Yoga Therapy & Medical Qigong Training
Organized by: Stephanie Brail
March 14, 2017
I already have a 500-hour certification in yoga - so why do I need more training? Because now I know what I don't know - and I need to go to the equivalent of "medical school." So I am enrolling in training as a yoga therapist and medical qiqong practitioner.
Furthermore, yoga therapy is going in the direction of certification so that insurance can pay for it. I need the formal training to get the certification. (Certification as a yoga teacher is not the same as certification as a yoga therapist.)
The tuition is a heck of a lot cheaper than grad school, but it is still expensive and there are no student loans. I have a challenging time balancing my freelance work with teaching, and I would like to dump the freelance work altogether and just focus on the healing arts. This can be stressful and becomes a chicken and egg problem, where I know what I need to do to be much more healthy but the stress makes it challenging to create the healthful lifestyle I need. (See my profile for my background with chronic fatigue syndrome.)
Would you help me? A small donation towards my tuition means I will have to spend less time freelancing to pay the tuition bills and can spend more time studying, teaching and taking care of myself.
I am enrolled in two large programs, the Yoga Therapy program at Yoga Yoga (now accredited by the International Association for Yoga Therapists), and the Zen Wellness Medical Qigong program. These are the first years for each program - Yoga Yoga will take 3 years to complete and the basic Medical Qigong will take 1-2 years, with 3-5 years if I plan to continue through to Master level. Both programs together will cost me approximately $4,000-5,000/year out of pocket.
I have already completed year one of Yoga Yoga's program, and I am currently in their Practicum (year two).
Here is some information about these programs:
"Through applied practice and hands-on workshops in Module 1, you will learn to:
- Mobilize the spine to relieve chronic issues such as lower back pain, shoulder impingement and neck injuries
- Holistically address sports injuries, headaches, insomnia, anxiety and depression
- Address imbalances of the endocrine system such as diabetes and thyroid disorder
- Build mobility and strength to relieve arthritis and osteoporosis
- Adjust practices for digestive conditions such as IBS and GERD
- Understand the benefits and side-effects of common medications
- Support clients experiencing PTSD and addiction
- Calm the body and mind through stress reduction techniques, lifestyle changes, Ayurveda and functional pranayama
- Effectively communicate with students in individual and group settings
- Assess complex conditions using advanced intake and teaching methods
- Adapt and modify for students in gentle practices, including chair yoga, yoga for seniors, restorative yoga and deep relaxation"
"Medical Chi Gong is an effective compilation of preventive, healing and strengthening exercises derived from about 6,000 years of the Chinese people’s experiences studying the body.... Rejuvenation of bio-energy or Chi is the main focus of our Medical Chi Gong program. Zen Wellness members realize many benefits such as recovery of ambulatory skills, and increased balance and coordination. Our program is recommended by many physicians and is an important part of a total wellness program."
Thank you for your support. It means a lot to me!