Yoga and Mindfulness 101 for Physicians and Healthcare Providers
This 4-week course is designed for physicians and healthcare providers as a foundational introduction to yoga and mindfulness with bite-sized lectures on philosophy, therapeutic approaches, scientific theories, and clinical evidence. Each week includes short meditations and movement practices that busy physicians and medical trainees can easily fit into their days. If you’ve been curious about the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for yourself or your patients, this accessible overview can be a great place to start.
What Will I Learn?
- Definitions and brief history of yoga and mindfulness in relationship to health
- Philosophies of health and disease within yoga’s mind:body approach
- Current biomedical theories around how yoga and mindfulness impact health
- Evidence regarding the use of yoga and meditation with different clinical populations
- Applications of yoga and mindfulness to impact physician wellness and flourishing
- How to discern between various styles of yoga and meditation and how to find therapeutic professionals in your community.
The following props are optional supplements to your practices:
- a yoga mat, though the practices can be done on the floor, and you can find any comfortable seat for the meditations and breathwork.
- 1-2 towels
- a wall to use as support
4-week course is accessible for all levels and includes the following each week:
- Two short lectures
- 1 accessible movement based practice
- 1 restorative class
- 2 meditations
Each lecture and guided practice is presented in short and digestible segments that easily fit into your schedule. Follow the weekly course format or stretch the sessions out over a longer period if you prefer. Remember, you can always go back to review a lecture or repeat a practice that resonated with you.
By taking this course, you will gain knowledge of the fundamentals of yoga and mindfulness which will help you to offer discerning advice to your patients. Furthermore, you will personally benefit from taking a step to cultivate a steady practice of yoga and mindfulness. As a busy healthcare provider, you know the therapeutic effects of slowing down or moving your body and this course delivers tools that you can use and return to for a moment of serenity whenever you need it.
This course is not connected to continuing education hours for yoga teachers.
About The Teacher
Dr. Rashmi S. Bismark, MD, MPH is a US-trained physician, board certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. In parallel with conventional medical training, Dr. Bismark has spent the past 15+ years studying various complementary and alternative healing modalities, including ayurveda, energy healing, yoga, and meditation. She is currently in the process of completing RYT-500 training with Yoga Medicine and is receiving mindfulness teacher training through the Oasis Institute, Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Bismark’s current practice is focused on offering holistic mindfulness-based lifestyle programming tailored to individuals and communities for health promotion and the improvement of risk factors and outcomes related to chronic diseases. She feels very fortunate to travel the world with her husband’s job, raising two little yoginis-in-training, and sharing mindful ways of nurturing life and healing.
The yoga practices in this course are presented by Megan Kearney. Megan has a combined degree in kinesiology and business leadership. As a yoga teacher for over 15 years, she first entered the world of yoga via meditation more than 25 years ago. She has more than 6,000 teaching hours under her belt as a E-RYT and a 500-hour graduate of Yoga Medicine. She is a certified Yoga Medicine Registered Therapeutic Specialist and Yoga Alliance continuing education provider. She is specifically trained in myofascial release work, Thai massage, mindfulness-based meditation, yoga for traumatic brain injury resilience and mixed martial arts practice.