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Yoga as Medicine + Science of Yoga

Timothy McCall, M.D. is a specialist in internal medicine, the medical editor of Yoga Journal and the author of the bestselling Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing (Bantam). He is one of the co-editors of the just-released medical textbook on yoga therapy, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care (Handspring Publishing). He teaches Yoga As Medicine Seminars and Teacher Trainings in the U.S. and worldwide.

15-16 October 2016 (8:30-17:00 each day)

The Science of Yoga
A Weekend Immersion with Timothy McCall, MD

at RLY Brussels

Yoga practitioners don’t need to be convinced of the health benefits of this ancient Indian mind-body discipline. They can feel it, and that evidence can seem pretty persuasive. Yet to make the case for yoga to skeptical scientists, governmental agencies, as well as doctors and other health care professionals, one needs to explain how yoga works using the language of science.

Join physician, yogi and bestselling author Dr. Timothy McCall as he guides you, through specialized yoga practices and lively lectures and discussions toward greater understanding — both intellectual and experiential — of how yoga works.

Yoga has been documented to have hundreds of beneficial effects on the body and mind, from lowering cholesterol to improving the functioning of the immune system. Here, Timothy will mix practice with theory to give you a better understanding of:

  • the rapidly growing scientific evidence suggesting that yoga is useful for dozens of health conditions from cancer to heart disease to autoimmune conditions
  • mechanisms of action explaining yoga’s therapeutic benefits that conform with western, scientific ways of knowing the physiology of stress, stress-related disease and stress relief the use of the breath to modulate the autonomic nervous system and thereby potentially affect the functioning of all internal organs and bodily systems
  • the additive and potentially synergistic benefits of different yogic tools from asana (poses) and pranayama (breathing techniques), to chanting and various types of meditation
    the yogic technology for rewiring ingrained neural patterns
  • contraindications to safe practice with different health conditions what isn’t known and the limitations of science in investigating yoga how to talk about yoga in a way that won’t make scientists roll their eyes.

Appropriate for yoga students of all levels, yoga teachers from any tradition, as well as health care professionals.

Cost: €280 (€250 early bird before 15 Oct, plus €25 euros off each booking if you come with a friend)


22-26 October 2016  (8:30-17:00 each day)

Yoga As Medicine
A 5 day training with Timothy McCall, MD

at RLY Antwerp

Full training (Saturday-Wednesday) 22-26 October 2016 or weekend-only option (Saturday-Sunday), 22-23 October 2016

Yoga As Medicine is a 5-day, 30-hour, hands-on, roll-up-your sleeves intensive workshop, with much of the time spent doing yoga therapy in small groups under Timothy’s supervision. Practice observing bodies, study breathing patterns, analyzing doshas (body-mind types as described in ancient Ayurvedic medicine), and tailoring personalized therapeutic yoga practices. Lectures, yoga practices, writing exercises and guided meditations complement the group case work. In addition, on Sunday, Timothy will demonstrate an in-depth yoga therapy evaluation of one of the workshop participants. For those unable to join us for the full 5-days, there are a limited numbers of spots available to attend the weekend-only portion of the training.

During case work, which begins Monday, and in detailed discussions of selected cases, we evaluate “patients” in five categories, using the acronym SNAPS: Structural, Nervous System and Breath, Ayurveda, Psychology and Spirituality. This holistic roadmap allows for a systematic assessment of function on all levels of body, mind and spirit. YAM uses the full palette of yogic tools including poses, breathing techniques, meditation and philosophy as well as dietary and lifestyle advice.

Past attendees have included healers, health care professionals, yoga students and teachers, as well as those seeking yoga therapy for such conditions as back pain, cancer, arthritis, heart problems, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and depression. Familiarity with basic yoga concepts and practices is helpful, but not absolutely necessary.

Cost: Full training €720 (€650 early bird before 20 Oct) or weekend only €280 (€250 early bird before 20 Oct) plus €25 euros off each booking if you come with a friend.