2018 Gold Therapy Program Schedule

Asana as Therapy Syllabus 301: Trish Robbins
Friday Jan 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Review and practice poses from the Yoga Therapy syllabus. The use of props in poses, held for long duration is known as restorative yoga.

The Medicine of Meditation:  Val Petrich & Tracey Delfs
Friday Jan 12 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Learn the physiological and psychological benefits of meditation and their relationship to the new science of PNI (psycho neuro immunology). Learn where meditation is on the ‘bell curve’ of yoga today. Describe the meaning of the last 3 limbs, (Dharana, Dyana and Samadhi) in the 8 limbs of Patanjali yoga and their interrelationship. Describe the primary styles of meditation and their proven benefits.Learn how to commit to a practical, regular meditation style.

For more information about Tracey Delfs: www.balancequest.com 

Asana as Therapy Syllabus 302: Trish Robbins
Friday Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Review and practice poses from the Yoga Therapy Syllabus that address a variety of health ailments. Peer teaching.

Learn the five pillars of professionalism. Learn how to use a client intake sheet. Learn what a ‘yoga prescription’ is. Preparing for client assessment.

The Principles and Practice of Mindfulness Meditation: Tracey Delfs
Friday Jan 26 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Mindfulness is a simple, yet powerful style of meditation that anyone can learn. As quoted by Jon Kabat-Zinn, it is ‘the non-judgmental attention to experiences in the present moment’. Mindfulness is now well documented for its mental health benefits, particularly when combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Study the emerging picture of the neural shifts evident in mindfulness practitioners.Reference book: ‘Coming to Our Senses’ Jon Kabat Zin

For more information about Tracey Delfs:  www.balancequest.com
How to Teach Yoga for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety and Depression: Lynn Fraser
Friday Feb 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

1 out of 4 people will experience mental health issues in their lifetime. WHO classes depression as the 4th largest health problem worldwide, predicting it will become the leading cause of premature death in the industrial world by 2020. Yoga therapy helps individuals heal from stress, anxiety and PTSD. Yoga practice helps build a sense of empowerment and confidence in the developing ability to self-regulate the nervous system at times when balance needs to be restored. For more information about Lynne: www.stillpointyoga.ca

The Principles and Practice of Mantra Meditation: Lynn Fraser
Friday Feb 9 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The style of mantra meditation provides broad health benefits and access to a rich inner world. A commitment to this practice reduces stress, brings mental clarity and establishes a strong spiritual practice. Learn the principles and practice of this style. Learn how to describe meditation easily and knowledgeably to your clients and give them simple practices.
Yoga for those with a Cancer Diagnosis: Tyla Arnason
Friday Mar 2 @ 9:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Gain an introduction and understanding of the most common types of cancer, treatments and their side effects as well as common complications seen in recovery. Learn an introductory skillset for working with those with a cancer diagnosis; including appropriate poses, modifications, prop use, applied breath work practices and basic healing visualizations for meditation. Tyla will provide some sample class plans that have been used extensively in research within the Yoga Thrive program at the Culos-Reed Health and Wellness Lab, University of Calgary. http://theyogaeffectcalgary.com

Asana as Therapy Syllabus 303: Trish Robbins 
Friday Mar 2 @ 1:30 am – 4:30 pm

Review and practice poses from the Yoga Therapy Syllabus.
Asana as Therapy Syllabus 304: Trish Robbins
Friday May 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Review and practice poses from the Yoga Therapy Syllabus.

Teaching Yoga for those with Heart and Lung Ailments: Trish Robbins 
Friday Mar 16 @ 1:30 am – 4:30 pm

Learn class plans that relieve symptoms associated with a variety of ailments related to heart and lungs. Both are in the chest area and thus treated similarly. A variety of medical disorders and their treatment will be discussed. Dean Ornish’s early study on reversing heart disease will be discussed as well as its implications in paving the way for Yoga Therapy. Learn how the use of props can accommodate the individual, easing discomfort, reducing symptoms and creating space in the troubled areas.
Teaching Pranayama as Therapy: Anne Douglas 
Friday Apr 13 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Prana is the subtle energy within breath and ‘yama’ is its controlled direction into the body. Pranayama is an effective healing modality on its own. Learn where Pranayama falls within the context of the 8 limbs of yoga and why. Learn how to assess your client’s needs and guide them to the most suitable breathing techniques such as Ujjayi and Viloma.  Reference book ‘Light on Pranayama’ by BKS Iyengar.  For more information about Anne: www.anahatayogatherapy.ca

Teaching Yoga Nidra: Anne Douglas 
Friday Apr 13 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Learn how to teach the basics of the deep sleep state of relaxation. This step by step process relaxes the autonomic nervous system, replaces rest from sleep deprivation, enhances the biofeedback mechanism of mind/body and restores peace. Anne holds certification as a yoga nidra teacher from Richard Miller.
Asana Review: Trish Robbins
Friday May 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

The 7 Chakras in Yoga: Lynn Fairey
Friday May 4 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

“The sense of the inner self, of that knowing from within, is the only secure foundation on which to build one’s life.” (p. 22 Kundalini Yoga for the West)

Tradition names seven chakras that are lined up along our spine and represent states of consciousness within us. Each having a symbolic picture, they depict what can be unleashed in our lives to experience our highest potential. By navigating this ancient system known as Kundalini, we become more Self- knowing, empowered and free of habits and limitations.

Lynn Fairey is a yoga teacher of 35 years. Previously Director of the Radha Yoga Centre in Ottawa, she is a sometime resident of the Yasodhara Ashram in Kootenay Bay, B.C. Lynn is a retired psychologist bridging eastern and western approaches to psychology.

Asana as Therapy Syllabus 305: Trish Robbins
Friday Jun 8 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Review and practice poses from the Yoga Therapy Syllabus.

Teaching Yoga for Addictions: Val Petrich
Friday May 25 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Addiction: a persistent compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance. We are all addicted to something! However, sometimes this addiction disrupts our lives and causes compromised health and happiness. This learning module contains an asana sequence as taught by Father Joseph Pereira of the Kripa Foundation. Learn how this asana sequence combines with the highly successful 12 step philosophy of AA for a holistic approach to recovery.  Reference Book: Path to Holistic Health

Asana Review Therapy Syllabus 301 - 305: Trish Robbins
Friday Jun 8 @ 9:30 pm - 12:30 pm

Review and practice poses from the Yoga Therapy Syllabus - Modules 301 - 305.

Teaching Yoga for Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Lupus, etc:  Kim McNeil
Friday Mar 16 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Learn about the common types of autoimmune disease and the symptoms experienced by those living with these conditions. Gain an understanding of how these conditions interact, the challenges of properly diagnosing autoimmune disease, their treatment protocols, and the complications that can occur from treatment. You will walk away from this session with a basic yet solid understanding for how to help those living with autoimmune disease. Your newly acquired tool set will include appropriate poses, contraindications, modifications, prop use, and the use of breath work and meditation as part of a standard therapy program. Kim will provide sample class plans, one of which will be from her ‘Happy Joints: Yoga for Arthritis’ class she has been offering since May 2013.
Asana as Therapy Syllabus 306: Trish Robbins
Friday Sep 14 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Review of poses from the Yoga Therapy Syllabus.

Sutras of the Inner Teacher – Part 1 Centre of Consciousness: Val Petrich
Friday Sep 14 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Finding and sustaining our connection to the centre of consciousness is a worthwhile spiritual practice. What are the stumbling blocks to that relationship? This module blends the relevance of ancient yoga with modern transpersonal psychology to gain unique insights into ourselves.
Asana as Therapy Syllabus 307: Trish Robbins
Friday Sep 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Review and practice of the list of poses from the Yoga Therapy Syllabus as it relates to maintaining physical and mental health for all.

Sutras of the Inner Teacher – Part 2 Sub Personalities: Val Petrich
Friday Sep 28 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Decode the wants, needs and gifts from our unconscious actions in order to align ourselves with the inner teacher.  Simple techniques from the Sutras provide a road map to a deeper understanding of ourselves. This inquiry matures our role as yoga therapists.

Reference Reading: ‘Sutras of the Inner Teacher’ Marion & Martin Jerry

Asana as Therapy Syllabus 301-307: Review
Friday Oct 19 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Teaching compassion towards self as a starting point helps exercise compassion towards others. This module addresses the use of language with clients and creating a safe environment for the practice of asana.

Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha: Vanitha Naik
Friday Oct 19 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

More than a mouthful, these practices are hand gestures and muscle locks done while seated and doing pranayama (yogic breathing exercises). Learning how to stimulate different parts of the body and mind affect the flow of prana (life force) in the body. This refined yoga practice works with the subtle nadis (chakras) in the body to bring profound wellness.
A Yogic and Biological Prospective on Pain – Part 1: Neil Pearson MSc, BScPT, BA-BPHE, CYT, RYT500
Friday Nov 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm  **Note time difference from regular Friday sessions!

People come to yoga to recover from injury and pain, and most of us experience pain in yoga asana practices at one time or another. Pain is a complex human experience, and yoga teachers must have a deep understanding of it in order to know how to respond when a student states that they have pain during yoga. This module explores pain from a yogic and biological perspective, allowing us to respond with greater wisdom when we experience ‘body’ pain.

A Yogic and Biological Prospective on Pain – Part 2: Neil Pearson
Friday Nov 9 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm **Note time difference from regular Friday Sessions!

Continuation of morning module. Neil Pearson PT, MSc, BA-BPHE, CYT, RYT500 is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, and the first physical therapist recipient of the Excellence in Inter-Professional Pain Education Award from the Canadian Pain Society. He is a Board member of Pain BC, founding Chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division, a physiotherapist, yoga therapist and creator of Pain Care Yoga Certification. In his practice, Neil works exclusively with people in pain. He teaches health care professionals and yoga teachers to do the same, taking every opportunity to integrate their training with our most insightful teachers – those living in pain.

For more information about Neil: www.lifeisnow.ca.

Wrap up and Grad Pot Luck
Friday Dec 7 @ 9:30 am

Additional Requirements/Homework (Outside Classroom Hours)

  • Participation in 32 classes.
  • Assist and Observe in 32 Restorative Yoga classes with an approved teacher.
  • Take home quizzes on material covered.
  • Two client assessments (clients provided/assigned by College).
  • Open book summer exam.
  • Yoga Therapy Research Paper.

    Required Texts

    • Relax and Renew  by Judith Lasater
    • Sutras of the Inner Teacher  by Martin Jerry M.D. and Marian Jerry Ph.D
    • Path to Holistic Health by B.K.S. Iyengar
    • Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
    • Coming to our Senses  by Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Recommended Text:
    • The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi
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