A 4-Week Online Course with Chris Walling

Yoga Therapy Research

Applications of Psyche & Soma

Tuesdays, September 29, October 6, 13 & 20, 12-2 pm ET

Course Description

Yoga has always been heralded for its therapeutic and healing properties.  Over the course of the last thirty years, it has evolved into specific applications of yogic tools (postures, breathwork, meditation techniques and more) to address individual physical, mental and emotional needs.  Today throughout the world there are thousands of providers who identify as yoga therapists, and nearly two hundred schools that train them in comprehensive clinical yoga therapy education programs that certify yoga therapists.  The incorporation of integrative healthcare into modern medicine is ever the more dependent upon a shared understanding of how these ancient traditions may help advance the clinical outcomes of a number of health challenges which creates an urgent need to help advance the findings of an evidence informed practice of yoga.  This endeavor is of course creating a need for research literacy within yoga practitioners who seek to serve within a more integrated continuum of care.      

This course will help introduce students to the fundamentals of contemporary yoga therapy research, explore guidelines for yoga therapy research and practice, and survey the current and emerging body of knowledge within the peer-reviewed yoga therapy literature.  Join us as Dr. Walling makes research inspiring and fun as we explore the intersections of scholarship and embodied practices.

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Participants in this course will:

  • Compare and contrast the various research methods and challenges of contemporary basic research and clinical yoga therapy research.

  • Identify the ethical considerations of decolonizing interpretive research and the risks of cultural appropriation in clinical yoga therapy research.
  • Explore the common variables from psychophysiology of basic research yoga studies.
  • Identify the emerging experimental goals of yoga therapy research, and the new outcome measures in contemporary studies.
  • Explore complex randomized control trials within yoga therapy research and identify its integration within primary and secondary disease prevention strategies.

COURSE INCLUDES:

4 Live, Interactive Zoom Sessions
4 Downloadable Videos & MP3s
Course Readings
10 Embodied Philosophy Credits
10 Yoga Alliance Cont. Ed. Credits
Private Pop-Up Facebook Group

Course Outline

Through a quest to help build a scientific evidence base for multi-disciplinary applications of yoga therapy, the student will compare and contrast the popular research methods employed by contemporary yoga therapy researchers, and evaluate the epistemic responsibilities of yoga therapy practitioners who seek to include often-subjugated types of knowledge into their research focus.  This module will focus on redistributing epistemic power to agents that typically have been excluded from epistemic participation in contemporary yoga therapy research, while exploring the basics of research design and method. 

Yoga based practices are multifaceted, multisensory interventions that involve a series of postures, movement sequences, breath regulation, deep relaxation and meditative techniques. This module explores the basic research behind the purported efficacy much of the theories that inform the yoga-based practices draw upon, and explores their impact upon allostatic and autonomic regulation of the human nervous system. 

Findings from a randomized controlled trial of yogic meditation will be explored as part of a comprehensive insight into the compounding effects of yoga therapy interventions within an overall “yogic” lifestyle framework.  Studies will also be examined that employ more sophisticated measures such as neuroimaging studies and genetic biomarkers for examining pre and post effects in pilot studies.

In this final module, students will engage in a summary dialogue of their first three modules, examine the numerous studies and journal articles read throughout the course, and discuss de-identified clinical case material. 

Dr. Chris Walling, PsyD, SEP, C-IAYT has been an active leader in healthcare for nearly two decades. His work integrates the developmental, biological, and somatic aspects of the lifespan. His work in academic medicine has included the administration of multidisciplinary leadership teams in hematology-oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and geriatric psychiatry. He is a Clinical Research Fellow in the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium at the Kinsey Institute located at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. 

Dr. Walling is the current President of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy, the hub of somatic psychology. His clinical focus in the behavioral sciences has examined the intersections of neuropsychotherapy, affect regulation, and somatic psychotherapy. Dr. Walling is the former Executive Administrator for the UCLA Longevity Center and Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. He currently serves as the Vice President of Education at the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation where cutting-edge research is conducted in geriatric integrative medicine. Dr. Walling is also a member of the Somatic Experiencing Research Committee at the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Walling is a clinical associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles, California.

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