How Yoga Works: The Scientific Foundations

Online Course for Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists and Health Professionals.

Taught by Julie K. Staples, Ph.D.

 

 

 

As yoga teachers and therapists, we know that yoga is beneficial. Being aware of the scientific evidence supporting yoga is helpful to advance our work. This course provides the information you need to:
  • Speak authoritatively on the research evidence when bringing yoga therapy or yoga programs into institutions such as hospitals, cancer centers, detox clinics, and schools.
  • Share mechanisms on how yoga works with your yoga students and clients
  • Determine which diseases and disorders yoga is most likely to help and which aspects of the yoga practice may be the most useful.
In this course you will:
  •  Learn how yoga breathing benefits the brain, lungs, and immune system
  •  Understand how meditation changes the structure and function of the brain
  • Discover how yoga improves a wide variety of health conditions
This course is offered in four 1.5 hour online sessions. The sessions will be recorded so if you cannot attend live online, you may listen to the recording at a time that works best for you. In addition there will be two 30 minute Question and Answer (Q & A) sessions. These will be held at a different time than the live sessions so that participants living in time-zones inconvenient for the main sessions may watch the recording and have the opportunity for live interaction at the Q & A.
This course will be offered as part of the International Kundalini Yoga Therapy Professional Training but it is applicable to all forms of yoga therapy and open to everyone.
In these sessions we will cover the following topics:
Session 1
Postures, Yogic Breathing and Mantra
Neurophysiological mechanisms of yoga postures
Effects of yogic breathing on the nervous, respiratory, and immune systems
How the benefits of yogic breathing are maintained outside of practice sessions
The effect of mantra on breathing, brain waves, and blood pressure
Session 2
The Effect of Yoga and Meditation on the Nervous, Endocrine, and Immune Systems
Structural and functional brain changes as a result of meditation
The effect of yoga and meditation on the endocrine and immune systems
Sessions 3 and 4
The Benefits and Mechanisms of Yoga and Meditation for Health Disorders
Including: Pain, Diabetes, Asthma, Depression, Anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Cancer, Hypertension, Multiple Sclerosis, and Arthritis
Dates:
1.5  hr Sessions on Tuesdays-May 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th  4 PM Pacific/7  PM Eastern
30 minute Question and Answer sessions on Fridays-May 19th and Jun 1st; 10:00 AM  Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern
Certificate/Continuing Education Information:
Certificate of participation/continuing education credit requires Attending the 4  live course sessions OR Listening to the 4 recorded session presentations (live Q&A attendance is optional for everyone)
Approved for 7.2 contact hours for nurses as required by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider # CEP13960; and for 6.0 Continuing Education Units for International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA).
Cost:  Early Bird through April 18, 2017 $119; After April 19 full cost is $149

 

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Exploring Evidence-Based Yoga Research

What Constitutes Good Yoga Therapy Research?

Online Course for Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists, Health Professionals, and Students

Taught by Julie K. Staples, Ph.D.

Finding and understanding research can be a daunting task. Have you ever wanted to look at the medical literature on yoga therapy but were not sure where to start or how to evaluate the studies? This course will show you how.
In this course you will:
  •  Design search strategies to find research studies on yoga therapy
  •  Learn research standards to evaluate the quality of research
  • Understand how to identify evidence-based approaches to apply to your yoga therapy practice and teaching
This course is offered in four 2 hour online sessions. The sessions will be recorded so if you cannot attend live online, you may listen to the recording at a time that works best for you. In addition there will be two 30 minute Question and Answer (Q & A) sessions. These will be held at a different time than the live sessions so that participants living in time-zones inconvenient for the main sessions may watch the recording and have the opportunity for live interaction at the Q & A.
This course will be offered as part of the International Kundalini Yoga Therapy Professional Training but it is applicable to all forms of yoga therapy and open to everyone.
In these sessions we will cover the following topics:
Session 1
Overview of Research
The scientific method
Types of studies (Hierarchy of Evidence)

Study Design and Quality
Elements of a research paper
Assessing quality of research
Reliability and validity
Types of bias in randomized controlled studies
Types of randomization
Systematic review quality
Session 2
How to Search the Scientific Literature
Formulating the question/purpose
Setting up a search strategy
Searching PubMed database
Finding and identifying useful studies
Acquiring studies
Session 3
Basic Concepts of Statistics
How data is presented
Steps in statistical hypothesis testing
Introduction of statistical terms
Clinical vs statistical significance
Types of statistical tests
Session 4
Qualitative Research
Compared to quantitative research
Methodology used in qualitative research
Evaluating papers that describe qualitative research
Regulatory Requirements
Protection of human subjects
Institutional Review Boards
Special Considerations for Yoga Research
Limitations and Bias in Yoga Research
Essential Properties of Yoga Questionnaire
Yoga Research in India
Dates:
2 hr Sessions on Wednesdays-June 28 and  July 5, 12, and 19th 9:00 AM Pacific/12:00 PM Eastern
30 minute Question and Answer sessions on Fridays-July 7  and 21; 4:00 PM Pacific/7:00 PM Eastern
Certificate/Continuing Education Information:
Certificate of participation/continuing education credit requires the following:
1. Attending the 4  live course sessions OR Listening to the 4 recorded session presentations (live Q&A attendance is optional for everyone)
AND 2. completing the literature search homework assignment
Approved for 9.6 contact hours for nurses as required by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider # CEP13960; and for 8.0 Continuing Education Units for International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA).
Cost:  Early Bird through June 7, 2017 $158; After June 7 full cost is $197
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