Since this course is addressed to you who already have a 200-hour certification and health professionals, Yoga Chikitsa Nicaragua will only revise the necessary basics and you will go deeper into the relevant knowledge and understanding for yoga specialized in therapeutics elements. In this course, you will learn:
- The basic physiology of stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, hypertension, stroke, cancer, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, common heart conditions, headaches (tension and migraine), asthma, COPD, PTSD, infertility pre-menstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea, and menopause including how they impact a person’s life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually
- How to apply yoga to different musculoskeletal disorders such as different neck and back conditions like hernia, strain or spasm, shoulder pain related to tendinitis, capsulitis, bursitis or impingement, elbow and wrist tendonitis or strain, hip condition like tendinitis, arthritis, hip replacement, muscle strain, knee disorders such as patella-femoral syndrome, tendon and ligament strain, meniscus tear, arthrosis, ankles and feet condition like plantar fasciitis, flat or high arched feet, and ankle sprain
- How to apply asanas according to the analysis of the structural posture of an individual and how to see its particularities and imbalances
- How to choose the type of pranayama, energizing and specific exercises, asanas, restorative poses, relaxing techniques, Kriyas, bandhas, basic diet, and meditation techniques for each condition
- Indication and contraindications
- To clean and detoxify the body
- How to take in charge a patient with its history, assess his / her needs (including structural and functional assessment, basic Ayurvedic constitution, and imbalances assessment), and learn how to design individualized yoga sequences and to modify them according to the evolution of the condition of the student. You will have an introduction on how yoga and Ayurveda work together to promote the well-being of body, mind, and spirit and the importance of the power of the mind
Yoga teaching and philosophy
- Evolution of the teachings and philosophy of the yoga tradition and its relevance and application to yoga specialized in therapeutic benefits
- Ashtanga yoga or the eight limbs of yoga including yamas, niyamas, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi
Anatomy and physiology
- Anatomy and physiology such as all major systems of the body and their interrelationships as relevant to the work of a yoga teacher addressing particular health condition including the cardiovascular system, immune system, nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, urogenital systems, and musculoskeletal system
- Knowledge of biomechanics and movement as they relate to the practice of yoga
- Knowledge of common pathologies and disorders of all the major systems including symptoms (signs of imbalance), management, illness trajectories, and contraindications as relevant to the work of a yoga teacher addressing the health condition
It covers knowledge on the basic perspectives on health in relation to a specific condition from a yogic and Ayurvedic view including:
- Concept of nadis (energy channels)
- Concept of panca maya koshas (energy bodies)
- Concept of tri-dosha (effect of the elements on the physical body)
- Concept of five prana vayus (pranic essence of prana, apana, vyana, udana, samana)
- Concept of granthis (energy blockage)
- Concept of tri guna (effect of sattva (equilibrium), rajas (activity), tamas (inertia))
- The seven chakras (function and location)
Psychology and mental health
- Basic knowledge on common mental health conditions from psychological distress to psychiatric conditions, their signs, and different approaches / interventions possible as a yoga teacher addressing health condition
- Familiarity with models of human development including developmental stages, lifecycles, and personality, and their importance to medical and psychological health and well-being
- Familiarity with the influence of familial, social, cultural, and religious conditioning on mental and medical perspectives of health and healing
- Application of yama and niyama
- Knowledge on the range of yoga practices and their potential therapeutic effects for common conditions
- Pavanamuktasana series such as anti-rheumatic group, digestive / abdominal group, energy blocks releasing group, and application of these series for common diseases
- Asana (clinic and practice) such as how to come in and out of the posture, common mistakes, adjustments / assisting into the posture, modifications according to disease, benefits and contraindications for each asana, sequences for particular diseases, and yoga with props
- Pranayama (regulated breathing exercises)
- Bandhas (moola bandha, uddiyana bandha, jalendara bandha, and maha bandha)
- Meditation and relaxation technics such as a quick relaxation technique for 10 to 15 minutes which helps release emotional and mental tensions, deep relaxation technique, yoga Nidra, and introduction to Vipassana meditation
- The yogic diet
Providing yoga for health condition / challenges
- Take a history of the patient and his / her condition(s).
- Assess the current condition (including an evaluation of the physical, energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of well-being).
- Determinate which aspects of the patient / student’s conditions, goals, and aspirations might be addressed through yoga.
- How to choose and prioritize the use of yoga tools and techniques including selecting, sequencing, adapting, and modifying yoga practices appropriate to the needs of patients, his condition, limitations, possibilities, and goals.
- How to combine intake, evaluation, observations, and working assessment to develop an appropriate practice or session strategy for individual patients / students as well as group classes, taking into consideration the holistic nature of the individual.
- Identify priorities and set both long- and short-term goals with the patients / student.
- Establish an appropriate environment through privacy, confidentiality, and safety.
- Teach or deliver the appropriate practices for individuals as well as groups (providing instruction, demonstration, and adjustment).
- Provide supportive strategies for the patients / student to actively participate in his / her practice, such as a means to remember his / her practice (e.g. auditory and visual tools).
- Provide follow up and re-plan including gathering feedback, re-assessing, and refining the practice as well as to determine short-term and long-term goals and priorities.
- Address new and changing conditions, goals, aspirations, and priorities of the student / patients and to provide appropriate support.
Throughout the training, you should work on a case study on a particular disease or group of diseases. You will be asked to research on this disease and to apply what has been learned during the course in order to deliver an adapted program:
- Proposed asanas sequence (in weeks of progress for a minimum of one to two months)
- Proposed pranayama practices (in weeks of progress)
- Proposed mudras (time of practice as well as duration)
- Proposed bandhas (if applicable to the disease in study)
- Proposed meditation and relaxation practices
- Proposed yoga Nidra (especially visualization for the particular disease depending on the doshic imbalance)
- Proposed Kriyas (if applicable to the case)
- Proposed lifestyle changes
As final teaching practicum, you should be able to deliver a led class of two hours of your authority based on the chosen case study. The led class will encompass all the elements seen during the training such as:
- Allopathic as well as Ayurvedic nature of the case study
- Approach through yoga and Ayurvedic practices
- Sequencing for a particular disease / disorder or group of diseases
- Flow of the practice and its limitations
- Contraindications for the given practices
- Ability to maintain the led class within the designated time
- Floor management
- Body language, clarity of voice
- Ability to be present for the student
Legal, regulatory, and business issues
- Knowledge of current relevant laws and regulations impacting the work of a yoga teacher specialized in therapeutics elements
- Basic knowledge of business practices relevant to the work of a yoga teacher including record keeping and planning
- Personal and professional development (knowledge of the fundamental value of ongoing personal practice and skills, maintenance / development through continuing education, and knowledge of when and how to seek advice and support for case consultation, educational advancement, and personal practice)
This yoga teacher training includes 28 days of classes in which 7.5 hours per day encompass:
- General asana practice including bandhas and mudras
- Theory and practice for specific health conditions
- Yoga philosophy
- Anatomy and physiology (focusing on therapeutic elements)
- Yogic anatomy (in relation to therapeutic essentials)
- Pranayama (in relation to therapeutic elements)
- Teaching practicums (in relation to therapeutic elements)
- Karma yoga
- Kriya kit (neti pot, tong cleanser, eye cleaner)
- Yogic diet
Different types of evaluations will be taken into account for certification on this program:
- Teaching practicums as well as final led class
- Assisting in all classes as well as turning in all assignments / homework
- Written test and quiz
- Karma yoga
- 06:30-08:30 General practice
- 08:30-10:00 Breakfast
- 10:00-11:15 Theory class 1
- 11:30-12:45 Theory class 2
- 12:45-15:30 Lunch and self-studies
- 15:30-16:30 Theory class 3 / therapeutics elements
- 16:30-18:30 Practice (according to specific condition)
- 18:30 Dinner and self-studies
Schedule may differ slightly according to specific need. Some hours of self-studies will be included within the four weeks instead of theory class timing according to special event or group assignment. Upon completion, you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance for a 300-hour yoga teacher training certificated course.
Yoga Chikitsa Nicaragua wants to share the knowledge of yoga therapy and physiotherapy to elevate the consciousness to oneness as you become aware of your power to heal your life and create your own reality. The aim is to reconcile economic activities and social equity, also striving to promote exercise and healthy lifestyle in villages and schools. Yoga Chikitsa Nicaragua offers educational programs that will introduce people to yoga and proper nutrition.