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Therapeutic Yoga for Medical Professionals – Introductory Level 1

DATE: Sept 20th 1-5 pm (REGISTRATION STARTS AT 1230 pm)
LOCATION: 251 Northland Dr NE, Rockford, MI 4934
• Early bird: $75
• After Sept 1: $85

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OTHER: You do not need previous yoga or meditation experience to attend this course. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat if you have one available. For more information, please see details below

This four-hour introductory workshop is intended for qualified participants seeking to gain an understanding of therapeutic yoga methods and concepts including physical postures and modifications, guidelines and techniques, mindfulness and mindful relaxation, and breathing techniques and will include instruction for applying learned techniques within a clinical setting.
This is a prerequisite course for those who plan to participate in the eight-hour Therapeutic Yoga for Medical Professionals - Level II


Yoga can play an important role in healing the body and mind. This practice uses therapeutic and restorative postures to help patients recover lost range-of-motion, balance, strength and endurance. Research has shown how breathing techniques and meditation can significantly improve deficits across physical, emotional, and behavioral domains and support the overall healing process.

Target Audience

Participants who may or may not have previous background in yoga and are seeking to learn introductory therapeutic yoga and mindfulness skills.
Specifically catered to healthcare professionals including physical therapists/PTAs, exercise physiologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, occupational therapists/COTAs, recreational therapists, psychologists, and social workers.


    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
  1. Define therapeutic yoga and gain an understanding of its purpose, application, and how it varies from other forms of yoga
  2. Demonstrate an overview of the evidence that supports the application of yoga within a medical rehabilitation setting, including known limitations
  3. Understand basic therapeutic yoga guidelines, key principles, and applications for special populations
  4. Demonstrate techniques and key elements of foundational therapeutic yoga postures for upper and lower body conditions, including population and patient-specific modifications
  5. Explain basic components of mindful relaxation with ability to demonstrate at least one breathing technique, including its instruction for patients


Michele Fife is the WOTV4 wellness expert focusing on natural health and Yoga. She has taught yoga for more than 20 years with a primary focus on therapeutic and Ayurvedic Yoga. She has teaching certifications from Karma Yoga Bloomfield, Dharma Mittra, Purna College of Yoga and Kripalu. Michele is the owner of OMG!Yoga in Rockford MI and is the creator of 3 Therapeutic Yoga DVDs: SIT, EASE and SLEEP/WAKE.

Melissa Marek, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, RYT: Melissa is a licensed physical therapist (PT) and nationally certified yoga teacher. She’s been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and has 14 years of teaching experience. She holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from GVSU and became certified in MDT in order to specialize in treating conditions of the spine. As a PT, she is dedicated to providing holistic, integrated care to a wide variety of patient populations with an emphasis on people with chronic neck and back pain

Course Agenda

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm: Check-in and onsite registration
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm: Welcome and Instructor Introductions
1:00 pm - 1:35 pm: Therapeutic Yoga Discussion
•What is yoga?
•Evidence: relevance to rehabilitation & western medicine
•Types of yoga
•Therapeutic yoga and how it differs from other styles
•5 principles of therapeutic yoga
1:35 pm - 1:45 pm: Break
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm: Therapeutic yoga class offering
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Mindfulness, Breathing and Meditation--instruction and demonstration
3:15 pm – 3: 30 pm: Q & A regarding yoga poses, breathing techniques and mindfulness meditation
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm: Break
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: Physical practice--upper and lower body poses to use in your practice
with modifications, props, and breathing instruction
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm: Q & A

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