This course is intended to correct common misconceptions about yoga and to provide a framework for understanding the conditions under which yoga may be beneficial for a variety of health and mental health issues. The general health benefits of yoga are discussed, followed by a discussion of yoga’s role in treating anxiety and panic attacks, arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, headaches, heart disease, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, infertility, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, menopause, multiple sclerosis, and obesity. This course is intended for health and mental health professionals who have an interest in integrative and alternative medicine. Course #80-49 | 54 posttest questions
- Define common terminology associated with yoga practice
- Name several major types of yoga
- Identify common misperceptions about yoga as a health practice
- List guidelines for practicing yoga safely
- Describe scientific research literature supporting yoga as a technique for improving health
- Identify differences between therapeutic yoga and conventional medicine
- Identify strategies for integrating yoga into ones lifestyle
About the Author(s):
Timothy has studied yoga since 1995 with Patricia Walden, a teacher of classical Iyengar yoga. More recently, he has been working with Donald Moyer and Rod Stryker. In addition, Timothy travels regularly to India to research yoga, yoga therapy and Ayurveda, and to study with a traditional Ayurvedic Vaidhya (doctor) in Kerala and a Tantric master in Bangalore. In 2004-2005, he spent a year as scholar-in-residence at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA.
Timothy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he also attended medical school. After completing his residency in primary care internal medicine, he practiced for more than 10 years in the Boston area before devoting himself full time to writing and research. His main focus since the year 2000 has been investigating the therapeutic aspects of yoga, as well as the scientific explanations of yoga’s effects. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area, and gives lectures, seminars, and yoga workshops around the U.S. and internationally.
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