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100-Hour Online Basics of Yoga Therapy & Ayurveda Course

Learn at your own pace, study in your own place.

 

This course is designed to be an independent study.  The course consists of 15 professional lessons, training assignments, homework, reading and LIVE mentoring with Paula Tepedino.

That's Fifteen forty-minute LIVE Video Consultations with Paula!

The course is not asana-based like other yoga programs, although asana is addressed from an Ayurvedic perspective. The basics of Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda are introduced using a unique system called the Five Illness Models developed by Dr. Nicholas DiMartino, Paula's graduate doctor who is an M.D. and who excels in the practice of holistic medicine. Dr. DiMartino specializes in Women's Hormonal Health at Woodlands Healing Research Center in Quakertown, PA. He has more than 27 years of diverse experience and graduated with honors from the New York College of Osteo Medicine in New York. He incorporates Yoga Therapy into his Family Practice as well as holistic and traditional methods.

Go at your own pace. Listen and watch the audio and video aides included in the course. 

 

What To Expect

• Every lesson has reading assignments and study questions

• Paula offers constructive feedback for every assignment and monitors your progress

 

There is no Pre-Requisite for enrolling in this 100 hour Yoga Course. However, if you are a Yoga Teacher looking for Continuing Education Credits, a copy of your 200 hour Certificate is required.

• You'll be working with a syllabus that was created with more than 10,000 teaching hours behind it
• You will be required to submit homework

• You will be required to attend local weekly yoga classes
• You will be required to attend scheduled LIVE Online Sessions with Paula 

 

Certification Completion

  • Successful completion of all the course syllabus (15 Lessons)
  • Submittal of all homework assignments with a 70% accuracy response
  • Payment of all tuition costs
  • For Yoga Teacher a 100-Hour Basics of Yoga Therapy Certificate awarded
  • For non-Yoga Teachers a100-Hour Basics of Yoga Therapy Diploma awarded
 
 

Prepare for your online course

Expect to work 4 to 6 hours a week. Choose a quiet place at home. Keep a notepad and list of questions. Get support from friends and family and, if possible, find a mentor and get connected to a local yoga studio. 

Know your limits and weaknesses and reach out to Paula for help overcoming them.

What is your final goal?     

The more Paula knows, the more she can help you achieve your expectations and goals.

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

All lessons are in PDF-password-protected format. Some lessons include video and audio resources that clarify certain subject matter being addressed. Each student is responsible for printing out the lessons.

There are textbooks that go along with the lessons and these are not included in the course tuition. 

For the full SYLLABUS,scroll down.


CANCELLATION POLICY

After the deposit is received, the first lesson will be mailed to you. You have 5 days to review the material and if you decide to cancel, your deposit minus $25 processing fee will be refunded.

There is no cancellation policy once the tuition amount is received in full, and after the 5 days review period.

COURSE SYLLABUS

 

____ Lesson One:

  • Living Philosophy: History of Yoga
  • The lineage of Kripalu and Iyengar traditions
  • Ancient to Modern-Day Yoga
  • Types of Yoga
  • Yoga Therapy Foundations
  • Witnessing and Heart-Centered Perspectives
  • Maintaining Your Energy
  • How Disease Starts
  • Discussion Point Homework for the book, The Untethered Soul
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

____ Lesson Two:

  • Understanding the Language of Yoga: Sanskrit
  • Mantra as a Practice
  • Understanding Om
  • Blessing of the Limb Mantra
  • Establishing safe learning space Mantra
  • Philosophy: Eight-Limbed Path of Yoga
  • Human Primal Nature: the Gunas
  • Sanskrit audio file: Blessing of Hands, Om, Establishing Safe Learning Space
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

____ Lesson Three:

  • Philosophy: The Abstinences - the Yamas
  • Philosophy: The Obsrvances - the Niyamas
  • Effects of negativity on our health
  • Karma
  • Obstacles & Mental Fluctuations
  • Stages of obstacles
  • Lifting the veils of ignorance (avidja)
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

____ Lesson Four:

  • Basics of Ayurveda
  • Five Element Theory
  • Biological Constitutional Life Energies: Doshas
  • Discovering Your Constitution Form
  • Six Tastes of Ayurveda
  • Rules of Balancing Health using Ayurveda principles
  • Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy
  • Meal Preparation: Cutting Vegetables, Grinding Spices
  • Seasonal Changes
  • Eating for Your Constitutional Type
  • Self-Care: Oiling of Body (abhyanga)
  • Abhyanga in Yoga Therapy
  • Audio File: Questions on Ayurveda
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements

 

____ Lesson Five:

  • Energy Anatomy: Five Sheaths or Koshas: Location, Function, Use in Yoga Therapy
  • Treatment Chart - How to use during a yoga therapy session
  • Taking Care of Yourself: the Yoga Kriyas: gargling, tongue scraping, neti pot, eye wash, skin brushing, salt bathing, smudging, moon awareness, oil massage
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

_____ Lesson Six:

  • Role of Asana in Yoga Therapy
  • Guidelines for Guiding Asana in Yoga Therapy
  • Your role as an Observer
  • Working with Asanas for each Dosha (constitution)
  • Getting to know your client/student
  • Anatomy & Physiology: Common terms; the 11 Human Systems
  • The beginnings of Meditation - Withdrawing Sense Perception Practice: Pratyahara
  • Perception Exercises to strengthen mindfulness
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

____ Lesson Seven:

  • Breathwork in Yoga Therapy: Pranayama
  • Benefits, Precautions and Assists for the practice of Pranayama
  • Preparation Steps before Pranayama
  • Breathing Practices: Dirgha, Nadi Sodhanam, Ujjayi, Belly Breathing, Sitali Breathing, Bhastrika
  • Guidelines for each Pranayama practice
  • Pranayama suggestions for each Dosha (constitution)
  • Anatomy of Breathing (Respiration): The Five Vayus - function, location, how used in yoga
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

____ Lesson Eight:

  • Inner Practices of Yoga: Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi
  • How to Guide the Inner Practices 
  • Exercises: candle gazing, palming, mantra, focusing on breath, hand mudras, using mala beads for japa meditation
  • Benefits of Dharana and Dhyana practices
  • Using Hand Mudras (gestures) for balancing the doshas: Mahashirsa, Prana, Agni, Anjali, Jnana or Chin, Vishnu
  • Creating a Meditation Space at Home
  • Audio file: Meditation Guidance
  • Yes  - One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

____ Lesson Nine:

  • The Art of Relaxation: Savasana
  • Variations of Savasana Pose
  • Guiding Savasana in Yoga Therapy for each condition/dosha
  • Benefits of Relaxation
  • The Science of Relaxation: an article by Daniel Goleman
  • Anatomy of Relaxation: Brainwave Patterns: Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta
  • How to Guide a relaxation session
  • Deep Relaxation: Yoga Nidra for each Dosha
  • Audio file: Relaxation Guidance
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

____ Lesson Ten:

  • Yoga Nidra: A meditative journey to Blissful Relaxtion
  • What is Yoga Nidra
  • Benefits of Yoga Nidra
  • How to Guide Yoga Nidra
  • Precautions and Tips for a successful journey to a deeper relaxation session
  • Steps and Stages of Yoga Nidra
  • Post-Yoga Nidra
  • Audio file: Yoga Nidra Guidance
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

____ Lesson Eleven:

  • Understanding Disease by Dr. DiMartino
  • Identifying the Five Illness Groups: Symptoms, Endocrine/Chakra, Balance
  • Anatomy of the Five Illness Groups: Hormone/Neurotransmitter, Digestion/Absorption, Allergy/Immune, Inflammation/Degeneration/Toxicity, Psychological/Spiritual
  • Understanding the diseases associated with Hormone/Neurotransmitter (highlighting PMS/Menopause)
  • Understanding the diseases associated with Digestion/Absorption (highlighting IBS, bloating, reflux)
  • Understanding the diseases associated with Allergy/Immune (highlighting Cancer/Lymphedema, allergies)
  • Understanding the diseases associated with Inflammation/Degenerative/Toxicity (higlighting Arthritis, Aging)
  • Understanding the diseases associated with Psychological/Spiritual (highlighting Depression/Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD)
  • Additional Power Point Presentations and You-Tube videos 
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

____ Lesson Twelve:

  • Five Illness Model Lesson Planning
  • Guidance for Post-menopausal Syndrome: Benefits, Asanas, Warm-up Exercises, Pranayama, Meditation Technique/Mudra
  • Guidance for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Benefits, Asanas, Warm-up Exercises, Pranayama, Meditation Technique/Mudra
  • Guidance for Cancer/Lymphedema: Benefits, Asanas, Warm-up Exercises, Pranayama, Meditation Technique/Mudra
  • Guidance for Arthritis/Aging: Benefits, Asanas, Warm-up Exercises, Pranayama, Meditation Technique/Mudra
  • Guidance for Depression/Trauma: Benefits, Asanas, Warm-up Exercises, Pranayama, Meditation Technique/Mudra
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

____ Lesson Thirteen:

  • Subtle Anatomy: The Chakra System - The Seven Model System
  • Sound Healing using the Seed (bija) sounds 
  • 7 Mudras for the 7 chakras: Knowing basics like location, sound, color associated with it; Self-study questions for each chakra
  • Additional Mudra Work: Opening and Balancing Chakras with movement and breathing
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

____ Lesson Fourteen:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
  • Definition of PTSD
  • Types of PTSD
  • Symptoms
  • Anatomy and Science Behind PTSD
  • PTSD and how it effects all five Kosha Levels (physical body, energy body, mental body, wisdom body and center of consciousness body
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

____ Lesson Fifteen:

  • Designing a Private Yoga Therapy Session 
  • Private Yoga Therapy Information
  • Incorporating Positive Communication in sessions
  • Examples of Positive and Negative Phrasing
  • Using Questions to help uncover deep-seated issues
  • How to use private yoga therapy sessions to help others
  • Profession Disclosure Form
  • Intake Health Information Form
  • One 40-minute Video Chat with Paula Tepedino (for the 200 hour Certificate Requirements)

 

Required Textbooks

Human Anatomy Coloring Book - Margaret Matt - new only - 

ISBN-10: 0486241386

ISBN-13: 978-0486241388

The Untethered Soul - Michael Singer - used or new

ISBN-10: 1572245379

ISBN-13: 978-1572245372

Yoga for your Type - Frawley/Kozak - used or new 

ISBN-10: 091026130X

ISBN-13: 978-0910261302

Yoga Nidra - Saraswati - used or new

ISBN-13: 978-8185787121

ISBN-10: 8185787123

Yoga Sutras off Patanjali - Swami Satchidananda Translation - used or new

ISBN-10: 1938477073

ISBN-13: 978-1938477072

Anytime Anywhere Yoga Warmups - Paula Tepedino (available through Paula)