21/54 Yoga Therapy - the basics for chronic health conditions
Tutor: Nikki Jackson
Date: 8th May 2021
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
Yoga Therapy -
the basics for chronic health conditions
with Nikki Jackson
Aims of the Morning
For Yoga teachers and practitioners to:
• learn the basic principles of safe yoga practices for people suffering from chronic health conditions
• develop confidence in assessing, observing, implementing, adapting and evaluating suitable Yoga Therapy practices to suit specific health conditions, taking a ‘no one cure fits all’ approach.
• learn how to ease the core symptoms of chronic health conditions such as pain, stress, anxiety and depression
• understand which asana and breathing practices may enhance symptoms and which practices will help to ease symptoms, modifying and adapting practices according to need.
By the end of the morning , participants should be able to:
• gain a deeper understanding of a variety of common chronic physical and mental health conditions
• use the Pancha Kosha model to experience their own deeply routed tensions in order to fully understand how chronic health conditions affect a person physically, energetically, emotionally, mentally and the impact this has on day to day living
• create and teach gentle, healing and self compassionate pawanmuktasanas, asanas, mindful flow movements and breathing practices appropriate for different chronic health conditions
Aims of the Afternoon
For yoga teachers and practitioners to:
• gain further knowledge of a variety of breathing practices and pranayamas that would be particularly suitable for certain chronic health conditions whilst highlighting those that could be contra-indicated
• gain further knowledge of a variety of relaxations and simple meditations that would be particularly suitable for certain chronic health conditions whilst highlighting those that could be contra-indicated
• experience the benefit of creating a self compassionate approach towards practice, emphasising the breath as an anchor for overwhelming thoughts.
By the end of the afternoon, students should:
• be confident in delivering relaxation and meditations that will be appropriate for certain chronic health conditions and avoiding those that could exacerbate symptoms.
• be confident in creating a practice of breathing techniques and pranayamas that would be particularly suitable for certain chronic health conditions and avoiding those that could exacerbate the conditions.
• be able to think outside the box and create further traditional practices such as using mudras, mantras, samyam and svadhyaya to help further support those suffering from chronic health conditions
Teaching Material Used On The Day
• Multiple choice quiz – to gain insight into variety of chronic health conditions
• Short power point presentation – key principles of benefit of certain yoga practices for chronic health conditions
• Case Studies – based on tutors experience of working with chronic health conditions
• Handouts - to summarise key principles of yoga therapy and some key practises to support those with chronic health conditions
• Demonstrations and practices - to enable participants to feel the benefit of a variety of yoga therapy practices
About the Tutor
Nikki Jackson has been teaching yoga and yoga therapy for 26 years. She has worked in many different mental health departments for the NHS as both an occupational therapist and yoga therapist. She was head occupational therapist of a pre discharge unit in Forensic psychiatry and has worked both in acute mental health services, long stay services and community services. She is a Mindfulness for Stress tutor (Breathworks - UK Networks of Mindfulness ) running the 8 week courses at a large GP Health Centre and she is currently running the Yoga Therapy Foundation Module for BWY.
Outline plan for the day
10.00 Introduction to the Day
10.15 – 11 Centering Practice – using breath as an anchor to calm the fluctuating mind
11 – 11.15 Quiz on chronic health conditions – to raise awareness of conditions
11.15 – 11.30 Power Point presentation on key principles of yoga therapy
11.30 – 11.45 Tea
11.45 - 12.10 Case Studies explored in small groups – asana, pranayama, relaxation, meditation
11.46 12.10 – 1.00 Case study feedback of asanas and breathing practices – discussions and tutor led practical
1 – 1.45 Lunch
1.45 – 2.30 Case study feedback of Relaxations and Meditations – discussions and tutor led practical
2.30 – 3.15 Feedback of Breathing practise and Pranayamas – discussions and tutor led practical
3.15 – 3.30 Tea
3.30 – 4.15 Group discussion/practical re further Yoga Practices - mudras, bhandas, chanting, karma yoga
4.30 Poems and Finish
Kington Langley Village Hall
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