This adaptive yoga training gives you the tools you need to offer yoga as an effective supplemental treatment for students and patients with musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.
Guided by IAYT certified yoga therapist Terry Roth Schaff and experienced registered yoga teacher Karen Abramson, you learn to:
- Teach postures and sequences for particular issues, including which ones to exclude
- Understand basic anatomy and physiology as it relates to specific conditions
- Modify yoga postures for people with physical impairments affecting stability, balance, flexibility, and range of motion
- Structure classes so that students with medical issues can participate and enjoy their yoga experience safely and comfortably
Learn yoga sequences that Schaff developed over the past decade to address medical conditions like osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, lordosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, bulging and herniated discs, stenosis, piriformis syndrome, SI joint derangement, labral tears, and bursitis.
You leave prepared to teach medical yoga therapy in a variety of settings, including independent and assisted living communities, nursing homes and hospitals.
The training is appropriate for yoga therapists and teachers, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, physicians, and other medical professionals. It is approved by the Arthritis Foundation and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
$100 materials fee; include when you register. Course begins Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
- Medical Yoga Therapy: A Practical Guide for the Yoga & Medical Community by Terry Roth Schaff
Recommended Reading/Library List:
Note: Faculty will have a small in classroom library, but please bring a selection of your books as well. They understand that your mode of travel may limit what you are able to bring.
- Anatomy & Yoga: A Guide for Teachers and Students by Ellen Saltonstall
- Anatomy: A Regional Atlas of the Human Body by Carmine D. Clemente (any Edition)
- Anatomy and Physiology by Kenneth S. Saladin (any Edition)
- The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga (any in the series) by Ray Long, MD
- Moving Toward Balance: 8 Week of Yoga With Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee with Nina Zolotow
- Yoga: The Poetry of the Body by Rodney Yee with Nina Zolotow
- Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness by Donna Farhi
- The Breathing Book: Good Health and Vitality Through Essential Breath Work by Donna Farhi
- Anything written by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Anything written by Pema Chödrön
- The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teaching of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield
From the Faculty:
This training program is recognized by the Arthritis Foundation, the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance and it provides continuing education credits.
We will be providing you with this training over the course of 6 days. If you have studied at Omega before you will find that our schedule is somewhat unique. Our goal is not only to educate you but give you the opportunity to practice what you learn and to teach it to others. We think that you will find it both challenging and exhilarating. We will all need to keep up our energy, health and focus. We are confident that you will be pleased that you made this investment of your time, effort and money. Teaching Adaptive Yoga is a unique and joyful activity. Each day will include physical yoga, practice teaching and lecture.
We would like to know a little bit about you, your background, and your goals for this program and how you plan to use this training. When you write to us (email addresses below) please include your mailing address and your telephone number. Also, if you have any questions about this program that you would like to ask before we meet or one’s that you would like us to address at the training program, please share them with us.
- Comfortable yoga clothing that can be layered.
- High Energy Snacks and beverages. The dining hall always has fresh fruit, but you should have a personal stash of dried fruits, nuts and chocolate. Perhaps a vitamin supplement such as Airborne.
- Comfort items. It can be challenging to sleep well in new surroundings, so please bring what you need, perhaps a special pillow, those super comfy PJ’s or that indulgent body lotion.
A small personal bag or backpack for your study supplies:
- Writing instruments: Pens, Highlighters, Pencils and Colored Pencils
- Bookmarks or small tabs to mark specific pages
- Notebook or Paper and a binder
- Camera or Phone for photos or videos
- Personal or Business Cards (bring at least 30)
A carry on size suitcase or large bag to hold the balance of your classroom items:
- Reference books
- Camera or phone charger
- A change of clothing or layering options
- Snacks and beverages
- What you need to be comfortable during class
Please note this course begins Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and has a special schedule; full attendance is required for certification:
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
This workshop is by application only. Please submit your materials according to the directions on this page.
Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight
Stay With Us
Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services.
A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute).
5 nights commuter fee
The commuter fee includes the full benefits of our unique Accommodations & Meals Package, excluding the cost of accommodations. A list of local Local Hotels and Inns is available.
See our Cancellation Policy.
Certificate of Attendance : $25