the biopsychosocial model used in PYT and prepare the student for critical analysis in prevention of dysfunction and disease, as well as management of existing pathophysiology. The course continues with Part B, which consists of modules five through seven.

Both Part A and Part B (Modules 1-7) should be completed before taking other PYT courses and prior to completing the Professional Yoga Therapist Certification. Written tests are given at the conclusion of each module. To pursue the Professional Yoga Therapist Certification, you will need to complete the first intensive on-site training in Module 8 of the series with Ginger on Emerald Isle.

Meet Your Instructor

Ginger Garner, MPT, ATC

Ginger is an integrative physical therapist, licensed athletic trainer, and founder of Professional Yoga Therapy Studies, an organization providing curricula and competencies for using yoga in medicine. Ms. Garner advocates for Americans to receive holistic and integrative medical care in order to improve health and health care in the US. Her clinical fields of focus…

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1. A Paradigm Shift in Healthcare Delivery

Explain how the 7 point method of Professional Yoga Therapy and how it addresses all learning types. Compare and contrast the 15 precepts of PYT to traditional yoga and yoga therapy. Explain how the Pentagon of Wellness conceptual model could impact the practice of medicine and rehabilitation in the US. Evaluate existing yoga and yoga therapy programs for content and safety. Explain how the historic roots of yoga in America are inter-related with Professional Yoga Therapy. Recognize and understand the PYT Code of Ethics, guidelines to practice, teaching, and meditation for medical therapeutic yoga.

2. A Conceptual Model for Holistic Evaluation, Application, and Management in your Practice

Identify the 5 obstructions to learning and transformation in a case study application. Describe how the Pentagon of Wellness conceptual model can be used preventatively and therapeutically to help patients/clients manage pain, low self-esteem, and flagging motivation. Discuss the science of yoga and its rationale for efficacy. Discuss how evidence-based research supports the inter-relationship of yoga with medical, psychological, biological, and physical science. Identify a minimum of 5 interventions under each of the 5 points of the Pentagon model that can be used to effectively manage stress (a total of 15 interventions). Apply the Psycho-emotional inventory for Pain Management within the context of the Pentagon of Wellness model.

3. Meditation, Reflection and Consciousness

Explain how PYT makes medical therapeutic yoga usable by persons of any spiritual background. Discuss the significant of chanting (sound of yoga) for psycho-emotional, spiritual, energetic, physical, and intellectual benefit. Differentiate between yoga, yoga therapy, and medical therapeutic yoga. Apply the 8 limbs of yoga to your professional vision to prevent practitioner burnout and improve stress management and your life balance skill set.

4. Foundations for Physiological and Neuromuscular Meditation and Awareness

Identify the seven foundations of physiology used in PYT/MTY practice. Demonstrate how the 5 branches of kinesthetic awareness affect change in the PYT conceptual model to improve rehabilitation outcomes. Explain how the 5 branches of kinesthetic awareness can be used in designing medical and wellness based medical therapeutic yoga programs.

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