Therapeutic Yoga: Healing From Chronic Pain & Illness (YOGA - 12HEAL11)

  Please register at the door - room 1062 on first floor down the hallway near the cafeteria that has stand up computers in the hall
November 17th, 2012 10:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
ROOM 1062
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States

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Phone: (425) 602-3152
Professional $ 125.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni $ 95.00
General public $ 125.00
BU staff $ 95.00
Full time student $ 50.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
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Yoga as therapy offers a unique support to traditional and complimentary health approaches by exploring the interrelationship between the physical, energetic, mental and psycho-spiritual dimensions of our being and re-calibrating them with one another. November 17, 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Instructor: Robin Rothenberg, CYS 5.5 CEUs/PDAs

Chronic pain and illness debilitates and isolates us from those we love and the activities we love to do.  The number of those affected with auto-immune and other chronic pain syndromes are growing exponentially. Traditional medicine is often mystified by the complexity of the issues, tending to compartmentalize the physical and psycho-emotional components, and often missing the underlying connections. In this day-long clinic Robin will first lay out the didactic information and then lead you in embodied practice designed to inform and support those who live with chronic pain.

By combining gentle movement with specific breathing practices, yoga relaxes the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, and meditative techniques increase mental acuity and promote sleep, Yoga’s integrative mind/body philosophy can reframe long-held beliefs about health and well-being that interfere with the healing process. You'll be exploring these techniques experientially under Robin's guidance.

Therapeutic yoga provides a self-care approach that empowers those who have felt betrayed by their bodies to actively participate in their healing. Recent studies verify yoga’s positive effect on the immune system, the endocrine system and its role in increasing GABA, a major neuro-transmitter associated with good sleep and a lessening of anxiety. Join Robin as she shares her own story of healing from fibromyalgia through yoga and her 20 years of experience supporting others in learning how to decrease pain and fatigue while increasing immune function through yoga therapy. 

Upon completion of this seminar you will be able to:

  • Describe the connection between the nervous system, the emotional system and the immune system
  • List how yoga positively impacts all three systems, thereby supporting overall health
  • Demonstrate specific breathing and meditative practices that calm the nervous system, and promote better sleep and digestion
  • Demonstrate simple movements that alleviate tension, increase circulation and decrease pain
  • Describe basic philosophical precepts of yoga that directly link the mind with our physical health - and how to utilize those ideas to transform our mind and promote well-being

Robin Rothenberg is a Certified Yoga Therapist teaching classes at Evergreen and Swedish Hospitals, and seeing private clients at Rehab Options of Issaquah. By synthesizing her years of training in Iyengar, Viniyoga and functional anatomy, Robin has developed a unique adaptive way of teaching alignment and addressing common structural imbalances which create pain. She has helped many seasoned yoga practitioners, as well as those new to practice, with developing a clearer understanding of how to strengthen and stabilize their bodies and establish healthier movement patterns to alleviate strain.  Robin is an internationally recognized yoga therapist, who has developed the protocol for several National Institutes of Health studies on therapeutic yoga. She presents clinics and workshops around the country and taught for four years at Mt. Royal University in Calgary. She is the author of The Essential Low Back Program: Relieve Pain and Restore Health, and Soothing the Spirit, a deep relaxation CD to reduce anxiety, stress and insomnia. Robin writes the “Mentor’s Corner” column for Yoga Therapy Today, troubleshooting challenges that arise for practitioners in the field of yoga therapy. She is program director for Essential Yoga Therapy, running trainings at the 500-YA level, and a comprehensive Yoga Therapy Training for seasoned teachers.

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Cost Notes

CEUs available for NDs (except CA & OR)
CEUs available for marriage & family therapists, mental health counselors, and social workers licensed in WA
CEUs available for LMPs licensed in WA
CEUs available for physical & occupational therapists licensed in WA
NCBTMB CEs approved for LMPs
CEUs available for ARNPs and RNs licensed in WA
CEUs available for DCs licensed in WA
Category II CMEs available for MDs and PAs licensed in WA
NCCAOM PDA points pending approval for LAc’s
CEUs pending approval for LAc’s licensed in CA

Course Notes

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room 1062. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.

 One hour lunch break – Bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr’s dining commons

You have the option of purchasing a CD entitled “Soothing the Spirit” from the instructor in class (cash or check).  The optional books, The Essential Low Back Program, by robin rothenberg, and Yoga for Pain Relief, by Kelly McGonigal, are available in Bastyr's Bookstore.  Call ahead for availability: 425-602-3026.

The seminar content has been designed for licensed health care professionals; however, the general public is invited to attend as well.

Please bring: Yoga mat, large towel or blanket, and comfortable clothes for movement.

The optional book, Yoga for Paini Relief by Kelly McGonigal, is available at the Bastyr Bookstore.  Call ahead to insure books are available 425-602-3026.