Therapeutic Yoga   -

                   September  6th & 7th  @ Level Fitness

Saturday 12:30 pm -4:00 pm    

12:30 pm  Focus on Fundamentals and Pranayama
(highly individualized)

2:00 pm        Balancings and Inversions

3:00 pm        Gentle Practice and Meditation

Sunday, 11:15 am-3:00 pm

11:15 am   Living Yoga: Philosophy and Practice

1:15 pm    Metaphors and Mindfulness:
Finding Deeper Meaning on the Mat

                              


           Therapeutic Yoga
                      ...because it is...
      ancient wisdom for modern living
                                         with
                       Linda Lang 




Mission Statement   

Therapeutic Yoga of Greater Washington communicates yogic practices and philosophy to people of all ages and abilities, and attracts professionals who share an interest in the field of yoga as a highly effective modality for integrative medicine.

TYGW exists to provide high quality educational offerings, seminars, workshops and symposia on the subjects of therapeutic yoga and integrative medicine. By collaborating with professionals from all walks of life, we hope to shine the spotlight on the work of others by highlighting their contributions to our common goal.

Over the past four years, we have fostered collaborations within the local community to provide opportunities for multi-disciplinary ventures. We seek uncommon partners such as museums, the military community and medical schools, to share the vision that all people who define themselves as a "patient" will also identify themselves as a "student." To identify with the wholeness of their life, not simply a diagnosis. 


About Linda Lang

I am a highly experienced teacher certified in the medical, therapeutic arena of Cardiac Yoga, with extensive training in classical Hatha Yoga as taught by BKS Iyengar, the ashtanga of Patanjali, as well as traditional yogic and Buddhist teachings and meditation.

When we work together, the goal is to create a safe and sacred space. A space where stillness, quiet and calm are the foundation for experiences intended to be meaningful, gentle yet strong, satisfying and up-lifting.

Therapeutics in yoga shines a light into this space, the heart of practice. 

To learn more about Therapeutic Yoga and my teaching schedule, follow the links provided on the navigation menu to the left.

Meanwhile, here's what's been developing in Washington, DC in the realm of yoga and integrative medical education:

Medical Yoga Curriculum:
A Journey Toward Wellness
for Students and the Community

To give you the best possible idea of what draws me into the medical arena, here's a note I received on July 24th, 2013 from a 2nd year medical student at the George Washington University:

Dear Linda,
Today I shadowed a Pediatric Physiatrist (A Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor). One of the patients had an achilles heel contracture and then through rehab and casting, ended up walking with an adapted gait that caused her to lose function of her quadriceps. She has compensated because of her injury so the doctor is trying to help her learn how to have a functional gait.

She often has pain in the bottom of her foot.... so I thought of you and our yoga meeting with that nice fourth year.... and the good foot exercise.... AND I spoke up and suggested the exercise to her. I told her to keep her knee and ankle stable at a parallel to the floor, then to move her toes around an imaginary pole that is perpendicular to the ground. The girl seemed interested and the doctor was impressed and incorporated it into her recommendations/notes!

This was the first time I used the yoga that we have learned to help a patient!

Gratefully!
RS

And these comments just arrived from a 1st/2nd year medical student and are included here, because they give a lovely perspective:

                         "Things I got out of my first year in yoga with you at GW:

           ~ a community of people I practiced yoga with on a weekly basis
           ~ Your questions, your thoughts, your leadership, and the fellow students helped
               me feel more at home at GW
           ~ I began a yoga practice of my own, either through mindfulness activities or
              actual physical yoga
           ~ I became more aware of my anxiety and stress and I began my path towards
              separating from it and being able to be a medical student/doctor in a more
              healthy whole balanced way
           ~ I was exposed to your calming teachings and your wisdom, which has helped
              frame my experience as a medical student
           ~ I have been exposed to and am exploring how yoga, meditation, and
              mindfulness can play a part in healing and medicine for my future patients"


As a teacher, one rarely knows how the practice affects a person, but here are two notes from a medical student preparing for medical boards in June 2012:

"Hi Linda, I just wanted to let you know that I used the relaxation and self-awareness techniques you taught me yesterday at our one-on-one session, and I am happy to report that not only did my first morning score improve by 10%, but in my second exam, it increased significantly by another 12%. More importantly (at least for me), I felt so much more relaxed and calm while taking the practice tests, even when I had several answers that I was unsure of. I will continue to use the techniques before and during each practice exam to see if I can more readily find my center and bring my comfort level up even more. 
Thanks again!!"

and after the exam:

"I wanted to let you know I took my exam on Tuesday...thank you so much for this opportunity to be a part of this "class." I would rather call it an experience - one that I hope to enhance and add to in the future. I learned a lot about myself through the exercises, which really helped me understand some of the frustrations and barriers that were getting in the way of my success.
I used some of the relaxation techniques during the exam, and I really believe they helped me to feel calm and to quiet my thoughts enough to focus on what I needed to accomplish.
I'm not sure how I did overall, but I'm glad it's over, and I know I did my best."


Background Information on Therapeutic Yoga in Medical Schools:
Academic Electives, Research and Clinical Applications

The George Washington University-Medical School offers
Therapeutic YOGA as an ELECTIVE

Autumn 2013 offers more therapeutic yoga electives ~
all participants receive 1:1 tutorials

As of September 2011, Introduction to Therapeutic Yoga has elective status;   55 students officially registered for our first semester offering.  Yoga for the Boards was offered for the spring semester. In of fall 2012,
52 medical students and 20 MPH candidates , a total of 72 students pre-registered for the therapeutic yoga course.

Brain-child of Drs Regan Gage and Rohini Batu, the Medical Student Community Wellness Program offered therapeutic yoga as an extra-curricular activity throughout 2010-2011. Originally designed to take yoga into clinics in under-served communities, it has blossomed into a formal course that weaves functional anatomy and physiology with self-care, stress management and professional growth. 

With IRB approval of our research proposal, we are gathering information to prove the efficacy of integrating yoga into lifestyles to improve quality of life for students.

The curriculum development and design reflect my deep appreciation of the enormous  challenges faced by medical students, in particular, and all young professionals stepping into the precarious world of health care today.


   Yoga for Medical Residency Programs

In the Fall of 2011, Yoga for Well-Being and Stress Reduction was presented at the 1st Year Residency Fall Retreat at GWU-School of Medicine and Health Sciences, providing meditative time for mindful inquiry and playful pursuit of personal comfort and interpersonal connection through Thai Yoga Massage.

For the past two years, I've been a presenter at the GWU-SMHS Chief Resident's Orientation as part of their Graduate Medical Education Program, on the subjects of self-care, mindful inquiry and intentional behaviors, as well as yoga as it applies to personal and professional development and leadership in a hospital setting.

Here are comments from the Assistant Director of Graduate Education:

"I am looking forward to seeing you again on Tuesday....what you did last year was perfect..."
                                                                         Mary M.    re: May 14, 2013

"I took some time this morning to go over the comments and I can tell you, your session was extremely well received. Some of the comments included:
Lovely
Wish this was the last activity of the day, very relaxing
Bring her back
Great idea
Helpful
Energizing
 
I am positive we will use your services again in the future.
Mary M"


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