500HR & 1000HR Curriculum

overview

Our module format teacher trainings are usually a weeklong and take place at one of many gorgeous retreat sites we visit worldwide. These trainings include room and board and are a nice way to get away from your daily distractions and immerse yourself in learning & deepening your teaching. These modules begin with a daily 2-hour morning practice & end with a more restorative practice in the evening, both relevant to the course content to help you integrate the information. The teacher training lectures are sandwiched in between and there is homework each evening to help you retain the information. We try to give you at least a couple hours in afternoons to enjoy your surroundings and let your brain refresh but we recommend planning a little extra time there if you want to do some serious sightseeing. Some modules have recommended prep work to review before the module begins.

ORTHOPEDIC MODULES

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Hip: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application I (60HRS)

This module begins with a deeper look at the anatomy and biomechanics of the hip joint as a basis for understanding the function of this joint. We will explore the normal range of motion here and how to evaluate this on your students, taking into consideration important individual variances. This course will also examine common injuries and dysfunction of the hip with an exploration of how to work with issues in this area. With this information in mind we will explore the application to the yoga practice and how it to individualize it to your students. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the hip that you can immediately apply to your teaching and your practice by more thoroughly understanding the function of this joint.

Hip: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application II (60HRS)

You have the option repeat the Hip Module I for an additional 60 hours. We encourage the repetition of the Orthopedic modules which will help you to deepen your understanding and knowledge as well as increase your ability to apply the information.

This module begins with a deeper look at the anatomy and biomechanics of the hip joint as a basis for understanding the function of this joint. We will explore the normal range of motion here and how to evaluate this on your students, taking into consideration important individual variances. This course will also examine common injuries and dysfunction of the hip with an exploration of how to work with issues in this area. With this information in mind we will explore the application to the yoga practice and how it to individualize it to your students. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the hip that you can immediately apply to your teaching and your practice by more thoroughly understanding the function of this joint.

Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application (60HRS)

This module begins with a deeper look at the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine as a basis for understanding its function. We will explore the normal range of motion here and how to evaluate this on your students, taking into consideration important individual variances. This course will also examine common injuries and dysfunction of the spine with an exploration of how to work with issues in this area. With this information in mind we will explore the application to the yoga practice and how it to individualize it to your students. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the spine that you can immediately apply to your teaching and your practice by more thoroughly understanding its function.

Spine: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application II (60HRS)

You have the option repeat the Spine Module I for an additional 60 hours. We encourage the repetition of the Orthopedic modules which will help you to deepen your understanding and knowledge as well as increase your ability to apply the information.

This module begins with a deeper look at the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine as a basis for understanding its function. We will explore the normal range of motion here and how to evaluate this on your students, taking into consideration important individual variances. This course will also examine common injuries and dysfunction of the spine with an exploration of how to work with issues in this area. With this information in mind we will explore the application to the yoga practice and how it to individualize it to your students. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the spine that you can immediately apply to your teaching and your practice by more thoroughly understanding its function.

Full Body Module (60HRS)

This module integrates the information from the spine, hip and shoulder modules to better evaluate, translate and apply this information to your students by looking at the body as a whole system. We will use case studies and one-on-one work to integrate the information.

Required Prerequisites: Shoulder, Hip and Spine (module or immersion) required. Myofascial release (module or immersion) recommended.

Shoulder: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application (60HRS)

This module begins with a deeper look at the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder joint as a basis for understanding the function of this joint. We will explore the normal range of motion here and how to evaluate this on your students, taking into consideration important individual variances. This course will also examine common injuries and dysfunction of the shoulder with an exploration of how to work with issues in this area. With this information in mind we will explore the application to the yoga practice and how it to individualize it to your students. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the shoulder that you can immediately apply to your teaching and your practice by more thoroughly understanding the function of this joint.

Shoulder: Anatomy, Dysfunction, & Application II (60HRS)

You have the option repeat the Shoulder Module I for an additional 60 hours. We encourage the repetition of the Orthopedic modules which will help you to deepen your understanding and knowledge as well as increase your ability to apply the information.

This module begins with a deeper look at the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder joint as a basis for understanding the function of this joint. We will explore the normal range of motion here and how to evaluate this on your students, taking into consideration important individual variances. This course will also examine common injuries and dysfunction of the shoulder with an exploration of how to work with issues in this area. With this information in mind we will explore the application to the yoga practice and how it to individualize it to your students. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the shoulder that you can immediately apply to your teaching and your practice by more thoroughly understanding the function of this joint.

Extremity Module: Arm, Hand, Leg & Foot (60HRS)

This module looks at the anatomy & biomechanics of these areas as it relates to yoga. We will look at common injuries & dysfunction here and how to work with the tissues to bring them back to optimal function. There will be case studies along the way to help you integrate the information. You will leave with a deeper understanding of this area that you can immediately apply to your teaching and your practice, to deepen your knowledge and potency as a teacher.

Evaluation Module (60HRS)

This module is essential for anyone who wishes to work one-on-one with students more therapeutically. We will begin with a quick anatomy refresher in order to assess the biomechanics of the major joints as a basis for learning to evaluate the movement and joint function. You will learn an evaluation flow to assess your students function and pin point where to begin your work with them. This module offers more hands on guidance and refinement of your assessment skills to look at the implications of the assessment as it applies to your students.  You will leave with a deeper understanding of the biomechanics of how the body moves and a refinement of the physical assessment that you can apply immediately.

INTERNAL MEDICINE MODULES

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Internal Medicine 1: Nervous, Circulatory and Respiratory Systems (60HRS)

This module begins by looking at these three crucial systems & their relevance to yoga. These systems form a large part of what we know to be the therapeutic effects of our practice and have the potential to make the entire practice more therapeutic. We will look at how the physiology of these systems is affected by yoga and new research around this area as well as explore how to shape the practice specifically to address these areas. Note that the internal medicine modules can be completed in any order.

Internal Medicine 2: Endocrine & Digestive Systems (60HRS)

This module will explore the anatomy & physiology of the Endocrine, Reproductive & Digestive systems. We will be exploring reproductive health & fertility for things like painful periods, PMS, menopause & infertility. In both Ayurveda & Chinese Medicine the digestion is the cornerstone of our health so it is vital to optimize this system for the health of the rest of the body. This module will look at how to utilize our yoga practice to regulate the digestion & hormones. Note that the internal medicine modules can be completed in any order.

Internal Medicine 3: Cancer & Autoimmune (60HRS)

This module will look at the pathophysiology of cancer & autoimmune disease as well as how a yoga practice can affect this process and how it can support your students through the process. Note that the internal medicine modules can be completed in any order.

Internal Medicine 4: Pre & Post Natal (60HRS)

This module will look at the anatomical & physiological changes that take place both before and after childbirth and the ways that yoga can adapt with and be used to support women during this process. We will look at traditional practices & beliefs around this process and the physiological changes during this time to better understand what & why certain things are helpful and what to avoid.

OTHER MODULES

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Chinese Medicine and Myofascial Release (60HRS)

This module will give you a foundation in Chinese Medicine principles as it relates to teaching yoga. We’ll look at the foundations of Chinese Medicine theory to help you understand your student’s unique individual constitution and how you can use information to make your work with them more effective. You will learn the Chinese Medicine five-element theory, yin and yang theory, and the differentiation of the organs as it applies specifically to yoga. By understanding the framework of Chinese Medicine it allows us to individualize the practice to our student’s needs.

This course will also look at myofascial release techniques and application within the yoga setting. We will look the function & dysfunction of the fascia as well as the therapeutic application of myofascial release techniques to assist your students. We will use this understanding to identify common areas and trigger points in the body that can create pain & dysfunction in the body and how to apply simple, myofascial self-application techniques to yourself & your students.

The morning asana practices will incorporate the Chinese Medicine principles to deepen your awareness & experience of the information in the context of a moderate & purposeful vinyasa practice and there will be a short restorative class most evenings. You will leave with a deeper understanding that you can apply to your private & group classes.

Yin & Meditation (60HRS)

This module looks at the more contemplative practices and the science behind how they can be used more therapeutically. We will look at how and when to use yin and meditation practices and how it affects our physiology. Learn the science behind yin practices and how to apply it in a therapeutic format as well as the meridians and how different yoga poses affect the energetic body. We will cover how to introduce your students to meditation, common misconceptions, hindrances and the when, why and how of meditation as well as a look at some of the current research around meditation practices. We will look at the science behind the physiological and psychological benefits as well as neuroplasticity and the ability to retrain the brain for recovering from illness, injury or for optimal health.

Assisting & Adjusting (60HRS)

Instead of teaching you a set series of adjustments, this hands-on module will look at assisting and adjusting as it suits the individual by giving you a sense of your X-ray vision to assess and guide students in their practice in a more therapeutic way. This module will help you begin to train your eye to see misalignments and involves learning different techniques to work with students in group and private settings including hands on protocols to use to help your private clients work through areas that are not responding.

Sequencing with Purpose (60HRS)

Focusing on the art of sequencing we’ll look at intelligent sequencing from several different perspectives. We will look at the art of interweaving anatomical and philosophical depth throughout your classes. This week will also be a time for clarifying your own purpose as a teacher and developing your voice to make the message you put out to your students powerful and compelling. The focus will be on group class sequencing, class progression, different types of sequencing and how and when to use each.

Developing Your Voice as a Teacher (25HRS)

This module looks at stepping into your potential as a teacher by exploring the power of our voice to transmit our message & to convey our purpose. As a teacher we must first have a really clear view of who we are and where we come from in order to be of service to our community. This module will explore what shapes us and defines us and how our mental patterns can block our growth to stepping into our potential. Digging into our strengths as well as our weakness we will explore the light and the shadow side of ourselves and what we have to offer. Come prepared to dig deep and leave with a fresh perspective.

Myofascial Release Module (60HRS)

An in-depth look at the science behind the role of the fascia and use of myofascial release techniques within the yoga setting. Adding to our Chinese Medicine & myofascial release trainings, this training will dive deeper into the current understanding of the fascia as well as the therapeutic application of myofascial release techniques to assist our students. We will look the function & dysfunction of the fascia as well as the therapeutic application of myofascial release techniques to assist your students. Identifying common areas and trigger points in the body that with simple, mindful self-application can be a great tool for teachers and students alike.

This module will be a more in-depth look at the application & use of these techniques with protocols, flows and how to incorporate these into a yoga class as well as with privates.  A great adjunct to the yoga practice for those with injuries or restrictions and a great combination to the orthopedic modules (hip, spine, shoulder, extremities) when taken before or after to integrate the information and apply it in a more effective way. This week will focus on myofascial release techniques with a morning practice to incorporate some of the myofascial release into a moderate vinyasa setting and a short restorative class in the evenings. You will leave with a deeper understanding that you can apply to your private & group classes. This module is open to anyone looking to use myofascial release personally or within a therapeutic setting.

Seva (50HRS)

The first half of our Seva module begins with an exploration in personal transformation & selfless service. As a yoga teacher this is the foundation of our work and becomes even more crucial when we begin to use this practice as a form of medicine. As yoga teachers this is our bedside manner and just as a doctor has to learn about the patient doctor relationship so we have to learn about selfless service & working with diverse populations with compassion. The second portion of this training will be working with specific demographics to support them. We visit the shelters, spread love & teach yoga at the shelter for the second half of the training. This training involves a fundraising portion prior to the training to build & sustain the vocational centers we work with in Kolkata.

Research Module (3-15HRS)

An introduction to the requirements of conducting yoga-based research with human participants.  You will learn the specifics of a yoga asana and/or mindfulness protocol that has been designed purposefully for Yoga Medicine Research Institute’s ongoing research projects.  This course, along with one additional online training requirement, will prepare participants to become involved in Yoga Medicine’s ongoing research projects.  Participants will understand the requirements of informed consent, data collection and assessment, and the elements of teacher-research participant relationship.

Capstone for 1000HR (40-60HRS)

This is a more intimate module for those completing their 1000hour program and involves case studies and working one-on-one with Tiffany looking at special cases and deepening your work with private clients. Some of these may involve bringing in outside patients to work with. This is required once for 1000hr and a minimum of twice for 2000hr students.

1000hr students can document and include hours from Yoga Medicine webinars and online courses (coming soon). We are in the process of working on many more online resources for you on pathophysiology, therapeutics, interpersonal skills, prescription drugs and yoga, nutrition, business, working with hospitals, working with out-patients, insurance, doing research and many more to come. You must complete any tests or homework for these, documenting these hours on your own and turning it in on completion to get your 1000hr certification.

OVERVIEW

Our immersion format teacher trainings are hosted at studios & conferences and are 1-5 days in length. The immersions are a shortened version of the full modules we offer. We offer the immersions as a way to allow our teachers to continue their education without having to commit to an entire week or a long plane ride. These immersions usually begin with a daily 2-hour morning practice relevant to the course content & follow with afternoon teacher training lectures and a short evening homework assignment to help you retain the information. Some immersions have recommended prep work to review before the immersion begins. The price of these trainings includes the training only, making it accessible for local teachers or those who want to find their own food & accommodations.

CURRENT IMMERSIONS

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Hip Immersion: Anatomy, Dysfunction & Application (25HRS)

This immersion looks at the anatomy and function of the hip and dysfunction that can occur here, exploring common injuries of the hip and how to work with students to heal problems in this area by personalizing the practice. With an understanding of the anatomy, you can learn how to apply the practice in an adaptable and personalized approach for any level, style of yoga or body.

Shoulder Immersion: Anatomy, Dysfunction & Application (25HRS)

This immersion will look at the anatomy and function of the shoulder and dysfunction that can occur here, exploring common injuries of the neck and how to work with students to heal problems in this area by personalizing the practice. With an understanding of the anatomy, you can learn how to apply the practice in an adaptable and personalized approach for any level, style of yoga or body.

Spine Immersion: Anatomy, Dysfunction & Application (25HRS)

This immersion will look at the anatomy and function of the spine and dysfunction that can occur here, exploring common injuries of the spine and how to work with students to heal problems in this area by personalizing the practice. With an understanding of the anatomy, you can learn how to apply the practice in an adaptable and personalized approach for any level, style of yoga or body.

Pelvic Asymmetries: Optimizing Function (12-21HRS)

This immersion focuses on working with the pelvic imbalances that affect the hip, back and potentially many different parts of the body. We will look at the anatomy & biomechanics and how to apply a very specific personalized practice to help create balance here.

Myofascial Immersion (12-21HRS)

This immersion will look at myofascial release techniques and the application within the yoga setting.   We will look the current understanding of the fascia as well as the function & dysfunction of the fascia and the therapeutic application of myofascial release techniques to assist your students. Identifying common areas and trigger points in the body that with simple, mindful self-application can be a great tool for teachers and students alike. You will leave with a deeper understanding that you can apply immediately to your private & group classes. This week will focus on myofascial release techniques with a morning practice to incorporate some of the myofascial release into a moderate vinyasa setting. This module is open to anyone looking to use myofascial release personally or within a therapeutic setting.

SI Joint: Optimizing Function (12-21HRS)

This immersion focuses on working with the SI joint issues, a problem that can affect the hips, back and potentially many other parts of the body. We will look at the anatomy & biomechanics of this joint and how to apply a very specific personalized practice to help create balance here.

Chinese Medicine & Yoga (25HRS)

This immersion will give you a foundation in Chinese Medicine principles as it relates to teaching yoga. We’ll look at the foundations of Chinese Medicine theory to help you understand your student’s unique individual constitution and how you can use information to make your work with them more effective. You will learn the basic five-element theory, yin and yang theory, and the differentiation of the organs as it applies specifically to yoga. By understanding the framework of Chinese Medicine it gives you a basis to individualize the practice for your student’s needs. The morning asana practices will incorporate the Chinese Medicine principles to deepen your awareness & experience of the information in the context of a moderate & purposeful vinyasa practice. You will leave with a deeper understanding that you can apply to your private & group classes.

Cadaver Dissection Lab (30HRS)

This immersion offers a rare opportunity for participants to broaden their anatomical knowledge through the exploration of a real human form in a yoga anatomist context. The dissection uses an untreated, fresh-tissue cadaver which provides a much more detailed visual of the layering of fascial tissues and natural anatomical composition. Each day will incorporate hands-on lab hours with lectures to help you relate your discoveries in the physical dissection to the clinical and movement observations from your yoga teaching background. No previous experience with dissection is necessary to attend this course.

Yoga for Athletes (25HRS)

This module will cover anatomy & biomechanics as it relates to athletes as well as the psychological implications of a regular yoga practice looking at the ongoing process of pushing your body to the brink and staying healthy in the process. There will be an overview of common athletic injuries and how to approach them. Looking at yoga for the different phases of training & recovery as well as off-season cross training applications. We will look at different sports & positions and how to analyze the application of yoga to any athletic endeavor to help teachers create effective yoga classes for working with injuries, injury prevention, performance enhancement and mental preparation.

Detox Immersion (25HRS)

This module is a personal exploration of detoxing to optimize your health in order to be able to share these simple tools with your students. We believe that health requires a multidimensional approach and as a yoga teacher that begins with your own personal investigation. In this 5-day detox we will look at yoga, meditation, nutrition and myofascial release to begin the journey towards optimal health. We will look at common roadblocks and hindrances and ways to stay on track as you leave. Move toward optimal health as you eliminate toxins, deepen your yoga practice, and clarify your purpose. Feeling revitalized, you can approach the world with a healthier body and a fresh perspective. This module uses Tiffany’s book, Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life, as an interactive guide.

Mental Health (12-21HRS)

This module will explore working with mental health issues like anxiety, depression & stress. We will explore the current research and how to customize the yoga practice to support mental health issues specifically.

Yoga for Scoliosis (12-21HRS)

This immersion focuses on working with the scoliosis and the common imbalances that are caused by and contribute to scoliosis. We will look at the anatomy & biomechanics and how to apply a very specific personalized practice to help create balance here.

Low Back Remedies (12-21HRS)

Low back pain is the most common reason for a trip to the doctor and can be helped or hurt in our yoga practice. Whether you personally struggle with back pain or work with students or patients that struggle with back pain this class will help you understand the anatomy and the use of a yoga practice to support it. We will look at the different approaches to working with low back pain using an anatomical awareness to deepen the yoga practice. By understanding the anatomy you can see how different types of back pain need very different practices.

Neck Remedies (12-21HRS)

This immersion will look at the anatomy and function of the neck and dysfunction that can occur here, exploring common injuries of the neck and how to work with students to heal problems in this area by personalizing the practice. With an understanding of the anatomy, you can learn how to apply the practice in an adaptable and personalized approach for any level, style of yoga or body.

OVERVIEW

Our online courses are designed to allow you to continue your education from the convenience of your own computer. These online courses can be used for general learning, continuing education for teachers or for credit hours in Yoga Medicine’s 500/1000hr program.

500/1000hr students can document & include hours from many of Yoga Medicine’s online teachers courses. Click on each course title for a brief summary of each course and the hours received for teachers. Please note that some courses are not eligible for hours towards the 500/1000hr program. The courses eligible for accredited hours include an online quiz that you must pass in order to receive the allotted hours.

 

ONLINE COURSES NOW AVAILABLE

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Conducting a Comprehensive Evaluation in a Therapeutic Setting (OPQRST)

This class with teach you how to conduct an intake evaluation for students you work with one-on-one in a therapeutic setting.  This format is required for the case studies for the Yoga Medicine 500hr & 1000hr certifications and recommended for anyone using or looking to use yoga at a therapeutic modality.  We recommend you complete this before or soon after you begin the 500/1000hr training if possible in order to complete your case studies as you go.  This class goes over how to conduct an intake assessment, how to extract pertinent details and how to establish a therapeutic relationship. This online course is short & to the point with everything you need to get started. We believe this is the foundation for teaching more therapeutically oriented yoga in a one-on-one setting and essential if you want to do research. Includes a 31 min video, handouts for sample intake forms and a sample intake case study.

This course counts for 1hr of teacher training credit towards a 500hr/1000hr Yoga Medicine certification.

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Neurobiology of Yoga

with Dr. David Vago

The following course will provide you with the latest scientific understanding of the brain mechanisms by which self-transformation is possible through yoga practice. Contributions from core components of yoga practice, including postures, breath regulation, ethics, and meditation, are all described in a comprehensive conceptual model supported by underlying neurobiological processes. Neuroplasticity in brain networks of self processing are described as a result of continued practice – contributing to adaptive mental habits and management of stress. The course concludes with summarizing four primary factors that contribute to self-transformation, including an emphasis on body awareness (interoception), perceptual inference, neurovisceral integration, and increased inhibitory control over cognitive, emotional, autonomic, and behavioral output.

This course counts for 1hr of teacher training credit towards a 500hr/1000hr Yoga Medicine certification.

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Recognizing Red Flags in a Therapeutic Setting

As a yoga teacher it is clearly not our job to diagnose or to be our students primary care provider, however when working therapeutically there are important moments in time that can determine the outcome of our care and the students state of health that hinge on their timeliness of seeing their doctor. As yoga teachers we tend to take all of our students problems on as a challenge to the efficacy of the yoga practice rather than embrace the medical community around us for support. The key is acknowledging that there is a very important place for every medical modality and guiding our students to be mindful of their bodies to help them on their journey to health. In a therapeutic yoga setting we have the opportunity to collect detailed information in working with our students over a longer period of time and therefore we also see things that may have gone unnoticed that may warrant a visit to their doctor. This course digs into some of the main red flags when working with students with pain that would necessitate a visit to their doctor. Our goal as a yoga teacher is not to be everything to everyone but rather to support both the student and the medical providers with the patient’s best interest in mind.

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Myofascial Release for the Neck & Shoulders

This course begins with an intro to the fascia as well as some background on myofascial release for yoga students or teachers. Myofascial release techniques can be a very helpful adjunct to a yoga practice to help with range of motion, injuries, scar tissue, tension, muscle recovery (for athletes) or muscle function. In this course you will learn how to use self myofascial release techniques, what to avoid and the goals of this work. Then you will be guided through specific techniques that you can utilize anytime for the neck and shoulders.

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Myofascial Release for the Hips

This course begins with an intro to the fascia as well as some background on myofascial release for yoga students or teachers.  Myofascial release techniques can be a very helpful adjunct to a yoga practice to help with range of motion, injuries, scar tissue, tension, muscle recovery (for athletes) or muscle function. In this course you will learn how to use self myofascial release techniques, what to avoid and the goals of this work. Then you will be guided through specific techniques that you can utilize anytime for tight hips.

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Myofascial Release for the Legs & Feet

This course begins with an intro to the fascia as well as some background on myofascial release for yoga students or teachers.  Myofascial release techniques can be a very helpful adjunct to a yoga practice to help with range of motion, injuries, scar tissue, tension, muscle recovery (for athletes) or muscle function. In this course you will learn how to use self myofascial release techniques, what to avoid and the goals of this work. Then you will be guided through specific techniques that you can utilize anytime for the legs and feet.

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ONLINE COURSES COMING SOON

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Anatomy Intro

This module is a good anatomy refresher and an intro to the anatomical terms, background info and the main muscles. This course is recommended as a preparation for our orthopedic modules.

  • Purposeful psoas
  • Longevity & Sustainability of the Joints
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Science of breathing
  • Restorative yoga & props
  • Business
  • Healthy SI Joint
  • Working with Low Back Pain
  • Working with Arthritis
  • Working with neck issues
  • Injuries & yoga
  • Pelvic Asymmetries
  • Working with the labrum (shoulder & hip)
  • Insurance billing, forms, documentation & privacy policies
  • Working with private clients
  • Connecting with your medical community
  • Pharmaceuticals & Yoga
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Working with Foot & Ankle injuries
  • Working with different types of headaches
  • Working with fatigue
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Pathophysiology
  • Nutrition
  • Working with hospitals
  • Working with out-patients
  • Research
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