If you are a nurse working in a hospital, clinic, or private setting, looking for ways to bring comfort and care to your patients is a top priority. This fully accredited training has been used by nurses for more than twenty years to expand their scope of knowledge. The Therapeutic Yoga Training provides nurses with tried-and-true healing tools that are immediately usable and effective. The training was designed from the outset to help bring yoga into clinical care settings and thus, attendance by nurses has been an essential part of the program’s spirit from the very beginning.
Therapeutic Yoga is highly appropriate for those recovering from, or living with, injury or illness, and much time is spent discussing how to adapt poses for specific patient limitations that nurses are likely to encounter on the job. It provides a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge of anatomy in an engaging and experiential way, gain a greater understanding of how to work with scar tissue and adhesions, and learn different ways to reduce stress levels. These topics are combined with instruction on supported yoga poses, gentle yoga, therapeutic touch, breathing techniques, and guided visualization to form one highly effective toolkit.
Examples of how Therapeutic Yoga is being used by nurses in their practice:
- using guided imagery with a patient before or during a difficult procedure
- propping a patient’s body for comfort
- using breathing techniques to reduce anxiety and stress
In addition to providing ways to facilitate patient health and healing, the strategies taught in this training are also useful tools for self-care, helping nurses to stay well as they serve the community.
Cheri Clampett, C-IAYT, ERYT-500, founder of the training, has worked extensively with cancer patients. For the last 20 years Cheri has taught Therapeutic Yoga classes to patients at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, offering complementary care to patients as they traverse surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or whatever path of treatment they have chosen. As traditional medicine is opening its doors to the ancient healing arts, and the benefits of these practices are being studied and validated in a medical context, there is a great opportunity to integrate conventional medicine with the holistic healing that yoga has to offer.
Nursing Continuing Education Units – CEU’s
The Therapeutic Yoga Training Program has been certified by the California Board of Registered Nursing as a continuing education provider for over seventeen years. The training is approved for 40 contact hours with the CBRN. The regulations for CEU’s for nurses vary by state, so check with your state’s nursing board to see if CBRN certified units are acceptable for your licensing needs.