Yoga Therapy Course

Full time yoga therapy specialization course. Taught by several different teachers.
Practical and theoretical classes. Maximum of 20 candidates per year.

Yoga is a great deal more than just a physical exercise. It is a philosophy and a lifestyle, composed of several different techniques, and that has been around for at least 6 thousand years. Yoga therapy means therapy through Yoga and Ayurveda (the science of life). It is the practical application of Yoga and Ayurvedas’ basic knowledge and techniques, put in place to recover ones integral health. The main techniques used are postures (specific psychophysical exercises – Asanas), breathing techniques (Pranayama), conscientious relaxation, concentration, meditation and positive thinking, healthy eating and Ayurvedic lifestyle. Yoga, being an integral system, brings peace, happiness, balance, good health and self-knowledge.

Summary of course contents:
Psychology applied to yoga therapy (stress, anxiety, depression).
Yoga and ayurvedas’ main texts and scriptures.
Pathology and physiology.
Patient postural and energetic evaluation.
Ayurvedic medicine.
Nutrition.
The power of sound: Mantra and Kirtan.
Hatha yoga, raja yoga, Bhakti yoga and karma yoga practices.
Pedagogic, ethical and legal aspects. Work market and opportunities.
Therapeutical relationship: key for success in yoga therapy.
Yoga therapy. Pathology characteristics and practical use of yoga therapy (stress, hypertension, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma).

Date and place: April 2015  (Residential, Tomar Ashram)

Requirements: 200hrs of certified yoga training (any school). Consistent yoga practice. Interest and motivation in expanding self-knowledge. Willingness to help people and to learn a trade that is in great expansion. To be a vehicle in yoga therapy dissemination.

Certification and employability: yoga therapist diploma issued at the end of the course, after final exam. Issued by the Oriental Therapies European Association, it will certify and enable individuals to work in gyms, associations, schools, care centers, hospitals, clinics and spas, or to be self-employed.