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What Yoga Therapy Offers to Healthcare: PACKRA Client-Centered Communication

What Yoga Therapy Offers to Healthcare: PACKRA Client-Centered Communication

What Yoga Therapy Offers to Healthcare: PACKRA Client-Centered Communication

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This course was recorded in March 2019


Yoga Therapy offers a humanistic model of care that is desperately needed in healthcare today. The genuine care the client receives during a yoga therapy session is client-centered, not disease-centered.

Yoga Therapists are not treating a disease pathology in the yoga therapy session. Yoga Therapists are learning to hold space for another human being and helping the client to explore how they can heal from the inside out. Eventually, the client might even experience human flourishing (eudaimonia) as a result of practicing yoga therapy.

It is not easy for new and old yoga therapy practitioners to learn to hold space for another human being, to listen without judgment, and to let go of one’s agenda and desired outcome for the client.

There are concrete skills that can be learned by the practitioner and practiced over time to create a container for healing to take place via the relationship.

The newest research in the area of client-centered care shows that up to 60% of healing and health improvements come from the experience of deep connection with a healthcare provider.


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The PACKRA Model of Client-Centered Communication 

In this online course, we will learn the PACKRA model of client-centered communication developed by Amy Wheeler.

We will learn each communication skill (listed below), and then work in pods of 3 people to practice each skill. One person will be the Yoga Therapist, the second will role-play as the client and the third person will be the witness of the interaction. Each student in the workshop will have the chance to play each of the 3 roles several times.

Since you will be watching this online, it's recommended that you take the course with 2 or more colleagues!

The PACKRA model will include practicing skills from each of the following categories:

  • Presence
  • Acceptance
  • Connection
  • Kindness
  • Relationship
  • Availability

This will be a very experiential workshop, not a 2-hour lecture. Be open to allowing your own vulnerability to arise while you are practicing your new client-centered communication skills. 

The PACKRA model is something that can help both Yoga Therapist and client to suffer less, knowing that we are not alone in this difficult world. You never know! The PACKRA model may just change all of the relationships in your life if you practice it often!

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

​Amy 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
  • Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion
  • Part One
  • Part Two
  • Feedback
  • PACKRA Breakdown
  • PACKRA: Part One
  • PACKRA: Part Two
  • PACKRA: Part Three
  • Feedback
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