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What Yoga Therapy Offers to Healthcare

What Yoga Therapy Offers to Healthcare

What Yoga Therapy Offers to Healthcare

Jun 16, 2019 - 16:00 (EDT)
60 minutes

Yoga Therapy offers a humanistic model of care that is desperately needed in healthcare today.

The genuine care the client receives during a yoga therapy session is client-centered, not disease centered.

What you’ll learn...
  • To develop an understanding of specific yoga practices and systems
  • To learn current evidence and research in therapeutic yoga. 
  • To experience yoga practices taught by different instructors with different specializations.
  • To develop the knowledge and skills to improve the health care experience of individuals with different needs, illnesses, goals and objectives. 
  • To interact, discuss and ask questions to the panelists on this webinar
  • Learn concrete skills that can be used to create a container for healing 
Yoga Therapists are not treating a disease pathology in the yoga therapy session. Yoga Therapists are learning to hold space for another human being and helping the client to explore how they can heal from the inside out. Eventually the client might even experience human flourishing (eudaimonia) as a result of practicing yoga therapy.
It is not easy for new and old yoga therapy practitioners to learn to hold space for another human being, to listen without judgment, and to let go of one’s agenda and desired outcome for the client.


The instructors
Helene Couvrette
Co-Founder, President of MISTY

Her passion for yoga inspired her to share yoga with a few friends in the basement of one of whom eventually lost her battle with cancer. She soon realized her love of yoga could only be surpassed by the desire to share it with others & the joy of seeing them benefit from yoga on many levels.

In 2002 just after delivering a stillborn boy Helene embarked on a 200hr YTT Certification Course. During 2003 she continued the training at same time began teaching yoga at the St. Lazare Community Center. Helene continues to teach regular yoga classes with a therapeutic approach, offers Private Yoga Therapy Sessions & mentors a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Winter of 2018 she will introduce an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training focusing on Therapeutics.

Helene is also co-founder of this international conference bringing health care professionals & yoga therapist together with the mission of integrating yoga into the Canadian health care system.

Amy Wheeler
Ph.D., President IAYT

​Amy Wheeler, Ph.D. is a Professor of Kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino for 21 years. Amy's degrees include a B.A. and M.A. in Health Promotion, and a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology.

Amy has extensive Yoga training in the Krishnamacharya Tradition and was certified as a Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist. Amy helped to set standards for Yoga Therapists in organizations such as NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association).

Amy is a Co-Founder of The Optimal State of Living, an organization that certifies Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists at the 200, 300, 500, 800 and 1000-hour levels.

Amy is President of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Anne Pitman
M. Sc. E-RYT

Anne had a Masters in Kinesiology and has been guiding people to be present in their life, through dance, yoga and fitness, for over 35 years. She is a teacher of teachers, designing studies for certified Yoga Teacher Training from a Scaravelli and somatic, or body-centered listening approach. She is the co-director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy.

Anne has extensive experience in accompanying people who are facing cancer, both as a Certified Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Therapist in clinic, and a Care Coordinator at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre.

She is a graduate and ongoing scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School where she learns to compassionately support both living deeply and dying well.

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