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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA
CA-BATCH 1: Friday, September 7–Saturday, September 22, 2018
CA-BATCH 2: Friday, September 13–Saturday, September 28, 2019

Yoga Health Techniques: Therapeutic Application of Asana, Pranayama, and Relaxation

  • How Hatha Yoga heals: asana alignment and ajustments
  • Pranayama techniques
  • Adapted Yoga: Accessible Yoga, Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga
  • Pain management 
  • Yoga Nidra: deep relaxation for healing 
  • Yogic use of sound, mantras, rituals for healing 
  • Diabetic education; metabolic conditions; musculoskeletal conditions
  • Special populations: aging, people in need of rehabilitation


Ethical Principles

Wisdom Beyond Temptations
Taught by Swami Jnaneswariananda

  • Ethical considerations grounded in the Yamas and Niyamas, lead with Ahimsa: practice of respect, non-violence, gentleness in thoughts and deeds—without anger or frustration. Self-control must be cultivated in sensual and sexual matters. Mental restlessness gives way to contentment. Satya is the practice of telling the truth with consideration and sincerity. The adoption a positive lifestyle and taking appropriate action leads to sattva, purity, serenity, knowledge and balance. Simple life is healthy life.


Therapeutic Relationship

Principles Educating Clients
Taught by Mary Thompson

  • Follow the Health Assessment Guide for client interviews, observation, and assessment of physical and emotional states. Write up SOAP notes. Adjust a program based on client needs; monitor the effects of the change(s), supporting the client in the process.

  • Identify professional behavior in therapeutic practice. Discuss professionalism as a means for managing subtle dynamic situations. Maintain communication with clients that supports clarity and awareness of subtle dynamics. Three aspects of subtle dynamics: power, trust, and termination

  • Recognizing symptoms which merit referral to health care provider

  • Working with groups—communication skills, time management/establishing priorities


Yoga Practices

Understanding Common Physical Ailments
Taught by Swami Jnaneswariananda and Sandhya Dharmadas

  • Yoga for back and spinal column pain. Physiology of back pain. Includes conditions: slipped disc, herniated/bulging discs, scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, weak backs, lumbar pain, cervical pain, disc degeneration. Understanding common complaints of the neck, upper spine, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and foot. Variations for postural ailments, including alignment and breath work.
  • Physiology of joint pain. Adapted yoga for joint pain and rheumatism.

  • Yoga for Balance due to brain conditions; inner ear disorders, visual impairments, obesity, sacral and hip instability. Discussions and practice on mental balance and emotional stability.

  • Yoga for people recovering from surgery, including spinal surgery, caesarian birth, heart surgery, shoulder/hip surgery.


Accessible Yoga

Yoga for All
Taught by Jivana Heyman

  • Accessible Yoga focuses on how to make the Yoga teachings available to everyone, regardless of their level of physical ability. Integrated Accessible Yoga classes can be created where all students can practice together, with the practice modified to suit students with disabilities, physical challenges, as well as seniors. We'll consider how to make our classes welcoming to everyone, and to approach students in a trauma-informed way. 


Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga Training
Taught by Stacie Dooreck (Saraswati)

  • Chair Yoga is simply Yoga done in a chair or standing and sitting using the chair as a prop for support and more stability than the floor or standing may offer. Chair Yoga is ideal for seniors or those needing a Gentle Yoga class; those with chronic illness; pre- and postsurgery or injury modifications; those in wheelchairs or those with disabilities; Yoga at work (in conference rooms or at your desk); and for those in post-traumatic stress recovery.


Restorative Yoga

Restorative & Gentle Movement Practices
Taught by Nora Benian (Sundari)

  • Restorative Yoga is designed to give Yoga Health Educators the knowledge to work with participants to re-align the physical body and restore inner balance by soothing overstimulated nerves, easing the mind from unnecessary concerns, breathing into new spaces and relaxing organs and muscles. The Yoga Health Educator learns the skills to guide participants to move slowly through specifically selected Yoga postures with and without props, incorporating breathing exercises (Pranayama), and following Ayurvedic and Yoga therapeutic principles to free the flow of Prana. In rebalancing and bringing harmony to the body and mind we support the natural healing process, relieve tension and prevent build-up of stress.