Yoga for Improved Immune Function: From Cancer to Pandemics to Auto-Immune Disease

What can you do to improve your immune function? Contrary to what you might have heard, the answer is a lot. Some of it is probably not news: sleep enough and eat lots of fruits, veggies and fresh unprocessed food. However, what Dr Timothy McCall has uncovered in his recent research in the US and India might surprise you.
Join Dr Timothy McCall, for this special two part workshop series on his latest research into the role yoga and Ayurveda can play in immune health and defence against diseases, from Cancer to Pandemics.

Covid 19 immunity

Hosted in conjunction with The Minded Institute

Workshop Content

The primary determinant of who survives and who dies from COVID-19 is the state of the person’s immune system. It also plays a huge role in the course of cancer and autoimmune conditions like MS and rheumatoid arthritis. Modern medicine, though, tends to downplay the many things that individuals can do to improve their immune function. This doesn’t make sense because scientific research has identified several factors, mostly in the realm of diet and lifestyle, that can make a profound difference in how well the immune system works.

We’ll review the immune system as understood by western science, differentiating between so-called “innate” immunity that helps us, for example, fight infections we’ve never been exposed to before, and “acquired” immunity, such as that boosted by vaccines or prior infections. In addition, we’ll discuss perspectives on the immune system from yoga and Ayurveda and outline a comprehensive holistic approach to maximizing its effectiveness.

Workshop Structure

Each class will include a lecture, Q+A sessions as well as practices that includes asana, pranayama, meditation and more.

This will be taught across two 3 hour sessions online via Zoom.

Who is this workshop for?

These sessions are appropriate for yoga teachers and therapists as well as interested students of all levels.


The workshops will be recorded and available to watch for 21 days after the event.

Hours and Certification

Upon completion of this workshop, you will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion.

This workshop counts for 6 hours, available for Continuing Education hours through Yoga Alliance and British Council of Yoga Therapy (BCYT)

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, 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. His latest book is Saving My Neck: A Doctor’s East/West Journey through Cancer. Most recently, he has introduced an approach to yoga, which he calls Vinyasa of Breath. See

Timothy Mc Call

In early 2017, Dr. Timothy McCall — a conventionally-trained MD as well as a yoga therapist — underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy for a metastatic head and neck cancer (Stage 4a). In this video, he talks about how he used yoga to help manage the nasty side effects of the treatment as best he could. His goal was not just to survive, but to come out of the process as "whole" as he could.

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