Overall life expectancy has improved greatly in the last 100 years. But due to chronic health conditions, many people who survive now face a decade or more of poor health and lowered quality of life. The focus of this workshop will be on how to live longer and better, preventing disease where possible, while minimizing its impact if it does occur.
Rather than the perfect combination of vitamins, superfoods or cutting-edge drug therapies, it turns out a holistic program that considers mind, body and spirit gives us the best path forward. Although skilful medical care and supplements can be part of the equation, it is our habits — what we do regularly — that has the biggest impact.
Of central importance are:
- ·how physically active we are and how we are physically active
- what, how (and when) we eat
- how much and how well we sleep
- the state of our immune system
- how we cope with chronic stresses and mental health challenge
- steps we take to prevent/mitigate the diseases for which we’re at highest risk — from heart disease to osteoporosis to cancer
Can yoga help?
Yoga can help. Targeted practices can affect virtually every chronic health concern. Asana can improve strength, pliability, bone health and balance. Breathing practices and even chanting can balance and strengthen the nervous system. Self-study and meditation can improve mindfulness and mental health. Understanding one life’s mission (svadharma) and providing service to others (karma yoga) help cultivate a sense of meaning and purpose — so vital to finding fulfilment. These yogic approaches can be deepened by adding Ayurvedic dietary and lifestyle insights for living life attuned to nature’s rhythms as well as tools to spot and rectify imbalances before they manifest in disease.
What will be covered in this workshop?
In this training, we’ll evaluate and practice a number of yogic tools that can improve our odds of a good, long life. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, each participant will be encouraged to develop a comprehensive plan based on their current health, longer-term goals, motivation and the amount of time they can dedicate to their practice. All levels of practitioners are welcome.
This course will be recorded and replay access offered until 14 February 2022.
This training counts toward 7.5 CPD hours.
You will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion following this training stating the CPD hours (9 hours) eligible for YACEP credits for 200/500hr RYTs.
Meet the Teacher
Timothy McCall, MD is a board-certified internist, Yoga Journal's medical editor since 2002 and the author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing. He practiced medicine in the Boston area for a dozen years before devoting himself full-time in the late 1990s to yoga therapy. He has studied with many of the world's leading yoga teachers including BKS Iyengar and TKV Desikachar, as well as Patricia Walden, Rod Stryker and Donald Moyer. In 2005, Timothy began his studies with a traditional Ayurvedic doctor, the late Chandukutty Vaidyar, and spent more than a year at his clinic in Kerala, India. He serves on the editorial board of The International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and co-edited and contributed to the 2016 medical textbook, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care, of which a second edition is now in the works. His latest book is Saving My Neck: A Doctor’s East/West Journey through Cancer. Most recently, Timothy has introduced an approach to yoga, which he calls Vinyasa of Breath. See DrMcCall.com