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Integrating Yoga into Health Care: Introduction to Medical Yoga Therapy

Integrating Yoga into Health Care: Introduction to Medical Yoga Therapy

Integrating Yoga into Health Care: Introduction to Medical Yoga Therapy

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The instructors

Yoga is a science that provides us with both a philosophical framework and practical tools and practices that result in stress reduction and more health, resiliency, and happiness. There has never been a better time to explore the practices of this ancient but powerful tradition.

Join Diana Perez, physiotherapist and yoga therapist, for this live series of 3 webinars (1/week for 3 weeks) that will give a brief overview of what yoga, yoga therapy and medical yoga therapy are and the scientific support for the why and how yoga can be integrated into health care.

In addition to the theory and discussions, there will be some experiential yoga practices that you can easily integrate into your clinical practice and your own life to manage stress and achieve more resiliency and equanimity. There will be time at the end of each webinar for questions and discussion.


This is a 7.5 hour introductory Medical Yoga Therapy (MYT) course for health care professionals (HCPs) on how to use Medical Yoga Therapy as a framework for clinical practice. 

Fields of clinical practice for which this course is applicable:

Because of its broad based therapeutic effects, MYT can be used in an array of clinical environments and with varied patient populations. Some examples, but not limited to these, are: Orthopaedics (all conditions), Neurology (Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, Stroke, etc.), Arthritis (OA and RA), Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Pelvic Floor Pain/Dysfunction, Post-Surgical Conditions, Cancer, Cardiorespiratory, Obesity, Diabetes, Chronic Stress, Mental Health, etc.

What will be covered during this course:

  • What is Yoga?
  • Origins of Yoga
  • Objectives of Yoga
  • Styles of Yoga
  • The 8 Limb Path of Yoga
  • Common Yoga Practices used in NA today
  • What is Yoga Therapy?
  • History of Yoga / Yoga Therapy
  • How does YT differ from Yoga?
  • The rationale for using yoga in Health Care
  • BPSS Model
  • The contrast of current Medical Model to Yoga Therapy Model
  • Conditions responding to Yoga / Yoga Therapy
  • The science behind yoga / Yoga Therapy
  • Therapeutic effects of Yoga / Yoga Therapy
  • Effects on different physiological systems
  • What is Medical Yoga Therapy?
  • Pentagon of Wellness
  • Clinical evaluation and treatment with the Medical Yoga Therapy Model
  • Designing the Medical Yoga therapy Program
  • Case Studies

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Explain what MYT is.
  • Understand the scientifically supported effects and mechanisms of action of MYT.
  • Understand how to evaluate and treat patients through the lens of the BPSS Model.
  • Be able to use some MYT tools and techniques for the evaluation and treatment of patients.
  • Be able to integrate some basic MYT tools into their own particular health care environment and with varying patient populations.
The instructors
Diana Perez
B.Sc. P.T., M.Sc. Rehab. Science

Diploma of Sports Physiotherapy Certified Yoga Teacher
Professional Yoga Therapist (PYTI) Wellness Consultant

Diana is a physiotherapist (McGill University B.Sc.1985; M.Sc. 1993) and yoga therapist who has worked in the medical field, sports world and the wellness/fitness industry for over 35 years. She is the founder and previous owner (1997-2009) of the Medi-Club Physiotherapy & Medical Wellness Centre (Medi-Club Physio, Kirkland, Quebec), where she continues to practice as a clinical physiotherapist and yoga therapist.

Diana has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching yoga since 2002. She has 2 teacher training certifications (Hatha & Ashtanga-RYA) and did her Yoga Therapist Certification through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute. She is the founder and director of the Canadian Yoga Therapy Institute and has developed and teaches a curriculum of courses to health care professionals on how to integrate yoga into their current clinical practice: Medical Yoga Therapy, Yoga for Musculoskeletal and Neurological PT Practices, Yoga for Pelvic Floor PT Practice, etc.

Diana has presented at various national and international congresses and conferences in the areas of physiotherapy, sports medicine, sports physiotherapy and yoga therapy and taught for 20 years at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy of McGill University. She is a faculty member of various Yoga Teacher Training Programs and teaches numerous yoga and yoga therapy related workshops to yoga teachers throughout NA. She also continues to teach yoga classes and workshops to the public at several locations in the West Island of Montreal.

She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Quebec Physiotherapy Association and was on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association from 2007 to 2014.
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Course Material included in this course
  • Course Resources
  • Welcome and Slides
  • Accessible Adapted YOGA RESOURCES
  • Yoga Books - HCP and YT Resources
  • MYT Resources
  • Session 1
  • Introduction
  • Diana's Background
  • What is Yoga?
  • Yoga Pause
  • Styles of Yoga and the 8-Limbed Path
  • Yoga in Health in North America
  • History of Yoga
  • Discussion
  • Rationale for Yoga Therapy
  • Breath
  • Environment
  • Definition of Medical Yoga Therapy
  • Session 1 Wrap Up
  • Feedback
  • Session 2
  • Session 2 Intro
  • Yoga Therapy and Physiological Systems
  • Condition Examples
  • Important General Concepts
  • MYT Foundational Framework
  • Discussion Part 1
  • Practical Application
  • Evaluating Breath
  • Lifestyle Evaluation
  • Discussion Part 2
  • Session 2 Wrap Up
  • Feedback
  • Session 3
  • Session 3 Intro
  • Breath / Pranayama
  • Breath Anatomy
  • More Pranayama Practices
  • Discussion of Pranayama
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Quick Questions
  • Asanas
  • Demonstration
  • Asanas and Exercise
  • Stability
  • Categories of Yoga Poses
  • Feedback
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