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Clinical Assessment of the Yoga Therapy Client: Theory, Tools & Practices

Clinical Assessment of the Yoga Therapy Client: Theory, Tools & Practices

Clinical Assessment of the Yoga Therapy Client: Theory, Tools & Practices

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This course was recorded in March 2019


The profession of Yoga Therapy is rapidly spreading all over the world in a very exciting way. Many countries have already defined their Scope of Practice and Educational Standards for training. 

The thought leaders in the field of Yoga Therapy have recognized that it is critical that we have client assessments that are in alignment with the ancient teachings of Yoga. By claiming assessments specific to Yoga Therapy, we define the Scope of Practice for Yoga Therapy. Furthermore, defining and educating about YT assessments assists Yoga Therapists to stay in their own Scope of Practice when working with clients.

Defining and educating about YT assessments also keeps other professions from over-stepping into the Scope of Practice and field of Yoga Therapy without proper training to do so. These are important steps in the development of any emerging new profession, for the safety of the client and the practitioner.


Learning Objectives

In this workshop Amy will:

  • Give several examples of Yoga Therapy assessments that are currently in use in the field of Yoga Therapy.
  • Discuss the importance of validating each assessment over the next 20 years, using formal research methods of validation
  • Help you (the Yoga Therapist) understand and be able to speak about the difference between a YT assessment vs. a medical diagnosis.
  • Examine how the Scope of Practice defines the parameters of YT assessments.
  • Discuss the importance of using the ancient Yoga texts as the foundation of YT assessments.
  • Demonstrate how the results of the assessment are used to formulate an individualized YT daily therapeutic plan.

Short Video Overview

**This session was recorded at the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY) in March of 2019

The instructors
Amy Wheeler
Ph.D., President IAYT

‚ÄčAmy Wheeler, Ph.D. is a Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino for 21 years. Amy's degrees include a B.A. and M.A. in Health Promotion, and a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology.

Amy has extensive Yoga training in the Krishnamacharya Tradition and was certified as a Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist. Amy helped to set standards for Yoga Therapists in organizations such as NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association).

Amy is a Co-Founder of The Optimal State of Living, an organization that certifies Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists at the 200, 300, 500, 800 and 1000-hour levels.

Amy is President of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Helene Couvrette
Co-Founder, President of MISTY

Her passion for yoga inspired her to share yoga with a few friends in the basement of one of whom eventually lost her battle with cancer. She soon realized her love of yoga could only be surpassed by the desire to share it with others & the joy of seeing them benefit from yoga on many levels.

In 2002 just after delivering a stillborn boy Helene embarked on a 200hr YTT Certification Course. During 2003 she continued the training at same time began teaching yoga at the St. Lazare Community Center. Helene continues to teach regular yoga classes with a therapeutic approach, offers Private Yoga Therapy Sessions & mentors a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Winter of 2018 she will introduce an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training focusing on Therapeutics.

Helene is also co-founder of this international conference bringing health care professionals & yoga therapist together with the mission of integrating yoga into the Canadian health care system.

Course Material included in this course
  • Clinical Assessment of the Yoga Therapy Client: Theory, Tools and Practices
  • Yoga vs. Yoga Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy Practices
  • Understanding Yoga Therapy Assessment
  • Creating Assessments for Your Patients
  • Understanding the Gunas
  • Clinical Work Case Study
  • Using Your Assessments Efficiently
  • Q&A
  • Feedback
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